I’ve got to say. On the surface, nature and landscape photography is super boring. We all take these shots on vacation, but they never really turn out great do they. I’ve experimented with HDR and gotten some nice results, but have they really WOW’d me? Probably not. I usually blame it on the landscape. ”Oh, well if I photographed one of the 7 wonders of the world, my shots would look like that too!!!” Malarky.
Michael Frye’s new book Exposure For Outdoor Photography has really done it. I’m always super stoked to read a new Craft and Vision book. Why? Because they’re not overwhelming. They’re cheap (5 bucks, the price of a latte), and usually filled with more information than I need.
This month, their new release is really something special. I learned more from this book, than any other. I hate to admit it since I teach photography, but I learned a whole about how my camera works, and why it does the things it does. This book is unreal.
The great part is the concepts aren’t just about making spectacular landscape photos (which it does). But it really breaks down metering modes, and histograms to easy to understand concepts. We all “kinda” know what a histogram is, and what it does, but do we really pay attention to it? Probably not. It’s much easier to look at the back of our LCD screen and say “does it look okay? I can tweak it in Lightroom.” In the last year I’ve really become a fanatic for “getting it right in camera.” Is this because I want to be a hot shot photographer who says things like “ohhhh the image is made in camera, not in the digital darkroom.” NO! It’s because I don’t want to be slaving over my computer for hours on end. It’s much more fun to bring up images, be amazed, and print em off for later. It’s a much easier concept.
Here are some of the great thing’s you’ll learn from Michael’s book:
-Where to place your focus when shooting a sweeping landscape (not at infinity like you might think)
-Freezing motion without blowing out highlights (this was a big eye opener)
-Where to expose in a high dynamic setting, and how to get it right in camera WITHOUT HDR (wow)
-A “for dummies” explanation and real world application for the zone system
-How to knock it out of the park with your histogram every time!
-A whole lot more, I can’t even begin…
Download the book here. And as a special bonus, if you enter the code “EXPOSURE4″ before February 20th, you’ll save 20%! It’s a steal at 4 bucks!