Thirteen essays on landscape photography by master photographer Alain Briot. Topics include practical, technical, and aesthetic aspects of photography to help photographers build and refine their skills. Also covered is how to be an artist in business.
Alain Briot is one of the leading contemporary landscape photographers. He received his education in France and currently works mostly in the southwestern part of the United States.
This book starts with the technical aspects of photography; how to see, compose, find the right light, and select the best lens for a specific shot. It continues by focusing on the artistic aspects of photography with chapters on how to select your best work, how to create a portfolio, and finally concludes with two chapters on how to be an artist in business.
Comments about oreilly Mastering Landscape Photography:
As a photographer, I am always in search of more knowledge to become better and add new tools in my arsenal. Most books offer the recipe or how-to approach that does offer an opportunity to do specific things. In "Mastering Landscape Photography," Alain takes the reader on a journey through well thought advice and inspiration to become a great photographer in your abilities, creativity and style.
This beautiful publication features incredible examples of Alain's own work to help visualize the ideas he presents. Each chapter presents an essay on an essential aspect of great photography, much of which is applicable to any type of photographic subject, not just landscapes. Ranging from the practical choice of lenses to the creative choices in composition, completing each essay left me invigorated and excited to try out new found ideas for creating better photos.
This book has earned a long standing place in my library, to be read again and again. No matter where you are at in your photographic abilities, from budding amateur to current professional, you can find direction and inspiration from Alain's words. As he himself mentions several times, his style and current choices in photography have changed over the years, evolving with his knowledge, abilities and the changing technology in photography.
Though you will not find step-by-step how-to techniques, you will gain much from the experience shared. I highly recommend this title for any photographer.cx