The Traveling Photographer: A Guide to Great Travel Photography by Sandra Petrowitz
$24.08 at Amazon
Everybody likes to take pictures when they travel, but few come home with great art; mostly, we see snapshots that reveal little other than “I was there”. As someone about to start work on a travel magazine project, I was interested to see what travel photographer Sandra Petrowitz has to say on the subject.
This book seems most appropriate for the advanced beginner to intermediate photographer. The assumption is that you know how to use your camera and you know the basics of photography; no space is devoted to explaining f-stops, proper exposures, and all that. It does, however, discuss the basic rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds and giving a subject space to move. Much of what is in the book is applicable to all photography, rather than specifically travel photography: changing perspective, using portrait format, using fill flash, etc.
What I would have liked to see is more information on how to choose a subject, or a view of the subject, to spice up your travel photography. There are some tips for interacting with the people you want to photograph and finding unusual viewpoints for architectural shots, but mostly it boils down to be polite, be yourself, and find your own viewpoint. The photographs illustrating the book are nice and technically well-done, but nothing that I felt the desire to hang on my wall.
Overall, I would have no problem recommending this book for a beginning or intermediate photographer, but expert photographers who want to move into travel photography should probably look elsewhere.
Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book.