Publication date: September 2014
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 244 x 244mm
Mastering Landscape Photography
Landscape photography can be a solitary experience, but I believe that creativity requires a certain amount of peaceful contemplation to flourish. What skills or requirements, therefore, does a successful landscape photographer need? An ability not to mind getting cold or wet is one that springs to immediately to mind, but a landscape photographer also has to understand how the weather and the seasons affect the landscape. Navigational skills are useful to find potential subjects. Above all, empathy for the natural world is a prerequisite.
Beginning with a comprehensive guide to the choice of cameras, lenses and other equipment and accessories, this book covers the fundamentals of exposure (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, dynamic range) and an appreciation of the effects of light on the landscape, at various times of the day and in all types of weather. There’s also practical advice on planning for an outdoor shoot and coverage of the basics of assembling a travel kit, using maps and choosing a location, consulting sunrise and sunset times, weather forecasts and predicting tides. The text explains the theories and ‘rules’ of composition: the importance of balance, harmony and symmetry, the power of leading lines, visual weight, and the ability to create depth in an image.
Completing this definitive guide to capturing beautiful and compelling images, there is a final instructive chapter details the practical techniques of post-production workflow, from the processing of images to proofing, to displaying or printing the final results.
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