John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide


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John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide by John Shaw

An updated bestseller, this book of extraordinarily beautiful photographs of nature contains state-of-the-art instruction on how any photographer can aim for equally impressive results every time a camera is focused on the great outdoors.

Even highly skilled photographers are often baffled by the problems facing them when they work outdoors. But with this exceptional field guide in hand, every photographer—beginner, serious amateur, semi-pro, and pro—can conquer the problems encountered in the field. Using his own exceptional work as examples, the author discusses each type of nature subject and how to approach photographing it. Specific advice and information cover selection of equipment and lenses; how to compose a shot; how to get close ups; and other tips covering a range of techniques to enrich various types of nature photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817440596
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/01/2001
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 833,869
Product dimensions: 8.28(w) x 10.99(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

John Shaw is the author of many enduring bestsellers, including six previous Amphoto books. His photographs are frequently featured in National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, Natural History, Sierra, and Audubon magazines, as well as in calendars, books, and advertisements. He lives in Colorado Springs.

Table of Contents

Preface 4
Introduction: What Is There to Photograph? 6
Exposure 8
Basic Theory of Exposure 10
The Non-Metered Exposure: ``Sunny f/16'' 16
Depth of Field vs. Shutter Speed 18
Calibrating Your Meter 22
Using Your Camera's Exposure Meter 24
Metering Some Unusual Situations 28
Autoexposure 30
Multiple Exposures 33
Long Exposures and Reciprocity Failure 34
Equipment and Film 36
Buying a Camera System 38
Tripods and Tripod Heads 44
Film 48
Pushing Film 52
Specialized Support Products 54
Filters 56
Graduated Neutral-Density Filters 59
TTL Flash 62
Lenses 68
What Lenses Do 70
Zoom Lenses vs. Fixed-Focal-Length Lenses 73
Wide-Angle Lenses 76
Normal Lenses 80
Short Telephoto Lenses: 80-200mm 82
Long Lenses: 300mm and Up 84
Teleconverters 88
Autofocus 92
Composition 96
Learning to See Photo-Graphically 98
Lighting 101
Working a Subject 104
Vertical or Horizontal? 106
Framing and Placement 108
Closeups 112
Defining a Closeup 114
Working Distance and Background Control 117
Extension 120
Supplementary Lenses 123
Using Zoom Lenses for Closeups 127
Macro Lenses 130
Closeup Flash 132
Higher Magnifications 136
Closeup Procedures 139
Working in the Field 142
Blinds 144
Aerials 147
Weather Concerns 150
My Personal Field Gear 153
A Nature Photographer's Calendar: A Seasonal 156
Guide to Locations Index 160

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John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough good things about John Shaw's books. They have helped my photography in many aspects. With all the photography books on the market, I was overwhelmed by the choices as I wanted to get a book that taught me field techniques yet still explained exposure theory. I emailed a professional photographer, John Herbst, and he recommended any John Shaw book. This was the first one I purchased and I am very happy that I bought it. John Shaw explains exposure theory in a way that makes a complex subject seem easy. I liked it so much that I purchased several of his books and I have enjoyed, and learned from, each of them. His field techniques are straightforward and easy to understand. You'll love any of his books. I have 4 of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes you think as you take photos. Makes to want to get out and take pictures
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