Finally, there is a book for reference from an author who actually does this and "gets it". If you're just getting started and the outdoors is your interest, this is close to perfect for the exposure basics, framing, composition and guidelines for both the proper equipment and procedures necessary.
A lot less emphasis on needing this lens to take this shot, but this is a shot you can take with this lens. And this is how it's done. More of an outdoor photographer's style and approach. We have to carry this stuff and know why.
I don't think there is an example photo in the book that I haven't taken in one way or another. That's what impresses me. I've tried everything outdoors imagineable and Arbabi covers it "all". And explains and emphasizes the procedure in the preferable, "this is how I do it, you can do it too". If you have a reasonable, initial understanding of the basics of exposure, you should have no problem applying that concept to outdoor situations. In fact, one could "almost" learn exposure based on this book as a stand alone, but I don't think that is the author's intent.
The fundamentals of exposure are probably better addressed with a more dedicated issue like the author's own "Better Photo Guide to Exposure" which I do not have, or my personal favorite Jeff Wignall's "Exposure Photo Workshop", to whom I'll forever be in debt.
Sean Arbabi puts considerable time and effort into the more physical aspect of outdoor/nature photography with chapters and tips throughout that describe gear handling and safety that are often overlooked or not discussed. You've got to have been in those situations to realize how important this is. Nature isn't always nice.
I like the fact that the book has very little devoted to editing/photoshop, but concentrates on the business at hand rather than the "create it in photoshop" approach. Again, more of the outdoor style. If I didn't see something that caught my attention, why shoot it and try to make nature look un/natural in a computer. Sure, he describes HDR and panorama/stitching, but it's not the end all, be all of nature photography.
Now, I can't really say this book has many of those "nuggets" of info that would surprise a hard core, experienced outdoor photographer or the "pro forum expert" crowd will be quoting, but having learned this stuff myself from the "school of hard knocks", this book will definitely reduce the learning curve of a beginner/amateur or someone new to outdoor photography.
Lighting, from daylight to midday to direction is mentioned, even camouflage and expressions from wildlife are covered. I think the only thing not covered is whether to wear leather lined or gortex hiking boots.
I just can't believe how valuable this information can be to a beginner at outdoor photography, whether using a dslr, an m4/3 or even a point and shoot. You simply can't learn this stuff indoors.
For us know-it-all, battle scarred veterans of those unique, outdoor challenges, it's still an excellent refresher, reminder and pleasant read from cover to cover.
This book was my Christmas gift, and it is, in more ways than one. Excellent.