Nature photography is one of my favorite styles of photography. I really enjoy capturing the creative aspect of God’s imagination. Therefore, as an amateur behind the lens, I wanted to get some tips and help in honing those skills. I’m grateful for the chance to receive this book for a review!
The first thing I noticed about this book was the fantastic photos depicting the advice he was giving on that page. Of course, I just stopped to look at all the pictures because I hadn’t yet read a single page of the book. John Shaw is a wonderful photographer and he’s even better at communicating the mechanics of photography. This book deals with DSLR cameras, so if you’re looking for advice on other types of cameras, you’d need a different book.
The first chapter is one of my favorites because it starts at the very beginning of knowledge for photography – the gear. Not only does he start with advice on appropriate lens and camera systems, he also includes advice on desirable features, an overview of definitions, and synopses on filters, flashes, and how to set up your camera. This was excellent advice for a beginner.
The rest of the book deals with the mechanics of Exposure, ISO, Focal Lengths, Teleconverters, Lens Selections and Uses, Composition, Lighting, Framing & Backgrounds, Macro-photography and his own field work. It’s 200+ pages of excellent advice. He does write in technical terms and definitions, so I suggest brushing up on your basic understanding of these things but overall, it’s a fantastic resource for novice photogs.
The type print is a tad small, it would read much easier even if it were just a couple font sizes larger. However, the book is a good size, not too big and easy to carry around. I read it while sitting in the sun during my kids’ swim lessons!
Overall, this is an excellent resource and teaching tool for those who really desire to get better as a photographer, specifically for nature, landscape and animal photography.
Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and words are my own.