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Outdoor Photographer Holiday Book Guide - 2004

Every year in their December issue, Outdoor Photographer Magazine publishes their list of best photography books of 2004 in their holiday book guide. We've taken the liberty to reprint this list and a few of their comments on this page as a guide to some of the better photography books of the year. I have highlighted a few with the cover images but all of the books are recognized equally by the magazine.

How-To Books (Instructional and Guidebooks)
  Photo Finish: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Printing, Showing and Selling Images by Jon Canfield and Tim Grey
Learn how to maximize the appeal of your photos for personal or professional use; whether they're printed or mounted, integrated into a Website or arranged as a digital slideshow.

The Joy of Digital Photography by Jeff Wignall

Mastering Digital Photography and Imaging by Peter K. Burian

PCPhoto Digital SLR Handbook by Rob Sheppard

Nature and Landscape Books
  Great Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow by John B. Weller
Gorgeous photographs and insightful essays derived from more than forty backpacking expeditions reveal the story of Colorado's Great Sand Dunes, America's newest national park. This book won the 2004 Banff Mountain Book Festival Award in the Mountain Image category.
The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water by Art Wolfe
This collection is filled with powerful photographs interpreting the classical four elements of nature: ranging from the ice sculptures of Iceland to the sands of Death Valley.

Fall photography by Christopher Griffith, verse by Walt Whitman, text by Dr. Phillipa A. Rea

In My Mind's Eye: Seeing in Black and White by Charlie Waite

Music for the Eyes photographs by Robert S. Harris, poems by KC Francis

Unexpected Indiana: A Portfolio of Natural Landscapes by Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan

Yosemite & the Eastern Sierra photographs by Gary Crabbe

Land and Light in the American West photographs by John Ward

Wildlife Books
  Wild Horses of the Dunes by Rich Pomerantz
Chronicling a year in the life of the majestic horses of Assateague Island, between Maryland and Virginia, 100 full-color photographs capture the magic and beauty of these wild creatures.

In The Company of Moose by Victor van Ballenberghe

Lost In The Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick

On Ancient Wings: The Sandhill Cranes of North America by Michael Forsberg

Lost In The Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick

Wolves of the Wild: Natural History and Conservation by Todd K. Fuller

At the Pulse of Life: About Nature and Photography by Fritz Pölking

The Eagle Lady by Cary Anderson

General Interest Books
  Weather: A Visual Guide by Bruce Buckley, Edward J. Hopkins and Richard Whitaker
This richly illustrated reference book, complete with maps, diagrams and photographs, thoroughly examines all aspects of the weather, including the climate's effect on plants and animals. This guide is useful for nature photographers who spend a majority of their time outdoors.

Aegean Light: The Spirit of Olympia by Nick Melidonis

In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits

Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind by David Quammen

Passions and Patience: Fostering Earth's Future Through Unlikely Partnerships by Karen Roberts, photography by Tim Hauf

Walden: 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic by Henry David Thoreau, photographs by Scot Miller

For other book lists on photography, check out these pages on our website:

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