Treasured Lands

Author - Q.T. Luong
Format - Coffee Table Book

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This is truly a phenomenal work of art, the book is a combination of a photographic essay, coffee table, and guide book all rolled into one. The book is 456 pages long, filled with incredible imagery from every National Park in America. There is information about each park, including maps and locations where the photographs were taken.

Each photographic location is listed with details about the best time of year, time of day, and how to get to each location, with a small photograph.

The book is massive and all printed on high quality paper with great color reproduction and tonality. A great gift for those with wanderlust, or enjoy the sheer beauty in this country.

Weather Forecasting For Photographers

Author - Stan Rose
Format - PDF

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If you want to take your landscape photography to the next level you must understand weather in-depth to know the right time to get out there for dramatic conditions. Stan is a meteorologist and photographer who has shared an incredible wealth of knowledge in this eBook.

The book can be overly technical for some, and you will have to read the book many times to fully absorb the vast amount of detail that Stan has shared. It is definetly not a light read, but a vital tool if you want to understand how great sunsets occurs, how to find fog, etc.

The Ultimate Photo Guide To Yellowstone National Park

Author - Dean Sauskojus
Format - PDF

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Yellowstone can be a challenging place to photograph, it is a massive park that lacks many iconic locations. Having a guide to help you grasp the park is essential. This guide covers all the photographically intersting thermal features, valleys, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and mountain passes. Each location has GPS coordinates, tips for photographing, how to get there, and additional tips. A fantastic guide for such a great park.

Photographing Rocky Mountain National Park

Author - Erik Stensland
Format - PDF

Erik has dedicated his life to photographing Rocky Mountain National Park and knows all the great locations throughout the park. This guide is filled with great locations that include GPS coordinates, advice for best times to photograph, hike times, suggested lenses, and more. I would highly recommend this eBook for your first trip to RMNP.

The Photographers Guide to Joshua Tree National Park

Authors - Jeremy Long and T.M. Schultze
Format - PDF

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If you are planning a trip to Joshua Tree this is a must have guidebook, it covers all the iconic locations and many more. Each location is complete with GPS coordinates, best times to photograph, and many tips on how to photograph and get to each location.

Tonal Relationships - The Art Of Tonal Adjustment

Author - Bruce Percy
Format - PDF

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If you are looking to understand what creates great photographs, this is an essential eBook to help you understand tonal relationships and how to process your photos to give them depth and mood. Subtle changes can make a large impact on how the viewer interprets the scene, Bruce does a great job explaining the how and why with many great examples. I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to take their photos to the next level.

Photographing & Sightseeing in the Zion Narrows

Photographing and Sightseeing in the Zion Narrows

Author - Nico DeBarmore
Format - Paperback

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When I stepped foot into the Narrows for the first time, it was an overwhelming experience. I had to get used to walking in the river and the exhaustion that comes with it, the sheer size and beauty of the canyon is hard to grasp as well. On top of that, I had no idea where I needed to be at the right time to capture the elusive 'glow' when the sun reflects off the canyon walls. 

Nico has demystified the glow in the Narrows with extensive research, so you know exactly where to be at the right time. This year I tested out the recommended times in this book, and I can assure you that every one of them was spot on with great locations that I had overlooked in the past as well. If you are planning on photographing the Narrows, this book is a must have.

Photographing the Southwest: Vol. 1--Southern Utah (3rd Edition): A Guide to the natural Landmarks of Southern Utah

Author - Laurent Martres
Format - Paperback and Kindle

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Going to the Southwest without these guidebooks is a huge mistake, for landscape photography this is the bible of the Southwest. In general pinpoint locations are not given, and certainly no GPS coordinates. It is more of a general guide to get you on the right path, after this you will have to more work to find the actual location. The book is quite large already, so I can understand why they didn't make it a complete guidebook, there is simply too much to cover in the Southwest.

Photographing California - Vol. 1: North: A Guide to the Natural Landmarks of the Golden State

Author - Gary Crabbe
Format - Paperback or Kindle

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This is a great guidebook to have for Northern California, while not as good as the similar guides to the Southwest, this is still filled with great ideas for locations. In general, pinpoint locations are not given, and certainly no GPS coordinates. It is more of a general guide to get you on the right path, after this you will have to do more work to find the actual location. The book is quite large already, so I can understand why they didn't make it a complete guidebook, there is simply too much to cover in the Northern California.

Beyone the Grand Landscape: A Guide To Photographing Nature’s Smaller Scenes

Author - Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrosa
Format - PDF

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Ron and Sarah have become the masters at creating intimate scenes, in this eBook they share all of their secrets to create unique images from seemingly ordinary subjects. They cover ideas for what to photograph, composition, abstract forms, flow, lighting, atmospheric conditions, and a plethora of other techniques. This is more than a book on photographing small scenes, it is a guidebook.

Photographing California - Vol. 2: South

Author - Jeffrey Sullivan
Format - Paperback or Kindle

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This is a great guidebook to have for Southern California, while not as good as the similar guides to the Southwest, this is still filled with great ideas for locations. In general pinpoint locations are not given, and certainly no GPS coordinates. It is more of a general guide to get you on the right path, after this you will have to more work to find the actual location. The book is quite large already, so I can understand why they didn't make it a complete guidebook, there is simply too much to cover in the Southern California.

The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography

The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography

Author - Glenn Randall
Format - Paperback or Kindle

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Glenn has created an incredibly in-depth book on landscape photography. For anyone looking to get a better understanding of why phenomena like rainbows occur, how to use topo maps to help you find promising locations, and understanding how our visual system 'sees' a photograph, and the psychology behind it.

This is not a book for beginners, it is for those that have a grasp on the basics and want to begin to understand the complex intricacies of landscape photography. It can be a slow read for some due to the fairly technical nature, but I found it fascinating and will be referencing it in the future.

Nightscape - A Complete Guide to Photographing Under the Night Sky

Author - David Kingham
Format - PDF

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I cannot fairly review this book since I wrote it! I can tell you that I poured my heart and soul into it and tried to make it timeless. It is filled with information about the sky, techniques, and is not overly technical.

Milky Way Nightscapes

Author - Royce Bair
Format - PDF

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Royce has put together one of the most complete guides every written on night photography, it is extremely in-depth and sometimes over-technical for some. It is 140 pages long and filled to the brim with information, from finding the milky way, light painting, post processing, star trails, tracking, location planning, weather, the list goes on and on. If you are just getting started in night photography it may be a bit overwhelming to read this book, but after you have been out a few times and are feeling more comfortable you will want to dive into this fantastic book.