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I’ve always enjoyed the “listmania” entries at, so I’ve decided to start my own series of favorites and lists here as well. These are not meant to be absolute truths, but simply opinions and thoughts based on my own experiences. My goal is not only to get me thinking about different aspects of my photography and life, but provide some ideas, inspiration, and resources for you as well.
Although my photography library is continually growing, these 3 instructional books remain strong favorites, and are usually the first ones I recommend to anyone getting started in landscape photography. They provide a solid foundation in camera theory and technique, color theory, composition, and visual creativity.
1) “Photographing the Landscape: The Art of Seeing” by John Fielder. I mentioned this book in a recent post, and it’s as close as you can get to a workshop in a book. Great images, technical info, personal anecdotes, and a very exhaustive approach to all aspects of successful and creative image making.
2) “Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography” The late Galen Rowell was truly one of the great landscape photographers of our time, and this book is a collection of his many columns written over many years for Outdoor Photography Magazine. Full of insights, adventure, technical info, and excellent writing, it provides a window into the work and world of a photographer/mountaineer in exotic locations all over the planet.
3) “Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs” by Ansel Adams. Although not specifically an instructional book like those in his famous trilogy, this book presents 40 of his best known images together with the details of their inspiration and creation. An unique and revealing look into the mind of one of the greatest, and certainly the most well known landscape photographer in history.
I’ll cover digital technology books in an upcoming post.

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    1. As a matter of fact I am working on a few book projects which I can’t disclose yet, but your idea is appreciated. Look for some instructional materials on the website in the near future! thanks


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