National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography: Digital Edition

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A professional course in digital nature photography.

National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography is a comprehensive reference and inspiring guide to taking outstanding photographs of the great outdoors. Renowned photographer Tim Fitzharris shares his foolproof techniques, emphasizing digital photography field procedures for a wide variety of nature shots.

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Overview

A professional course in digital nature photography.

National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography is a comprehensive reference and inspiring guide to taking outstanding photographs of the great outdoors. Renowned photographer Tim Fitzharris shares his foolproof techniques, emphasizing digital photography field procedures for a wide variety of nature shots.

Everything needed to achieve professional results is covered, including:

  • The best digital equipment, and how to use it
  • Detailed insider field techniques for photographing mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, wildflowers, wilderness landscapes, seascapes and more
  • Getting a correct digital exposure every time
  • Using filters (with before-and-after examples)
  • Fine art composition
  • Photographing scenes for maximum sharpness
  • Shooting postcard-perfect sunrises and sunsets
  • Digital processing
  • Preparing digital captures for publication.

Packed with tips and strategies, this outstanding guide is ideal for beginners, advanced amateurs and professionals. The information is presented in a conversational style and accompanied by hundreds of stunning examples of the author's photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
The author provides practical advice for both the craft and art of nature photography.
— Nancy Bent
Kitchener Record
[Review of related edition:] Proven techniques and advice for making top-quality, award-winning photos... inspiring images.
Shutterbug
[Review of related edition:] The perfect guide to aid in your quest for the perfect shot... bounty of fantastic tips.
— C.A. Boylan
Victoria Times-Colonist
[Review of related edition:] Striking images... A practical and pretty volume that both photographers and nature lovers will enjoy.
— Don Denton
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
[Review of related edition:] Many good tips and some amazing photos.
— Bill Robertson
Halifax Chronicle Herald
[Review of related edition:] The book is the product of someone who is in tune with the natural world.
— Len Wagg (Photo Editor)
Chicago Sun-Times
[Review of related edition:] Chock full of tips and color illustrations to help you.
— Dolores and Roger Flaherty
The Outdoor Edge
[Review of related edition:] The perfect guide book for beginners or photographers that want to expand and hone their photographic skills... everything you need to know.
Great Falls Tribune
Just looking through this book of gorgeous pictures will encourage casual photographers to improve their technique.
DentonImages.com
Another beautifully illustrated book covering all aspects of nature photography, covering gear, techniques (both cameras and dealing with wildlife), basic composition, using light, and Macro. Offers a wealth of information to even the most seasoned photographers, highly recommended.
Garry Black Photography (GarryBlack.com
This instructional book provides information that covers all the basic technical aspects of photography.
— Garry Black
Garry Black Photography (GarryBlack.com)
This instructional book provides information that covers all the basic technical aspects of photography.
— Garry Black
Booklist - Nancy Bent
The author provides practical advice for both the craft and art of nature photography... Although the text assumes that the user has basic knowledge of photographic principles, it will be useful for just about anyone who wants to move beyond a simple point-and-shoot camera.
Garry Black Photography (GarryBlack.com - Garry Black
[review of related edition] This instructional book provides information that covers all the basic technical aspects of photography, as well as chapters on picture design and close-ups, wildlife, nature and landscape photography.
The Olympian, WA - Sharon Wootton
A Fitzharris guide is always worth the price.
Shutterbug - C.A. Boylan
[Review of related edition:] The perfect guide to aid in your quest for the perfect shot... a bounty of fantastic tips... 200 illustrations that serve to both inspire and educate.
Victoria Times-Colonist - Don Denton
[Review of related edition:] Striking images... rendered in gorgeous color... This is a practical and pretty volume that both photographers and nature lovers will enjoy.
Saskatoon Star Phoenix - Bill Robertson
[Review of related edition:] Many good tips and some amazing photos.
Halifax Chronicle Herald - Len Wagg (Photo Editor)
[Review of related edition:] Featuring animals and landscapes from all over the world, the book is the product of someone who is in tune with the natural world, and it shows.
Chicago Sun-Times - Dolores and Roger Flaherty
[Review of related edition:] Chock full of tips and color illustrations to help you.
Great Falls Tribune
Just looking through this book of gorgeous pictures will encourage casual photographers to improve their technique.
Kitchener Record
[Review of related edition:] Proven techniques and advice for making top-quality, award-winning photos... inspiring images.
The Outdoor Edge
[Review of related edition:] Perfect guide book for beginners or photographers that want to expand and hone their photographic skills.
DentonImages.com
Offers a wealth of information to even the most seasoned photographers, highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554073924
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/12/2008
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 639,387
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Fitzharris is well known for his regular column in Popular Photography and Imaging magazine. He is the author and photographer of more than 30 books, including National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography; Rocky Mountains; and Big Sky. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One
The Right Equipment
Basic Kit
Tripods
Super-telephoto Lenses
Working in the Field
Winter Photography
Nature Photography's Year

Part Two
Essential Skills
Exposure
Reading the Light
Depth of Field
Motion Effects
Modifying Natural Light
Designing the Picture Space
Photographs as Impressions

Part Three
Adventures with Wildlife
Getting Close
Animals in Action
Wildlife Portraits

Part Four
Light on the Land
Finding Photogenic Landscapes
The Power of Perspective
Nature's Mystical Mirrors

Part Five
The Close-up World
Working at Close Range
Wild Flora

Part Six
Digital Processing
Digital Darkroom Equipment
Preparing Images for Presentation

Resource List

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Preface

Introduction
The Craft and Art of Nature Photography

Nature photography means different things to different people. But it is for all of us an acting-out of the instinctive urge to hunt and gather, even to claim territory. On a conceptual level it is an expression of our appreciation of beauty. The philosophy, experience and practice of nature photographers allow each to be placed for the moment somewhere along this continuum between subject matter and theme, between craft and art. This book is intended to help photographers with a knowledge of photography's basic principles find their way along this route and enjoy its numerous attractions.

Photographing wild creatures is a challenging undertaking with infinite possibilities. When shooting a bird or mammal, the approach is mostly determined by the subject. There are logical, hard-to-ignore prerequisites that concern us when filming whales, giraffes or butterflies. We want to capture expression in the eyes, definition of specialized limbs or how the subject gets its food. These subject-generated issues are not so compelling when working with inanimate trees, sand dunes or breaking waves. Instead, the approach is guided more by influences from within — a philosophy, a mood, a telling experience, a visual sensation. This engagement with self-expression is at once easier (who's to say you're wrong?) and more challenging (does anyone care?) than satisfying the more apparent and objective criteria of subject-based imagery. Depending on mood, inspiration and encounters with compelling subjects and settings, most of us move back and forth between crafting photographs and expressing our artistic urges.

The recent development and near universal embrace of digital cameras and related technology has engaged photographers ever more deeply in the creative process. By providing higher quality in-camera image capture as well as vastly more pliant post-capture computer processing and image modification (formerly darkroom) methods, photographers can pursue their artistic goals relieved of most of the technical limitations that formerly hampered creativity.

However, this is not the book to find detailed advice on how to run your high-tech digital equipment. Most of the time, this preoccupation is peripheral to making pictures of the natural world. This book is intended to help you make the best pictures in the most direct, practical, economical, intuitive way possible. Photography isn't complicated — a camera is a basically simple machine for capturing images on a light-sensitive storage medium. Although technical advances of the last three decades have made cameras more responsive and (electively) automated, they have also made the creative component of picture-making more challenging. Art photographers, freed from working within the confines of film, can now engage a near infinite world of conceptual possibilities.

At a time when the earth's natural resources and wild places are being destroyed at a pace unmatched in human history, you could choose few better ways to spend your life or your leisure time than photographing nature. No matter the result of your picture-taking efforts, the act itself serves as an example to family members, friends and even the larger community of a philosophy that marries aesthetic abstraction with the elemental dictums of survival. As photographers and artists, we can use our influence to help turn society's focus on resource development and consumption to one that favors preservation. At this point it's a losing battle, but this could change. And you'll feel better about your life and even more appreciative of the subjects you photograph just for making the effort.

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