- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press (January 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240812433
- ISBN-13: 978-0240812434
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams
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About the Author
Michael Frye has lived either on or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, and in that time has built up a reputation as one of the most exciting current practioners of fine landscape and nature photography. He has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography. His work is also featured in Landscape: The World's Top Photographers. His photographs have been published in over thirty countries around the world; magazine credits include National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, American Photo, Sunset, and Texas Highways.
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Before this book, I see something I like, I shoot it. Now, I stop and analyze the light. Why? Because the writer spoke of the fact that we are really photographing light and the way it is being reflected. So, now, even though a scene is pretty, if there is nothing special about the light, I don't bother shooting it. I am aware of the meaning of the word "photograph." This book has really help me to "see" differently.
Last, but not least, I like the organization of the book. It follows the natural workflow from picture-taking to processing and printing.
Strangely enough, both have the same title: Digital Landscape Photography.
The one, reviewed here, by Michael Frye has a subtitle "In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters" to help differentiate them.
(The other, by the way is authored by John and Barbara Gerlach). I have read the two books one after the other and I can not help comparing them.
Both are meant to be read by beginners and provide info on aperture values, shutter speeds, ISO values etc..
Frye's book is slightly shorter and smaller with less text.
If you are accustomed to digital SLR cameras and call yourself an advanced amateur, you are unlikely to find much new information in any of them.
If you have just bought your first DSLR with the kit lens, you may find these books worthy of some attention.
They both offer beautiful landscape images and some sound advice accompanying them.
Frye's book offer more software tips; if you are not familiar with the basic operations (levels, curves etc.) it may serve you better.
If, on the other hand, you think you want to know more down to earth (literally) advice on finding & selecting a location and need more advice on the use of a DSLR camera, the other book offers more.
There is nothing wrong if you buy both. However, their content overlaps significantly and they both use repetitions freely to stress the basics.
If you think you can buy just one of them, Gerlachs' book probably offers more scope and info. It is also organized better.
Frye's book offer many images of the Yosemite region and El Capitan including some by Ansel Adams.
HDR and exposure blending techniques, which are probably essential in landscape photography, are handled by both.
As you may expect, Frye's book devotes less space to these techniques.
The famous "Zone System" is dealt with only in Frye's book.
The image and paper quality is very good. The typeface is darker (good) in Frye's book; however, the font size is smaller.
Overall, the layout of Gerlachs' book is better but its letters are printed gray for some aesthetic reason that escapes me.
Certainly, this is a fine book on "digital landscape photography" for a beginner.
However, there are better ones and there will always be!