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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Lots of great helpful articles specifically about wildlife photography.

A huge list of articles about nature photography and the equipment to do it.

"Detailed discussion of macro techniques... useful information for all interested in macro photography." Mark Plonsky also has some amazing examples of his bug macro work.


An on-line magazine network of amateur and professional photographers dedicated to the art and technique of nature, wildlife and landscape photography.

Discussion forum, guides and reference articles, field ethics, equipment reviews, nature reviews, travel locations and more.

"People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love."
Claude Monet

Articles relating to photographing nature, wild life and landscape of the desert. But this information is relevant to any other location. The site also has several basis photography articles everyone should read.

As you travel through the mountains, it may seem a near impossible feat to transfer the sights, sounds and smells around you onto a two dimensional photograph. In reality, you can accomplish this by using a few of the many tools of the photographic trade and learning to think photographically. And this difficult task is the goal of this article.

"MoosePeterson.com is a website dedicated to my great passion, wildlife photography. Lots go into that passion, everything from the tools and techniques to capturing the image to the tools and techniques to presenting the final image."
"MoosePeterson.com reflects all the tools and techniques I use everyday to make a living as a photographer and photographically communicate my passion for North America's wildlife and wild places."
With over 2100 pages, this site is a gold mine for info on: Digital photography, Wildlife photography, Landscape Photography, General Photography Tips, Equipment and his galleries. I particularly like the article .

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This book will prove most useful to beginning digital camera users who are moderately interested in nature photography. The author covers the process from taking the picture to manipulating the image in the computer. More advanced photographers should look elsewhere.
The book is divided into chapters first dealing with photography principles, like light and color, and then into chapters dealing with specific subjects, like sunrise and sunset. Each chapter is then broken up into subheadings, each of which gets a page or two. The author has tried to keep the information and guidance general so that it can be helpful to all digital camera users. The material is easily read. Unfortunately, his approach often creates broad generalizations that are of little use.
Unlike film, where, after taking a picture, the medium can be brought to a photofinisher who will finish the job of creating a paper image or slide, digital media usually require some sort of downloading from the camera to a computer, and then a printer. While this process can be very simple for the user, (it's possible to download your pictures right to a printer, although to get the most from the digital process, some manipulation is usually desirable). The author recognizes this by showing a couple of before and after images that he has manipulated with Photoshop software. Unfortunately, in this chapter, he goes into a level of technical detail far beyond that contained elsewhere in the volume that only someone trained in Photoshop will understand. . In addition, I think the author may leave the impression that Photoshop's main use is altering reality. While that is one use, I consider the program to be designed to allow you to make a photograph look the way you envisioned it at the time you took the picture.
A problem with the approach Cox takes is that anyone interested in the control that digital photography provides over the image will be unsatisfied. For example, many digital cameras provide histograms of the picture taken. (Histograms are graphic representations of the distribution of light values in a picture.) The histogram is perhaps the single most potent tool offered by the digital photography, allowing photographers to insure they got the best exposure possible for their vision. Yet there is not one reference to histograms in the entire volume.
In summary, if you are a beginner, interested in taking digital nature pictures, but not ready to immerse yourself too deeply in the technology, this will be a fine book for you.
For those who want to delve more deeply, I can't recommend a single book. On the general topic of nature photography, John Shaw's "Nature Photography Field Guide" is outstanding, although there is no consideration of digital procedures. To examine what makes digital photography different from film photography and how to capitalize on the differences, I recommend "Shooting Digital: Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera" by Mikkel Aaland (although I'm sure there are even better volumes out there with which I'm not familiar). Finally, for learning Photoshop I recommend "Photoshop Artistry" by Barry Haynes. This last provides a series of tutorials on Photoshop aimed specifically at photographers. It will take a while to work through but there's really no quick way to learn this most important piece of software for the digital photographer.

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.

Great discounts on many magazines, including: American Photo, Aperture, Camcorder & Computer Video, Digital Camera, Outdoor Photographer, Photo Techniques, Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Videomaker and more.




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