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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good travel photography book, 28 Aug 2006
This review is from: Travel Photography: a Guide to Taking Better Pictures (Lonely Planet Travel Photography) (Paperback)
Travel Photography: A Guide To Taking Better Pictures by Richard I'Anson (lonely planet)

This is now the second edition of this book, revised to include digital photography. The book is divided into five sections:

1. First Things First - with chapters on both film and digital equipment

2. Taking Control - with chapters on exposure, composition and light

3. Being Prepared - with chapters on travel preparation and tips for the trip

4. On The Road - with chapters on people, landscapes, cities, special events, markets, sunrise & sunset, moving subjects, wildlife and shots from the air.

5. Back At Home - with chapters on assessing your photographs inc editing, storing, presenting and distributing them.

The author doesn't claim that this book is for professional photographers. It is pitched more at intermediate photographers who want to move on from holiday snaps to producing good travel photographs. However, even someone wishing to get photos published will find something in this book. For instance, the last chapter briefly mentions stock photography, indicating that the book goes beyond good amateur photography.

Many intermediate photographers will find the first section far too long. They've probably decided on their camera and lenses already and the 80+ pages on equipment contain little of interest for them. Beginners would find that section useful, but I can't see this as a beginners' book. The good news is that the other four sections of the book are excellent. The main section is section four, which covers a huge range of travel themes and discusses and illustrates them very well. The photographs throughout the book are of a very high standard. I'Anson draws well on his vast experience as a travel photographer too and adds lots of useful travel tips throughout the book.

There aren't many good travel photography books around and this one, while not perfect, is still highly recommended.

(There is a sort of companion volume Travel Writing by Don George (lonely planet). Briefly, it doesn't give you much hope of ever becoming a fulltime travel writer - the market is too crowded - but it has excellent information for anyone just hoping to get an occasional article published.)
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