Magic Light and the Dynamic Landscape: Take Advantage of Light and Weather to Create Amazing Photographs

Moments of peak action are well-known in sports photography, but they also happen in nature photography. The light can change within seconds and the best light may occur only long enough for a single frame. To create dramatic images, landscape photographers must first recognize those moments of magic light that get the heart pumping and blood flowing. While the sunrise and sunset hours provide recognized opportunities, the keen photographer will soon see that magic light can also happen at other times of the day. (Have you ever noticed how dramatic the sky can be before or after storm? Or seen a shaft of light shimmering through a snow squall over the mountain ridge?) After identifying the light, capturing the moment requires fast action; often, you need to set up fast and shoot within seconds to get the shot. At every phase of the process, from finding magic light throughout the day to making best use of it when you do, this book arms you with the skills you need to succeed—and use magic light to transform everyday landscapes into ethereal visions.

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  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great landscape guide, April 2, 2016
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    Great book and insights
  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent book, dynamic, July 25, 2014
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    klabk

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    This review is from: Magic Light and the Dynamic Landscape: Take Advantage of Light and Weather to Create Amazing Photographs (Paperback)
    An excellent book, dynamic, this publication is an easy read with wonderful photography and very specific guidelines as to how each photograph was concieved and the procedures by which each was processed to create the authors vision. The book is something a novice or an experienced photograper would and should have in his library. I will reccommend the book to all interested in wonderful photography.
  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Best book on landscape photography for new or experienced photographers, November 7, 2015
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    Winter

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    I was not sure what to expect with a book such as this but was pleasantly surprised. Jeanine Leech takes a slightly different approach with not only an emphasis on twilight and golden hour shooting but does an exceptional job of illustrating the value with many pictures taken of the same areas as the sun rises or sets to show how different the scene becomes in what is often a matter of minutes.

    The writing and illustrations and organization place this book above all others for the beginning or novice photographer and it also provides insights for even experienced photographers that provide a fresh perspective. I have a bookcase full of books on photography in general and landscape photography and none are as well written and illustrated as this one. Most photographers have very limited writing skills and Jeanine is a notable exception. There is also none of the fluff or page filler material found in so many books on photography and the image quality and printing quality are exceptionally good. Sad to see but many time the printing quality and paper used is so bad as to negate any value from them in illustrating a point by the author.

    Jeanine also is unusual in using the lowest possible ISO setting and the smallest possible aperture setting and then using a cable release to compensate for what are very long exposure times. Seeing this approach taken to the extreme is something I found very different and also very enlightening. I cannot take this extreme approach in all situations with my 36MP camera as diffraction is more pronounced with it but I will be nonetheless doing a lot more shooting at the smallest possible aperture as well as at f8 to f11 so I have images to evaluate later. With no film or processing costs it costs nothing to experiment.

    I have been taking pictures for fun and professionally for many years and I found this book to be valuable. It is also a terrific book for novice photographers as Jeanine provides the best explanation of the impact of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO as well as variation in the light for a scene throughout the day that I have come across in any book on photography. The illustrations and charts are extremely well done throughout the book.

    Not a huge volume so not intimidating for the entry level photographer and easy to read and get something right away. Excellent gift for a budding photographer as well as someone with years of experience as there is good information provided in text and chart and picture form.

    Unlike many books on photography the author’s ego is kept in check and this helps with the communicating of concepts and advice in the book as it is not colored by personality to the detriment of the reader.

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