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Wildlife Photography

Book Description

Photographer and environmentalist Uwe Skrzypczak wrote this book with several goals in mind--to teach the technical aspects and the workflow of digital wildlife photography; to show the beauty of East Africa and his beloved Serengeti National Park and to educate about its habitat; and to provide a guide for the photographer who is planning to go on an African photo safari and wants to be prepared to capture the finest possible images.

Beginning with digital photography techniques and workflow, Skrzypczak draws his own vast experience in wildlife photography to teach about the equipment, the pros and cons of camera types and lenses, and the specific requirements for this demanding task. Also covered are appropriate techniques for exposure for this demanding task. Also covered are appropriate techniques for exposure and autofocus-the latter being one of the major challenges in wildlife photography. He discusses an "on the road" workflow, the logistics of transporting your gear, and image editing.

The book goes on to cover the practical aspects of wildlife photography, from shooting animal portraits to panning the camera in order to capture that speeding leopard. Example images are accompanied by a small set of pictograms showing which techniques are ideal for capturing the specific situation.

Loaded with hundreds of breathtaking images, this comprehensive textbook is perfect for the beginning wildlife photographer as well as the seasoned pro. Whether your subject is African wildlife or bird photography in the Arctic Circle, Uwe Skrzypczak's Wildlife Photography will teach you the fundamental concepts and techniques that can be applied to all forms of wildlife photography. Topics include:

  • Equipment and accessories

  • Planning your trip

  • Conditions on the road

  • The right place at the right time

  • Image composition

  • Where to stay and daily routine

  • The light in east Africa

  • Migrations and mating seasons

  • Habitats and animal behavior

  • River crossings

  • The big cats, rhinos, giraffes, etc.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Wildlife Photography
  6. Part 1 The Basics
    1. Chapter 1 Equipment
      1. 1.1 Choosing Your Equipment
      2. 1.2 Tripods and Other Accessories
      3. 1.3 Using Flash
      4. 1.4 Transporting Your Gear
      5. 1.5 Data Management on the Road
    2. Chapter 2 Shooting Techniques
      1. 2.1 Basic Camera Settings
      2. 2.2 Image File Formats
      3. 2.3 Camera Dynamic Range
      4. 2.4 Image Histograms
      5. 2.5 The Camera’s Autofocus System
    3. Chapter 3 Image Composition
      1. 3.1 Image Composition
      2. 3.2 The Rule of Thirds
      3. 3.3 Perspective
      4. 3.4 Free Your Subject
      5. 3.5 Cropping Images
      6. 3.6 Animal Portraits
      7. 3.7 Panning the Camera
      8. 3.8 Reportage Photography
      9. 3.9 HDR and Panorama Stitching Techniques
    4. Chapter 4 Planning Your Trip
      1. 4.1 The Right Place at the Right Time
      2. 4.2 The Serengeti Ecosystem
      3. 4.3 Preparing to Travel and Conditions on the Road
      4. 4.4 Where to Stay
      5. 4.5 Daily Routine
  7. Part 2 Wildlife Photography in Practice
    1. Chapter 5 The Light in East Africa
      1. 5.1 Morning Light
      2. 5.2 Daylight
      3. 5.3 Evening Light
    2. Chapter 6 The Ngorongoro Crater
      1. 6.1 The Ngorongoro Crater—Wildlife Paradise on Earth
      2. 6.2 Photographing Hunting Lions
      3. 6.3 Rhinoceroses—The Last of their Kind
    3. Chapter 7 The Ngorongoro Conservation Area
      1. 7.1 Siringet, the Endless Plain
      2. 7.2 Gnus—The Real Superstars of the Serengeti
      3. 7.3 Cheetahs—The Fastest Predators
      4. 7.4 Hyenas—Merciless Hunters
    4. Chapter 8 The Serengeti National Park
      1. 8.1 One Man’s Dream
      2. 8.2 Savannah, Kopjes, Bushland, and Forest
      3. 8.3 Hunters of the Savannah
      4. 8.4 Migration and the Mating Season
      5. 8.5 The Long Trek North
      6. 8.6 Zebras—The Scouts of the Great Migration
      7. 8.7 The Western Corridor
      8. 8.8 Crocodiles—The Last Remaining Dinosaurs
      9. 8.9 Lionesses—Perfect Solo Hunters
      10. 8.10 Elephants—Eating the Bush Bare
      11. 8.11 The Courtship Dance
      12. 8.12 Food Envy
      13. 8.13 Gazelles and Impalas
      14. 8.14 The Big Antelopes
    5. Chapter 9 The Masai Mara
      1. 9.1 The Mara River—Life Source and Barricade
      2. 9.2 River Crossings—Palpitations at the Mara River
      3. 9.3 Party Time for Vultures
      4. 9.4 Hippos—Big and Dangerous
      5. 9.5 Giraffes—Slow Motion Rivalry
      6. 9.6 Big Cats with Their Own Names
      7. 9.7 Honeymooners—Lions and Sex
      8. 9.8 Lion Cubs at the Double Crossing
      9. 9.9 Leopards at the Talek River
      10. 9.10 Cheetahs at Rhino Ridge
      11. 9.11 That Elusive Cover Picture, or Camping in the Rain at the Mara River
  8. Information
    1. Appendix
    2. Addresses and Links
    3. Index