The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite

This is the first book I bought about Yosemite, and I feel this is the only one I need.

Now I believe this is the killer format for travel guidebook.

What is so great about this book is that it tells you where and when to take picture. Sometimes I go places but find out the sun is at wrong position or trees are not in the best color. With this book, you can avoid such disappointments. Even if you are not taking any pictures (which is very rare), good photo taking place is also great place to visit.

This book mainly consist of map with numbered photo spot,

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and description of each spot with sample picture.

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What I like most is each section has “Best Month” that shows which season is best, and “Best Light” that shows what time you should be visiting. This could be spoiler for real traveler who wants surprises and all, but I find it very useful.

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There are also some photographing tips for beginner like me, like how to take close-up, waterfall, how to use filters, and so on. I find it very educational. At the end of the book, it talks about seasonal highlight. So, for example, I am visiting there on Spring. This book shows in in two pages which roads are closed and which spots have best views with reference number. I can easily filter out out-of-season places. Also this is very compact book, well designed for take out book.

Seriously there is nothing I do not like about this book. Made my planning much easier. I wonder if this is popular format in English travel guide. Maybe it’s time to say good bye to Japanese famous world walker series (地球の歩き方).