I have used this book twice to help me photograph the wildlife and landscapes of Yellowstone, and I have found it to be very helpful. I am an amateur photographer who possessed little knowledge of Yellowstone and who wanted to maximize my success while photographing Yellowstone NP. I found this book to be a welcome guide and reference. The target audience is for the photographer who has not enjoyed YNP or has limited knowledge of where and when to take pictures while on a limited time schedule.
Photographing Yellowstone National Park is but one of a series by Countryman Press to help photographers have success in getting good images at destination spots. This book is broken down into sections that give a brief introduction to the park, a recommendation on how to use the book, a section on how the author photographed the park as an ambassador for Kodak in 2003, and detailed information on where and when to photograph any one of six regions in the park. There are area maps and sections describing photographic opportunities in each of the regions with cross references between the text and map for easy location. At the end of the book, the author gives a few suggested daily itineraries that one can follow to get the most out of the experience. The size and length of the book is ideal for taking with you as you travel. It is concise at 88 pages with numerous pictures that will give a person ideas of what they can accomplish while in the park. This is not a coffee table book with very high quality images in it, but for the price, its images allow someone to think about what they wish to take while there.
Since photography is an individual art form, the author gives some general suggestions about lighting, lens choices, and equipment that one might consider using. It is not a guide that will tell you what settings to use or when, because, not only would that be impossible given the time of day and year, that information would take away from the creativity of the photographer who wishes to take pictures with a camera set in anything but the program mode. This is not to say that someone with a point and shoot camera or iPhone will not find the information quite helpful and educational. I am merely suggesting this book cannot be compared to the information a person would receive while taking a photographic workshop offered by a pro while in the park. The book does a great job of addressing the needs of the target audience.
I have recommended this book to several of my friends who are advanced amateurs, semi-pros, and professional photographers, and they all have thanked me for the recommendation. Even as I become more familiar with the park, I will continue to use this book as a guide.