A few months ago I bought a Canon DSLR. I knew I wanted two different lenses because years ago I had a nice Minolta 35 mm with two lenses. I just use the setting for landscape, portrait, close-up, or auto. I haven't even messed with things I'm unfamiliar with like the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, or any of that. Then I received John Shaw's Guide to Digital Nature Photography from Blogging for Books.
This book is perfect for anyone wishing to know more about taking nature photos, even beginners. There is a lot of terminology and things I was unfamiliar with, but it was a very interesting read and easy to understand. It is also a very beautiful book. There are over 250 extraordinary photos which makes this a great book to leave out on the coffee table for easy reference and peaceful viewing. There are six section:
- Gear-This is the best chapter if you are getting started. It goes over choosing a camera, setting it up, tripods, filters, and more.
- Getting Started- Stops, modes, metering auto and manual exposure plus more is covered in this chapter.
- Lenses- This chapter tells us what lenses do, talks of focal lengths and depth of field, plus teleconverters, chromatic aberration, and more.
- Composition- Here we learn to see photo-graphically, about lighting, framing and placement, vertical or horizontal, and working a subject.
- Close-Ups- The definition of close-up is explained along with macro lenses and close-up flash.
- The Photographer At Work-This final chapter discusses what equipment John Shaw uses, how he changes his settings and how he works in the field and the digital darkroom.
My adult daughter takes so many scenery pictures that are beautiful and some day I hope I am able to use my camera as well as she does. With this book I am on my way.
For over four decades, John Shaw’s authentic voice and trusted advice has helped photographers achieve impressive shots in the great outdoors. In his first-ever book on digital photography, Shaw provides in-depth advice on everything from equipment and lenses to thorough coverage of digital topics including how to use the histogram. In addition, he offers inspirational and frank insight that goes far beyond the nuts and bolts of photography, explaining that successful photos come from having a vision, practicing, and then acquiring the equipment needed to accomplish the intention. Easily digestible and useful for every type of photographer, and complete with more than 250 jaw-dropping images, is the one book you’ll need to beautifully capture the world around you.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Digital Nature Photography free of charge in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.