Suggested Reading: Digital Landscape Photography

Michael Frye — Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters — Focal Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-240-81243-4

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(This is off-topic for this blog, but you may know that photography is one of my hobbies.)

Frye presents various techniques to create great landscape photography in a spirit inspired by the great masters, in particular Ansel Adams. He discusses many technical aspects, such as the zone system, but focusses on composition and on the ever elusive nature of light: is light too hard? is it soft? warm? Does the light produce the right constrasts? Are the shadows interesting? Are the bright regions in the right places?

Of course, most of the images used in the book are breathtaking!

3 Responses to Suggested Reading: Digital Landscape Photography

  1. Michael Frye says:

    Steven, thanks for mentioning my book! I was a little surprised to find this, given the focus of this blog, but the surprise was a pleasant one. If you’re ever headed to Yosemite let me know.


  2. Steven Pigeon says:

    Sure will!

    The focus of this blog is IT/computer science/mathematics, but its main goal is to share ideas about getting better, wiser, and finding beauty (whatever form it may take). So sometimes I allow myself to disgress a bit and share something that’s not all that related to computers/mathematics.

  3. Thanks for this post! But, I had difficulty viewing your post in Safari 5. Just wanted to bring that to your attention! Thanks.

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