Rob Sheppard's newest book, The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, is a wonderful addition to the growing collection of works on digital photography. It is well organized and contains many useful features. Rob does an excellent job of sharing the basics--gear, camera settings, dealing with light, etc.--but for me the book's greatest contribution is what comes afterwards. Following a helpful chapter on composition Rob looks at landscape photography from a variety of perspectives. I especially liked his unit on "Themes" where he discusses how to approach different settings: mountains, forests, oceans, flower landscapes, wetscapes, prairies and small scale landscapes. It is obvious from reading this section that Rob cares about the things he photographs.
The book contains information on many of the latest trends in digital photography (HDR, panoramics, black and white conversion) and also, through "photographer profiles," insight from leading photographers such as George Lepp, Bill Fortney and Richard Hamilton Smith. All of this, combined with Rob's outstanding collection of illustrative images, makes this book an invaluable tool for those wishing to take their landscape photography to the next level.
Rob Sheppard offers in this book something for photographers of all levels. For years I have recommended his books to my workshop students. The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography will be no exception. I recommend it to you as well!