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Tim Truby, shown here photographing the Narrows at Zion National Park, is the author of the e-book "Photographing the American Southwest: Getting Impressive Shots at Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef."

"PHOTOGRAPHING THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST: Getting Impressive Shots at Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef," by Tim Truby, e-book $7.99, 176 pages (nf)

In "Photographing the American Southwest," professional photographer Tim Truby offers suggestions on how to capture photographs of some of Utah's most iconic images found in its national parks.

Starting with Zion National Park, Truby gives instructions on how to photograph well-known locations, including Virgin River Bridge, Court of the Patriarchs and Angels Landing.

Truby also visits Bryce Canyon, where he shares his knowledge on how to photograph such locations as Sunrise Point and Navajo Loop.

Truby moves on to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Capitol Reef National Park. At each locale, he continues his detailed account by giving insight on the best trails, locations and times to capture stunning photographs.

Truby's book is meant to help readers take better photographs. He starts with the basics on landscape photography and then takes readers step by step along the trails to find the best locations. He then goes a step further and suggests the camera settings to use to help budding photographers capture the best images.

This book is one for photographers of all levels. According to Truby, it doesn't matter what type of camera a person is using; it could be a smartphone or a top-of-the-line DSLR.

"The person who can see the shot will always do interesting work," Truby writes.

For inspiration, the book is filled with beautiful images Truby has taken that show what those who follow his suggestions can do.

Additionally, Truby's book contains some of the history of early explorations and quotes from John Wesley Powell, one of the early explorers to that part of the United States. For example, Truby shares this description from Powell on navigating whitewater:

“Untried as we are with such waters, the moments are filled with intense anxiety. Soon our boats reach the swift current; a stroke or two, now on this side, now on that, and we thread the narrow passage with exhilarating velocity, mounting the high waves, whose foaming crests dash over us, and plunging in the troughs, until we reach the quiet water below. Then comes a feeling of great relief.”

Truby also does a masterful job of describing beautiful national treasures.

"If the photographer can capture something true, it helps us see our deeper natures," Truby writes. "Landscape photography, if it’s good, changes our perception. It wakes us to the beauty that surrounds us and makes us whole."

Steve Larson is one of the founders of Information Alliance, a Utah-based data collection company. He currently serves as vice president of sales. Steve spends his free time writing and practicing photography. He also enjoys spending time outdoors.