Digital Landscape Photography: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Perfect Photos (英語) ペーパーバック – 2003/10/1
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An introduction to the art of digital landscape photography incorporates insider tips, projects, and creative ideas as it explains how to capture impressive landscape images and use scanned images to achieve a variety of special effects through software manipulation, with detailed step-by-step instruction in a host of practical photographic and editing techniques. Original. (Beginner)
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I am more so disappointed because I own several books published by Ilex on Photoshop which I rate and I purchased "Step-by-Step Digital Landscape Photography" in the belief that it would be up to the standard of the Photoshop books. I was wrong.
The book has four chapters that deal with Digital Cameras, Taking Great Landscape Shots, Digital Darkroom Techniques and Showing Your Pictures. Each chapter has very short introductions and explanations, so for example, in the first chapter there are double-page spreads devoted to: the camera and its controls, the lens, focusing, exposure, white balance, low light, using flash and scanning. In "The Camera and Its Controls" It has a small section on camera flash and all it says about it is "Most digital cameras come with a small built-in flash. For more serious work you need to buy a separate hand-held flashgun." Most of the other sub-headings in this section (and other chapters), are handled in a similar way.
Reading this book, I got the impression that those responsible for it got hold of an introduction to photography book and just gave it a landscape leaning by substituting all the photographs with photographs of seascapes, hills, mountains, sunsets, fields of flowers etc.
I have been taking landscape photography for only a year now and already I am aware of many things not covered by this book. In my opinion, its a lost opportunity by the publishers.
It quickly introduces areas such as f-stops, shutter speed and rule of thirds. The book is not particularly well written. Much of the prose is 6th form at best. Having introduced the 'rule-of-thirds' early the subject if dropped only a group of trees to be described as 'on the third'. This would probably confused a true beginner. Similar topics are introduced in passing but too quickly. Experienced photographers know this very well. Beginners need clearer text, not hurried brevity.
An example is mentioning that a ugly electricity pole was 'cloned out', many chapters before this is first covered is poor.
There are typos that really should have been spotted. Some of the photos are too small to see or learn from properly. very little of the photography is truly first class.
I have many books on photography in general and this is the least well written and thought out.