Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Travel Photography by Richard I'Anson - Book Review

Title: Travel Photography
Author: Richard I'Anson
Publisher: Lonely Planet
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 360
Format: Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: Bought Copy
Internationally renowned travel photographer, Richard I'Anson, will help you capture the pictures you've always wanted in this easy-to-follow guide: techniques to help you make the most of your skills, advice on avoiding common photographic mistakes, plus a guide to photo etiquette, buying guide to photographic equipment, tips for protecting and caring for your camera gear on the road, inside information on assessing, displaying and earning money with your photographs. (Goodreads Synopsis)

This was a book I ordered with some 'points' I had to spend and I think it was a good choice.

This is a book that should suit most photographers, from beginners to intermediate level. The first half of the book is dedicated to the basics: what equipment you need, what that equipment does, and technical explanations of things such as aperture and shutter speed. This is good for the novice, but even had something to teach me at intermediate level. The author also offers tips for keeping your camera safe and in good working order while travelling.

The next section of the book looks at different types of travel photography, offering advice on getting the most from a range of subjects such as landscapes, seascapes and portraits. I found the example pictures and the technical information (what focal length etc was used) really useful as a means to demonstrate the techniques the author was suggesting.

Finally there was a section on storing and editing digital photos. This again is good for a novice, but I found I didn't really need to read much in that section as it was all stuff I was already familiar with.

So, overall a good and informative read with plenty of colour plates and photographic examples. This is still a fairly large/heavy book, so it's not one you'd carry with you on your travels, but it is a good guide to read at home before you depart. Well worth a look for any keen photographers looking to move from holiday snaps to works of art.

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