National Geographic Photography Field Guide
No doubt photography has taken a great part in making National Geographic famous. The National Geographic Photography Field Guide demonstrates what it takes to make such unforgettable photographs. The book covers three essential parts of photography: cameras, composition and light. It puts all that information into perspective against various types of subjects for the enjoyment of any photography enthusiasts. While the book is written with film in mind, practically all information presented there applies to digital photography as well. The book is well written with clear explanations accompanied by numerous photographs and clear diagrams.
The National Geographic Photography Field Guide aims to teach photography the National Geographic way, yet it does not forget that such level of photography cannot be achieved without a solid understanding of the most basic photographic principles. The book's 368 pages are divided among three main sections: Essential Basics, A World of Subjects and Making Photographs Under Pressure. Each section is proportional to its relative importance, with Essential Basics being the longest, followed by A World Of Subjects.
Essential Basics covers a variety of topics using simple terms and several examples for emphasis. Just as the rest of the book, the language is accessible without skipping any important details or compromising on accuracy. Composition is introduced in general terms with a surprising amount of details as the second chapter of this section. The remainder of this section covers cameras, lenses, light, exposure and metering among other things. Each chapter here always put its information in the context of photography. This may sound obvious but it is frequently forgotten in lesser photography books.
A World Of Subjects covers composition again with much more details and in perspective with specific types of subjects which have all contributed to many National Geographic photographs. No less than eight types of subjects, from weather to evening and light, are truly well covered using inspiring text and sample photographs. Chapters on specific subjects are intermixed with chapters on particular National Geographic photographers. These chapters are equally important because they illustrate artistic and work flow possibilities as well as providing valuable tips from world-renowned experts. By reading these chapters, we get to understand the connection between a photograph and its message.
Making Photographs Under Pressure covers a topic that National Geographic probably knows best. It not only ties photography with timing and presence but also with the importance of carrying a representative message. Chapters in this section are also intermixed with short essays on particular photographers who have taken photography in intense situations.
Finally, there is a minor section on computers and photography which has a few words on digital photography. This part is quite brief and already slightly outdated but that is not the point of this book. There is much more useful and inspiring information in the previous sections. For those who feel references to film photography are not important, you may safely skip pages 34-50, 112-134 and 160-173.
This National Geographic book serves its purpose well, to explain photography in context of various photographic subjects. It does so with more depth than most introduction to photography at the expense of photographic editing and management, which are explained by many other books but are far less important than what is covered here. Also, people wanting an introduction to the digital aspects of digital photography should find another book to complement this one without dismissing it.
Neocamera Blog is a medium for expressing ideas related to digital cameras and photography. Read about digital cameras in the context of technology, media, art and the world. Latest posts links:
Fujifilm GFX-50S In-Depth Review
In-depth review of the Fujifilm GFX-50S Medium Format Mirrorless Digital Camera, a groundbreaking 50 megapixels camera with large 44x33mm sensor and unique modular EVF system. ISO 50-102400 range, 3 FPS drive and 1080p video.
Fujinon GFX Lens Roundup
Roundup of reviews for GFX Medium Format Mirrorless lenses: Fujinon GF 23mm F/4R LM WR, GF 32-64mm F/4R LM WR and GF 110mm F/2R LM WR.
Nikon D500 Review
Full-review of the ultimate Nikon flagship APS-C DSLR. The Nikon D500 offers a new 20 MP CMOS sensor with incredible ISO 50-1638400, 10 FPS, 4K Ultra-HD and a 153-Point Phase-Detect AF system sensitive to -4 EV. Built for professionals into a weatherproof body with dual control-dials and large 100% coverage viewfinder with built-in shutter.
DxO ViewPoint 3 Review
Review of DxO ViewPoint 3. Perspective, distortion and horizon correction software.
Nikon D5 XQD Review
Nikon flagship professional DSLR with 20 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor. All-new 153-point Phase-Detect AF sensitive to -4 EV. ISO 50 to unprecedented 3,276,800! 12 FPS Drive for 200 JPEGs or 180 RAW. First Nikon DSLR with 4K Ultra HD video.
Olympus Professional Lens Roundup
Roundup of Olympus Professional and Premium lenses: M.Zuiko 7-14mm F/2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko 12mm F/2, M.Zuiko 60mm F/2.8 Macro.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review
Olympus second generation base OM-D with an anti-alias-filter-free 16 MP Four-Thirds CMOS sensor mounted on a 5-axis in-body stabilization system. Speedy 8.5 FPS drive, full HD @ 60 FPS and a wealth of features in a compact and lightweight body. Offers a 2.4 MP 0.45" EVF with 0.62X magnification and 100% coverage, plus dual control-dials and a highly customizable interface.
Fuji X-Pro2 Review
Fuji flagship XF-mount mirrorless with 24 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor. 273-Point AF with 169 Phase-Detect points. 8 FPS Drive, 1080p video. Dual control-dials, direct dials and a hybrid viewfinder in a weather-sealed freezeproof body.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Review
The only premium travel-zoom! 20 megapixels 1" high-speed CMOS sensor paired with a stabilized 25-250mm F/2.8-5.9 optical zoom. 50 FPS Drive, 4K Ultra-HD video, 1/16000-60s Hybrid Shutter, Post-Shot Focus, 4K Live-Cropping, Time-Lapse Video and more. Dual control-dials plus a built-in EVF with Eye-Start sensor.
Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review
Newly designed Rebel with dual control-dials and top status LCD. 24 MP APS-C sensor, Hybrid AF III with 19 all-cross points and on-sensor Phase-Detect AF. 5 FPS Drive and full 1080p HD video capture.