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Wildife Photography Field

Skills and Techniques.


A new book and a new look at the art of wildlife photography released in September 2015.

There are countless books about wildlife photography. These can be great if you want to learn about lenses, cameras, exposure and composition. However, most of them lack real detail about how to get close to the actual subjects whether they be birds, mammals, reptiles or insects. This book is different. It will give you in-depth guidance that (with practice) should allow you to master some of the arts of field craft.

The main emphasis is (often at a species level) to allow the reader to find, approach in the right manner and photograph a wide range of animals found in Britain. There are countless projects and tips that will allow you to gain and perfect many of the skills needed to become a successful wildlife photographer.

Introduction – ethics, licences, clothing, camera equipment (lenses, cameras, tripods, heads, storage cards, ISO, depth of field, composition etc), hides, stalking.

Mammals – badgers, foxes, otters, stoats, weasels, pine martens, hedgehogs, mice, voles, shrews, bats, seals, deer (red, roe, fallow, Chinese water and muntjac), hares (brown and mountain), rabbits, squirrels (red and grey) and wild boar.

Birds - behaviour, using food (seed, fats, natural food, road kill, dead fish etc), kingfishers, eagles, waders, jays, cuckoos, herons, thrushes, owls, nightjars, using bird boxes, setting up hides, perches and feeders, drinking pools (small and infinity), birds in flight, flocks, roosts, wide angle work, working at the nest.

Reptiles, amphibians and fish – frogs, toads, newts, adders, grass snakes, slow worms, lizards, split level images, using tanks and seashore animals.

Invertebrates – butterflies (roosting and stalking active adults), emerging, moths (traps, sugaring, image stacking), dragon and damselflies (roosting, emerging, larvae, in flight, stalking), spiders, bees and wasps, stag beetles, ladybirds, snails and slugs, ants and glow worms.

Plants – techniques, lenses, macro, gardening, fungi, wind tents, creative options (multiple exposure, white backgrounds, bokeh).

Working abroad – camera bags, airline weight options, backing up, dust and humidity, hides, lenses etc.

Workflow, processing images, image manipulation.

Appendices, RPS code of conduct, plans, resources (websites, books).      

Throughout the book suggestions are made regarding which lenses and settings work well for each species and approach. All images carry full camera info to help the reader understand the choice of f number, ISO, depth of field, shutter speed and composition. The book has a number of build-your-own plans including a moth trap, hide and bird boxes.        

232 pages, hardback, 247mm x 156mm.

RRP £16.99, P+P £3 (UK only)

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Wildlife Photography Field skills