For the new photographer interested in learning landscape photography, this book is a good place to start.
The book begins with a discussion of the equipment that is required for landscape photography. (Digital single lens reflex camera owners will be pleased to learn they've made a good choice.) This is followed by discussions of exposure, composition and lighting. Next there is a chapter on filters for landscape photography, which recognizes that many such devices have been rendered obsolete in the age of digital post-processing, but that a few provide effects that can't be easily duplicated in the computer. The chapter on the types of landscapes, like mountains or woodlands, provides useful considerations for working in different environments. There is a chapter on advanced techniques, like hyperfocal distance, that scarcely seemed advanced, but rather essential to the aspiring landscape photographer. The book ends with chapters on post-processing and printing and provides a list of assignments. There is a series of FAQs that apparently didn't otherwise fit into the organization of the book.
The book is well written and clear and the images are of good quality and support the text. The first seven chapters all explore basic concepts of image capture and will serve the new landscape photographer well. The authors emphasize several key points, like the fact that the range of light that the camera can capture is more limited than the human eye and they suggest different techniques the photographer can apply to deal with these recurring problems. On the other hand, as might be expected, the chapter on post-processing just skimmed the surface of this area of expertise. Anyone expecting to process their images in Lightroom, Photoshop or other image-processing software will hear a few important concepts that should be kept in mind, but using such software will require a deeper level of study than this book provides. As to printing, the authors seemed to give short shrift to the availability of printer profiles from paper manufacturers keyed to specific printers, and they just surrender when it comes to sharpening. The list of assignments seemed designed to give meaning to the word "workshop" in the title, but reading the first seven chapters, particularly the one on environments, should provide most folks with more information and incentive than this brief chapter.
There a number of excellent books on the market introducing the new photographer to landscapes. This is certainly one of the better ones. But, if you've already read a similar text and are ready to move on to creating more artistic landscapes, this book is not likely to add to your skills.