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Monday, August 17, 2015

Book Review: John Shaw's Guide to Digital Nature Photography

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Blogging for Books, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

And now for a book that can help you focus on your creativity, while the kids are in school!

John Shaw's Guide to Digital Nature Photography  cover


Photography legend John Shaw returns with his much-anticipated guide to digital nature photography, complete with more than 250 extraordinarily beautiful photographs
For over four decades, John Shaw’s authentic voice and trusted advice has helped photographers achieve impressive shots in the great outdoors. In his first-ever book on digital photography, Shaw provides in-depth advice on everything from equipment and lenses to thorough coverage of digital topics including how to use the histogram. In addition, he offers inspirational and frank insight that goes far beyond the nuts and bolts of photography, explaining that successful photos come from having a vision, practicing, and then acquiring the equipment needed to accomplish the intention. Easily digestible and useful for every type of photographer, and complete with more than 250 jaw-dropping images, John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photographyis the one book you’ll need to beautifully capture the world around you.


Photography should be both a process of discovery and a procedure for recording that discovery.Form and content go hand in hand to produce a synthesis, an interesting work that engages both the viewer’s mind and emotions. We’ve all also seen photos that are technically superb but have no soul. 

John Shaw's Guide to Digital Nature Photography beach photo

What John teaches the reader in this book is not only the best camera to buy, how to set it up, how to use tripods and filters, but also how to frame, and to use the available functions of your camera to tell a story of what you have discovered-in essence to bring out the soul of the picture. This book really helps you to elevate your nature and field photography to another level. john shows an amazing amount of pictures in the book, to help illustrate his points and show what can be achieved. 

beach photo 1

I was able to flip through the book right before we went on vacation to the coast, and was able to utilize some of John's concepts and methods, to get some pretty amazing photos, that honestly surprised even me! Even with Miss Grace in the pictures, nature (the waves and water) are a key focal point to telling the story of the photos. Neither need any narration- something you always want.

John Shaw's Guide to Digital Nature Photography beach sunrise photo

By allowing nature to give me the setting, I was able to compose correctly to get to the emotion. John's tips REALLY worked better than any other ones I have read. The book is so straight forward and easy to use. I really recommend that all new photographers start with it, and for those getting a new DSLR. John has some really great tips for Nikon users, especially, that will take your photography to new levels! I can't recommend this book enough, if you love photography and want to become a better photographer! Let your creativity shine this school season! 

About the Author:

John Shaw is one of the world’s leading nature photographers and the author of many enduring bestselling books. His photographs are frequently featured in National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, Natural History, Sierra,and Audubon magazines, as well as in calendars, books, and advertisements. He lives in Colorado Springs. Check out his website for more pictures and info.

1 comment:

  1. I could really use tips with photography. I love taking photos of family and also nature. This book would be useful.
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