Digital SLR Camera Instruction for Landscape Photographers

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Landscape Photography with a Digital SLR

Digital SLR Camera Instruction for Landscape and Nature Photographers

This eBook covers landscape photography with a Digital SLR.  It's available as a free downloadable PDF file; a format accessible by both Windows and Macs. 

The objective of this concise, 105 page book is to provide the reader with an understanding of relevant photography terms and concepts, then discuss how to set up a digital camera for landscape photography and show a fantastic workflow to use in the field. Followed by a tutorial on composition and a review of equipment necessary for landscape photography.

This book is ideal for beginners! It's also useful for intermediate and advanced photographers seeking a more complete understanding of how to use a digital SLR for nature photography.

The book's images and illustrations are in full color, the section on setting up a digital camera (camera settings), is illustrated, where relevant, with images of both Nikon and Canon cameras.

Topics Covered
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Photography Terms and Concepts
  • Stop Value
  • Dynamic Range
  • Exposure
  • Contributing Factors for Exposure
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Equivalent Exposure
  • Working in Tonal Values
  • The Big Trick of Metering
  • Manually Metering
  • Understanding the Histogram
  • Focal Length
  • Lens Multiplication Factor
  • Depth-of-Field
  • Hyperfocal Distance
  • Hyperfocal Charts
  • Pixel
  • Bit Depth; 8 bit, 16 bit
Camera Settings - Setting up the Camera
  • Diopter Adjustment
  • Setup Menu
  • Shooting Mode
  • Aperture Adjustment
  • Shutter Speed Adjustment
  • ISO Adjustment
  • Adjust Camera to work in 1/3 Stop Values
  • Metering Mode
  • Image Quality (raw, jpg)
  • White Balance Adjustment
  • Color Space Adjustment
  • High ISO Noise Reduction
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction
  • Camera Self Timer
  • Histogram Review
  • Highlight Warning
  • No Memory Card Lock
  • Formatting the Memory Card
  • Optimized Settings (jpg)
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing AEB
  • Auto Bracketing Sequence
  • Auto Rotate / Rotate Tall
  • My Menu Settings
  • Custom Shooting Mode
  • Focus
  • Lock Switch (Nikon)
Field Workflow

  • Handholding Rule of Thumb
  • Vibration Reduction / Image Stabilization
  • Printing Thoughts
  • Time of Day
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Diagonal Lines and Curves
  • Negative Space
  • Vertical or Horizontal
  • Framing the Subject
  • Foreground
  • Patterns in Nature
  • Picture Within a Picture
  • Avoid White Skies
  • Keep it Simple
  • Variety of Possible Angles / Perspective
  • Perspective (Small Subject)
  • How to Shoot Panoramas
  • Critiquing
Photography Equipment
  • Tripod
  •  Polarizing Filter
  • Cable Release
  • Split-Neutral Density Filters
  • Neutral Density Filters

Landscape Photography Instruction


"I just finished reading your landscape book and it has helped me SO much! I have only been taking pictures since last January and the way you explain things makes so much more sense to me than any other books I have read."  Tanni Wenger,  Oregon

"...Andy Cook is one of Colorado's best outdoor photographers." The Voice, Fort Collins, CO

"Best Nature Photographer: Andy Cook - In a region that's understandably strong in nature photography, Cook stands out for his quality, his productivity and his commitment to passing on everything he knows to aspiring photographers." The Gazette, Colorado Springs

" array of eye-catching landscape scenes that would make any nature lover homesick. The vivid colors and striking compositions of these wilderness photographs prove just how accomplished a photographer Cook has become." Colorado Springs Independent