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Nature Photography Photo Workshop

Book Description

A how-to guide for capturing stunning photographs in nature

Photographing nature poses unique challenges and demands that you have special skills and a working knowledge of how to work in—and with—nature. This Photo Workshop is a must-have how-to guide for shooting nature images in nearly any situation you might encounter.

You'll learn which equipment is right in different settings and why it should be used, how to get an amazing photo of a fast-moving animal, and how to handle a myriad of tricky weather scenarios. This book covers composition, exposure, fill-flash, special creative techniques, and more. Plus, assignments at the end of each chapter sharpen your skills to for taking unique, artistic nature photographs.

  • Shows you what equipment to use in different settings and why to use it

  • Offers essential advice for photographing a fast-moving animal and dealing with weather obstacles

  • Provides a clear understanding of the basic fundamentals of photography

  • Addresses composition, exposure, fill-flash, creative techniques, and more

  • Shares Photoshop tips for sharpening and improving photos you've already taken

Packed with inspirational color photos throughout, this workshop guide encourages you to improve your technique for taking nature photographs.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Dedication
  6. FOREWORD
  7. Introduction
  8. AWAKENING TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
    1. EXPLORING YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO NATURE
    2. ETHICS AND ETIQUETTE
    3. SAFETY
    4. LOCATION SCOUTING
  9. WAYS OF SEEING THE NATURAL WORLD
    1. HUMAN VISION AND PERCEPTION
    2. LEARNING TO SEE
    3. WHAT MAKES A COMPELLING NATURE PHOTOGRAPH?
  10. WORKING WITH NATURAL LIGHT
    1. PROPERTIES OF LIGHT
    2. NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
    3. DIGITAL EXPOSURE
  11. COMPOSING NATURE PHOTOGRAPHS
    1. PRINCIPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGN
    2. ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES
    3. ELEMENTS OF DESIGN
    4. TONE AND COLOR
    5. CREATING A DYNAMIC PHOTOGRAPH
    6. GUIDELINES FOR COMPOSING BETTER NATURE PHOTOS
  12. DIGITAL NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR
    1. DIGITAL CAMERA TYPES
    2. DSLR LENSES
    3. CAMERA ACCESSORIES
    4. DIGITAL PHOTO STORAGE
    5. TRANSPORTING YOUR GEAR
    6. CLOTHING AND OTHER ACCESSORIES
  13. THE GRAND SCENIC PHOTOGRAPH
    1. CHOOSING A LOCATION
    2. POINT-AND-SHOOT VERSUS PERSONAL INTERPRETATIONS
    3. CREATING VISUAL RELATIONSHIPS
    4. DEPTH OF FIELD FOR LANDSCAPES
    5. EXPOSURE FOR LANDSCAPES
    6. PANORAMIC IMAGES
    7. REFLECTIONS
    8. WEATHER
    9. THE GRAND SCENIC AT NIGHT
  14. THE INTIMATE LANDSCAPE
    1. ISOLATING ELEMENTS
    2. SELECTIVE FOCUS
    3. WORKING WITH MOVING SUBJECT MATTER
    4. CLOSE-UP NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
    5. ABSTRACT NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
    6. WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
  15. BLACK-AND-WHITE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
    1. SEEING IN BLACK AND WHITE
    2. CHOOSING SUBJECT MATTER FOR BLACK AND WHITE
    3. DIGITAL CAPTURE FOR BLACK AND WHITE
    4. CONVERTING COLOR PHOTOS TO BLACK AND WHITE
  16. PROCESSING AND SHARING YOUR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHS
    1. THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKFLOW
    2. ASSET MANAGEMENT
    3. COLOR MANAGEMENT
    4. EDITING A SHOOT
    5. ENHANCING YOUR PHOTOS
    6. PRINTING YOUR PHOTOS
    7. CREATING PHOTOGRAPHY WEB SITES
  17. CONTINUALLY IMPROVING YOUR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
    1. NURTURING YOUR CREATIVITY
    2. HONING YOUR TECHNICAL SKILLS
    3. DEVELOPING YOUR STYLE
    4. TAKING YOUR NEXT STEPS
  18. RESOURCES
    1. MAGAZINES
    2. ORGANIZATIONS
    3. ONLINE COMMUNITIES
    4. WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
    5. NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS
    6. INKJET PHOTO PRINTERS AND PAPER
    7. PHOTO LABS
    8. PHOTO BOOK PRINTERS
    9. PHOTO HOSTING SERVICES
    10. BLOG SERVICES
    11. COLOR MANAGEMENT AND WORKFLOW
    12. PORTFOLIO SUPPLIES
    13. PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPHY
    14. CAMERA EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS
    15. CAMERA EQUIPMENT RENTAL
    16. CAMERA INSURANCE
    17. CAMERA CLEANING SUPPLIES
    18. SOFTWARE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
  19. GLOSSARY
  20. Index