- Series: A Lark Photography Book
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Lark Books; 1st edition (October 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600591108
- ISBN-13: 978-1600591105
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Digital Masters: Travel Photography: Documenting the World's People & Places (A Lark Photography Book) Paperback – October 7, 2008
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One of his key approaches is choosing minimum gear for maximum impact on the road. This, for instance, is of great value to me on my upcoming trip to Central America. Old shooters with bad backs (and young shooters who *will* one day develop bad backs) will both benefit form this advice. I am transitioning from the latter to the former, FWIW.
It is an excellent overview for people who had long travelled with their film cameras but are a little overwhelmed on how to approach the 10,000-slides-of-the-Grand-Canyon problem with digital. He spends a chapter on organizing and sharing photos in the digital age. (Thankfully, hard drives now take up far less space than did boxes of chromes.)
If you have been shooting travel for the last 30 years (like Bob has) the travel shooting techniques will be a refresher course, but a look into his modern workflow and approach more than justifies the ridiculously low price of this book.
If you are just starting out on your journey as a travel photographer, this book will serve as en excellent guidepost. It is a shame to invest so much time and effort into the trip of a lifetime and have your photos suffer for not having had this kind of overall advice.
And that is the main value of this book -- it is the ideal "Survey of Travel Photography" course. It is systemic, and up to the minute. It will not turn you into a travel photography rock star. That part is up to you. But it will absolutely keep you from doing something photographically stupid on a major excursion and regretting it later.
Which to me, was far more important.
Bob Krist obviously doesn't think so. He's been taking wonderful photographs during his travels and writing about travel photography for years. In his latest book he discusses the gear to use for travel photography; the workflow of a digital photographer on the road; the nature of light; composition; what he calls "moment" which seems to be the picture element that deals with exciting or interesting content; the use of flash; portraits; archiving and sharing; and survival tips. He even includes an afterward that stresses that exciting content is far more important than technique.
Krist emphasizes the importance of doing research before traveling so that one has some idea of subjects to photograph, and in the chapter on sharing he emphasizes the importance of planning the categories of shots one might want to capture. I was reminded that after at least one trip, I realized that, although I had some magnificent pictures, I had failed to capture a few images that would have allowed me to tie those pictures into a story.
His chapter on portraits emphasized the method of getting people to pose for the photographer rather then camera techniques, and included a discussion of tipping. I suspect that many travelers have missed good portraits because they didn't know how to approach a possible subject.
Experienced photographers probably can skim much of this book.Read more ›
Unfortunately, for those who already know about those techniques, there is not a lot of new information here. There are some great pictures, and it never hurts to review the images and techniques of a legendary shooter, but outside of some information on approaching people in different countries to take their picture, you probably won't pick up anything new.
For someone new to photography, you can't go wrong. And, considering the low price, experienced photographers won't feel jipped either. But if you are already pretty comfortable with your camera, you would be better using the $16 to take even a small trip to a neighboring city and try some "travel" photography of your own would be a better suggestion.
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This is an outstanding book on travel photography. It includes all kinds of tips on preparing for a trip, what equipment to consider taking, when to use the equipment, how to... Read morePublished on November 1, 2010 by agedrunner
Bob knows his stuff. This book is not a technical know how but is great advice from a great shooter. Must read!!Published on January 30, 2009 by Ian Docherty