Category Archives: Bookshelf

David Santiago Garcia’s Comprehensive Guide to Landscape Photography

Aurora photographer David Santiago Garcia has released a beautiful new Spanish-language book entitled El Fotógrafo ante el Paisaje, which serves as a comprehensive 184-page guide offering information, examples, and tips to help photographers take their landscape images to the next level. Through El Fotógrafo ante el Paisaje, Garcia shares his years of expertise as an outdoor photographer including technical tips on composition, lighting, equipment and more. The book is divided into five main chapters covering: basic photography skills for everyone, landscape composition, the diversity of ecosystems, natural obstacles photographers may face along the way and the challenges of nighttime photography. El Fotógrafo ante el Paisaje also features a range of stunning images from Garcia’s career, along with useful illustrations to help shed light on the topics being discussed. The text is extensive, but the chapters are broken down into small, concise sections that facilitate learning and comprehension. In addition to inspirational imagery, the book features tables, graphs, and charts filled with crucial information to help the reader learn every aspect of the process. Without a doubt, this book is a valuable resource for both new and experienced landscape photographers alike. El Fotógrafo ante el Paisaje is now available for purchase in SPANISH ONLY here. About David Santiago Garcia David is a world-renowned landscape photographer. He began shooting at the age of 16 and has since traveled to more than 60 countries with the purpose of capturing fascinating images of the natural world. David has published more than 500 photo essays in magazines like Traveler, GEO, National Geographic, Travel and Lonely Planet among others. He has exhibited at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid and has completed a number of photographic and video commissions for the European Union. David Santiago Garcia is the author of a number of books providing useful information for landscape and nature photographers. See more of his work here.

A Photojournalist’s Field Guide: In the Trenches with Stacy Pearsall


Aurora contributor Stacy Pearsall has a new book coming out on March 8th: A Photojournalist's Field Guide: In the Trenches with Stacy Pearsall.

In this comprehensive, practical guide, award-winning photojournalist Stacy Pearsall offers the techniques, guidance, and inspiration needed to succeed in the dynamic and exciting field of photojournalism. Other contributing photographers and editors to the Field Guide are: Ellis "Eli" Reed, Joe McNally, Hal Buell, Andy Dunaway, Bruce Strong, Carolyn Cole, Jimmy Colton, Deanne Fitzmaurice, Enrico Fabian, Michael Clark, Mirjam Evers, Tom Bol, Yuri Kozyrev, Al Bello, Bill Frakes and Lucas Jackson.

Click here to purchase the book through Peachpit, and receive 40% off using the code COMBAT. 

Sean Arbabi’s Newest Book: The Complete Guide to Nature Photography

We recently caught up with Aurora contributor Sean Arbabi about his new book The Complete Guide to Nature Photography (Amphoto/ Random House). It's packed with over 230 images in 10 chapters covering the gamut of outdoor photography. Here's what he had to say about it: Aurora Photos: What was your favorite part about creating this book? Sean Arbabi: I enjoyed the entire process- organizing all the material and creating the structure of the book, adding as much information from my knowledge and experience in the field, and writing and editing for 7-8 months.  It's fun to go through so many images I've captured over the years and figure out which work best to illustrate my points - and then to head out and shoot new ones to fill in the gaps.  But probably my favorite part is when I receive the first copy hot off the presses - seeing all my hard work, designed and bound into its final form to sell in stores.  And when I begin to read emails from people around the world who purchased and read the book, receiving all the positive feedback on how it helped them with their photography, that's pretty rewarding. AP: Who would you recommend it to - amateurs, professionals, both? SA: My book is for anyone interested in producing better photography of nature, landscapes, wildlife, and macro scenes.  It's probably geared more toward beginner and intermediate amateurs, but I've had advanced amateurs pick it up and mention they learned a bunch as well.  I had a big challenge to truly make it the complete guide to nature photography, so if that's what you are into, this is the book for you. AP: What background did you bring to the project? SA: I've been a full-time pro outdoor photographer the past twenty years, have shot for over thirty years, and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this project.  I also take great pride in being well organized, capturing dynamic high-quality images, making the material I'm writing about clear and concise, and explaining it in a step-by-step process to truly help people advance with their photography - and that makes for a great book. I think I accomplished this with my first book, The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure, and feel The Complete Guide to Nature Photography is just as good if not better.  And finally, I not only write about technical ways to improve, and ideas for various techniques to use, but I also add my philosophical approach to the artform -- to me, just as important as any aspect in nature photography.

Check out Sean's website here for information on where to purchase all of his books (including international locations). To view more images by Sean Arbabi  click here.

Gale Zucker’s Craft Activism: People, Ideas & Projects

Gale Zucker / Aurora Photos
Aurora Photographer Gale Zucker has a new book titled Craft Activism: People, Ideas & Projects from the New Community of Handmade, and How You Can Join In. The book is out now, and published by Random House. Gale has this to say about the book, "It's not all plastic skirts from recycled shopping bags and fez wearing dudes with ukeleles. Nuh-uh. It's about people who make to give, who make to create change, who create community- and who cover trees in yarn. Profiles, photo essays, stuff to make, and fashion, too." Gale will be at the American Folk Art Museum at Lincoln Center in New York City today at 6pm, speaking about the book with co-author and writer Joan Tapper.

To view more images from Gale Zucker, visit Aurora Photos. To find out more about the book, visit Gale's blog.

Jeffrey Murray’s “Journey of Light”

Aurora contributor, Jeffrey Murray recently released his fine art landscape photography book, "Journey of Light- Adventures of a Landscape Photographer." Published in March of 2010 by Enfantino Publishing, "Journey of Light" consists of Jeffrey's variety of astounding photographs of landscapes covering the western region of the United States. To purchase "Journey of Light," click here.

To see more work from Jeffrey Murray, visit Aurora Photos.