Living Landscapes Photography: Book Review

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Living Landscapes: A Guide To Stunning Landscape Photography is a book from Digital Photography School written by Todd and Sarah Sisson. The links in this post are affiliate links, which means we will receive a commission if you decide to buy a copy for yourself. We purchased this book and use it to improve our photography.

Living Landscapes gives a great overview of the basic gear needed to get started in landscape photography. It also talks about some of the challenges that come along with this type of photography, like lighting and composition.

It's a great book for beginners, written in easy to understand terms.

I found the tips really helpful. I've already started implementing some of them and can see my photography improving.

What I Liked About Living Landscapes

living landscapes photographyI liked that the authors put their personality and sense of humor in the writing.

They weren't afraid to share their opinions about composition and technique, which, at times, go against that of some other photographers I've read. I agree with their opinions and their photography speaks for itself.

There are workshops and walk-throughs where the authors use their photos to teach what they did at various steps in the image making process. This was helpful because I was able to see the “before and after.” This is much easier to learn from than just a written explanation of what works and what doesn't.

The authors touch on the popular subjects of landscape photography like sunrise, sunset, mountains, water, moving water, and black and white.

They give tips about how to capture and edit them more skilfully. They share their knowledge in a practical way without being too technical.

Keeping things simple is a theme running throughout the book, which is great for beginners.

And their photos are awesome!

More reading: My favorite landscape photography aperture

What You'll Get From Living Landscapes 

If you are a photography newbie, or just new to landscape photography you'll get a book full of practical advice that is easy to understand and implement.

You'll have an idea of what gear you need to get started. I ordered neutral density filters after reading this book. I'm looking forward to seeing the difference they will make!

This book is an easy read. It's not too dry or technical which is helpful. Photography is an art form, and creativity can be squashed when things get too technical.

If you use, or are thinking about using, Lightroom to edit your photos you'll be happy because there are lots of tips in this book.

This book will help you think in terms of composure, to look for lines in the landscape which will help draw the eye into your photo. It will help you be more aware of elements that could be distracting, and how to work around them.

Living Landscapes: A Guide To Stunning Landscape Photography

Publisher: Digital Photography School
Author: Todd & Sarah Sisson
Pages: 130 pages (instant digital download)
Price: $29.99 Get your copy now!

Your Turn

Have you read Living Landscapes? What did you think of it? Or perhaps you would like to tell us about your favorite landscape photography book for beginners, please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.

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Dena Haines is co-editor of ClickLikeThis: GoPro tutorial blog. She is a travel blogger and content marketer. She is also co-founder of GringosAbroad (Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with ClickLikeThis.

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