Photo & General Interest Book Reviews

Enjoy reading about some great photography and general interest books. It’s a great way to learn photography.

Cover of the book Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment.

Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment

Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment

By National Geographic (Author); Ann Curry (Foreword); Chris Johns (Introduction)

This is a special book… not because it is about women photographers, but because it is about photographers who happen to be women doing beautiful work and bringing their unique point of view to their images. These talented women are at the top of their profession. Over the years, they have produced many of National Geographic’s very powerful photo-narratives.

Whether it is Amy Toensing who is “Seeing from her heart”, or Erika Larsen who is “Finding the human moment”, or Carolyn Drake who strives to “bring a different perspective on the world”, or any of the other photographers presented in this book, they share some amazing images from their worldwide assignments.

As you can expect from any National Geographic book, the images are superb and the presentation first class. This is a beautiful book filled with unique and eye-catching images that present a glimpse of the outstanding photojournalists that make them. It would be a fine addition to one’s personal photography library.

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: National Geographic ( March 4, 2014)

Language: English
User: All photographers

Cover of the book The Photographer’s Guide to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Available at: http://www.kruger-2-kalahari.com/photographers-guide-to-the-kgalagadi.html

The Photographer’s Guide to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

By Mario Fazekas and Jenny Fazekas

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is one of the largest parks in the world. Straddling the border between southern Botswana and South Africa, it is not a lush park like Kruger, but is arid with waterholes and dry riverbeds. What makes this park so special is the unusual amount of wildlife and the relative ease that they can be seen especially during the dry season when they come into the waterholes to drink.

The famous black-mane lions, cheetahs, leopards, birds, beautiful landscapes and wildflowers are just a few of the numerous photographic opportunities you might have if you keep your eyes open.

These guide books are especially unique because they are written by photographers for photographers of all skill levels. They cover all of the travel details that you would expect in an outstanding guide book but they go a step farther in giving photographic tips and lessons such as “Choosing which Subject to Focus on/stay with” or “Anticipating Animal Behavior” or “What to do with Disappointing Photos” or “Photographing Landscapes”. These are just a few of the lessons and they are good for any location whether it is an exotic Safari or your own backyard.

Apogee Photo Magazine has reviewed several of the Fazekas’ guide books to various parks in South Africa and each new one seems to get better and better … if that is possible. They are complete and always generous with their suggestions and information. Their photography lessons are outstanding and to the point. Definitely a must have on your Safari or on any wildlife adventure for their lessons alone.

E-book: 300 pages

Publisher: Mario Fazekas and & Jenny Fazekas (2014)

Language: English
User: All wildlife photographers and travelers to Africa

Cover of the book DREAMSCAPES: Finding A Place to Call Your Own.

Dreamscapes: Finding A Place to Call Your Own

DREAMSCAPES: Finding A Place to Call Your Own

By Bob Tabor

Each of us has a place where our heart relaxes and feels at home. For some it is the rugged terrain of the high mountains, for others it might be a mountain meadow and for still others the quiet of the desert just before dawn. For photographer Bob Tabor, it is the ocean where his heart finds that quiet place he calls home.

In this collection of images, Tabor’s personal dreamscapes, he celebrates his discovery. As he sits by the edge of the ocean in all weathers and various times of day, he shares with us his imagery. From sunrise colors to sunsets, from calm to windswept stormy shores and to moon rises, it becomes obvious that this is his place.

The images are lovely and they inspire one to search and find that magical location or mind-space that we can call home as well. Well done!

Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist (August 15, 2014)

Language: English
User: All photographers

Cover of the book Shot by Both Sides: A Glimpse of New York 1986.

Shot by Both Sides: A Glimpse of New York 1986

Shot by Both Sides: A Glimpse of New York 1986

By Cornelia Wilhelm, Guido Magnaguagno, Reto Sorg

This is a unique book. 1986 was the year that the Space shuttle Challenger disintegrated killing the crew of 7 astronauts, Microsoft Corporation had its initial public offering, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred, and daytime drama, Search for Tomorrow, aired its final episode after 35 years on the airwaves. But over on Coney Island, in Harlem and the Bronx and other places in New York, it is a normal time. This book gives us an interesting retrospective of everyday people going along with their everyday lives. It is a collection of images that documents life in the Big Apple celebrating both the city of New York and its people.

Only nineteen years old when she arrived in New York to work as a photographer’s assistant, Cornelia Wilhelm felt instantly at home. Her work is a wonderful compilation of life as she saw it in 1986.

This is a very interesting book that will take you back in time and give you a glimpse of the New York working class.

Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist (August 11, 2014)

Language: English
User: All photographers but especially those with an interest in street photography

Cover of the book ANGRY BIRDS: 50 True Stories of the Fed Up, Feathered, and Furious,

National Geographic Angry Birds: 50 True Stories of the Fed Up, Feathered, and Furious

ANGRY BIRDS: 50 True Stories of the Fed Up, Feathered, and Furious

By Mel White

The Angry Birds series are all excellent, but this one is exceptional. This book showcases birds in a variety of humorous situations with real facts about the birds we have all gotten to know through the hit game. The book has a progression of degrees of anger intensity: Annoyed, Testy, Outraged and Furious and the birds that fit in those categories.

If you liked the other Angry Bird books, you will love this one. And if you are only a lover of birds or a wildlife photographer, just wait until you see these images. Terrific!

Paperback/Digital: 160 pages

Publisher: National Geographic (January 21, 2014)

Language: English
User: All photographers

by Noella Ballenger

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