Review: Guy Tal’s Creative Landscape Photography eBook

Guy Tal is a longtime friend and co-leader of our infrequent joint workshops (disclaimer made!). He’s also a gifted photographer and writer, and his internationally-acclaimed images and articles have been featured in such publications as Outdoor Photographer Magazine (US), PhotoLife (Canada), Digital Photographer (UK), as well as his own beautiful coffee table book, Exposures. In the current genre of landscape photography writing, I place Guy’s writing at the very top. I’ll be honest; most of what gets passed off as the best publications of our medium do little more than regurgitate what has already been regurgitated ad nauseam. Most of them are obsessively focused on gear and gear-based techniques, with few ever tackling more spiritual (if you will) and emotional approaches to landscape photography.

Designed as a companion to Guy’s Creative Landscape Photography workshop, this process-based instructional text is aimed at intermediate and advanced photographers who want to unlock their creative potential and evolve their craft. There’s also plenty of gear-based content for those who are still struggling with fundamentals. The book is well organized and features sections on the creative process; concept; visualization; composition; capture; processing; and presentation. It’s also filled with a number of Guy’s stunning images and accompanying text that explains his thought process and motives behind these particular photographs (no useless EXIF and aperture/shutter speed info!). There are also numerous exercises intended to aid in the evolution of your imagery (yes, “homework”!).

Taken a step further, creative photography is about the expression of subjective ideas, emotions, and sensibilities through the unique beauty of natural elements and using the medium of photography. A creative photograph is the result of venturing beyond the mere act of recording scenes and objects with a camera. Rather than thinking about what you want your viewers to see when looking at your work, think instead about how you want them to feel.

The eBook contains a whopping 86 pages, and at only $9.95, it may very well be one of the best valued eBooks I’ve seen. And at only $9.95, you can’t afford not having this eBook in your collection. Get ready to move to your photography to the next level…

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A Heartfelt THANKS….

…to my recent workshop clients!

Balaji, Srikumar, Saravanan, and Michael

Balaji, Srikumar, Saravanan, and Michael

On October 3-4, I helped Balaji, Saravanam, and Srikumar discover wonderful locations up and down the Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley during a private tour, and they received their wish of photographing autumn color during the first snowfall of the season (well, it was the second really, but it was the first significant snowfall). Despite falling rather sick just one day before our meeting, I still managed to hang in there and arise way too early each day for our sunrise shoots. Balaji had this to say:

The pleasure was truly ours in sharing such a wonderful locale with an true nature enthusiast like you. I personally came away with such a respect for your knowledge about the area and your admiration for nature and conservation. Many thanks for your incredible energy in spending so much time in the field in those 2 days, in spite of not being at the best of health.”

Creative Landscape Photography Workshop

Creative Landscape Photography Workshop

And one week later – just last weekend, October 9-12 – Gordon-Tal Workshops conducted its Creative Landscape Photography workshop in and around Capitol Reef NP, Utah. We had a great time with our group of six, toured fantastic locations, and had numerous philosophical and technical discussions. We intend to offer this unique workshop again in the future. Please join our mailing list to be the first to know.

Thank You to my workshop clients! I hope you had as much fun as I did.

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Photo Workshop Announcement: Creative Landscape Photography. Oct 10-12, 2009. Capitol Reef, Utah

Photographs © Guy Tal

Photographs © Guy Tal

For the first time in almost two years, the cosmos have aligned permitting Guy and Michael to once again conduct a workshop together. Please join us for our very best workshop yet.

There is perhaps no greater challenge for a photographer than finding their own creative voice and developing a recognizable personal style. This workshop aims to help both experienced and aspiring fine-art photographers develop creative skills and techniques in the field and in the digital studio.

The workshop will take place in and around Capitol Reef National Park, in Utah. This unique location provides access to an astounding range of photogenic scenery and an endless array of subjects on every scale, from colorful sandstone canyons and riparian desert streams to aspen and conifer forests and high altitude lakes.

For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit the Gordon-Tal Photographic Workshops website.

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