Scenic Photography 101: A Crash Course to Shooting Better Pictures Outdoors

Scenic Photography 101: A Crash Course to Shooting Better Pictures Outdoors

by Kerry Drager
     
 

Offering clear guidance and fresh ideas, Scenic Photography 101 will help even the most inexperienced of photographers improve their photographic vision and picture-taking skills. Author and photographer Kerry Drager includes a wide range of outdoor scenes - from landscapes, seascapes, and sunsets to city skylines, historic sites, and even amusement parks - the types… See more details below

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Offering clear guidance and fresh ideas, Scenic Photography 101 will help even the most inexperienced of photographers improve their photographic vision and picture-taking skills. Author and photographer Kerry Drager includes a wide range of outdoor scenes - from landscapes, seascapes, and sunsets to city skylines, historic sites, and even amusement parks - the types of things most people want to photograph. Having taught many field workshops, he knows just what baffles amateur photographers and what techniques they need to learn. He covers basic equipment, composition, lighting, and design topics, and also provides tips on how to photograph people within the landscape, a subject overlooked by most scenic photography books.

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Peter K. Burian
Subtitled "A Crash Course to Shooting Better Pictures Outdoors," this guide covers numerous topics in varying amounts of detail from landscapes to seascapes and sunsets to cityscapes and amusement parks. Written by a photographer who often teaches field workshops, it also covers a lot of the factors that frustrate begining photographers: depth of field, composition, exposure control, making sharper photos, plus basic equipment selection.
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KLIATT
The author is a professional photographer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Sierra Club calendars. The book consists of an Introduction and four chapters entitled: Developing Your Vision, Light and Color, Composition, and Capturing Details. The most important chapter, in this reviewer's opinion, is the first, for it provides sound advice on how to move beyond taking snapshots to taking scenic photographs. The first piece of advice is to slow down and spend time searching for the best way to photograph your subject. "Point and shoot" is forbidden for serious scenic photographers. Preparation and planning are also important. One must also know the limitations of one's camera, and choose the right film and lenses. Among the book's other practical advice is an insistence on paying attention to the light, which the author feels is the most important aspect of any photograph. If the light is not right: come back when it is. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Amphoto/Watson-Guptill, 144p, illus, index, 99-29592, $24.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: John Rosser; Professor, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)
Library Journal
This brief, straightforward book covers the essentials of outdoor photography: color, light, and composition. The clear and lively text offers many helpful suggestions for making better photographs with available light during the day and night as well as photographing over water. Organized around four broad chapters, the book offers practical advice on developing one's visual approach, working with light and color, composing different kinds of photographs, and capturing fine details. The author is particularly helpful in demonstrating options available in composing photographs in any given situation. The exquisite illustrations, offering superb examples of the author's points in the text, are undoubtedly the greatest strength of the book. One of the best introductory photography guides available for amateurs, this is highly recommended for all libraries.--Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

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ISBN-13:
9780817458195
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 11.03(h) x 0.44(d)

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