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Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters Paperback – 25 Jan 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ilex Press; 01 edition (25 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905814755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905814756
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 1.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`...bursting with advice and tips, it shows you how to apply Adams' zone technique to modern day, digital work. ...If you want to create landscape images with a magical, almost fairytale like quality, then take a look at this book.' --EPhotozine

About the Author

Michael Frye has lived either on or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, and in that time has built up a reputation as one of the most exciting current practioners of fine landscape and nature photography. He has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography. His work is also featured in Landscape: The World's Top Photographers. His photographs have been published in over thirty countries around the world; magazine credits include National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, American Photo, Sunset, and Texas Highways. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I've bought and studied a handful of books on landscape photography techniques and this one was by far the one that interested me the most and where I've learned the most. The author approaches the landscape photography techniques through Ansel Adam's works and develops them to the digital era in a very smooth way. All in all it is a very interesting book to read and very easy to read too. The tools and techniques explained are really useful and I have already improved my technique after reading through the book and starting practising with that in mind.
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Thought the approach and demonstration through pictures and topics, before and after, of ideas and digital processing workflows was excellent, appropriate and well pitched. Author's explanations were brief but to the point and not overly technical, the pictures were varied in scope and range of associated treatments and I found the book to be wonderful food for thought and an excellent guide to better practices, visualization and composition. Would recommend to beginner and intermediate photographer and user of lightroom and photoshop. If your a fan of Ansel Adams, Weston etc this delivers the digital take with respect and intelligence.
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By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2011
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Humbling. Both the book, as well as the reviews posted to date. This book indicates how the master landscape photographers, like Ansel Adams, might have taken their pictures if they had a digital camera. Frye has included everything you would expect from a quality "how-to" book. He has mastered his material, does not talk down to the reader, and makes his points lucidly. He knows a lot more than I do, and that is why you pay the money for his expertise. He has included numerous quality pictures, often taken in similar settings to the "masters." For me the real strength was looking at multiple pictures of the same scene, as taken under different parameters.

And then there are the other reviews. Submitted by those who will probably always understand the zone system, tone, composition, and digital manipulation better than I. Still, there is much to aspire to, and as one reviewer said, "...for the advanced amateur it offers the glimpse of becoming a master."

So, I struggled to find something original to say, in order to "thank" the Vine program for its book. And there is was on page 6: "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico," a copy of the photography that Ansel Adams took in 1941. A lot of photographers have been moved by this picture, so, why not try, as a first approximation, to duplicate what Adams admitted was a "lucky shot," in digital? There is a book entitled New Mexico: Then & Now in which the author traveled around the state, taking pictures in the same spot as one was taken 50-100 years ago, in order to illustrate the development and changes. Even he didn't try!
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The analysis and suggestions for landscape photography are great; most readers will learn a lot.
Maybe because of the subtitle, many of the examples are of the classic American subjects. Personally, I'd have liked a few examples of more intimate landscapes but that is a very personal view.
The author assumes the use of both Photoshop and Lightroom (or Aperture on a Mac) which is fair enough for a book seeking to emulate the masters like Adams and Weston.
There are lots of techniques, carefully explained, for producing the best results from your
files.
Every assistant in every camera shop should be made to read and reread page 14 on "Megapixels and sensor size" and tested until they show that they understand it. That way we'd be spared the embarrassment of overhearing the horse feathers that they spout to gullible customers. Maybe camera manufacturers should be made to read it too! Advertisers certainly should read it.
The author does make some assertions that are open to question without any references being given.
One that jumped out at me was that Photoshop's sharpening facilities are superior to those in Lightroom. This was in a section on printing and Schewe, Evening and the late Bruce Fraser would not agree. For creative sharpening, Photoshop does provide more flexibility than Lightroom, but that didn't seem to be what the author was saying.
The author's strategy of preparing a copy resampled for printing is also superseded by Lightroom's ability to do this accurately on the fly.
Before adopting this particular suggestion, a photographer who uses Lightroom would do well to look at the round-trip workflow in Evening's book on Lightroom 3.

These quibbles do not detract from the value of the main part of the book which I am hoping will improve my attempts at landscapes.
I would expect any buyer to enjoy this book.
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Having been a life-long fan of Ansel Adams I was skeptical that this book would deliver but it does in a number of ways. The quality of the pictures and the examples used are excellent and the explanations first rate. Michael Frye's understanding of traditional as well as digital photography is what helps this to be a seminal work.
I have read it twice and already use a number of the techniques decsibed therein.
A superb book.
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