Book Review

January 31, 2010

Book Review: Nick Rains’ Australia, The Photographers Eye

As promised here is my first foray into reviewing, and I thought I would start with a review on a book I got for Christmas a couple of years ago. Firstly a description from the publisher:

Award-winning photographer Nick Rains travels Australia, working his magic with his camera, capturing the country’s diverse landscapes and many moods. In Australia The Photographer’s Eye Nick explores twenty-eight regions around the country, from the Great Ocean Road to the Simpson Desert, locating the regions on overview maps and including his favourite photographic Hot spots in each region. Nick also shares his knowledge of photography, his understanding of where and when to photograph, discussing the techniques and skills he has gained over many years. In his Photo Tips he helps show you where, when and how to look, explaining in an easily accessible style how you too can capture Australia’s unique landscapes.

As well-known TV adventurer Sorrel Wilby says in her Foreword ‘Australia The Photographer’s Eye is both ‘inspired – and absolutely inspiring’.

I first starting seeing Nick’s work in my favorite photography magazine Better Photography and what drew me to read  his articles was his amazing landscape photography and his incredible knack to get things right in camera. He comes from the old school where he’ll wait for the right light no matter what, making him a true image maker.

The book is laid out in a very easy to read manner, separated into different regions of Australia and then into the specific locations Nick has documented in the past. Each chapter or region, if you like, has a detailed description  of  what drew him to the area, the best approach to the various shooting locations and any other valuable facts.  He goes as far as detailing the longitude and latitude of each spot, along with a small map with ‘Hot Spot’ markings,  so you can too pin point Nick’s favorite shooting locales with a GPS or a paper map. If you are anything like me and take advantage of travelling to a certain destination and making the most of your photographic opportunities, this book is an essential tool to guide you to the best spot and what time day to best get there to capture the best light.

Along with the great wealth of region information and the collection of photographs, there is a photography tips section at the rear of the book. Here are short one or two paragraph tips on how to make the most of landscape photography like using a polarizer filter to reduce glare on leaves in a rain forest to get the deepest colour saturation and how shutter speed affects the look and mood of waterfall photograph.

This book should be part of any budding landscape photographer’s book collection or anyone that appreciates great Australian landscapes, as well as anyone looking to travel to Australia on a photographic expedition. You can order your copy at Nick’s website. And no I wasn’t paid in any way shape or form for this review.

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