Ilex Press and Focal Press have just released the second edition of my book Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters.
This book looks at the techniques of past masters of landscape photography – particularly Eliot Porter, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams – and explores how those techniques can be adapted to digital photography today. In this new edition, I tried to infuse the book with even more of the master’s words, ideas, and images. I was happy to also be able to include images by Minor White and Philip Hyde, in addition to photographs by Adams, Porter, and Weston. I was also able to interview people like John Sexton and Charles Cramer who knew Ansel and his techniques, or had, I thought, particular insights into how traditional film and darkroom techniques relate to modern digital photography.
The book is meant to be a complete course in digital landscape photography. It’s divided into three main chapters, covering the technical foundations, light and composition, and the digital darkroom. Every section of the book has been revised to reflect new knowledge and new ideas, and it’s been expanded from 160 pages to 176. The last chapter on the digital darkroom was almost completely revamped and rewritten, because so much has changed since I wrote the first edition in 2009. I also added more about printing – the essential and often troublesome steps required to get an image from screen to paper. The landscape masters featured in the book took great care and pride in making prints, so more information about printing seemed essential.
The retail price is $31.95, but right now Amazon has it for $20.81 – a great deal. I also have a limited supply of these books on hand, and you can order signed copies directly from me for $25 (plus shipping, while supplies last) by clicking the Add to Cart Button below.
Thanks to all of you who bought the first edition, and for all your kind comments about the book over the years. I hope you like this new version!
— Michael Frye
Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters
8×9 inches, Softcover, 176 pages, full color
$27.95 plus shipping