Nature Photography: Insider Secrets from the World's Top Digital Photography Professionals
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.
weighting is applied have a database of historic images stored in the camera’s can be adjusted in some cameras, ranging from a circle computer together with a light pattern and the actual expo- with a diameter between 6 and 12 mm. Although a slightly sure used to record the image. When the light meter is older form of metering, it is accurate when matched activated, the camera reads the light levels in the scene to with the right subject, typically portraiture (of people or produce a
important aspects of camera handling are keeping the camera steady and in the right position to capture the image. While this might sound obvious, the techniques are easier to describe than to achieve. Hand-Holding a Camera Many people prefer to hand-hold a camera, ﬁnding tripods cumbersome, monopods restrictive, and beanbags often impractical. I won’t condone laziness as an excuse for not bothering with a tripod, but for those occasions when PHOTO © CANON UK The AF limiter switch on a Canon
effective position (location, height, and angle), and only when he is comfortable with his assessment will he ﬁnally attach the camera. He explains, “Using this technique, I ﬁnd it easier to determine the ﬁnal composition as I can see the whole scene and decide what elements I want to include or exclude more easily. It also prevents having to keep readjusting the camera, which saves time and effort.” PHOTO © PETER WATMOUGH This image shows a technique for visualizing the scene prior to setting
(http://elsevier.com), by selecting “Support & Contact,” then “Copyright and Permission,” and then “Obtaining Permissions.” Recognizing the importance of preserving what has been written, Elsevier prints its books on acid-free paper whenever possible. 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 Contents Habit one Habit Two The Professionals ix Plan for the Perfect Picture Research and Planning 5 Know Your Subject 10 Visualization and the Art of Seeing 16 Pack for the Picture You Want 21
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,