Exploring North American Landscapes: Visions and Lessons in Digital Photography [NOOK Book]

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Over the years, photographers have come to know one thing is certain in the landscape photography world: there are places in America that have become icons of the landscape. This book focuses on a few places that have become such a draw, almost as if the rocks and trees have demanded to be photographed.

As a third generation landscape photographer, Marc Muench has been fortunate to be one photographer that has lived the experience, explored ...

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Exploring North American Landscapes: Visions and Lessons in Digital Photography

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Overview

Over the years, photographers have come to know one thing is certain in the landscape photography world: there are places in America that have become icons of the landscape. This book focuses on a few places that have become such a draw, almost as if the rocks and trees have demanded to be photographed.

As a third generation landscape photographer, Marc Muench has been fortunate to be one photographer that has lived the experience, explored the regions, lugged the large cameras, waited for the light, and, in a few cases, photographed a unique location for the first time. Marc discusses how landscape photography is more than simply an exploration of the landscape, but is also an exploration of your equipment and, ultimately, of yourself.

The question is asked over and over: what is it that makes your heart beat faster and your blood begin to rush, leading you to reach for your camera? Muench believes the answers to this question are buried in the many stories of what landscape photographers have been doing over the past fifty years. He writes about his stories, his father's stories, and his grandfather's stories; and he shares the images that have, in a way, become what people around the world think of when they imagine what the more dramatic America looks like.

An entire section of this book is devoted to the technical aspects of landscape photography, including what equipment to use, techniques for working with environmental conditions, and easy to understand step-by-step lessons on image optimization using Photoshop and other tools.

Muench's stunning images will inspire anyone who picks up this book, and photographers from the amateur to the professional level will learn how they too can find, capture, and process their own amazing landscape images.
Foreword by Katrin Eismann

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781457103391
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 1,248,025
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Marc Muench was born in Santa Barbara, California, where he now resides with his wife, Stefanie, and their three children. He has been a professional landscape and sports photographer for over 20 years. After completing his studies at Pasadena Art Center College of Design, Marc immediately began photographing for book publishers such as Graphic Arts Center, Browntrout Publishing, and Time Inc. His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, books, calendars, and postcards, and in 2003, he was designated as a Kodak Photo Icon.

Marc is now the artist-in-residence at dgrin.com for Smugmug, where he contributes on a regular basis to the Muench University critique thread. He is also the photo editor of the National Parks Guide, published by The American Park Network. The guides contain many of his images taken throughout the United States National Park system.

Marc recently completed a year-long video project on Catalina Island for the Catalina Island Conservancy. The five-minute video highlights the new Trans Catalina Trail, capturing dynamic landscapes, wildlife, and hikers exploring their way across the Island.

Marc's goal is to convey the drama and the power of nature "to share the experience " in his photographic images. And his images show that, without a doubt, Marc has achieved his goal time and time again.

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments;
Foreword by Katrin Eismann;
Introduction;
Explorations and Visions;
Chapter 1: Philosophy of Photography;
Chapter 2: The Secret Gene;
Chapter 3: The Decisive Placement;
3.1 The Warm-Up;
3.2 The Divine Angle;
3.3 Catching the Perfect Wave;
3.4 Inspired Moments;
3.5 As Good as It Gets!;
3.6 Heli Skiing in the Rockies;
3.7 Risks and Rewards;
Chapter 4: Chasing the Light;
4.1 Getting Lucky;
4.2 Catching the Light;
4.3 Change;
4.4 Chasing the Light;
4.5 Shooting Directly into the Sun;
4.6 Revealing the Light;
Chapter 5: Evolving Methods;
5.1 Panoramic Imagery;
5.2 Tilt/Shift for More;
5.3 Still Time Lapses;
5.4 Shooting Into the Sun;
Chapter 6: Favorite Places;
6.1 Sierra Nevada;
6.2 Santa Barbara County;
The Lessons;
Chapter 7: Making the Exposure;
7.1 Regarding Contrast;
Chapter 8: The Workflow;
8.1 Step 1 – Logging;
8.2 Step 2 – Selecting the Images;
8.3 Step 3 – Post-Processing;
Chapter 9: Setting the Range;
Chapter 10: Massaging the Middle;
10.1 All Those Sliders;
10.2 Two More Great Tools;
Chapter 11: Quick Masking for Regional Dynamics;
11.1 Learning to Decipher the Dynamic Range of a Scene;
11.2 Calibrations and Profiles;
11.3 Does Your Image Need Quick Masking?;
Chapter 12: Real Color;
Chapter 13: Manual HDR;
13.1 What does HDR Mean: Hyper Digital Reflexes or High Dynamic Range?;
13.2 Manual HDR: Is There Any Other Way?;
13.3 HDR vs. SBR;
13.4 Shooting for HDR Images;
13.5 Camera Settings and Setup for Manually Exposing HDR;
13.6 Camera Settings and Setup for Exposing HDR with Auto Bracket Feature;
13.7 Capturing the Scene Manually;
13.8 Capturing the Scene with the Auto Exposure Bracketing Feature;
13.9 Combining Your Exposures;
13.10 Brush Settings;
13.11 Foreground and Background Colors;
Chapter 14: More HDR;
14.1 Quick and Easy Manual Override;
14.2 Auto Pixel Smashing with Photomatix or CS5 HDR Pro;
14.3 One Final Tip;
The First Two Generations of Muench Photographers;
Epilogue;
Index of Feature Images;

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Fabulous book for anyone interested in landscape photography!

    Marc follows in the footsteps of his famous father and grandfather and takes landscape photography even farther with some great insights using modern digital cameras. The photos are amazing and beautifully-printed in color. Many tips are given for even someone like myself who is a relative "newbie" to more advanced landscape photography. His focus on the western U.S. is right down my alley as I have visited many of the very places that he portrays.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Good Book - Recommended

    The personal stories in the first half of the book are mostly interesting The lessons in the book on digital photography are quite useful and provide great ideas to try. The images, of course, are outstanding.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    An interesting and well rounded book with great technical insights

    This a wonderful story of Marc Muench and his families invovlement in photography. It's also a treasure of information on takeing pictues as well as post processing. I had just purchased Photoshop CS5 when I bought this book and is very helpful for learning to use many of the features in that program.

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