Captured is a book by wildlife photographer Moose Peterson that highlights 30 years of his life behind the camera and what it has taught him about himself, photography, and wildlife. It is meant to give you information, techniques, and inspiration to go out into the field and begin to take better images.
The goal of Captured is to provide you with insight in to what it really takes to be a successful wildlife photographer. It takes more than walking into a forest, or preserve and snapping shots. It takes preparation, education, and many times some help from others. This book is 312 pages in length and is divided into eight chapters with four appendixes.
Chapter One, "You Gotta Start Somewhere," begins with some background about Moose Peterson and how he got started in wildlife photography. It looks at not only his love for camera gear, but also his love for his wife and constant companion through all of these journeys. This chapter takes you through many stories about various shoots, people that influenced him, and some of the early lessons that he learned.
Chapter Two, "No Illusions, I'm Not in Control," means just that. When you are a wildlife photographer, you have the elements; you have your equipment; and you have the wildlife. In Peterson's case, he also had his mom and several people who pushed him out of the nest. For his first job, a friend had volunteered him to work with the Forest Service. With access to a research library, a lot of determination, and the love of craft he became an advocate of wildlife preservation. This chapter looks at the challenges that he faced.
Chapter Three, "Hold on to Your Pants!," begins with his first presentation of his work for the Forest Service. It describes how that success led to other work, and that, in turn, allowed him to find more interesting subjects to shoot. This sword cuts both ways in that it can be rewarding as well as frustrating and this chapter looks at both sides.