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Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1118027329
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Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques

Ansel Adams once said, "Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment." While they may seem easy, great landscape photographs are in fact very challenging to create.

In this book, master landscape photographer Harold Davis shows you how to look at the landscapes around you with composition, exposure, and lighting in mind.

Learn how to plan your shots to create great images. Then discover ways to improve your landscape photos in the digital darkroom, using postprocessing techniques including HDR, multi-RAW processing, and selective sharpening with LAB color.

Here's your chance to learn from a master of landscape photography while you explore your own creative style.

  • Learn how to observe the landscape around you to create great photos

  • Use exposure controls to optimize your landscape photography

  • Understand the best composition techniques for landscape images

  • Work with planning tools and weather to be in the right place at the right time

  • Use HDR techniques to expand the creative potential of your landscape photos

  • Learn to enhance your images using other digital darkroom techniques

About the Author

Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, and The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations. Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, www.photoblog2.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118027329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118027325
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Johnson on July 10, 2011
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I am an intermediate level photographer who wants to learn how to shoot landscape in a way that is innovative and interesting, so the title caught my attention.

In the first page I discovered this was not a technical book, and not even a "how to" book. It is more of an overview of the authors thoughts on life and how photos should convey your sense of the world. The entire first section of the book is devoted to explaining how photos should reflect "Tao", which is the "mystical sense of being in-synch with nature..." and "Wabi-sabi", which is another mystical version of life. He also quotes a lot of poets. Actually, he never does explain how to capture Tao or Wabi-sabi. He just shares his thoughts on those concepts. You have to figure out how to capture them.

It turns out that the "Tips and Techniques" subtitle for the book does not mean "Technical" Tips and Techniques. If you want to explore thoughts on Tao and Wabi-sabi, this book will feed your need. If you want technical info, this book will disappoint you.

I feel all information is valuable, and the last section of the book showed some cool techniques to combine images to make really nice landscape photos, and for that I feel it is worth buying...just don't expect to get technical tips on how to make a creative landscape photo. However, if your funds are limited, and you want to learn "how to shoot creative photos", not just landscapes, spend your money on one of Tony Sweet's books (any one...they are all very good at conveying technical how-to's in a non-technical way).

One example of the nature of this book: There is a chapter called "Seascapes". I live five miles from the ocean and would like to capture some creative shots of waves crashing against the rocks. The chapter is 5 paragraphs long.
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This is a rare case where you can tell a lot about a book by its cover. The stunning image of a gnarled bristlecone pine backed by storm clouds, tortuously distorted by a fisheye lens, and dramatically framed in black, exemplifies many of the points Harold Davis presents in Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques. In his excellent and accurate description of the book, above, Davis describes it as an "idea book." This is not another technical introduction to digital photography, but rather like taking some enjoyable long walks with a more-experienced photographer friend, one whose original training was in art and whose interests are wide ranging, and who tells you what he has distilled out of years of thoughtful practice and love of photography. The voice in the book is personal as Davis describes his views of landscape photography, discusses how to work in a variety of enviroments, tells the stories behind some of the images, and quotes other photographers whom he admires.

As Davis describes his connection to landscapes in terms of the Tao, readers may find themselves - as I did - searching inside for what landscapes mean to them and the importance of connecting deeply with land, sea, and sky, as opposed to just taking shots of pretty scenes. As he talks about definitions of "landscape," the reader may consider how he or she defines landscapes and what else that definition might include. I found this thought process enriching and tranformative.

The images in Creative Landscapes are amazingly varied as are the techniques and approaches in making them - from night-long star trail images to wind-blown spindrift on crashing waves, from single captures to stacked images, 75 deep, processed in Photoshop.
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Harold Davis is one of those rare photographers that does more than follow in the footsteps of other great photographers. He may walk the same path on occasion, stand in the same location as other greats, but Harold is not content to make the same photographs he admires. What I find most helpful about Harold's techniques, teaching style, and photographs, comes from his years of devotion and love for the craft, written in a manner that is useful not confusing. If you are wondering if this book is right for you, take a moment to check out Harold Davis on flicker or his blog.

About the book

Creative Landscapes encompasses a lifetime of landscape photography and the adventures Harold has encountered in order to find exciting ways to show the world. Blending his wisdom of the craft, his knowledge of master photographers, and his desire to create art instead of snapshots, Harold has put together a book that is meant to teach and inspire photographers of all levels. This is not a text book telling you to stand in a specific location, with a specific lens, at a certain time of day, with shutter speed and aperture set to a recommended setting to make a copy of his photograph. Instead, Harold teaches you to use the tools you have, to recognize the best time of day, the best location according to your view of a scene. If you want to make your work stand out, you have to make it unique.

Creative Landscapes is a great foundation and starting point for amateurs and advanced photographers looking to tackle the world of landscape photography. Professionals may find the many examples of time lapsed photography, hand blended HDR, and workflow tips helpful. This book, like so many of Harold's, is written as a guide.
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