Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters Paperback – 25 Jan 2010
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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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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!Read more ›
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
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.
I have read it twice and already use a number of the techniques decsibed therein.
A superb book.
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Best book I have ever read on the topic, covers things you don't stumble upon on every homepage around and will improve your photography. Wish he made more books.Published 10 months ago by Tim
I brought a second hand version of this book from Amazon. In my opinion, this is the finest book that I have read on the subject of digital landscape photography. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Terry Day
I found this book to be extremely helpful in my quest to improve the quality of my photographs.
The photos in the book are fantastic and the author explains how, why and... Read more
This is a great book, i like it and its quite helpful, its worth a look at :)Published on 13 July 2014 by Kira
Super book, with amazing images. The downside is that it doesn't tell you how the shots were taken, aperture, ISO, Lens or use of ND Filters.Published on 19 April 2014 by MP
I bought this book for a present. My son is a photographic,Greek on scenery and unusual landscape shots. He said the book was amazing.Published on 19 Mar. 2014 by Stephen Boulton