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Digital Masters: Adventure Photography Paperback – 7 Mar 2010


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lark; 1 Original edition (7 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600595197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600595196
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 22 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 876,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Clark is an internationally famous photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Rock and Ice, Bike Magazine and The New York Times. He has also authored books and eBooks on digital photography. His client list includes Nike, Nikon, Adobe, 20th Century Fox, Black Diamond, La Sportiva and many more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Hunt on 2 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
In this book Michael Clark has continued the tradition of photographers `passing it forward', giving others the benefit of their own experience by the bucket load. I am fairly sure that the value in this book is worth more than the price paid.

The opening photographs sum up what being an adventure photographer is and show why Michael Clark has the right to write such a book. The first photograph of the photographers sitting on the bus...you can almost smell the sharp clean air and hear the shutters firing.

The book is well laid out, covering general photographic equipment and then in each chapter about the different sports there is a summary of the `essentials' for each type of photography. The contents page is also well thought out and shows the book is very much a `how to' kind of guide without reverting to the blindingly obvious. There is no `why you ought to shoot raw' here - it is taken for granted that if you're reading this book there are some things you know already or are capable of finding out yourself.

The opening chapters set up the camera side, but also clothing, other equipment and lighting (in a good concise summary). He is honest about the fact that you're not going to get above average results without spending the money. Frames per second, fast reliable auto-focus and well built kit will cost but will also deliver the results to get ahead.
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The real deal 14 Jan. 2010
By C. Fryberger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a younger outdoor shooter this book is a great resource for me. It's really awesome to have all the info in a single place. After reading the book and getting some time in, I think the information here is enough to get any hard-working and creative photographer up to speed with any of the professional shooters out there. Ultimately, buying this book doesn't make bad light good, but it gives you the information to go ahead and put in the work, knowing that if you follow the methods Michael describes you'll come away with a end product you - and hopefully your clients - can be proud of.

I'm a cinematographer by trade and even though this book is geared more towards the stills set, I still find it 90% applicable to what I'm doing in the outdoors.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
More Than Just Taking Photos 5 Jan. 2010
By Paul Beiser - Published on Amazon.com
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I just got done reading Michael's excellent new book, and he has done a fantastic job. Not only does he talk about the tools and techniques for getting great shots in various adventure sports (climbing, kayaking, etc), but he details out his approach, how he plans to get the shots he needs, and how he reacts when things change - and they change a lot in the activities Michael shoots.

However, the best he saves for last in the final 3 chapters - all very unique and incredibly valuable. The first section is all about 'adventure portraiture', something I have not seen before and he talks about how to take a great portrait in less than ideal circumstances :-). The last 2 sections Michael shares his tips, knowledge and recommendations for aspiring photographers who want to turn pro. He has some fantastic information, and great references, and the final 2 interviews (with Corey Rich and Sabine Meyer) should help any person who wants to turn pro. Michael shares all of his knowledge, tips, tricks to help and inspire folks who may want to pursue their dreams, and he lets them know not only can it be done (with a TON of hard work), but shows how it might be done.

All in all, highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Get this book - QUICK - before Michael realizes he's giving all his secrets away! 24 Nov. 2010
By Curtis Brandt - Published on Amazon.com
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Just finished this adventure photography book by Michael Clark. He's a great photographer and also a very pragmatic writer and teacher. The book is well-written, well-illustrated, and contains a TON of information. This is a great publication for the money. Can't wait to put some of his ideas to use. If you're serious about outdoor photographer, whether or not you want to make a dime at it, this book is a must.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Adventure Reading 7 April 2011
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. If you photography anything that moves ... buy it.

And if you don't photograph anything that moves - buy it - and you will. That simple.

That good.

Well, OK, not that simple. Buy the book first, simple comes later.
Great place to start in adventure photography, wide range of topics covered, 10 Jun. 2011
By Michael Brochstein - Published on Amazon.com
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If adventure photography is what interests you then this is a great book to start with.

I was tempted to give this book four stars because the wide range of topics meant that each topic could only be covered to a limited depth. After thinking it over I realized that there are so many practical tips and techniques discussed in the core subject of adventure photography that it really deserved five stars. As the author himself says, there are many topics discussed which warrant reading additional books (and taking classes/workshops) to master the wide field of expertise necessary to be an adventure photographer. For instance, the books discusses the author's climbing techniques, lighting, portraiture, the use of Lightroom, the business of photography and many other aspects of this quest for creating the imagery that he does. Each of these topics demands additional study and it would have been unfair to expect this book to cover these topics in depth (the book would then have become a ten volume series).

While the limited depth that certain topics get can be made up by reading other fine works on those subjects, the author gives many practical and specific tips and techniques for photographing specific adventure sports that you probably won't easily find elsewhere.

Considering the wide range of topics covered and specifically the adventure photography specific knowledge discussed, this book is a worthwhile read for those looking to enter the field of adventure photography.
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