An Inspirational Photo E-Book

2020CoverI have just been experiencing a wonderful new book of nature photography from the United Kingdom, 2020 Vision. European nature photography is a little different than what we see in the U.S. I am not sure I can explain that, but if you see the imagery, you will see something unique at times compared to what you see in the U.S. I find that creatively inspiring.

2020 Vision is a very positive book that showcases the good things happening to preserve, conserve and restore natural areas in the UK, but even if you have no interest in the area, the photography is inspirational and stunning. It is worth checking out just for the range of beautiful photography from macro to landscape to wildlife and more.

2020 forest2020 bluebells2020 grouseAnd if you don't yet have an iPad, this may be a good extra motivation to get one. This is a book that has been beautifully designed to work quite nicely on the iPad. The iPad is such a wonderful way of displaying photography, and e-books like this really show that off. This is going to be an increasingly important way to look at everything from your own portfolio of images to movies to photo e-books and much, much more.

2020 Vision shows off the potential of iBooks Author, too. One of the challenges that we all face as we look into using these new technologies for our photography is that it is new technology. It can be hard to know what is possible beyond what your own efforts provide because you don't know what other people are doing yet. It can be difficult to find truly interesting photo e-books that actually use the potential of the iPad because this is still new. I get inspired by seeing what other people are doing, both the photography and the way a photo e-book is put together, and this photo e-book definitely does both for me. I learned a number of creative possibilities for using iBooks Author that had not occurred to me before.

I think this is important, especially if we are to reach younger audiences with photography and our messages about nature. Research is showing that simply creating a photo e-book without some sort of touch interactivity does not appeal to younger audiences (and there is some evidence that this is less appealing to older audiences as well). 2020 Vision does some really cool things to encourage interactivity without being obvious or too cute, which you see in some e-books and apps.

I recommend you check out the book even if you don't have an iPad yet -- click here to see it on the web. And if you don't have an iPad, find someone who does and get them to check out this book so you can see it, too.

A quick note on something completely different: I am now doing photo instructional videos on a new website, Skillfeed.com. This is a place where photo instructors post videos on specific photo related techniques, skills and knowledge. I am gradually posting material there. Right now, I have new courses on Winter Photography and Understanding Black-and-White, as well as some older material, including my old videos on Lightroom 2/3. I plan on doing a lot more over the next few months, including Lightroom 4 Essentials. The cost is low, and once you sign up, you have access to any and all videos at any time for no extra cost.

About Rob Sheppard

I am proud of the work I have done as a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, editor and videographer. I love the natural world, and that can be a native bee in my native plants garden as much as a visit to a national park. I am a husband of a beautiful and smart wife, a father to my outstanding son and daughter, and one who lived in Minnesota most of my life, but now loves the variety and very long growing season of Southern California. I have written and photographed a lot of books and magazine articles but what is most important to me about them is knowing that I have helped people become better photographers and gain a better connection to nature. I work to help people connect with photography and nature through speaking and as a workshop leader, too. All of this has gained me a Fellow award with the North American Nature Photography Association. Many people knew me as the long-time editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine and I am still connected with them as a contributing editor. A short list of some of the books I have done: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography, The Power of Black-and-White in Nature Photography and Reports from the Field (an iBook). My website is at www.robsheppardphoto.com; my blogs are at www.natureandphotography.com and www.mirrorlessnature.com.
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