John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photography.
To be honest, the title of the book does not say this is a beginner’s guide. But I am a beginner. I just bought my first DSLR camera, and even now am taking it from the box. So, there was a lot in this book that was absolutely beyond my comprehension. I am not yet familiar with the terminology, and you need to understand more for this book to truly be a good resource.
The book is broken into 6 sections or chapters beginning with gear. The rest of the chapters are: Getting Started, Lenses, Composition, Close-ups, and The Photographer at work. Mr. Shaw goes into detail about the type of equipment that is out there. He apparently favors Nikon cameras, as he uses a lot of Nikon examples, but you don’t need to be a Nikon fan to really use this book.
Even for a novice like me, it is a beautiful book. The examples are stunning. I kept reading, and did learn a bit, and will keep this book on the shelf. I’ll return to it when I’ve learned a bit more, as nature photography is one of the areas I’m really interested in.
I would recommend this book to those who have at least a minimal understanding of DSL digital cameras and the terminology. If you are a beginner, please realize that this is not a basic digital camera photo book; make sure you understand the terms. However, the photos and style are enough to enjoy without being an expert about digital photography.
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