Over the past 6 months, I have grown to love to take my own photographs of nature. My pictures have been taken with the camera on my iPhone. When we recently took our trip to Capitol Reef National Park, I was able to take nice photos, but there were quite a few things that I would have loved to be able to photograph, but my camera had definite limitations. When we got home from our trip, I read reviews of cameras and studied the different features as if I was in college and studying for a major exam. I made the decision on what camera to buy, but then I was worried that I wouldn't know which settings to use, which lens was best for different situations, what exposure would be best, and so on. The next day I saw a copy of "John Shaw's Guide to Digital Nature Photography" on Blogging for Books and I knew that it would be perfect for me. I requested the book and it arrived 4 days later.
John Shaw divides his book into different sections: gear, getting started, lenses, composition, close-ups, and the photographer at work. In a book that could be too technical and dry, he inserts a slight sense of humor and beautiful pictures to make it interesting and engaging. John Shaw gives detailed advice and information about different aspects of digital photography. He pretty much covers any topic of digital photography that you would be interested in learning more about.
My favorite section of his book (although it was hard to decide on just one) was the composition section. He touches on focusing your picture on the subject and not including the surrounding areas that are not your subject. He writes quite a bit about lighting and how it effects the character and color of your subject. I will use his tips for framing every time I take a photograph from now on. And my favorite sentence in the book was when he defined photography. "The word photography means "painting with light." Notice that the subject of the photograph is not mentioned in this definition; photography is the process of capturing light, not capturing a subject." -John Shaw.
Along with teaching about digital photography, he has included absolutely beautiful pictures of nature scenery. With each photograph he has included what equipment he was using, what lens was used, and what exposure was used.
This book is quite technical and would be very good for a digital photographer that has the basics down and now wants to focus on improving their photographs. As a beginner, this book had some technical wording that I needed to read carefully to understand. I think any digital photographer would find "John Shaw's guide to Digital Photography" very useful in instruction and helping improve their photographs. I'm now ready to take my Canon out to try to capture the beauty of this world.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All thoughts are my own and not swayed by receiving a free copy of this book.