Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Review: 'National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography' by Tim Fitzharris

National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography, Digital Edition, by Tim Fitzharris, 2008, Firefly Books, $24.95, softbound, 207 pages. Category/Genre: photography. Cover: beautiful. Where we got it: borrowed it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million.

Filled with rich colour photographs, this book takes you through the steps required to become a nature photographer. 

Part One goes over the equipment needed, starting with a basic kit. This includes up to a six-megapixel camera for amateur photographers, and a 10-40 megapixel count for more serious photographers (both will probably rely on a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera); a tripod; and a super-telephoto lens if you want to capture wildlife images. Fitzharris also covers working in the field and winter photography.

Essential skills are covered in Part Two, in which Fitzharris goes over exposure, lighting, motion effects, and more. 

Fitzharris offers techniques for getting close to wild subjects and tips for shooting birds in flight. He also tells how to use special accessories and lenses for close range photos, as well as how to process digital images and prepare them for presentation.

Some of the techniques Fitzharris uses don't please everyone's eye; he relies too heavily, for instance (in our opinion) on the blurring of water in motion, making it look unrealistic. But many of the photographs in this book are truly outstanding, and Fitzharris has plenty of experience. 

If you like this one, try: Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography, by Brenda Tharp.

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