Three Great Outdoor Photography E-books.

Exposure for Outdoor Photography by Michael Frye.

I recently came across three photo e-books that I thought I’d share with you (don’t tell my publisher I’m sharing these…) I can heartily recommend all three of them. They come from a trio of western photographers who all have a knack for creating unique and compelling photos from some of America’s most iconic landscapes.

Michael Frye has managed to make a career of making new images of Yosemite National Park (among other places) with a style and vision that is clearly his own. Not an easy task when walking in the footsteps of Ansel Adams. His latest e-book, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, deftly explains the basics of the “exposure triangle” -aperture, shutter speed, and ISO – as well as explaining how to make the most of your camera’s histogram. But he goes beyond the basics, providing excellent real world examples through a series of case studies that explain how he approached exposure for specific photos (by the way, all of the photos should be hanging on your wall.) He also provides the reader with photo exercises so you can practice things like controlling contrast, stopping or blurring motion, and recovering blown out highlights.

Photographing the 4th Dimension by Jim Goldstein

Jim Goldstein, another California photographer, recently released, Photographing the 4th Dimension: Time. This book was timely for me (so to speak) as I’ve been meaning to do more night photography and there were a few concepts I was fuzzy on. This book cleared those things up for me and taught me a few things I didn’t even know I wanted to learn. The book covers light painting, shooting the night sky, and creating star trail images like the one on his book cover. Jim also gets into more complicated techniques involving motion, like time lapse video and Cinemagraphs – a cool blending of stills and motion. If you’re a night owl and want to shoot more at night, this book is a must-read.


Creative Landscape Photography by Guy Tal

Utah photographer, Guy Tal, has developed a devoted following of people who love both his beautiful landscape images and his eloquent way of writing about photography. His e-book, Creative Landscape Photography, shows off his excellence at both. The book describes well the basics of landscape photography in terms of composition, exposure, etc., but it goes much deeper than that, encouraging the reader to interview him- or herself, and explore the creative process through a series of exercises centered around concept, visualization, composition, and capture techniques. If you feel like you grasp the basics of landscape photography, and need a kick in the pants to get you to take it up a notch, read this book.

If you know of any good outdoor photography e-books, I’d love to hear about them – post in the comments section below.

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