Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of Places

By Henry Carroll

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  • Paperback
  • 50 illustrations
  • 128 pages
  • 7⅞ x 5¾ ins
  • ISBN 9781780679051
  • Published February 2017

From the author of the bestselling Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs series, this jargon-free introduction covers all aspects of photographing places, including landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, and interiors. 

 Whatever your camera, whatever your interest, whatever your level, this indispensible guide gives you all the essential techniques and demystifies the work of acclaimed photographers. Packed with practical tips and iconic images, this accessible book will arm you with the know-how you need to take meaningful pictures of the places that matter to you most. 

 Featuring 50 master photographers, including Alec Soth, Martin Parr, Robert Adams, Todd Hido, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Julius Shulman, Rinko Kawauchi, Thomas Ruff, Tim Hetherington, and Joel Sternfeld.

About the Author

Henry Carroll studied photography at the Royal College of Art and his work has been featured in a number of international exhibitions and publications. Building on his experience teaching aspiring photographers of all ages, Henry founded, one of the UK's leading providers of photography holidays and courses. Henry's clear, jargon-free style of teaching has demystified digital photography and inspired thousands to get creative with their cameras.

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Find the lines 



45 degrees 

Horizon lines 

Elevated point of view 

Street level 

Distance from subject 

Wide-angle lenses 

Telephoto lens 


Technical Tangent: Aperture 



Slow shutter speed 

Blur and abstraction 

Fast shutter speed 

Aperture: Deep depth of field 

Aperture: Shallow depth of field 




Technical Tangents: Shutter speed and movement; Aperture, depth of field and ISO 



Dawn, Soft light/flat light, Hard light/clarity, The golden hour, Twilight, Ambient light, Ambient light (continued), Night shots 


Technical Tangents: White Balance; Filters 



Colour, Black and white, Artificial lighting, Using props, Cultural reference, People and place, Digital manipulation 


Technical Tangent: Retouching 



Sublime places, Contrived places, Iconic places, Industrial places, Pastoral places, Reclaimed places, Non-places, Everyday places, Comparable places, Political places, Imaginary places, Personal places, It’s lonely out in space 


Technical tangent: Legal matters