For years I have eagerly sought books, blogs, and a plethora of magazine articles on every sort of photography niche from nature to portraits. My latest read is John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photography.
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John Shaw is a professional nature photographer and widely respected in the nature photography world. He has written six instructional books, with this one being his most recent, published in 2015. He has received tons of prestigious awards, and recognition in his niche. He is basically considered a photography legend.
So of course I wanted to see what advice he had to give and I was not disappointed! John Shaw’s comprehensive explanation of the process from gear and technical advice to shooting and editing, was loaded with helpful information and very clear to understand without rambling on and on.
While he is exclusively a Nikon shooter, he does make it very clear that brands and buying tons of gear is not the answer to great photographs. It’s in the mind and creativity of the photographer. I really loved that sense of balance because this is something I know to be true and I can always use technical refresher courses. I also like that he shows you what equipment he takes with him out in the field.
I tried to think of something I didn’t like about this book but couldn’t think of anything. So I looked into what some of the complaints on the web were and here is what I found. Some didn’t like that he was exclusively a nikon shooter. This doesn’t bother me at all but I realize this is an important detail to know for some photographers. There were several complaints about the image quality and that his images we flat. I didn’t have a problem with the image quality in the paperback book. But I am not particular about that, either. I care how sharp and clear my images are, but it is not a problem that stood out to me at all. A few more advanced photographers seemed to think the tips and advice he presented was more for amateurs, but as I mentioned before, I am very into refreshers on many of the basics, so this was a plus for me.
I will definitely be checking out his other books on Amazon.com, listed below:
If you have already read any of these, I’d love to know what you think of them! Please share!