There’s a reason that landscape photography is one of the most popular forms of photography. The world is filled with beautiful scenes and breath-taking locations that make for exciting photo opportunities. One of the best ways to improve your landscape photography is by getting a hold of some of the best landscape photography books that are available today; ones that will help you in your photography journey.
Here at The Adventure Junkies, we love helping our readers improve their landscape photography. Having some of these titles on your shelf or on your tablet or Kindle will give you the tools necessary to hone your craft, and the inspiration that you need to head out and capture your own amazing masterpieces.
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1. LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY ON LOCATION
This title is especially popular, thanks to the insight that it offers, and the way that it presents valuable information in an accessible and entertaining way. Packed with stories and insights about the images featured, as well as tips for promoting your images on social media, it also covers hiking, travel, and useful information on technical subjects. A good title for beginners and professionals alike.
2. UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE, FOURTH EDITION
This book is a newly revised edition of Bryan Peterson’s popular book. In it, Peterson clarifies complex concepts such as exposure in photography, giving readers the tools they need to capture exciting images. From exposure to light, aperture, shutter speed and more;you’ll learn how the fundamentals work together to create breath-taking images.
3. GMC LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
In this new series of Expanded Guides, the author focuses on photographic techniques to give the reader a solid understanding of the subject, allowing them to take their photography up a notch. Full of expert advice, useful hints and tips, this book contains practical examples of techniques, and is illustrated with the aid of diagrams and charts.
Landscape Photography is your detailed guide on capturing exceptional landscapes using both SLR and compact digital cameras.
4. THE LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
This title is more of a workshop than a book and is easy to follow at your own pace. Written by authors Ben Hall and Ross Hoddinott, two of the UK’s leading natural-history photographers, it’s ideal for photographers at any stage of expertise.
Full of assignments for hands-on learning, it also includes answers to often-asked questions. This book will take you from the basics of equipment and exposure, on through post-processing and printing.
5. DIGITAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANSEL ADAMS AND THE MASTERS
By Michael Frye, a photographer who resides in the shadow of Ansel Adams near Yosemite National Park, this book provides a unique look at landscape photography by exploring the methods that Ansel Adams himself used in his photography.
6. THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY PAPERBACK
The Essential Guide to Landscape Photography is one of the most comprehensive guides for photographers of all levels. Full of expert advice, inspirational images, and informative gear reviews, this book will inform you with everything that you need to become a master landscape photographer.
7. PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION
This title by award-winning photographers Tom Grill and Mark Scanlon covers one of the most important aspects of photography: composition. With their modern and clear approach, the authors combine straightforward text with compelling images to make composition learnable and fun.
8. MASTERING LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Written by award-winning landscape photographer, David Taylor, this book explores some of the practical skills and requirements that landscape photographers need. An understanding of how seasons and weather affect the landscape, as well as navigational skills, and empathy for the natural world are all explored in this book. This book also includes a guide on choosing cameras, lenses, and accessories, and goes on to cover the fundamentals of exposure.
9. THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
This is a useful and authoritative guide for photographing nature in today’s digital world. Includes insider advice on everything from packing your gear to selecting sites, as well as composing images and post-processing.
10. JOHN SHAW’S GUIDE TO DIGITAL NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY PAPERBACK
For more than four decades, John Shaw’s trusted advice has helped photographers to capture impressive shots in the great outdoors. In this title that’s loaded with current information about nature photography, John Shaw shares in-depth advice on everything from equipment and lenses to thorough coverage of digital topics including how to use the histogram. He also shares inspirational and frank insight that goes far beyond the nuts and bolts of photography. It also includes more than 250 jaw-dropping images.
11. PHOTOGRAPHY NIGHT SKY: A FIELD GUIDE FOR SHOOTING AFTER DARK
Photographing the night sky is something that most landscapers would like to master. In this book, authors and professional photographers Jennifer Wu and James Martin will teach you how to overcome the unique issues that confront night-time photographers, showing you how you can capture images that you’ll be proud of.
This book concentrates on four principal subjects: stars as points of light, star trails, the moon, and twilight, and is ideal for photographers of all levels.
12. THE CAMERA
In this classic, master landscape photographer Ansel Adams deals fully with the 35mm, medium-format, and larger view cameras. It includes coverage of essential camera components: shutters, light meters, accessories, and special equipment. Complete with 130 beautifully printed photographs, including many of Adams’ most famous images, as well as extensive captions that detail technical information.
13. THE NEGATIVE
The second book in Adam’s series of three, this book includes a discussion of light, film, and exposure, as well as thoughts on the zone system, chapters on natural and artificial light, and an extensive chapter on the darkroom and its equipment. Good for anyone who would like to improve their knowledge of how photography has changed over the years.
14. THE PRINT
Finally, book three provides technical information that’s clear and concise, starting with designing and equipping a darkroom. It continues on with advice on making the first print, and ends with professional tips and tricks for achieving that special image.
15. LIGHT, GESTURE AND COLOR
A new classic. In this fantastic book, Jay Maisel, one of the world’s best photographers, writes down everything he’s learned in over 60 years of professional photography and fine-art. It’s easy to read, which means that you can finish it in an evening or two. A must-read for anyone who’s interested in photography.
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EXPLORING THE CRAFT
16. MOUNTAIN LIGHT
An excellent book on outdoor and landscape photography by Galen Rowell –the father of modern-day adventure photography. This book is a must-read for mountain photographers; and contains 80 of Galen’s finest images and essays about the creative, technical, environmental, and philosophical considerations that went into creating them. This book is elegantly written, and will take you on a journey of exploring the craft of outdoor photography.
17. LANDSCAPE BEYOND: A JOURNEY INTO PHOTOGRAPHY
Written by David Ward, a regular contributor to Outdoor Photographer magazine, this book explores the essential attributes of what makes a great landscape image. It also discusses how simplicity, ambiguity, and beauty are found and translated into successful photographs.
18. THE ART, SCIENCE, AND CRAFT OF GREAT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography teaches photographers how to convert those moments of wonder and awe at extraordinary natural beauty into stunning images. Author Glenn Randall is an experienced wilderness photographer who explains the art, science and craft of creating astounding images.
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19. THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY
In this book, Bruce Barnbaum explores the intangibles that make a great photograph in more depth than almost any other author. A must-read if you’re looking to create powerful photographs.
20. LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: 10 YEAR SPECIAL EDITION
Looking for landscape photography inspiration? This celebration of Landscape Photographer of the Year awards features more than 250 beautiful images and is sure to inspire.
21. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GREATEST LANDSCAPES: STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS THAT INSPIRE AND ASTONISH
22. RICK SAMMON’S CREATIVE VISUALIZATION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
In this book, master photographer and photo educator Rick Sammon presents his proven methodology for creative digital photography. His inspiring and motivating approach opens creative avenues for photographers in a variety of genres.
23. CREATIVE NATURE & OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Amateur and experienced photographers alike can benefit from this book. Author Brenda Tharp’s inspiring approach has garnered fans all over the world. In this book, she uncovers one skill that no camera can do for you: learning how to “see.”