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No, not my books, books I found helpful. One of the attractive aspects of photography is that it's an art you can learn on your own. Books are a great time saver! Why struggle through all the testing and experimentation when a quick read from a good book opens up location, aesthetics and all the technical stuff? By using these links, you get the same, great Amazon price everyone gets, but a small referral fee helps support this site. (Amazon sometimes fails to render the images for these books. Try the placeholder link anyway!)

These are about finding waterfalls. Russell Dunn covers eastern New York, Vermont, Connecticut and Berkshire County in western Massachusetts, all in amazing detail. The Freemans cover western New York very well. Scott Brown's NY book covers the whole state quite nicely. Scott Ensminger's new book also has good coverage. Derek Doeffinger's images are exceptional. None of these books covers every area completely; there is still much to be discovered! All have a few issues concerning driving directions; to be sure, use Google Earth or Maps before you leave.

The books in this group are about landscape photography. Not the technical stuff, the artistic stuff: composition, lighting, seeing, feeling. These books concern the photographic quality of the image. Composition is always my hardest decision; these help me get better.

David Ward, Joe Cornish and Charlie Waite are exceptional British photographers, well worth getting to know. Each of their images is a lesson in composition. The Joe Cornish book "First Light" has been published under two different titles; the other is "Light and the Art of Landscape Photography". (These older books are available both new and used at ridiculously low prices from 3d party sellers on Amazon!)

When you find that the automatic settings on your camera just fail for some images, these are the books that will help you understand when and how to make adjustments to the recommended exposure.

These books are for Photoshop and Lightroom. No camera records images like the human eye; post processing is always required, especially if you wish to bring personal style to your artistic images. Scott Kelby writes humorously and is always a good read. He adds specific step-by-step instructions for common tasks. Martin Evening covers the software comprehensively. His books are big, but the writing is extremely clear and easy to follow. As a working photographer, he covers things photographers need to know, and he updates each book with downloadable material for new features. Both Scott and Martin have been writing for a long time; be sure to get the edition that corresponds to your version of the software, and visit the website for each book.

Martin Evening's latest book, "Lightroom Transformations", deals primarily with the Develop module of Lightroom and includes how Photoshop is frequently used as a supplement. Since Lightroom (LR) and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) share the same pixel engine, it is just as much an ACR book as it is an LR book. Well worth reading for a Bridge/ACR/Photoshop workflow!

If you live in upstate New York as I do, or just plan to visit, then these books will lead you to some of the best locations for landscape photography! And I thank Carl, Chris, Adam, Hardie, Nathan and Mark for sharing such fine, motivating images and locations.

Fall in the High Peaks Region : An eBook from Chris Tennant and Adam Baker; fine photography, prime locations, and a Google map.

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