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Posted March 5, 2002
'Simply' the best!
This is the 1st and only book I own about nature photograhpy. John explains everything in general, easy to understand language. He simplifies the technical jargon. I've been using his techniques for 12 years. The next book on my list is his field guide. This book is a must have for any nature photographer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2000
The most comprehensive guide to nature photography out there!
Having read any number of books on the subject of nature photography, I can say without hesitation that this is my favorite. John covers all the bases including exposure decisions, the effect of focal length on the final image, composition, close ups, and operating in the elements in a manner that is simple enough for the beginner, yet with enough detail to benefit the experienced amateur. Well illustrated with beautiful photos to demonstrate the do's and don'ts. The only downside is the occasional dated discussion of specific equipment - a minor detail. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 1999
This is one amazing book. John Shaw masterfully decides exactly what we need to know, and delivers them in the most precise come-to-the-point first-things-first manner. Examples: 1. A discussion on exposure comes before equipment; 2. In the equipment section, the first thing he stresses upon is the tripod, not the camera; 3. The first thing you do with any camera you buy is calibrate the exposure meter. I love the one page on 'what lenses do'. This books helps to learn the right things, and learn them fast. In my humble opinion, anybody who wants to take nature photography seriously must read this book even before he buys himself a camera.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.