Moose Peterson's Guide to Wildlife Photography: Conventional and Digital Techniques

Moose Peterson's Guide to Wildlife Photography: Conventional and Digital Techniques

by B. Moose Peterson, Moose B. Peterson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579904821
Publisher: Lark Books NC
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Series: A Lark Photography Book Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.82(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
Chapter 1Selecting and Using the Right Tool10
The Lens12
Vision and Money12
Brands/Manufacturers13
It Determines Your Style15
Rent First!16
Which Lens Is Really the Right One?18
Moose's Camera Bag21
Ultra-Wides: Fixed and Zooms22
Mid-Range Lenses25
Telephotos30
Super Telephotos33
Teleconverters35
Why Own Both the 400mm f/2.8 and 600mm f/4?37
Moose's "Specialty" Lenses39
Minimum Focusing Distance and Extension Tubes42
The Body43
The Digital Wildlife Photographer44
Five Benefits of Digital44
Five-Stop Range45
Virtually Unlimited Frames and Film45
Longer Lenses48
Faster Flash Sync Speed and Learning Curve49
The Megapixel Question51
The "Digital Factor"52
What's Up with Conventional Film?52
Four Advantages of Conventional over Digital53
Film Advance Speed54
Fast Film Rewind54
Viewfinder54
TTL Flash Plus Two More Advantages of Conventional55
Three Camera Body Features You Want in Digital or Conventional55
Autofocus55
Matrix or Evaluative Metering60
Flash61
More about TTL Flash62
Teddy Bear Exercise for Flash63
Using Flash for Color64
Flash Attachments and Accessories66
Supporting All of this Gear67
Proper Handholding67
Proper Long Lens Technique67
Tripods and Heads69
Panning Technique69
Filters for Thought71
The 81a71
The Technical Side72
The Psychological Side73
The Moose Filter (Warm Polarizer)75
The Split-graduated Neutral Density Filter76
Care for your Gear76
Chapter 2Making the Subject Pop80
Creating "Pop"80
Four Keys to Isolating the Subject82
Light82
Light and Exposure83
Light and Communication86
Light and Drama87
The Direction of Light90
Light Quality92
Frontlight94
Sidelight96
Backlight97
Overcast99
Psychology of Color101
Tools for Color Psychology104
Exposure is Not a Four-Letter Word105
Moose's Meter106
Moose's Metering Method107
18% Gray Conclusion108
Teddy Bear Exercise109
Backgrounds and More111
Depth of Field113
Testing for Depth of Field114
Six-Pack Test114
Depth of Field and Teleconverters117
Chapter 3Getting Close Physically118
Knowing Basic Biology120
Reading Sign123
No Photograph is Worth Risking the Welfare of any Subject!125
More Techniques129
Moving Closer by Stalking131
Having the Wildlife Come to You: Luring134
Natural Luring135
Ethics of Artificial Luring138
Artificial Luring Techniques140
Blinds144
Tent Blinds145
Portable Blinds146
Working Inside A Car147
Chapter 4Bird Tales: Combining it all in the Field150
Red-Faced Cormorant152
Northern Hawk Owl154
Greater Sandhill Crane156
Snowy Egret157
Red-Shouldered Hawk159
Great Blue Heron161
Horned Puffin162
Bald Eagle164
Short-Billed Dowitcher165
California Gnatcatcher167
Chapter 5Mammal Tales: Combining it all in the Field170
Grizzly Bear172
Moose Calf173
Santa Cruz Kangaroo Rat174
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep177
Dall Sheep177
Bull Moose179
Musk Ox181
Arctic Ground Squirrel182
Northern Fur Seal184
San Joaquin Kit Fox186
A Last Word from the Moose188
Resources and Equipment190
Index192

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