Top critical review
Good, but just not for digital users.
on 13 May 2016
The book is a little dated looking, but not overly so. The binding and quality are excellent. The prints inside are reproduced wonderfully and the paper is thick and glossy.
The book doesn't have too much writing in it, as another reviewer said, you can pick it up and put it down when you have time and get through it pretty quickly as it's mostly pictures. It's not overly heavy on the text.
The pictures are great quality, and VERY well taken, although some of them are beginning to show their age in the digital era, as they are all film photos that haven't been through the advanced digital processing that 99% of landscape photos you see these days endure, and as such don't look like what we are used to seeing in magazines and books these days.
I'd say that 90% of the text in here refers to film cameras, but it's not completely irrelevant to the digital age as you can still learn from his compositioning, filter usage (except the insistence on the use of UV filters to protect from the sun, as they are irrelevant in digital SLR's except to protect the front lens element), location tips, tripod techniques, weather techniques, timing, and basic hints and tips etc.
I do find it a little frustrating that it claims its for both film and digital users on the back, but almost all of the book is focussed around film. It's not helpful to us DSLR users as often we don't need to compensate on this that or the other to help the film develop in X or Y conditions, we don't have the same problems and as such a book that covers both would need a lot more text to cover both grounds for some subjects.
This book could do with a heavy update for the digital age, as it just doesn't cover it as a film and digital book. Either that, or the author should rewrite it as two separate books, one for film and one for digital. Lots of people still use film, and I'm not saying it's irrelevant at all, it's still a fantastic way to capture pictures, what I'm saying is that the two are quite far apart and this book hasn't managed to cover both grounds, the author is very much biased towards film. Having said that, if you're a film user, this book is ideal for you and will contain some lovely photo recipes, film recommendations and techniques to capture difficult scenarios without wasting your film.
As a digital user, I recommend Scott Kelby and his Digital Photography books as a better alternative. They are more up to date for digital users and offer some fantastic tips, and a few photo 'recipes' at the end. Even as an intermediate to advanced DSLR user I still found a few bits in Kelby's series to be helpful.
One great thing about this book is that he tells you the location of the beautiful shots he has taken, and the settings he used to take them so you can try to recreate them for yourself. That's a nice touch that you don't often get in photography books.