Nature Photography: Insider Secrets from the World's Top Digital Photography Professionals

Nature Photography: Insider Secrets from the World's Top Digital Photography Professionals

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0240810163

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Have you ever wondered what it is that professional photographers do day in and day out that enables them to take consistently compelling images? Or thought that unravelling the insider secrets of the professionals could inspire you? This book takes a contemporary and innovative approach to revealing the day-to-day habits of the world's most successful wildlife, landscape and macro photographers, divulging the core skills and techniques through which they excel.

This book is crammed full with expert advice taken from the world's leading pros directly from the field. It will empower the development of your skills to a professional level and fire your imagination. Starting with the basics of how to plan a rewarding field trip (whether locally or afar) for one day or a month, and covering all aspects of camera handling and photographic technique including: how to make perfect exposures every time, ensure pin-sharp images of moving subjects, decipher the complexities of camera menus and controls, and break through the mysteries of composition.

And, having learned the secrets to success, the book maps out some simple yet powerful photo exercises and self-assignments to encourage you to explore all facets of digital photography and put into practice the essential skills that will make you, too, a highly successful photographer.

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Journey, and shot the pictures for Urbino National Press Photographer’s Association. He has also been (a hill town in central Italy), a rare departure into archi- the recipient of the World Achievement Award from the tectural photography. He writes regularly for Outdoor United Nations Environmental Programme in Stockholm, Photography and Amateur Photographer magazines, and his Sweden. work has been featured in Outdoor Photographer magazine. x T H E PROFESSION A LS In January 2006,

physical size of the lens remains unchanged). Refers to a lens that provides focus distance information to the camera. Improves the accuracy of the TTL light meter and flash metering. Stands for silent wave motor, enabling fast and quiet AF operation. Vibration reduction (see above). Refers to Nikon’s range of lenses that are designed specifically for use with D1- and D2-series digital cameras, as well as the latest D300 (i.e., models with small-frame sensors). Can be used on the D3 in DX-mode.

is calibrated. This is a simple enough process involving the following steps: 1. Set your camera to auto-exposure mode and spot-metering mode. ILLUSTRATION © CHRIS WESTON This diagram identifies the required level of exposure compensation for subjects of different tones. 2. Set auto-bracketing to capture a sequence of nine images at {1/2}-stop increments. (Use manual bracketing if your camera doesn’t enable this option.) 3. Using an 18% gray card as your subject, expose the bracketed sequence

focus is often the quickest and fastest method of focusing the camera accurately. 173 HABIT FIVE Learn the Rules (and When NOT to Apply Them) © CHRIS WESTON LEARN THE R UL E S ( AND W H E N N OT T O A P P LY T H E M ) When painters paint pictures, they start with a blank can- elements, photographers must take them out. This is what vas. They then mix paints and add things to the canvas in the composition is all about and how photographs are made. form of lines, shapes,

other form of communication. 20 H A BIT ON E The ability to see in photographic terms is limited only by A better answer is found within the topics already covered. your imagination. Some suggest that it can’t be taught, that If you have researched your trip and visualized the type of it’s a natural gift that a person possesses or not. I beg to dif- images you want to photograph, not only are you likely to fer. I didn’t have a natural ability to see images; I learned the improve your

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