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Product Details

  • Series: Footprint Activity & Lifestyle Guide
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks; 1st edition (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906098425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906098421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Davy has been traveling and photographing for 20 years and is the author of Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die, which has sold more 200,000 copies in the UK alone.


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Customer Reviews

Yes, the text is small, but not unusually small.
grey0135
Not only is this an outstanding travel photography book but one of the best overall photography books ever written.
Roger
After reading a few chapters in this book I couldn't wait to get out and shoot with a different purpose in mind.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roger on February 4, 2009
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Not only is this an outstanding travel photography book but one of the best overall photography books ever written. I have approximately twenty books on photography in my library and this is by far the most comprehensive. Davey uses his beautiful photographs and detailed information on how they are captured. This books covers everything from travel insurance, equipment, techniques, tips and post processing. If you want one book that covers it all this is the book. The only problem I had with the book is the print size is to small. For a detailed look at the pages of this book you can view it at: [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By grey0135 on July 28, 2010
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BEST photography guide I've ever read. This book covers the basics (e.g. shutter speed, depth of field, filters, etc.) and has a useful glossary at the end, but goes a lot further. It discusses a number of advanced techniques which all photographers with dSLRs can use without needing incredibly expensive studio equipment. E.g. Scott Kelby's three book series has many useful bits of advice on composition and technique, but spends a lot of amount of space on studio techniques that few amateurs will be interested in (e.g. complex studio lighting setups, tethered shooting, etc.) Useful for pros perhaps, but not for most amateur dSLR owners. Not only are the pictures in Davey's book visually stunning, but almost all of them can be taken with a dSLR and a basic lens setup. The only exception is a lovely picture taken with a 600mm lens, which few people are likely to own. Nonetheless, it's one of the best pictures in the book, and I'm glad it's in there!

A few particularly strong parts from the section entitled "Execution" - the best part of the book.
- Good advice on composition
- Very detailed explanation on how to read and use histograms
- The section on manual exposure gives detailed advice on how to use the spot meter in conjunction with exposure compensation in order to find the correct exposure (i.e. instead of relying on multi-point autofocus). Since metering for midtones is difficult, Davey shows the reader how to meter by focusing on the highlights or the shadows.
- Section on "color temperature" (i.e. white balance) is also extremely detailed - the clearest explanation I've ever read.
I would have appreciated a bit more detail on the fill-in-flash section. E.g. first curtain versus second curtain on slow sync.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Mosbo on June 19, 2009
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I've been in Thailand for the past two months and have been reading this book for tips. I've learned quite a lot already and am looking forward to finishing the book and getting into more of the post production and business end of things.

This book is very comprehensive and covers everything you need to consider as a travel photographer (or just vacationer who likes making photos). Davey covers composition, lighting, equipment, technical settings such as aperture, shutter speed iso, etc. Later in the book, he talks about post production workflows and how to make your images even better as well as how to sell your photos and make some money doing what you love!

A couple of things lead to me giving a near perfect score instead of all five stars. The editing of the book is pretty awful. There are typos all over the place. This, of course, doesn't detract from the effectiveness of the content, but it's at the very lease pretty annoying. It's as if the editor didn't even give it a quick read. I find errors on virtually every page. Secondly, some of Davey's opinions are just that, his opinion and I tend to disagree with some of his compositional advice. That's personal preference of course, but there are some things that I just didn't jive with him on.

All in all, I've really enjoyed this book and found it to be an extremely helpful and useful tool to improving my photography both at home and abroad.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Ebert on May 14, 2009
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The book seems to have valuable information on travel photography but the very small gray on white font makes it extremely difficult to read. Captions are even smaller than main text and almost impossible to read, even with magnifying reading glasses. Good photos, but again printed so small they came out somewhat muddy. Have to stop reading after 10 minutes or so due to eye strain. My eyes are not the best but I do not usually have problems reading books.
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Steve Davey's work has taken him all over the world shooting photos and his TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY charts his path around the world - and tells others how to plan a trip, keep equipment safe when on the road, and locate inspiring photos. Tips on professional money-making opportunities blend on those about composition and structure, making for a highly recommended blend of photography manual and travelogue.
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