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The Tao of Landscape.
Why Landscape Photography?
Landscape in the Modern World.
Abstractions and Patterns.
The Landscape in Black & White.
The Lonely Road.
Tools & Techniques.
Choosing a Camera.
Using a Tripod.
Exposure and Landscapes.
Aperture and Depth-of-Field.
Noise and Landscape Photography.
Composition and Landscape.
Landscapes and Lighting.
Working with Weather.
One World, Many Landscapes.
Seasons and a Sense of Place.
Earth and Sky.
People and Landscapes.
The City as Landscape.
The Night Landscape.
Landscapes and Post-Processing.
Understanding Digital Workfl ow.
The RAW Advantage.
Understanding LAB Color.
LAB Color and Tonal Adjustments.
Selective Sharpening in LAB.
Notes and Resources.
Posted June 21, 2011
This book truly lives up to its title, with lots of tips that promote creativity. It is not a step-by-step "how to" manual. Rather it sheds light on the aesthetics of landscape photography and expands the traditional definition of "landscape." The Tools & Techniques section covers a lot of material; it is very helpful without mandating methods. To me, the most important material in the book is the explanation accompanying each photo - how it was made and, often, the story behind it. I look forward to put all these concepts and techniques to work!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2011
I've been a follower of Harold's Photoblog 2.0 for years and own most of his books. Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques (the latest book in his "Creative" series) is another outstanding book. Harold's writing style is similar to a conversation you have with a good friend - a pleasant and comfortable experience. After reading this book you'll feel as if you attended a "one on one" photography workshop with Harold. I especially enjoyed the chapters on how to consider people, cityscapes, abstracts, "black and white" and patterns when creating your next landscape photograph. This book constantly reminded me that the next great landscape photograph could exist in your own back yard or neighborhood - don't travel to the Grand Canyon to take a shot that's been done a million times - go out in your own community and get creative. I've read several books on landscape photography, but this one has motivated me to actually get outside and shoot. The best gift one can give to a photographer is time. Creative Landscapes will provide you with the knowledge in order to take advantage of this gift. Full disclosure, I was provided a copy for review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 19, 2011
Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips and Tricks by Harold Davis is the quintessential book on all types of landscape photography. Every set of pages has a phenomenal photograph with the details on where and how the photograph was taken. It's like walking around with Harold watching him explore nature to find and capture that perfect moment. Then, the pages are full of an easy to read narrative on how to find, feel, and create tremendous landscape photographs. With this information and inspiration, I will be improving my landscape photographs and I am motivated to make the effort to go out and explore this wonderful world more. Although ... I won't be hanging out of any helicopters or airplanes to get aerial photographs - I'll leave that to the braver photographers out there. Seriously, this book covers everything from planning the trip, composing the shot, and post-processing. It has so many useful reminders, good ideas, and technical tips. This book to read and re-read to be informed and inspired to create wonderful landscape photographs. Perfect gift for everyone who is interested in photography. This is the book to have.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2011
The philosopher Arthur Schopenbauer said, "Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees."
This describes the essence of Harold Davis' new book, Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques. Harold presents a "tour de force" of creative examples, and presents them in a personal voice which makes the reader feel as if he is having a one on one conversation with the author.
Harold presents a wonderful selection of landscape photos from extraordinary locations, but it is the photos of the familiar locations we all pass everyday which, to me, is the real strength of the book. Harold has the ability to "think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees", and he shows us how he does it.
Let's face it, most of us will never see Africa for a photo safari, or climb to the tops of mountains, but we will pass by and go to local parks, cities, neighborhoods, etc. Harold shows us how to think "what nobody has thought" about these locales. In other words, he teaches us how to take the ordinary and turn it into the extraordinary by seeing everyday locations with a creative eye.
The book itself is broken into four main sections; The Tao of Landscapes, Tools and Techniques, One World Many Landscapes and finally, Landscapes and Post-Processing. Each section adds on the previous one until you have a complete picture of the Creative process necessary to lift your photography to new heights.
Harold Davis' series of Creative books is a very worthwhile addition to any photographer's bookshelf, and all have helped me become a better photographer.
As I said in a previous review, I like the way Mr. Davis writes. He uses a very conversational approach which resonates with me. I find that there is little overlap between his books and, like this one, each passes on not only very usable techniques, but also wonderful lessons in creativity. This book works for me, and I believe you'll find it works for you as well.
Posted June 13, 2011
This is just a stunning book. I lived at the base of Mt. Diablo (page 10-11) for 25 years and never say anything like his image. We are going back to Danville next month and I will spend a lot of time enjoying Mt. Diablo from Harold Davis' viewpoint.
I love the pictures of Yosemite. The picture on page 88-89 of Angel's Landing in Zion National Park looks like a painting. One of the main points in Harold's book is that he gets up early, goes over rugged countryside, and sometimes stays out all night. Wish I was that dedicated.
This is another book that I have many bookmarks to go back and really study how you took such a great shot. Wish I could be a bug on his shoulder to watch him take his outstanding images.
Thanks for another terrific book. Mary
Posted June 13, 2011
Creative Landscapes: Tips and Techniques is the newest in the Creative: Tips and Techniques Series by Harold Davis these include Creative Lighting, Creative, Close-Ups, Creative Night, Creative Composition, Creative Black and White, and Creative Portraits and The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations, The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Post-Processing both co-authored with his wife Phyllis. Most of these I have read and benefited from and I can recommend for any photographer's library. I am one that has stood at a overlook at the Grand Canyon, and at the brink of the falls at Yellowstone and at a sunset and again at a moonrise in a unique settings and wondered how can I use my camera to capture the essence of this so that the viewers of my photograph might feel what I see and feel; well Harold's book Creative Landscapes will give one some the tools to do so. Harold quotes Ansel Adams; "Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment." With the use of Creative Landscapes one can hopefully reduce some the supreme disappointments. Harold also states that Ansel Adams is a hero of his and I say that Ansel is a proper hero for any landscape photographer. Ansel Adams is to have said "You don't take a photograph, you make it." And in the same light Edward S. Curtis stated that "Good pictures are the result of long study rather than chance." Harold's book is one of the stepping stones, one of the tools for developing the craft that is of a Landscape Photographer. This book is well crafted. In it one will find plenty of photographs with details on how each was made and the reason for and the history of the photograph; not so much so that for one to try to copy but to teach one to develop one's own way of seeing and picture making. The final phase of this book deals with some post-processing; here is a major part of the making of a photograph that is with a computer and software instead of light, chemicals and silver halide-gelatin emulsion coated papers as in days past. Post-processing is as much an art as the dodging and burning of Adam's print making. Ansel Adams famously stated "The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways." Today one might claim the: raw file is the score and the website is..Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2011
Harold Davis again has added to his excellent "Creative Series (Black & White; Night; Close-Ups; Composition; and, Lighting) with his latest release "Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques." "The main challenge in composing landscape photos is to grab the attention of your viewers." Davis continues in stating that, "my love for landscape photography started early and helped to form my life." He was moved by seeing the Ansel Adams masterpiece "Moonrise Hernandez, New Mexico,' so too was I moved on my first foray into landscape photography on an autumn visit to Bear Mountain State Park in New York. This experience opened my eyes to go beyond just looking, but really seeing the beauty of this setting. Davis underscores what makes truly memorable landscapes; they are images that truly connect emotionally with the viewer. His photographic philosophy demonstrates a balance between spirituality and photographic techniques to deliver that emotional link. Through his appreciation of some of the teachings of Asian religions combined with Chinese philosophy, Davis conveys a world view that all things pass and beauty is transitory. Therefore, the emotional connection of an image gives that photo a continuing life in the mind of the viewer. Wilderness, modern world, grand, intimate, imaginary and, abstracts and patterns are all descriptions of styles and subjects of landscapes. We interpret what we view in the sky, the ocean, the land, man-made structures, and the macro-world through artistic expression in abstract and constructed landscapes. By understanding the metaphysical elements that make an image work, Davis coaches us to follow good techniques to get the shot we want. Understanding the workings of our equipment and all the qualities of light, gives the photographer the tools and discipline to be able to pre-visualize an image. Despite all the technological advancements, Davis is a proponent of getting the best image possible up front and not to be totally reliant on post processing. Post processing can make an excellent photo great, but it cannot raise a mediocre one to that level. Quality of that initial image, preferably shot in RAW, allows you the best chance of producing the image you have imagined. Understandably, Davis is a proponent of using low ISO settings to get the rendition of the landscape in the best possible way. Reliance on software to remove high ISO noise is not a direction he advocates for most photographic opportunities. What I appreciated from Davis' work is his grounded understanding of what it takes to render a powerful and captivating landscape photo. From patience to vision, from technical knowledge of the equipment to conveying an emotion in you work; these are all ingredients to deliver a memorable landscape image. Underscoring all this is a critical understanding of the raw ingredients to make the image work, light. Davis gives you gift of understanding all these elements to enable you to strengthen your future photographic landscapes. Whether you are just getting started or seasoned like me, purchasing this book is a great investment in yourself. It will help you not only with your landscape photography, but will enrich your perspective as you pursue your own journey in self-expression through photography.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2011
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