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Read an Excerpt of My Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography Book

By Dan

January 3, 2017

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If you want to go deeper and expand your photography skills, you’ll want to take a serious look at my Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography book. In fact, you can read an excerpt of the book here.

Published by Focal Press, it’s a 300-page, highly detailed manual that encompasses over 20 years of knowledge, experience and insight I’ve gained as a professional adventure and action photographer.

In other words, it’s everything I know on the subject, at least up to the point when it was published.

It contains a wealth of information that will help you become a vastly better outdoor photographer, even if you don’t necessarily shoot action and adventure sports like rock climbing, skiing or mountain biking.

Much more than being an instruction manual about how to shoot certain types of subject matter, it’s about how to become a more proficient shooter, regardless of what you like to point your camera at. 

We all want to be quicker with our cameras, better at reading the light and more technically adept when it comes to understanding how to adjust your camera and manipulate the controls, and this book shows you how to do that.

The thing is, when the light is great and you’re trying to capture a magical moment, the same skills apply, no matter if you’re shooting a downhill biker racing towards you at close to mach speed, a compelling environmental outdoor portrait of your friend, your totally erratic toddler children or grandchildren, the quickly fading light on a spectacular landscape, or your happy and excited golden retriever out on the trails on a summer evening.

At that point, subject is irrelevant. You either nail the shot or you don’t. And if you succeed, it feels great, doesn’t it? You want to maximize that kind of success with your camera.

Carol Adair bouldering, Punk Rock, Rotary Park, Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, Colorado

I pride myself on being a technically proficient photographer who can respond to any situation in the blink of an eye. At least that’s what I strive for, and over the years I’ve gotten pretty darn good at the whole camera thing, largely because I’ve shot so much action and adventure.

In other words, I’ve gotten good at this craft, because I’ve spent so much time photographing subjects that are fast breaking, often unpredictable, and that usually require quick thinking and second-nature execution when it comes to my camera settings.

That’s the message I put into my book. I want my readers to be able to react to those fleeting instances without even thinking. I want you to be able to nail those magical convergences of light, moment and background every time, or at least most of the time.

As I always say, I love photography and I love when other people love photography as well. Capturing a killer shot feels as good for you as it does for me. We’re all the same in that regard.

Let me help you be the best, most proficient photographer you can be. Read the first few pages of my book and see what you think. Also, check out the reviews on Amazon and see what other readers have to say.

The print version looks and feels awesome in your hands, but of course, the Kindle version is easy to take with you and read anywhere, on any device. And it costs less than 20 bucks. That’s one lunch. Brown bag if for one day and you’ve already saved enough money to trade for a huge amount of photography insight that is guaranteed to make you a better photographer.

As always, feel free to contact me or find me on social media if you have any questions about it or about outdoor photography in general.

Thanks – Dan DSCF1056a

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About the author

Hi, I'm Dan Bailey, a 20+ year pro outdoor and adventure photographer, and official FUJIFILM X-Photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.


As a top rated blogger and author my goal is to help you become a better, more confident and competent photographer, so that you can have as much fun and creative enjoyment as I do.


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Terry Bourk

I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.


Roger Sinclair

You have done it again! Another triumph.

Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

Thank you, Dan.