TABLE OF CONTENTSChapter 1: Essential GearChapter 2: Camera Settings & LensesChapter 3: Before Your ShootChapter 4: CompositionChapter 5: HDR & PanosChapter 6: Long ExposuresChapter 7: Starry Skies & the Milky WayChapter 8: Post-ProcessingChapter 9: Even More TipsChapter 10: Landscape Recipes
scjcarminati (verified owner)
The book is excellent!
Scott Kelby’s style of writing is captivating, informative, funny and a pleasure to read.
I’m not finished with it yet and that’s okay because it is the type of book you will refer to over and over but what I have already read
and gleaned from this exceptional book was very helpful and just plain wonderful.
So buy it and read it, you will not be disappointed!
bernardt (verified owner)
Nice book, but really basics stuff. Should be mention that’s for beginners.
erik.heino (verified owner)
Good book. Have several of Scott Kelby’s books. He always writes clearly so that you immediately understand how to photograph in different situations. I recommend this book. Erik
Mark (verified owner)
Good intro to the subject with Scott Kelby’s usual dad humor and the non-endorsement product endorsements we’ve come to expect over the years. This book is highly browseable, and contains some tips which even a more advanced shooter will find useful.
I love Scott Kelby‘s books, not least because he has a sense of humor, and he writes to be understood. This new book of his is no exception. I love it!
I appreciate his advice early on to carry a hood loupe to darken your LCD screen on bright, sunny days. Otherwise, you can’t see what you just shot. He gives a complete discussion of other equipment landscape photographers need to have, including a cable release, polarizer and ND filter, even telling us what type of memory cards to carry and recommending a good backpack. Thank you, Scott!
I loved his section on settings for landscape photography because he has one subsection suggesting that the highlight warning is not really accurate – I was quite interested to read that. Turns out that even if you shoot in RAW, your camera shows you the lower quality JPEG which will show more image clipping then there will be on the RAW image — who knew?
Although I seldom used live view when shooting wildlife, Kelby is right that you need to use live view for landscape photography. He advises us to zoom in on details on the LCD to make sure everything is tack sharp.
I don’t always see, in photography books, a section on how to jump start your creativity before the shoot. Kelby has such a section, and it’s great. He says to start with Pinterest :-). Apparently the website has countless landscapes curated by the various photographers and you can type in your geographical area to see what has been done.
He also tells us the usual wisdom about focusing about 1/3 of the way into the shot, but then he gives a tip about alternatively using infinite focus. He says to rotate the focus ring until you reach the infinity symbol but then turn it back a little to right before that symbol. I did not know that.
Again, the author often tells us things we think we already knew, like how to use the negative space in composing a photo, but it’s always just a little different angle on things that he gives us. He talks here about the negative space being clean so it does not compete with your real subject off in the corner.
I also don’t think I’ve seen a section like he has on not just how to shoot a panoramas but why and when a pano versus wide angle shot. I had never even wondered about this issue so I was grateful to have it set out for me. The main advantage to me seems to be that things maintain their scale in a panorama. He also admonishes us to be quick about shooting panos so that you don’t get blur from moving trees, clouds, etc. Good advice! He has essential chapters on long exposures and shooting the skies because landscape photography so often involves those things. I especially enjoyed the section on how to focus on stars!
Toward the end Kelby has what I found to be an extremely useful section on post-processing. He points out some tools I wasn’t aware of in Photoshop, for example the white balance selector tool, that I intend to use tonight! Kelby’s book is full of tips like that. It’s a basic course on Photoshop to some extent and I loved it. I especially enjoyed his piece on how to remove haze in photographs. The author even tells us how to create reflections in landscape photographs.
The last two chapters are both useful and fun which is typical of this author. The penultimate chapter gives us miscellaneous tips like why you should carry rain gear, how do defog your lens, creating sun starbursts, and even focus-stacking which I love in my macro work. At the end he gives what he calls “landscape recipes“. Quite useful suggestions: leading lines, mirror-like reflections, foreground elements and the other things we do with landscapes. The fun stuff is he gives camera settings as well as other directions on how to which of these recipes.
As I would expect from this very competent author, the book is a complete manual of landscape photography. I don’t need anything else in order to take better landscape photos using his advice. Kelby is also an entertaining writer and he does not write down to us. I would recommend this book to any photographer who wants to get started shooting landscapes.
david.swinney (verified owner)
While this book is clearly not written for experienced professional landscape photographers, everyone else – from beginners to advanced amateurs – is likely to find one or (likely) more useful tidbits from it.
Scott Kelby’s formula – one topic per page with a colorful photo and light, friendly, easy-to-understand prose – continues to be both very effective and highly successful.
Good for him and good for those of us who get so much enjoyment and benefit from his books.
Hchinchilla (verified owner)
A nice book with a lot of practical guidance. I’d recommend having this in your library. Very much worth having this valuable tool.
This is a typical Scott Kelby book. It is well written, accurate, contains lots of information (even if it is somewhat basic), great graphics and images, superb technical data; all written with a sense of humor and purpose. I have read many of his books, listened to many of his lectures and partied with him at Photoshop World. If you are a beginner or an advanced photographer that wants to improve your landscape portfolio you must have this book in your library!
Diane (verified owner)
This book is excellent for someone who has a grasp of the basics of exposure and DSLR use. The author starts with that assumption and then goes into detail about how to apply those basics to landscape photography. It’s clear he works from a huge amount of experience, but luckily does not take himself too seriously. The information is presented in a concise, easy to understand manner. I highly recommend this for someone wishing to improve their landscape photography from the snapshot level to the wall-hanger level.
randlstone (verified owner)
A great book from beginning to end with information for every photographer. Anyone can increase their knowledge of landscape photography by reading and using this book.
one can increase their knowledge of landscape photography by reading and using this book.
inpzzjwclqab (verified owner)
Scott Kelby is my go-to author when it comes to anything photography. This book is another fine example of his incredible teaching style. The book is well organized, there are plenty of reference photos, and his one page per topic is one of the best ideas for his style. I always buy both the hard cover and digital editions. Using PDF Expert i can easily highlight sections of the book for reference, while also using the hard cover edition for reference when needed, as I am old school too – I love to hold a book and read it.
Scott does a great job in exploring all of the issues and opportunities that a photographer has when shooting landscapes. His explanations and descriptions are very helpful – he’s made me a better photographer! Of particular note for me was Chapter 7 – dealing with starry nights. His explanations of how to execute the perfect shots while avoiding moonlight was worth every penny of the purchase price alone! Chapters 9 is full of tips that are priceless. If you want to shoot better landscapes I would highly recommend this book.
The book itself is really nicely produced – Rocky Nook is top notch when it comes to this – every one of their books that I have are of the highest quality printing and paper. The company itself is quick to respond – when buying the digital edition, once payment is made you receive links to download immediately. It can’t be any better than that. The hard cover editions are sent shortly thereafter and are packaged properly for shipment to eliminate any damage to the book.
Handy Guide to Keep in Your Photo Bag!
I consider this book a handy guide to keep in your bag. Is it a comprehensive full featured analysis of everything in landscape photography? No, but it is a handy tip guide that will steer you in the right direction. It has an amazing assortment of tips for both beginner and advanced photographer. For example, how do you keep your batteries warm in cold weather? A hand warmer.
It utilizes a very simple style with one tip per page. You can skim thru the contents and find just the tips that interest you. I think that a spiral binding of this book would be pretty cool. It’s tightly bound, so it is a little hard to hold your page without marking it.
Normally, I am not a big fan of Kelby books. He has a sense of humor that you either like or dislike. This book has more fact-based tips and doesn’t have as much commentary as his other books (which I consider a good thing).
I think that if you memorized (and utilized) every tip in this book it would really help your understanding of landscape photography. It is mainly geared toward the beginner, but I would highly recommend it to both beginner and advanced levels because a lot of the tips are unique.