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Michael Freeman's Photo School: Landscape is a detailed and informative book all about getting the best out of your landscape shots.
The book begins with a few words on the theory of landscape photography and how it evolved, before going into what makes a good landscape shot, beginning with how important the sky is in a shot.
As always in Freeman's series, this book introduces to a few students of landscape photography who submit photos to be commented on by Michael at the end of each mini challenge, in which the reader is encouraged to go out and take photos with a certain theme. With each photo submitted, the student explains a bit about how the photo came about and why they took it, before Michael says a few words on what he likes, or what can be improved.
Firstly the book covers different elements of the shot, such as using water as the main element and capturing seascapes, before we move on to viewpoint and lens used in your shot, looking at the different effects using different telephoto lengths and wide angle lenses will have on your photos.
Also covered is how to effectively define your subject in shot, looking beyond the obvious and defining a mood in your photos, as well as looking at different lighting situations and what times are best to capture the best light.
Finally, the book looks at different colour strengths, and when to emphasise one strong colour or go for a more pastel shade. We are also shown some simple ways to convert images to black and white and when this works best.
Overall this book is full of lovely images that really show you what can be achieved with a bit of practice and knowledge. If you are a budding landscape photographer, then this is well worth a read.