The Photographer's Eye Field Guide: The Essential Handbook for Traveling with Your Digital SLR Camera

The Photographer's Eye Field Guide: The Essential Handbook for Traveling with Your Digital SLR Camera

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By (author) Michael Freeman

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  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 117mm x 155mm x 15mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 26 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0240812484
  • ISBN 13: 9780240812489
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 80,761

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Whether on a weekend city break or a month-long trekking vacation, this handy litle guide will be your indispensable companion. Taking photos that really capture the essence of your time away is a real skill, and swamped with a multitude of choices, it can be hard to organise your time and focus on the shots that really matter. Written by Michael Freeman, one of the world's leading travel photographers, this portable mine of information takes a hands-on approach to travel photography, offering a comprehensive guide to planning and executing your trip. Advice covers everything and includes: choosing what to photograph and how to do it, coping with challenging lighting conditions, and negotiating customs and security issues. The subjects section covers a diverse array of settings, including: safaris, deserts, diving, cycling, mountains and water. This ensures that, whatever situation you encounter, you have the information you need to take stunning shots right at your fingertips. The themes section takes a more conceptual approach, and is packed with invaluable advice on situations you may encounter: shooting, for example, worship scenes, markets, landscapes and light. There is even a section on reworking cliches, so you can visit the much-photographed sites of the world and come away with something truly unique. Packed with stunning shots, and rooted entirely in the photographers own experiences, this is a highly practical approach to a key area of photography, and an inspirational guide for photographers on the move everywhere. Michael Freeman is the author of the global bestseller, The Photographer's Eye. Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs.

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Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader's Digest. Michael is the author of more than 40 photographic books, including the hugely successful Complete Guide to Digital Photography and The Photographer's Eye. For his photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

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"Freeman is a professional photographer of the first magnitude, and the photos evidence his mastery of people, landscape, nature, wildlife, street and city life photography. His writing is concise and clear. All in all, this is a very worthwhile book - not just if you are going on the trip of a lifetime, but really any trip."--BetterinBlackandWhite.com "It is pretty safe to say that this man has been everywhere, and is the perfect candidate for authoring a book like The Photographer's Eye Field Guide, labeled the 'essential handbook for traveling with your digital SLR camera.' Measuring a little over 4.5 x 6 inches by slightly more that 1/2 inch thick, the book (like all books in the Field Guide series) is designed to be taken with you - to fit in a pocket or to be tossed in your bag for handy reference in the field. With an opening chapter dedicated to preparation, and later chapters on subjects like, well, subjects and on themes to bring some unity to your travel picture, the book is well designed and well laid out. The chapters are tabbed internally on the outer edge with corresponding tabs on the back for quick searches. Mr. Freeman is a professional photographer of the first magnitude, and the photos evidence his mastery of people, landscape, nature, wildlife, street and city life photography. His writing is concise and clear. All in all, this is a very worthwhile book - not just if you are going on the trip of a lifetime, but really any trip."--BetterinBlackandWhite.com "The Photographer's Eye Field Guide is a good guide for those interested travel photography. It covers topics like how to travel with your camera, how to photograph different settings and subjects you might find while traveling (beach, birds, markets, etc.), and the various lighting scenarios you might run into while traveling. He even includes some things to consider when photographing in different cultures. The book includes lots of beautiful examples of travel photographs. A good read for those who love to travel and photograph!"--MomandCamera.com "In three decades as a photographer for Smithsonian Magazine, Michael Freeman has been asked to shoot some of the world's most picturesque locales. But they are also some of the world's most photographed, which presents a challenge. When photographers have had nearly 100 years to perfect the shot of, say, the Taj Mahal, how do you improve on shots so classic they have become cliche? This should be a matter of concern to any summer traveler who would like to come home with more than a picture of the family standing in front of famous landmarks. Mr. Freeman offers five tips on avoiding the photographic cliche."--NYTimes.com "Would make fantastic Christmas gifts for the photographer in your life"--review in Kimberlygauthier.com "They're genuine paperbacks that I can thumb through and dog-ear, not download fodder for my Kindle or iPad. And they're compact enough to fit into the pocket of my Levi's or the outside compartment of my camera bag.In an age that seems overrun with gear freaks and technophiles, these little Field Guides are indispensable new pieces of equipment in charmingly old-fashioned packages. Stick one in the pocket of your Levi's."--Rangefinder "Chosen as one of the 'Best Art Instruction' books for 2011 by Library Journal"--Library Journal Best Books of 2011 Listing

Table of contents

1) Preparation 2) On the Road 3) Appreciating Light 4) Subjects 5) Themes 6) Reference