With tips on everything from technique to composition, coping with extreme field conditions to Photoshop software manipulation, this is an invaluable guide for anyone with a passion for photography of the natural world.
I have three cameras ... a Canon point-and-shoot that is usually in my purse, a Nikon D5100 DSLR along with some lenses, and a Nikon CoolPix (that's in between the two). Needless to say, I take a lot of pictures. I'm still an amateur and like reading photography books to see what professionals take pictures of and how they do it.
The content of book includes:
- Nature and wildlife: photography basics - keep a diary (to remember locations, conditions, angles, etc.), recording action and behaviour, legal issues, etc.
- Technical considerations - understanding the histogram, depth of field, lenses, etc.
- Fieldcraft - researching locations, setting up feeding stations, working from hides, etc.
- Composition - the best focal length, natural patterns, controlling the background, etc.
- Lighting - front, side, artificial, etc.
- Photographing birds and animals - in the nest, in flight, in your garden, etc.
- Photographing flora and fungi - with a telephoto lens, in wet weather, removing debris, etc.
- Close-ups in nature - using a macros lens, shooting abstracts, capturing a sharp image, etc.
- Photographing the seasons - autumn colour, cold climates, hot dry climates, etc.
- Digital cameras and post-production - RAW vs jpeg, finetuning, etc.
For every one of the 100 tips, there is an intro about it, a picture, a description of how the picture was set-up, where the picture was taken and the specs of the picture (the type of camera, aperture, shutter speed, tripod/beanbag, etc.), which I found helpful. Here is a sample of one of the tips:
The pictures are inspiring ... the author obviously knows what he is doing and enjoys doing it.
I enjoyed this book ... though there is a lot of information, I found that I understand most of it.