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Tom Mackie's Landscape Photography Secrets Paperback – December 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 2nd edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715323024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715323021
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Mackie spent the first five years of his career as an industrial photographer in Los Angeles. He then began photographing landscapes in the western US, and since settling in the UK in 1985 has established an international reputation, receiving numerous awards for his work. He lives near Norwich.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on December 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
There are no secrets in "Tom Mackie's Landscape Photography Secrets" except those encoded in Mackie's brilliant photographs. But for the photographer willing to take the time to decode them, Mackie's book will speak volumes.

The book is organized into different environments for landscape photography, including urban, rural, coastal, mountain, forest, desert, water and garden landscapes. The reader will find this approach convenient for review before entering one of these environments with his or her camera.

The pictures are spectacular. As I write, I've randomly opened the book to a winter picture of a crystal encrusted tree, set off against an intense blue sky, and framed by the ruins of a church. In front of the ruin and to the right is a lone crystal encrusted weed and set further back from the subject and to the left is a smaller encrusted tree. The ruins, the weed and the smaller tree and several other objects continually lead the eye back to the central subject.

Mackie loves the panoramic view that imitates the way we naturally see. There is a photograph of a snow-covered ridge moving from near left to far right, enclosing a green valley. And there in the left foreground is a highland sheep, like an exclamation point.

Mackie regularly uses filters to improve his pictures. Almost every photograph uses a polarizing filter to intensify colors. Mackie is not above using a coral filter to capture his vision.

This book was a twice eaten meal. The first time I read it I rushed from picture to text and back again. I must confess to being a little disappointed by the text. Then I went back over the pictures slowly, analyzing and comparing them. Each one was a mini-lesson in landscape photography.
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Format: Paperback
Anyone with half an eye for pictures and the ability to understand light, form and composition will gain an enormous amount from owning this book. I bought my copy directly from Tom at a talk i attended. I'd urge all photographers beginners through to seasoned pros to go out and buy this book. Tom is a world renowned photographer, having shot of the most iconic images in print, treat yourself, you will not be disappointed.
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Format: Hardcover
Excellent book for aspiring landscape photographers, especially those learning the patient, stubborn, and age-old art of working with film.
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5 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Wayne F. Kolar on February 18, 2006
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I could not find any secrets from this book. Since digital is now the new photgraphy this book is totally film. Even so it was not too helpful.
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