In the list of things I love, photography and nature are high on the list. Both bring me incredible joy and I find relaxing to my soul. A book about both from a world famous photographer? Don’t mind if I do!
Photography legend John Shaw returns with his much-anticipated guide to digital nature photography, complete with more than 250 extraordinarily beautiful photographs.
For over four decades, John Shaw’s authentic voice and trusted advice has helped photographers achieve impressive shots in the great outdoors. In his first-ever book on digital photography, Shaw provides in-depth advice on everything from equipment and lenses to thorough coverage of digital topics including how to use the histogram. In addition, he offers inspirational and frank insight that goes far beyond the nuts and bolts of photography, explaining that successful photos come from having a vision, practicing, and then acquiring the equipment needed to accomplish the intention. Easily digestible and useful for every type of photographer, and complete with more than 250 jaw-dropping images, John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photography is the one book you’ll need to beautifully capture the world around you.
This book is full of incredible knowledge. Shaw has been a photographer for decades and has worked through all the changes, so I would expect nothing less. The knowledge is perfect for beginners or people who still feel they have a lot to learn about equipment, settings and the technical aspects of photography. He takes time to discuss the gear and post production, but also the art of photography (composition and the like). Each photograph also gives the technical (what camera used, settings, lens, etc) as well as subject (what & where) details. He shots Nikon, so while that didn’t make too much of a difference, heads up if you’re Team Canon like me.
While much of the information in the book I already knew from classes and experience (although I appreciated the refresher on some of the technical stuff and about lenses I don’t normally use), I still liked this book for a couple of reasons. First, the images are stunning. Shaw captures the world and nature beautifully and with his unique and incredible eye. Second, it was great learning about each shot and what he used. When I see a beautiful photograph, I like know the technical details behind it as well.
One more quick thought (as I wasn’t expecting this), but he made me chuckle quite a few times. Maybe because I sensed sarcasm and that’s my second language, but I was a fan. One quick example was when he was talking about the point of a UV filter and how photographers don’t need them. “Salt spray? Yes, that might be a valid answer, but how often are they working in salt spray? I live about 100 miles from the ocean, and on the other side of a mountain range, and if there is salt spray all the way over here, protecting my lens will be the least of my worries.” Stuff like that made me chuckle.
“To be a better nature photographer, be a better naturalist. The more you know about nature, the more you will see to photography.”
If you’re into photography, do you have a favorite photography or style of photography you enjoy seeing?
(Thank you to Blogging for Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)