National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photographyby Tim Fitzharris
Step-by-step lessons, annotated photographs, before-and-after comparisons and hundreds of inspiring examples of the master photographer's art provide a complete course in taking professional-caliber photographs of the natural landscape. Whether you want to shoot a waterfall in impressionistic brushstrokes, record a mirrorlike reflection of ice-capped peaks or capture… See more details below
Step-by-step lessons, annotated photographs, before-and-after comparisons and hundreds of inspiring examples of the master photographer's art provide a complete course in taking professional-caliber photographs of the natural landscape. Whether you want to shoot a waterfall in impressionistic brushstrokes, record a mirrorlike reflection of ice-capped peaks or capture the last rays of sun over a Pacific beach, you will find professional guidance here. Distilled from decades of fieldwork by award-winning landscape photographer Tim Fitzharris, these foolproof techniques emphasize specific field procedures for a wide variety of wilderness settings. This book will boosr your photography skills whether you are a beginner wanting to improve vacation snapshots, an advanced amateur or a professional taking images for publication.
Now that the price of high-definition digital cameras, powerful computers, and image-editing software has come down, the opportunity for making professional-quality landscape photos is greater than ever. Fitzharris is well known for his regular nature column in Popular Photography & Imagingmagazine and his 30-odd books on wilderness and wildlife photography. Here, though some might object to the sometimes garish results when Fitzharris overworks an image with editing software, his advice on such topics as field techniques, fine-art composition, and the best equipment to use is invaluable. This highly accomplished and useful guide is an inspiring improvement over more basic volumes like Michelle Perkins's Digital Landscape Photography: Step-by-Step. Recommended.
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Meet the Author
Tim Fitzharris is a critically acclaimed photographer known by his colleagues for his regular column in Popular Photography and Imaging magazine. He is the author of 25 books, including National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography, Close-Up Photography in Nature, Rocky Mountains: Wilderness Reflections and Big Sky: Wild West Panorama. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Introduction: The Earth, our planet, our home.
In its natural state it's difficult to imagine anything more beautiful. This book is intended to help photographers capture this beauty for the enjoyment of both themselves and others. The landscape is arguably the most difficult, challenging and fascinating of nature's subjects. It is an elusive targetterrain shimmering in ultraviolet or buffeted by wind one day and twinkling with frost or glinting bronze under a sunset sky the next.
Not only does the landscape change, endlessly offering to the lens new contours, textures and colors depending on weather, light and season, it posts no signs to guide the photographer's approach. It does not encourage you to capture spreading antlers or eyes sparkling with highlights. Its appeal is broad, and as subject it is open to wide avenues of interpretation. It is more concept than thing, more mood or feeling than identity. You cannot take a picture of a mountain and say, "There, I've got it." You can only say that you know a bit of it, that you've spent some time near its energy.
If you have an artistic temperament, this will appeal to you. No matter how many times a famous landform has been photographed, your encounter with it will be unique and will remain so with every subsequent shooting session. Pulsing with light, mother of life, for the artist a subject both sublime and mindless, the land abides in us and for us. You appreciate this while looking through the lens, trekking to a shooting site or standing on a precipice waiting for sunrise. If you're reading this book, you're already attuned to this. You want to know more about direct engagement,about embracing this wonder of Earth through your eyes and insights, your photography and your art.
This book will help you understand how camera and film (or sensor) depict the land so that you can make images the way you see and feel. The technical components of professional-level landscape photography are all covered here. The emphasis of the book, however, is on the photographer's actual interaction with the subject. I've described here the numerous ways in which I photograph the landscape, the particulars of how I proceed to capture a dune field, ocean sunrise, autumn forest or alpine reflection. Each setting calls for the application of a different set of technical and artistic considerations. I've outlined the general procedures I use when working in the field, the focus being to enjoy the process while maximizing the quality of imagery.
To this end, you will find that keeping things simpletechnically, logistically, artisticallybrings you closest to the Earth, your subject, allowing the clearest expression of your artistic goals. The working models presented here are the ones that I use and know, but they needn't be the ones that you favor. There are many ways to approach landscape photography, and your art will benefit by considering how others photograph. As you gain experience you will discard some procedures, embrace others and develop new ones of your own.
It's impossible to photograph the landscape and not be aware of the accelerating deterioration of the planet's natural areas. Governments generally see progress in terms of economic growth manifested through industrial, residential, agricultural or commercial expansion, nearly always to the detriment of natural systems. As nature photographers we can use our influence to turn capitalism's focus on development to one that favors preservation. It's seems to be a losing proposition at this point, but you'll feel better and grow more appreciative of the subjects you photograph just for making the effort. Earthlings, unite!
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