Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography Paperback – 16 Jul 2010
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[Galen Rowell] was the real thing. . . . His skillful writings were a rare combination of engaging behind-the-scenes narrative and actionable photographic instruction. Everyone wants to explore in his shoes and see through his lens. --Steve D. Werner, publisher, Outdoor Photographer"
About the Author
Galen Rowell, internationally renowned photographer and mountaineer, is the author of such acclaimed books as My Tibet (with His Holiness the Dalai Lama) and Mountains of the Middle Kingdom. His work regularly appears in Life, National Geographic, Outside, and Sports Illustrated.
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This book inspired me to see photography from a new angle with more thougth about what I do as a photographer. It is a virtual toolbox filled with tools to explain why one picture is great and another not so great even if they are at the same technical level.
This set of collected columns from Outdoor Photographer is not something you want to read cover to cover, rather you should read a chapter or two and give them some thougth before you go on. But at the same time I enjoyed it so much that I read it cover to cover on one night and then re-read it later.
A lot of the information is dated, but then equipment isn't the main focus of the book. Rowell concentrates on vision and photographic development, topics which should be of more interest to the intermediate/advanced photographer than f/stop explanations and jpeg vs Raw discussions. Some of the photography is very good - and some of the writing does provide food for thought - but if you are sensitive to a writer's voice you might find Rowell's pervasive lack of humility grating. There is insight in here, but all too often it is presented in a manner I found off-putting. Others might disagree, but to me Rowell came across more conceited know-all than wise mentor.
Each to their own, but I found the book slow going, and whenever I pick it up to re-read a chapter, and give it another chance, I'm almost immediately reminded of why I was turned off in the first place.