The Joy of Nature Photography: 101 Tips to Improve Your Outdoor Photos

The Joy of Nature Photography: 101 Tips to Improve Your Outdoor Photos

by Steve Price
The Joy of Nature Photography: 101 Tips to Improve Your Outdoor Photos

The Joy of Nature Photography: 101 Tips to Improve Your Outdoor Photos

by Steve Price


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The best tips anyone can use to take better outdoor pictures.

Nature and the outdoors provide us with exceptional beauty year-round. Now, author and professional photographer Steve Price has put together a collection of tips, tricks, and pointers for any photographer—amateur or pro—to take and develop excellent outdoor and wilderness photos. The Joy of Nature Photography is an informative, entertaining, and easy-to-understand book that will help you take your best nature pictures, no matter where you are.

Broken into eleven chapters, this book combines technical know-how and real-life examples to offer tips that cover all the basics of photography. Each tip is carefully explained, and every chapter features stunning photos by the author to demonstrate particular methods. The Joy of Nature Photography will help anyone hone their skills as an outdoor photographer, and it provides experienced wisdom on topics such as:

Choosing your equipment
Composing your image
Shooting with a smartphone
Special wildlife photography techniques
And more!
From taking photos of leopards in Africa to grizzlies in Alaska, and from using the latest zoom lens to snapping a quick pic with your phone, The Joy of Nature Photography will give you the tools and knowledge you can use to capture the beauty of the wilderness and wildlife you love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632206916
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Series: Joy of Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 851,946
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Steve Price has been a fulltime writer and photographer for more than five decades, specializing in outdoor recreation, travel, American history, and nature photography. He has written more than 3,500 magazine articles for dozens of publications, several video scripts, and seventeen books ranging from freshwater fishing to African wildlife to Spanish mustangs. His photography has won national and international awards and been used by the National Geographic Society, Ford Motor Company, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and many others. He has traveled widely throughout the world, and currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Field & Stream and as a columnist for the Yamaha Marine Group. He recently re-located from his home in New Mexico where he worked with the Apaches, to Mena, Arkansas

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 First, a Little History 1

2 Choosing Your Equipment 4


Personal Interlude

How to Choose a Digital Camera

Choosing an Image Sensor

Count the Pixels

How to Pick a Memory Card

Getting Wide

Your Workhorse Lens

The Lure of Big Glass

Enhancing Your Photos with a Polarizing Filter

Take Away Light with a Neutral Density Filter

Choosing a Tripod

Increase Magnification with a Teleconverter

3 Working with Composition 23


Personal Interlude

Use the Rule of Thirds

Add a Frame to Create Depth

Change the Horizon to Change Moods

Change Angles

Try a Different Lens

Let Leading Lines Lead to Your Subject

Composing with Color

The Eyes Have It

Break the Rules

4 Learning to Read Light 37


Personal Interlude

Shoot Early Shoot Late

Choose a Direction

How to Handle White Balance

Working in Low Light

Conquering Bright Sand and Snow

Take Advantage of Bad Weather

Creating Silhouettes

Stretching Perfect Light

Adding Fill-In Flash

Saturate Your Sunsets

Redirecting Light

5 Pressing the Shutter 53


Personal Interlude

Choosing a File Format

Shoot, Shoot, Shoot!

Working with Shutter Speeds and F/stops

Changing the ISO Rating for More Speed

Using the Magic Button

Getting It Sharp

How to Pan Moving Subjects

Choose Your Exposure

Expose for the Center of Interest

Study Your Histogram

Maximizing Depth of Field

6 Special Wildlife Techniques 70


Personal Interlude

Do Your Homework First

Spot Wildlife Like a Guide

Filming from a Vehicle

Get Close by Stalking

The Blinder the Better

Start With Backyard Birds

Capturing Birds in Flight

Include the Environment

Make a Wildlife Portrait

Capturing Action and Defining Moments

Extending Your Flash Range

Remember, They're Wild

7 Special Landscape Techniques 88


Personal Interlude

Balance Your Landscape

Follow the 1/3-2/3 Rule

Add People to Add Perspective

Shooting Waterfalls and Moving Water

Photographing Sky and Clouds

Isolate Flowers for More Impact

Photographing Fall Foliage

Add a Starburst to Your Images

Go Vertical

Shoot Part of the Picture

Getting Close

Capturing Rainbows

Watch Out for Lens Flare

8 Fun with Remote Cameras 108


Personal Interlude

Choosing a Trail Camera

Test First

Location, Location, Location

When to Check Your Camera

Attracting Wildlife to Your Camera

9 Using Compact Cameras 117


Personal Interlude

Choosing a Compact Camera

Learn the Pre-Set Modes

Understanding Your Flash

Change the ISO

Get More from Your Lens

Focus, Then Compose

10 Shooting with iPhones and iPads 126


Personal Interlude

Learn the Camera App

Three Quick iPad Tricks

Get Close

Start at the Zoo

Shoot Through Glass

Brace Yourself

Shoot Now, Edit Later

Filter It

Add More Photo Apps

11 Traveling with Your Gear 140


Personal Interlude

Pack Securely

Carrying Your Cameras

Wear a Vest

Remember These Extras

If You Travel Overseas

Know the Local Customs

12 Your Digital Darkroom 150


Personal Interlude

Study and Duplicate First

Basic Cropping

Using Levels

Add a Curve to You Workflow

Saturate the Color

Cleaning by Cloning

Make It Sharp

Saving and Storing Your Images

Index 162

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