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John Shaw's Focus on Nature: The Creative Process Behind Making Great Photographs in the Field Paperback – October 1, 1991
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While there are beautiful shots and a detailed descriptions of the equipment, location and the time of that the photos where taken. The book is really more about the thought process that goes into the shot, the hardware involved, lighting, lens focusing, filters types, framing and composition.
The book also details the environment weather it's a desert conditions or lush landscape, time of day and time of season and how to handle lighting, exposure and what types of filters to use based on this.
He reminds us that sometimes there will be a good shot but patience will turn it into a great shot if you a willing to wait for light conditions to change. Look at your framing and composition and deciding what elements to emphasize and what to leave out or minimize. Practicing good stewardship of the environment and making sure to leave things as you found them.
The photography in Focus on nature is breath taking as always. While the book pre-dates digital media it does not detract in any from the book because with the exception of the discussion of film everything else is applicable to the digital and film photographer.
The book cover to cover is hi-gloss paper and all photos are in color and oh-so vibrant.
I own several of Johns books and I would have to say that alll are outstanding and this is no exception.
5 stars and then some.
I was looking for help in "seeing", or recognition of a great photo, rather than for help in photography technique. John Shaw communicates precisely this in a very lucid and concise manner. It predates digital cameras so some of the photography equipment mentioned is now obsolete. But the real point of the book is about "seeing" and capturing a great photo and that is much easier to do with digital equipment.
I almost made the mistake of buying a more inferior treatment of the subject by a different author because I had skimmed a copy and it looked helpful. I am glad I took time to read the reviews before making my purchase. When I read the reviews on that book I found positive mention of John Shaw's Focus on Nature. When I checked the reviews of his book I realized that this was probably a better choice. It is! I am delighted with this book!
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My husband has used this book as a reference for many years. He bought another copy for our son as he is now getting into nature photography.Published 6 months ago by Jann M. Schwarz
Practical and well written book on how to improve one's photographic technique.Published on July 11, 2014 by Diogenes
A very interesting book that shows how a photographer has to prepare every picturePublished on July 6, 2014 by Lay Odess
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A book that focuses on the story behind the photo more than the photo itself. Mr Shaw narrates how he thought about the scene and what he did before taking it. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by TriTon
Even though I respect C. Weinstein's comments about John Shaw's amazing book "Focus on Nature" in that I agree that you cannot inherently teach "creativity"
(something it... Read more
This book focuses more on the why and how he took a photo than the technical stuff. Makes a great companion to his field guide.
All of John Shaw's books are great. Read more
All of John Shaws books are thoughtfull, well written and aesthetically valuable. This one is specifically oriented towards Shaws photographic values, i.e. Read morePublished on June 27, 2007 by S. Weinstein