Book Review: Mastering Landscape Photography

There are already many books on the market about how to take good landscape photographs. Does this book by David Taylor really add anything new to the mix? David Hay has the review

David Taylor is a very successful author with over 25 photography books to his name. He describes himself as a landscape photographer, based in Northumberland, who runs photography workshops in between writing books.

This book is laid out in eight chapters covering subjects such as equipment, exposure, light, preparation, subjects, composition, filters and post-production. In all, a comprehensive list of all the topics that need to be considered when making a successful landscape photograph.

The philosophy of the author is best described by a quote in the book: “One of the pleasures of shooting landscape images is that you can spend time doing something pleasurable in a beautiful location. You also have a concrete reminder of that moment as a keepsake, in the form of your photograph”.

As well as a generous selection of his pictures, the book contains tables of colour temperatures, paper sizes, exposure values, ND filter exposures and hyper-focal distances for APS-C and full frame lenses. I felt that some of this information could have been left out because it is unlikely that you would be carrying this fairly large book on location. Much of this information can be accessed much more conveniently nowadays by photographers using smartphone apps.

The author passes on some of his tips on landscape photography. He recommends avoiding the ‘landscape’ setting on your camera because the extra saturation and sharpness cannot be easily undone later. He also feels that the extended ISO ranges, L or LO, are generally more trouble than they are worth because ...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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