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The Magic of Digital Nature Photography (A Lark Photography Book) Paperback – September 28, 2006
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Rob Sheppard is editor of PCPhoto and Outdoor Photographer magazines and the author of numerous Lark Photography books: Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing (2003), and PCPhoto Digital Zoom Camera Handbook (2005).
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But... I do have one problem with the book, and it is fairly glaring to me. As amazing as the photos are, the author makes little to no attempt to tie them into the text. There is no attempt to use the photos as a way to explain difficult or confusing topics. It is almost like the author wrote the entire book and then simply added a bunch of photos randomly throughout the text. Photographers by nature are visual learners. It would have been much more helpful if the author had use the photos to teach us and let the text add the details instead of relying so heavily on the text itself.
The end result is that many times the beautiful photos seem more of a distraction than helpful examples. This book is very good, but it easily could have been so much better.
I gave 4 stars because a beginner will not understand some of the terms used in the book.
I would recommend this book to any photographer who needs to be inspired to try different things when taking landscape pictures.
After a brief overview of gear, the author goes on to describe, (very briefly) exposure, lighting, color, composition, etc...Never really spending any significant amount of time on any one subject, and only providing a few photographic details for each topic covered.
For example, the author spends a page or two describing lighting (backlighting, sidelighting, etc), but fails to show any pictorial examples that would give the reader a visual example.
While this book has many, many great pictures none of the pictures are accompanied by a description of the camera settings. This is the information that would prove most useful to any aspiring photographer.
In the end, this book really did very little to further my photography skills.
55% of the book is photos. None of the photos give detail of how it was shot or any twist on a technique used. This drops the page count from 207 pages to 93 functional pages. The first 61 pages offer nothing different than that of a camera's manual on shutter speed, white balance, etc. More wasted space is used on "gear" about tripods and cameras. Doing the math, we are now down to 66 pages. This process continues to where we have just a few pages that may offer some value.
Much of the remaining reduction comes in wasted space on "gear" which Sheppard rehashes multiple times. This book's only purpose would be to get someone not the slightest interested in photography to perhaps spark an interest. For any photographer at any level, the book offers nothing than what you find on camera manufacturer websites and manuals inside camera boxes. It is so basic that even beginners would be hard pressed to learn much. In the end, you are left wondering where the pages are about nature photography. Look elsewhere in Amazon for more suitable photography books.