Adventure Photography 


Published by Falcon Guides and Backpacker Magazine

This is an easy-to-read, pocket-sized how-to guide for taking great pictures in the outdoors. Written in a very concise style, Adventure Photography offers a wide array of information tips and photo examples that will help you improve your technique and your understanding of the basic factors that go into shooting compelling photographs.

I’m really excited about this release, because I feel it appeals to a VERY wide audience. Just about everyone loves to take photos outside, but not everyone uses an expensive camera or has any aspirations for being a pro.

Most people love photography as a hobby and a passion for creative expression and escape from the busy-ness of life, although they may not have time, nor the interest to read a 300 page book that’s filled with extensive detail and advanced techniques, they want something to give them simple tips about how to take more exciting pictures.

That’s where this book comes in. In Adventure Photography, I present simple, tried and true tips that you can use and remember, and more importantly, it’s small enough to take with you.

With a published size of only 7″ x 4.5″, and 155 pages, it easily fits in your backpack, camera bag and most jacket pockets. It’s small enough to throw in the glove box or up on the dashboard. Sure, it might get dog-eared and faded up there, but that won’t affect the words, I promise. The stuff inside will still be good.

It’s also available as a Kindle eBook, which, of course, makes it even more portable.

Either way, Adventure Photography is designed as a reference book- something that you can read and use on location, or right before you head out onto the trail. In every chapter, I present specific techniques that are easy to remember and apply, no matter what you’re shooting.

Here’s the chapter breakdown:

  1. Introduction: Photography and Adventure
  2. Digital Photography Primer
  3. Technique in Photography
  4. The Quality of Light
  5. Creativity and Composition
  6. Classic Outdoor Subjects
  7. Field techniques
  8. Ten Essential Tips for Better Photos

Whether you shoot with a DSLR, a mirrorless camera, or even an iPhone, which has come into its own right as a viable photography tool with apps like Manual, and the new, seriously cool DxO One iPhone camera, this book is both helpful and highly relevant.

Buy my book. You’ll get more likes.

I am fairly advanced (technically) and while this book has a lot of great and useful technical information in it, I especially liked reading Dan's thoughts and concepts on what makes an interesting photograph - including framing, what to leave in the image, what to exclude, why the edges of the frame are so important, etc. What spoke to me is how he describes the art of taking the photograph.

Thomas Obrien

Full of insight and practical advice on getting that great shot, Dan Bailey's guide to adventure photography is essential for the beginner photographer!

M. Ashley

An excellent book, filled with practical advice from a pro.

Includes guides to camera settings, photo composition and practical elements like how best to carry and travel with equipment. Plus it's small and light enough to carry with you.

Theo Lubke

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