Remote Exposure: A Guide to Hiking and Climbing Photography by Alexandre Buisse
$29.95 from rockynook
I’ve always been a fan of taking pictures, and one of my favorite subjects to photograph is the outdoors; as such, I was looking forward to checking out this new book from rocky nook. The book covers shooting hiking, climbing, and mountaineering.
Chapter one covers choosing the right equipment; for the type of photos the author is talking about, weight and size often matter more than other factors, since you’ll be carrying the equipment with you! His advice on lenses makes sense, but I felt that he overemphasized memory cards; SD and CF cards (which most of us will probably be using) aren’t that expensive and weigh almost nothing, so if you’re planning to make outdoor shooting a serious hobby I see no reason not to carry at least a couple of 16gb cards (assuming your camera will take them). The cost is nothing compared to how much you’ll have spent on the camera and lenses, and it means not having to worry that you’ll miss a shot due to running out of memory! (You do, of course, have to avoid leaving too many photos on one card, in case it fails) The emphasis here is on carrying lightweight equipment that meets your basic needs and can be easily accessed, rather than on having the latest and greatest.
Chapter two is about actually shooting your photos. When do you shoot? How do you take care of your equipment (and in particular, when you’re climbing, how do you avoid dropping things?) What does it take to keep both you and your equipment safe?
Chapter three is about creating strong images; it talks about composition and telling a story, and gives a few practical tips to help you capture the image.
Chapter four is discipline-specific, with tips for photographing camping, hiking, technical climbing, and mountaineering. These shots can require a bit of planning ahead, especially if you want to avoid boring shots of the other members of your party from behind!
Chapter five is on advanced techniques, including low-light photography and HDR, while chapter six touches on ethics and safety.
This being a photography book, the big draw is the images. I have to say that there aren’t that many photos in the book that really grab me, but I suspect that’s largely a matter of preference; I generally don’t put people in my landscapes, the the images here are almost all of people engaged in outdoors activities. However, I can still tell that they’re well done, and I liked the panoramas and particularly the HDR sunset on page 139.
If you’re not interested in shooting while hiking, climbing, etc, then you might as well give this book a miss; you’re not the intended audience. But if you enjoy this type of outdoors activity and want to start taking photos while participating, it’s probably worth a look.