- Series: The Field Guide Series
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780240819228
- ISBN-13: 978-0240819228
- ASIN: 0240819225
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.1 x 4.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Amazon Exclusive: Featured Photographs from Carl Heilman II, Author of The Landscape Photography Field Guide
The shooting guidelines in the book will help choose the exposure time needed to keep the stars as pinpoints. And, when it’s too dark for the camera’s metering system to read the light, the exposure value chart in the book can be used to estimate the aperture and ISO needed to coordinate with the chosen shutter speed to properly expose the photo. Photographed during a fall workshop near Lake Placid, NY.
This full moon photograph is a creative effect using a combination of the multiple exposure, interval timer, and image overlay features in my Nikon D300S camera. The same effect can also be created with layering techniques in an image editing program using a sequence of images that were shot at precise intervals with the camera on a sturdy tripod.
Having an understanding of depth of field and working with the hyperfocus chart and suggestions in the book, helps maximize options for composition so that both nearby and distant subjects are in sharp focus. Working with lines, textures and depth of field helps create a sense of dimension in a photograph
Low light situations at the beginning or the end of the day are a great time to experiment with long exposures. Neutral density filters can be used to lengthen exposures in brighter light conditions.
Effective composition is about the dynamic contrasts of light in an image to create a balance of energy between the light and dark areas by using the principles of contrast evaluation outlined in the book. This moonlight photo was shot during an Acadia workshop in Maine.
Working with extension tubes turns most lenses into a macro lens. Here I used a 12 mm tube with an 18-200 mm zoom set to a 38 mm focal length for this wide angle macro at a recent workshop. I also did some HDR work to combine exposures to hold color and detail in the petal highlights, as well as in the shadow tones of the tree and center of the petunia.
Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Carl Heilman II, Author of The Landscape Photography Field Guide: "A Field Guide for the Field!"
It wasn’t long after I shot my first roll of Kodachrome in the fall of 1975, that I bought a copy of Kodak’s Pocket Guide to 35 mm Photography, which contains information for pretty much every shooting situation. I referred to the pocket guide often as I began learning the principles of photography, and occasionally added my own notes for specific shooting situations. Even though I’m now quite familiar with camera features and techniques, I still refer to the guide for certain shooting details.
Since the mid 1990's, I’ve been leading photography workshops, which were completely film based in the beginning. As people started switching to digital I began fielding many more questions about camera settings and techniques. While digital technology made picture taking simpler, it also created more questions than answers.
As the Q & A portion of my workshops increased, and my workshop handouts evolved, I got the idea to create a complete, but concise, digital photography guidebook, printed in a 4" x 6" size so it’s easy to carry and reference in the field. My goal was to create a timeless handbook with information for shooting in all kinds of landscape situations that would still be pertinent to upcoming generations of camera technology. I didn’t want to have to reference a library to find the information I was looking for, I wanted it all in one place.
While camera electronics and features are constantly evolving, the basic principles stay the same. This handy guidebook covers current camera features and menu set-up, as well as basic photography principles and advanced techniques for exposure, bracketing, HDR, and composition, plus hundreds of example photos with shooting specs for reference. There is a glossary, a detailed digital workflow outline, and two concise pages of shooting guidelines in the back of the book. It’s designed so a beginning photographer can grow into it, and a more advanced photographer can easily refer to the various techniques, tips, guidelines, and charts. With so many different topics and techniques it can be used for "assignments" as well as for reference. I’m keeping a copy stashed in each of my camera packs for whenever I might need it!
Read about how to create a panorama.
Read about High Dynamic Range (HDR) and bracketing.
"The information contained in this guide is applicable to use with almost any manual camera, and the author's easy-to-follow tips make landscape photography accessible to even the novice shutterbug. Its handy size is conducive to carrying in the field for on-the-spot reference, and would no doubt be indispensable to amateurs... There is an impressive range of advice, from the technical to the creative aspects of outdoor photography during any season. Versatile yet informative, The Landscape Photography Field Guide emphasizes simplicity and functionality as a means to enhancing individual creativity in the photographic medium."--Sacramento Book Review
"The information contained in this guide is applicable to use with almost any manual camera, and the author's easy-to-follow tips make landscape photography accessible to even the novice shutterbug. Its handy size is conducive to carrying in the field for on-the-spot reference, and would no doubt be indispensable to amateurs... There is an impressive range of advice, from the technical to the creative aspects of outdoor photography during any season. Versatile yet informative, The Landscape Photography Field Guide emphasizes simplicity and functionality as a means to enhancing individual creativity in the photographic medium."--Sacramento Book Review"This title may be small in size, but it's jam packed with all the relevant information any landscape photographer will need and is the perfect pocket guide. When it comes to value for money, this is a great deal."--Digital Photographer Magazine
"At 188 pages, this little postcard sized manual, which only costs around $10-12, depending on where you buy it, is actually an awesome reference book for the beginning and intermediate landscape and outdoor photographer. There is as much, if not more information packed in here than just about any other book on the subject, information that is sure to teach you the craft of photographing landscapes and inspire your creativity. In fact, for it's price, size and weight, The Landscape Photography Field Guide is probably the best book in it's class. If you're somewhat new to photography, I'd definitely give this book a serious look."--Dan Bailey Photo.com
"No matter how excited we are about a capture, sometimes there is something missing and that's where a great photography book can help. Carl Heilman II's The Landscape Photography Field Guide is yet another book that will fit inside your camera bag. I've been carrying this book around for weeks. Checking out the tips, drooling over the images, and enjoying this easy to read book that teaches us how to capture beautiful outdoor images with our digital cameras.If you have a photography enthusiast on your shopping list, The Landscape Photography Field Guide is a great stocking stuffer and a hit as a Christmas gift."--KimberlyGauthier.com
"The information contained in this guide is applicable to use with almost any manual camera, and the author's easy-to-follow tips make landscape photography accessible to even the novice shutterbug. Its handy size is conducive to carrying in the field for on-the-spot reference, and would no doubt be indispensable to amateurs. Though the print is especially tiny in some places, this is a usual drawback of portability when it comes to instructional booklets. Otherwise, there is an impressive range of advice, from the technical to the creative aspects of outdoor photography during any season. Versatile yet informative, The Landscape Photography Field Guide emphasizes simplicity and functionality as a means to enhancing individual creativity in the photographic medium."--San Francisco Book Review
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm 64 and don't have the eyes I used to, the print size makes it tough, but that doesn't keep me from getting lots out of this guide. My only suggestions, the pull out card for the HFD chart mentioned already, and maybe a larger sized book for those older hacks like myself.
Anyway, a good find!
I did not find much that was completely new to me but I did find many new perspectives that will influence my approach to capturing images. The kind of hard-won, experience-based advice this book offers is invaluable and it will work for anyone. I found the bulleted lists and the reference section to be helpful as reminders. They are streamlined and practical.
Although I do not know the author personally I am quite familiar with his work. Having lived in the Adirondacks for nearly 30 years myself, many of the locations photographed in this book are very familiar to me. Lots of the locations are easily accessible and well-known. By visiting these locations, a motivated reader could apply the techniques discussed in the real world and make comparisons. The author's other book "Photographing The Adirondacks - Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them" would greatly facilitate this process. Although not as interactive as a workshop, this approach would be far more experiential than simply reading.
Another reviewer complained about the small text and photos in this book and it is hard to disagree with this. This is a small-format book and it really does not do the photos, or the layout, justice. That said, the point of this format was to make the book portable enough to toss into a camera bag and, in making that tradeoff, size becomes critical. Some of the points in the text are illustrated by photos that are really too small to clearly see what is being pointed out. It seems to be the case that either the book is small enough to be portable or large enough to be seen but not carried! Or is it?
I also have the Kindle version of this book and, on my iPad, it becomes a far better field reference than the paper version. The photos are larger and better than the printed version, the text size can be adjusted to preferences and the content is searchable for quick field reference. My iPad contains many books, camera manuals and photography apps and I usually carry it anyway so it's a great way to refer to this book. I have one major complaint about the Kindle version of this book and that goes for any other book that is layout-intensive, which would include most books about photography. Providing adjustable type size absolutely ruins the book's layout and typography! The print version, although small, is very thoughtfully designed and laid out but none of that is apparent in the Kindle version. Like most photographers I am visually oriented and the loss is not insignificant. For now, buy both paper and Kindle or live without something.
Even if you don't buy both, this book is a great source of information and it belongs on every landscape photographer's shelf!