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The Photographer's Eye Field Guide: The essential handbook for traveling with your digital SLR camera [Paperback]

Michael Freeman


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26 Aug 2009

Whether on a weekend city break or a month-long trekking vacation, this handy litle guide will be your indispensable companion. Taking photos that really capture the essence of your time away is a real skill, and swamped with a multitude of choices, it can be hard to organise your time and focus on the shots that really matter.

Written by Michael Freeman, one of the world's leading travel photographers, this portable mine of information takes a hands-on approach to travel photography, offering a comprehensive guide to planning and executing your trip. Advice covers everything and includes: choosing what to photograph and how to do it, coping with challenging lighting conditions, and negotiating customs and security issues.

The subjects section covers a diverse array of settings, including: safaris, deserts, diving, cycling, mountains and water. This ensures that, whatever situation you encounter, you have the information you need to take stunning shots right at your fingertips.

The themes section takes a more conceptual approach, and is packed with invaluable advice on situations you may encounter: shooting, for example, worship scenes, markets, landscapes and light. There is even a section on reworking cliches, so you can visit the much-photographed sites of the world and come away with something truly unique.

Packed with stunning shots, and rooted entirely in the photographers own experiences, this is a highly practical approach to a key area of photography, and an inspirational guide for photographers on the move everywhere.

Michael Freeman is the author of the global bestseller, The Photographer's Eye. Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs.



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Michael Freeman, professional photographer and author, with more than 100 book titles to his credit, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. He made the break from there in 1971 to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures extensively in the Amazon volume of their World's Wild Places series, including the cover, they encouraged him to begin a full-time photographic career.

Since then, working for editorial clients that include all the world's major magazines, and notably the Smithsonian Magazine (with which he has had a 30-year association, shooting more than 40 stories), Freeman's reputation has resulted in more than 100 books published. Of these, he is author as well as photographer, and they include more than 40 books on the practice of photography - for this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into fifteen languages, and are available on other Amazon international sites.

They are supported for readers by a regularly updated site, http://thefreemanview.com

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"Freeman is a professional photographer of the first magnitude, and the photos evidence his mastery of people, landscape, nature, wildlife, street and city life photography. His writing is concise and clear. All in all, this is a very worthwhile book - not just if you are going on the trip of a lifetime, but really any trip."--BetterinBlackandWhite.com

"It is pretty safe to say that this man has been everywhere, and is the perfect candidate for authoring a book like The Photographer's Eye Field Guide, labeled the 'essential handbook for traveling with your digital SLR camera.' Measuring a little over 4.5 x 6 inches by slightly more that 1/2 inch thick, the book (like all books in the Field Guide series) is designed to be taken with you - to fit in a pocket or to be tossed in your bag for handy reference in the field. With an opening chapter dedicated to preparation, and later chapters on subjects like, well, subjects and on themes to bring some unity to your travel picture, the book is well designed and well laid out. The chapters are tabbed internally on the outer edge with corresponding tabs on the back for quick searches.. Mr. Freeman is a professional photographer of the first magnitude, and the photos evidence his mastery of people, landscape, nature, wildlife, street and city life photography. His writing is concise and clear. All in all, this is a very worthwhile book - not just if you are going on the trip of a lifetime, but really any trip."--BetterinBlackandWhite.com

"The Photographer's Eye Field Guide is a good guide for those interested travel photography. It covers topics like how to travel with your camera, how to photograph different settings and subjects you might find while traveling (beach, birds, markets, etc.), and the various lighting scenarios you might run into while traveling. He even includes some things to consider when photographing in different cultures. The book includes lots of beautiful examples of travel photographs. A good read for those who love to travel and photograph!"--MomandCamera.com

"In three decades as a photographer for Smithsonian Magazine, Michael Freeman has been asked to shoot some of the world's most picturesque locales. But they are also some of the world's most photographed, which presents a challenge. When photographers have had nearly 100 years to perfect the shot of, say, the Taj Mahal, how do you improve on shots so classic they have become cliché? This should be a matter of concern to any summer traveler who would like to come home with more than a picture of the family standing in front of famous landmarks. Mr. Freeman offers five tips on avoiding the photographic cliché."--NYTimes.com

"Would make fantastic Christmas gifts for the photographer in your life"--review in Kimberlygauthier.com

"They're genuine paperbacks that I can thumb through and dog-ear, not download fodder for my Kindle or iPad. And they're compact enough to fit into the pocket of my Levi's or the outside compartment of my camera bag.In an age that seems overrun with gear freaks and technophiles, these little Field Guides are indispensable new pieces of equipment in charmingly old-fashioned packages. Stick one in the pocket of your Levi's."--Rangefinder

"Chosen as one of the 'Best Art Instruction' books for 2011 by Library Journal"--Library Journal Best Books of 2011 Listing

About the Author

Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader's Digest. Michael is the author of more than 40 photographic books, including the hugely successful Complete Guide to Digital Photography and The Photographer's Eye. For his photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great little book to pack along with photo gear when traveling 29 Dec 2009
By P. Shepard - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not sure i realized i was getting a "field guide" when i ordered this item. I think i was mainly trying to get my total to just over $25 for free shipping. However, I am glad i got this book. it's small enough to fit in a jacket pocket or camera bag & provides a lot of useful info-- especially if you are traveling w/ your camera equipment. Just remember to read, peruse book first! before you go...
IT is well organized... especially like the coverage of the different types of lighting one might encounter... Of course, author has tremendous amount of photo travel experience & shares freely from this. There are many wonderful photos (from around the world) included to illustrate a lot of what he is presenting. On a practical note, the reference section about clearing customs, legal restrictions, (international) power/plug configurations -- with a table listing many, many countries...
suffice to say this little gem (about 200 pages) is not only inexpensive, well-built (don't think the pages will start falling out any time soon), and informative... it's got a friendly tone. kind of like a buddy sharing some insights. not bad at all! recommend highly.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very, very Basic 7 Feb 2010
By Daniel Uriol - Published on Amazon.com
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Since other books from Michael Freeman are amazing an full of tips, this particular mini-one is a basic-from-the-beginning guide to plan your trip and make all necessary arrangements. 80% of the tips are those that a normal traveller (cover your lents, bring an extra battery with you, beware of rain, a tripod may help you at night ...) is already doing and he didn't add anything new to my prior knowledge. The problem comes when I guess that almost 99% of the people will agree with me after reading this book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book to learn composition 10 Mar 2010
By Bill Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
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i have been in photography for years, but i still have a problem with composition, and getting it right, this book was very good at helping with that..
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise travel photo guide small enough to take with you 21 April 2011
By Jeff Damron - Published on Amazon.com
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Odds are really good that you are familiar with Mr. Freeman, or at least with some of his photographs. According to his website:

"One of the most widely published photographers worldwide, Michael Freeman has worked for most major international magazine and book publishers in a long career. A leading photographer for the Smithsonian Magazine for three decades (more than 40 assignment stories), Freeman has also published more than 120 books on subjects as varied as Angkor, Sudan, ethnic minorities in Southeast Asia, the Shakers, and contemporary Japanese design and architecture. His 50 books on the practice of photography are standard works, and have sold almost two million copies in more than 20 languages. His contribution to teaching is the photography courses at the UK's Open College of the Arts, now to degree level in the national curriculum. London-based, Freeman travels for half of each year on shooting assignments, principally in Asia. His latest large-format reportage book is The Tea Horse Road, the result of a two-year exploration of one of the longest trade routes in the ancient world, between China and Tibet."

Measuring a little over 4.5 x 6 inches by slightly more that 1/2 inch thick, the book (like all books in the Field Guide series) is designed to be taken with you - to fit in a pocket or to be tossed in your bag for handy reference in the field. With an opening chapter dedicated to preparation, and later chapters on subjects like, well, subjects and on themes to bring some unity to your travel picture, the book is well designed and well laid out. The chapters are tabbed internally on the outer edge with corresponding tabs on the back for quick searches.

There is clearly much in this book that applies far beyond travel photography. The chapter on planning has many great tips on learning as much as possible about the destination and setting goals for the photographs - which helps you decide what equipment to pack. The next chapter covers being on the road and contrasts the frequent need for spontaneity and "going with the flow" with the need for careful forethought and packing from the first chapter. It has great tips on how to find the best positions (and use the best equipment) for special events such as parades and festivals. There is a section on dealing with obstructions, with some creative fixes that are doable in our digital world. There is even a great deal of information about climate and weather during various seasons in various parts of the world - and the ramifications of that for photography gear.

The book covers such basic subjects as using good manners and what is acceptable and not acceptable in different cultures and religions - certainly information that is helpful when visiting new countries (and which should perhaps be required reading for all Americans based on our collective reputation abroad). There is great advice on lighting, best times of day for various subjects and effects, basic flash photography pointers, and even some great thoughts and suggestions on ways to unify photographs from a trip using themes, such as "the journey," "street life," and "landscapes," with encouragement to design your own themes based on your own tastes and interests.

This book, by its nature, covers a lot of ground and is more impressive for its breadth than its depth. However, it fits a good deal of information, and inspiration, in its 192 pages, and has some truly wonderful photographs throughout. Mr. Freeman is a professional photographer of the first magnitude, and the photos evidence his mastery of people, landscape, nature, wildlife, street and city life photography. His writing is concise and clear. All in all, this is a very worthwhile book - not just if you are going on the trip of a lifetime, but really any trip. Really, even if you want some inspiration to shoot your hometown with fresh eyes as much of what is in here applies to photography in general, not just when you are X miles from home. I would say that if you have been into photography for a few years, and have read a few books and magazines, there may not be a lot in this book that is brand new information to you on the photography side. It is aimed at someone who has just bought a nice camera for a trip and who isn't already an expert. Or who wants to learn more about places they would like to travel and who are contemplating a potential career in the (I assume) very competitive business of travel photography. However, because of the subject and the size of the book, it would be good for anyone who just wants to carry something with them as a handy reference and refresher while "on the road." And the non-photography information, including coverage of weather, climate, electricity sources and ratings by country and tips on negotiating customs in foreign (sometimes corrupt) countries from this man, whose wife calls him a "professional tourist," may well be worthwhile even to long-time photographers unaccustomed to international travel.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best beginner guide to travel photography 5 Oct 2010
By Image Print Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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You may not be able to equal the high-quality travel photography found in this book, but author Michael Freeman certainly gives you something to shoot for. Full of good, solid information, excellent examples, and tips for improving your own travel photography, this field guide should be in your kit along with your Fodor or Rick Steves guidebook and your camera.
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