Have you ever seen a photograph and wondered how it was made? If you are lucky, you might know the photographer personally, and then it is simply an easy matter of asking—assuming, of course, that you can encourage the photographer to give up his or her precious trade secrets. More often than not, however, you do not know the photographer personally. Too often, the only way to crawl inside the photographer’s skull and pick his or her brain is to sign up for an expensive workshop.
I’ve just launched a new series of eBooks called Behind the Lens, which is intended to fill the gap between getting to know the photographer personally and taking an expensive workshop. Each book presents a collection of photographs, and takes you behind the scenes for a step-by-step description of how each was made. The focus of these books is on the technical and artistic choices, including use of light, composition selection, equipment choices, and camera settings.
The first book in the series is Patagonia Behind the Lens, which displays a collection of twenty of my favorite images from this epic land of sapphire-blue lakes, towering glaciers, and mighty mountain peaks that pierce the heavens. Together, they tell part of this land’s incredible story, and give you a sense of the flavor of the land and a glimpse of its diversity and character. Each photograph is accompanied by a detailed description of not only how each photograph was made, but why.
Patagonia Behind the Lensis a 45-page downloadable PDF eBook filled with informative text, stunning full-color images, and plenty of insights and inspiration. This book is newly designed to optimize viewing across multiple platforms including computer screens and iPads.