“Technical Foundations Photography” related to the basic techniques of digital photography with an emphasis on how these techniques can be applied to landscape photography.
Experienced users may find little new here, although the explanation of zone system can introduce people who have mastered another method to calculate the histogram for exposure. At the same time, explanation of the fundamentals could prove very useful for beginners. Perhaps a large part will help those who are already familiar with the basics to understand how to apply techniques such as the master of landscape photography.
“Light, Composition and the Art of Seeing” evokes the masters, mostly by quoting their words. The images presented are primarily those of Frye, but those familiar with the masters will recognize that much of his work is clearly derived from their style, except for being captured digitally and usually in color. Although this aspect of photography is the most amorphous to describe in writing.
The final part deals with “The Digital Darkroom: Editing, Processing and Printing” and it is here that Frye shows how I imagine the masters would use modern image processing software and hardware rather than the chemical darkroom. Although quite extensive, it is certainly not a Photoshop primer.
Instead those who already know how to use such software will see examples of how uses it to emulate the style of the masters. Since most Photoshop manuals do not show many examples of actual applications, this can be quite useful.
My only complaint with the book is that I would have liked a few more photographs by the masters included, with some deeper analysis of the images to reveal the techniques they used to fulfill their vision