Book Review: 52 Assignments Landscape Photography
Landscape Photography (52 Assignments)
Challenges for your photography
Are you wondering what to photograph when out and about, or wondering how to give your landscape photography a bit of a boost?
The 52 projects series of books give a wide collection of project ideas and assignment suggestions that can help advance your photography, no matter what level you are at.
- Authors: Ross Hoddinott, Mark Bauer
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Ammonite Press
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781453748
- ISBN-13: 978-1781453742
- Size: 14 x 21 cm
Exploring Landscape Photography
Even as a professional architectural photographer who enjoys landscape photography, I sometimes visit locations and am at a bit of a loss how to approach their photography or even (if not on a paying job) if I really want to. This hesitation or lack of confidence can come to us all. One way of addressing this is to set out with the idea of doing some specific photography projects.
This book (there are other ’52 projects’ titles) looks at many different aspects of landscape photography in short chunks, with tips, examples and a simple explanation of what you’re trying to achieve.
The ideas range from simple camera settings adjustments, such as the ‘Starburst’ topic (#45, p106) to more expansive ideas like this example for longer exposures (#9, p26)
Some of the suggestions will require rather a lot more learning than is possible from one page (and expense too). I looked at item #51 ‘Print it’ and yes I’d agree that learning to print your images will truly benefit all your photography, but I felt a few people might find the lack of any detailed pointers as to where to go next a little off putting. [fear not… see my article about Improving your photography by printing ;-) ]
In general I found the ideas well presented, with enough information to immediately try some, or at least point me in the right direction for others. Some reminded me to do just the opposite, so #19 (p52) about shooting hand held reminded me that when possible I might try using a tripod. Although an essential for my architectural work, I’ve long regarded the habitual use of tripods for landscape photography as a holdover from the 19th century…
Remember that the idea of the book is to get you trying different things.
The ideas may work or you may find them rather horrid. I deeply dislike the miniature effect – simulating a model world look [#49, p116] but at least I’ve tried it.
One of those short books that can help you expand your photography, or even just finesse a few areas you’re already familiar with. I’ve a lens to test for a review and there’s a couple of ideas for some new shots that came about just looking through the book. Whether you’ll see them in the review is another matter, but at least I’ll have tried something different.
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Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer are leading UK landscape photographers. Their company Dawn 2 Dusk Photography specialises in landscape photography workshops and they are co-authors of From Dawn To Dusk and The Landscape Photography Workshop.
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