Technology has gone a very long way to making top end photography much more accessible of late, but while prices have tumbled and megapixel counts have skyrocketed capturing that moment that your eyes see through a camera lens can still be frustratingly elusive.
If you have a love of landscape photography but you’ve been too scared to move your camera off its auto setting then the new ebook “Creative Landscape Photography” by Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken could be just the inspiration you need. Its the perfect photography book for Tolkien fans, as the antipodean authors focussed on the scenery surrounding Queenstown, New Zealand – the very same scenery we’ve come to know from the Lord of the Rings and Narnia films and which we’ll revisit again in The Hobbit!
Of course if you’re contemplating joining the Long Expected Journey, The Middle-earth network New Zealand tour, then “Creative Landscape Photography” is a must-read if you’re intending to bring your camera to capture the beautiful New Zealand landscape. Think of it as your ultimate cheat sheet to taking the perfect photo on the tour. If you don’t know your F stop from your ISO then each of the 30 featured images in the book give you detailed settings to get the same effect from your DSLR, or 4/thirds camera.
Even if you’re a point, press and forget it photographer the book still has plenty of useful tips on capturing that Middle-earth essence in your landscape photos. Overall “Creative Landscape Photography” is a great step towards helping you capture that elusive moment, whether you’re looking at Middle-earth come to life before your eyes in New Zealand or you’ve caught a glimpse of it outside your own door.