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Digital Nature Photography: The Art and the Science / Edition 2

Digital Nature Photography: The Art and the Science / Edition 2

by John and Barbara Gerlach
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Identifying a beautiful image in nature is easy, but capturing it is often challenging. To truly seize the essence of a photograph shot out of the studio and in the world requires an artistic eye and impeccable set of photographic techniques. John and Barbara Gerlach have been teaching photographers how to master the craft of photographing nature and the outdoors through their workshops and best-selling books for more than twenty years. Now, equipped with brand new images to share and skills to teach, this celebrated photo team is sharing their latest lessons in the second edition of Digital Nature Photography.

Notable revisions in this new edition include introducing the concepts of focus stacking and HDR, as well as expanded discussions of multiple exposure, wireless flash, RGB histograms, live view, shutter priority with auto ISO, hand-held shooting techniques, and the author’s equipment selections. The inspiring imagery in this book covers a broader range of subjects than before including ghost towns, the night sky, animals, and sports, in addition to the classic nature photographs we expect from this very talented author team. This book is a comprehensive guide to one of the broadest subjects in photography, explained and dymystified by two respected masters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415742429
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/22/2015
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 705,161
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John and Barbara Gerlach are founders of Gerlach Nature Photography. They are professional nature photographers. Their pictures have been published in National Wildlife, Sierra, Natural History, Petersen’s Photographic, Ranger Rick, Birder’s World, Michigan Natural Resources, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, and Popular Photography, as well as in books published by National Geographic Society, Sierra Club, Kodak, and wrote Focal’s own Wildlife Photography, Digital Landscape Photography, and the upcoming Close Up Photography in Nature.

Table of Contents


1. Camera and Accessories

a. Popular Camera Systems

b. Key Camera Features

c. Sensor Size

d. Camera Batteries

e. Memory Options

f. Protecting the Camera

2. Choosing and Using Lenses

a. Lens Makers

b. How Lenses Work

c. Image-stabilization

d. Lens Choices

3. Mastering Exposure

a. Exposure guideline summary

b. Exposure Basics

c. Understanding the Exposure Meter

4. Conquer Extreme Contrast with HDR

a. What is HDR?

5. Shooting Sharp Images

a. Hand-held techniques

b. Tripod Techniques

c. Avoid adding Extra Glass to the optical path

d. Optimum apertures

e. Focusing strategies

6. Focus Stacking for Incredible Depth of Field

a. What it does

7. The Crucial Role of Light

a. The Magic of Light

b. The Qualities of Light

8. Close-ups and Macro

a. Definition of the two

b. Ways to Focus Close

c. Getting Sharp Images

d. Ideal Close-up Light

9. The Power of Flash

a. Flash

b. Flash Sync Speed

c. Using Multiple Flash

10. Developing Your Eye for Composition

a. Composition-a definition

b. Composition Guidelines

11. Stunning Panoramas

a. Opportunities

12. Traveling with Camera Gear

a. Camera bags

13. The Equipment We Use

a. Camera gear

b. Office Gear


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Woodice More than 1 year ago
  It is often said that a great writer can’t teach or that a fabulous teacher can’t write, but I beg to disagree. An example of two amazing and incredible photographers who can also write are John and Barbara Gerlach. I bring to your attention their most recently published book, Digital Nature Photography. If you have the first edition, you may think you don’t need the Second Edition, but the book is completely rewritten. The emphasis is on focus stacking, formidable techniques for shooting the night sky, and new multiple exposure applications for focusing both the foreground and the background. For those of you who never use flash in landscape photography, you’ve missed important topics covered in this book. You not only learn how to use flash in landscape shooting, but illustrations show side by side comparison photographs letting you see the differences between with flash and without flash. Using comparison is a remarkable teaching technique.The book also shows you, the reader, what your photos have been missing by not using flash. Finally, the authors teach you how to customize your camera to make it more intuitive. Lastly the Gerlach’s cover exposure as well as how to shoot sharp photos every time. This is an all business, no nonsense book but a fun reading book. Brand new up to date techniques in a completely rewritten book by the best teachers and best writers in the market today.