Dynamic Wildlife Photography

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For experienced photographers who want to apply their technical skills to wildlife photography and for photographers who already have experience with photographing animals but want to further refine their images, this book provides the guidance needed to master artistically compelling wildlife portraits. Photographers learn how to create images that not only document their subjects, but also cause viewers to study and discuss them. Written for photographers who know how to create a technically precise photograph,...

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Overview

For experienced photographers who want to apply their technical skills to wildlife photography and for photographers who already have experience with photographing animals but want to further refine their images, this book provides the guidance needed to master artistically compelling wildlife portraits. Photographers learn how to create images that not only document their subjects, but also cause viewers to study and discuss them. Written for photographers who know how to create a technically precise photograph, this book shows them how to flex their creativity, apply their imaging prowess to the field, and evaluate their subjects in a new light. Practical tips cover everything from backlighting the soft, downy "stubble" of a newborn chick to choosing and using the accessories that help capture a unique perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584281306
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,336,717
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 5
1. Beyond Documentation 7
The New Image Requirements 9
Going the Extra Mile 10
Documentary vs. Beyond Documentary 12
2. What Should I Photograph? 14
Will the Animal Let You Photograph It? 16
Every Animal Has a Story to Tell 16
Is It an Animal You Want to Photograph? 18
3. Throw Some Light on the Subject 21
Which Would You Choose? 21
Front Light 22
Side Light 24
Back Light 25
Making Contrast Work 28
Silhouettes 30
Overcast Light 31
Twilight 34
Fill Flash 34
4. Where Do I Put the Animal? 38
That's Not How It Looked 39
Composing Wildlife Images 41
Placing the Center of Interest 45
Framing the Center of Interest 47
Does Your Subject Have Room to Move? 48
Look Your Subject in the Eye 49
How Much Depth of Field Do You Want? 50
What Is Your Central Theme? 53
Do You Have Rhythm? 54
5. Fine-Tuning Your Composition 56
Avoiding No-Man's Land 58
Shooting Tight 59
Shooting Wide 61
Problems and Solutions 63
6. The Best Perspective 68
A Case Study 68
Perspectives on Perspective 69
What is Your Relationship with Your Subject? 71
Don't Get Too Comfortable 72
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty 73
Apparent Perspective 74
Looking Down on Your Subject 77
7. Capturing Animal Behavior 79
What Do We Mean by "Behavior"? 81
Let Me See 83
Maximizing Opportunities 85
Lady Luck 87
It's Doing What? 89
8. What's So Special About Your Subject? 90
Case in Point 90
Show Us What You've Got 91
A Little Research 93
Sure, Anything Would Look Good There 94
And Isn't That a Nice Reflection on You? 97
The Tortoise and the Hare 98
9. Celebrate the Seasons 101
What's the Weather Like? 102
How Cold Was It? 104
Smokin' 107
Just Shootin' in the Rain 109
10. Capturing Your Subject's Moods 110
How Does Your Subject Feel? 111
The Importance of Body Language 114
A Little Humor 115
Conclusion 118
Appendix 121
Index 122
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