Content and Style
From the outset, it is clear that the author loves what he does, and this is very much reflected in the tone of the book. It is written with enthusiasm and a passion for this genre of photography. The advice dispensed is clear and direct. Freeman doesn't waste time talking around the subjects in hand, he simply tells you what you need to know for a given situation and that's exactly what a field guide like this should do.
Proportionately this book is small, as are all the guides in this series, but it is packed full of eye-catching images that not only illustrate the points he is making, but they inspire you to become a better photographer and take a fresh look at your own style.
There is nothing too technical in the way these tips are communicated, but it is definitely aimed more at enthusiast level digital SLR users who have mastered at least the basics of photography. So if you are not sure how to adjust your aperture, or set a different ISO speed, this may not be the book for you. However, if you know your way around your camera, you will quickly be able to set your camera up the way Freeman suggests.
Otherwise, in terms of content, there is a lot of excellent advice for budding travel photographers. The Preparation chapter, for instance, may sound like it includes a lot of obvious advice like packing an extra battery, or protecting your gear for the elements, but it also includes things that you may not think of, like the benefits of scouting locations ahead of time, or information on what you should pack in your camera bag and why.
Did you ever think to buy some postcards at the airport to help you find out what scenes are worth photographing in a unknown city? Do you know which world religions are most tolerant of photographers? Have you thought about how to avoid cliché shots of famous monuments? All these things, and more, are testament to why this book is worth your time.