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James Grant is a passionate landscape photographer and his latest book, Peak District through the lens, offers photographers a guide to the most picturesque places in the Peak District.
The book splits the Peak district into 3 different areas and colour codes them, making it easy to distinguish where about each area of interest is. There is a handy guide on how to use the book at the front, running through the different symbols and information used and what it means.
Each area mentioned has several spots that are perfect for photographers and each of these is given at least a double page spread.
Each area has an introduction, a bit of history and key information such as access rating, photo potential, GPS co-ordinates and car parking details.
James' intimate knowledge of each of these areas enables him to be really specific about the best season and even the time of day which will yield the best results for each location. There is also accurate info about the distance from the car park to the location itself and the time it will take the average person to get there, allowing you to plan your day to a tee. Accessibility is also discussed and given a 5 walker rating, with 1 walker being easy access and 5 being difficult access. Whether the area is disabled friendly is also noted.
The book is filled with lovely images from James with complete make, model, lens and camera setting details. Each viewpoint that James photographs has an accompanying paragraph detailing how to get to it and what conditions work best.
The whole of the Peak District is covered in the book, so no matter where in the area you are headed, you should be able to find a photogenic location nearby.
At the back of the book there is a section dedicated to planning, shooting and processing your images. Types of camera, lenses and sensors are looked at along with basic exposure rules.
Planning for the weather, the seasons and positioning of the sun is covered. All this information is specifically for the Peak District, too. Shooting tips from composition to depth of field and exposure are looked at as well as using filters, night photography and panoramic photography. There is also a small section on post processing and a handy summary of top tips right at the end.
Overall, this is the only book that a photographer interested in photographing the Peak District should need to buy. As well as the inside information on the very best locations to shoot, it also includes lots of extra information on camera setting and preparing for and shooting in the environment. It's quite heavy and might not be ideal for taking on long treks, but James' knowledge has created a book that no-one intending to photograph in the Peak District should be without.