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Insight Guides: Travel Photography [Kindle Edition]

Insight Guides , Tony Halliday
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

To mark the 40th anniversary of Insight Guides, the leading publisher of visual travel guides, we are publishing our very own Insight Guide to Travel Photography. This practical and informative guide will appeal to keen amateurs as well as complete beginners and covers everything from the history of travel photography to digital processing and the sharing and selling of your own images. The guide features expert advice on how to capture stunning photographs whatever the time of day or year, helped by our destination calendar which conveniently highlights when places are at their most photogenic. Illustrated sections explore all aspects of technique from lighting and composition to camera settings, exposure and lenses. 'The Journey' section explores every kind of travel photography, including Setting Out, Landscapes, Elements and Skyscapes, The Built Environment, People, Wildlife, Details and Close-ups, Transport and Active Pursuits. A section offering tips on how to establish a rapport with people and photograph them successfully and respectfully in their environment in order to gain a greater insight into their world is entirely unique to this guide. Authoritative feature essays focus on areas such as 'Capturing the Soul', 'The Family of Man' and 'Flash Photography'. The handy 'At Home' section provides invaluable advice for preparing for your trip, including what to take and planning the journey, local customs, insurance and protecting your camera. There is also plenty of tips for processing, including how to download safely and getting the most from your images. A full and extensive glossary also details technical jargon, for anything you may need to know. This inspirational and practical guide is of a portable size making it a useful on-the-spot handbook, yet comprehensive enough to be a wonderful reference guide at home.

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The very best book on travel photography, ever! And I have read quite a few. The content is very wide-reaching and has a lot of good material on composition as well as technical and practical advice without sounding technical. This certainly has a lot to do with the style of writing - credit to the contributors and the editor! The book gave me many good ideas and inspiration.A" Petter Brevik, Norway.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19053 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Insight (23 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B02QFUQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Good 20 Jan. 2011
The new Insight Guide Travel Photography How to take striking images (ed. Tony Halliday) is an object lesson to other publishers and their editors in how to produce a great, readable, perusable instructional book.
For some bizarre reason such books are often the opposite of what you'd expect for a visual and exciting subject with very wide appeal. Example: the absolutely dreadful Canon Eos Digital Photography Photo Workshop by Serge Timacheff which does the nearly impossible - it combines poor picture selection, with poor picture quality, bad layout and impenetrable captions. Think that's unusual? Don't bother to buy this next one, just trust me: the Collins Complete Photography Course is as clunky as clunky gets and is so badly laid out that it is actually unreadable. A quick perusal of the photography section of any major book store will produce dozens more like these.
Why? There are two good reasons. First, publishers make the dire mistake of having these books created by photographers rather than good book editors, on the dubious principle that techies must know how to create a book on their specialist subject. Usually, they don't. Second, photo selection is a skilled and highly creative business in which art comes way before educational purpose. If, like the Collins authors John Garrett and Graeme Harris, you work on the principle that images used must only illustrate the point being made (which sounds logical) you will end up with the equivalent of a restaurant which offers unpalatable ingredients rather than seductive dishes.
The Insight Guides are rightly famed for the brilliance of their imagery and the sharp layout of text and graphics all of which, in a great book, need to be offered in an integrated whole.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been very good 1 Sept. 2014
By Richard
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Oh dear, where was the copy editor? Some booboos are funny -"The Rule of Things", or "angle of view less than 50 degrees is called wide angle". Others are annoying - example photos missing for instance.

In general the book is let down by poor examples, using agency photos, often of doubtful relevance, where the authors don't seem to know the exposure details. Even when illustrating exposure bracketing there are no captions to say what the exposure was. Likewise when illustrating different focal lengths.

And there aren't enough examples either - for instance the section on using histograms doesn't have a single example.

However, if you can see past all that, there is a lot of useful information here. Much more than most books that sell for under £2. And a lot of it is applicable generally, not just for travel photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Travel Photography 17 Aug. 2013
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Having just completed a book (on Kindle) with the same title I bought this book in order to see how the authors tackled this very broad subject.
Their approach surprised me. Where as my book has a very practical bias (i.e. it deals with issues we all face when travelling) this book takes on a much broader approach. The two books make a perfect pairing.
This Insight Guide is superb at what it does. It comes close to being a comprehensive text book on the history of photography, the techniques of photography, and the opportunities (and pitfalls) of photography in different environments.
A great read, too much to take in at one sitting but a good book to return to over and over again.
A MUST BUY FOR EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER who is interested in photography. It certainly is not limited to (but is directed towards) those whose main interest is in travel photography.
You will never find better at the price.
If you want to see my approach to the same subject please use this direct link. TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY (POPULAR GUIDES TO GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 14 Dec. 2010
This book was ideal for me as an amateur photographer, I love travel and photography but without going on an expensive course it can be difficult to work out what your doing wrong when it comes to your pictures. I loved the way it guides you through different situations rather than just telling you what each setting on your camera does. I also now understand what the histogram actually represents thanks to this book, which gives it an extra star from me. I also like the tips it gives you on touching up your photos digitally, and how to try and make money from your pictures (which we all secretly wish we could do :) )

All in all a very good book which will have a space reserved in my travel bag for a long time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed. 23 Jun. 2015
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I have been impressed by the Insight travel guides and tje photos within, so I bought the Kindle version of the book. I must say it is quite mediocre and really only suitable for beginners. There is a considerable section of the book covering the history of photography and of Insight guides. The history of photography is unnecessary for this book.
The kindle format means photos are spread over two pages also. I had to bookmark the contents list in order to navigate my way around. Unimpressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent present for an arty friend 30 Sept. 2011
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I bought this as a present for a friend, so can't exactly comment on everything that's inside the book. However, my friend is very into her photography and was about to embark on a trip across Asia, so I thought it was appropriate. Seemed good value for money with lots of info inside and some great tips.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent informative book.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs J Holliday
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent read if you fancy becoming a travel photographer, as I would!
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent photographic advice and tips
Published 13 months ago by RobertLynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book - lots of information for the amatuer & professional photographer alike
Published 14 months ago by Wizard_of_Odds
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic useful info
Good for the beginner wanting some tips and things to try.
Published 14 months ago by Paul Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars photography...
I doubt if many photographers will find this book of much use.What the authors fail to understand is that 99% of pictute takers want is a reliable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by G.I.Forbes
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This is a great book for photographers worth the money WARNING this isn't really a book for professional more for beginners
Published 21 months ago by Roan Richards
2.0 out of 5 stars It's free!
Mostly waffle but what the hell it was free....couple opf basic points you might find useful. I'll keep it for reference
Published on 20 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel photography
Well written and concise. Some very useful tips for both new and experienced hobby photographers. My copy is 2010 and is still up-to-date on equipment.
Published on 26 May 2013 by Stephen Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Not so good on old style Kindle in B/W
Any book on Photography MUST be in colour - unless it is limited to the specialist area of Black and White images. Travel photography in particular is about colour . Read more
Published on 10 Mar. 2013 by Doccox
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