What does it take to capture quality images of wildlife? Sure you can just go out and snap some pictures of an animal or bird and perhaps you might even get lucky and capture a really good image. But is that what you want to base your time out in the field on – just luck? To take consistent quality images takes observation, patience, practice, perseverance, as well as a lot of time behind the camera.
In her latest book, Wildlife Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, wildlife photographer Laurie Excell will take you behind the scenes and show you what it takes as well as what you need to capture truly great images out in the field. Wildlife Photography is 240 pages in length and is contained in 10 chapters.
Chapter 1, "Equipment Essentials," begins by looking at the kind of equipment you need to capture great shots. This does not mean you have to have the best equipment – especially when you are starting out. Here she will look at everything from a budget setup through the ultimate package. She also explains the difference between full sensor vs. cropped sensor, lens selections, teleconverters, using flash, tripods, and more.
Chapter 2, "Camera Settings and Shooting Techniques," now examines the get-it-right first steps needed for taking a great shot. Then you will look at camera settings, shooting RAW vs. JPEG, the use of aperture priority mode, the use of matrix metering, proper panning, and shooting techniques.
Chapter 3, "Exposure Simplified," examines the relationship of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to each other as well as how they relate to the light coming into the camera. In this chapter you will learn how the exposure triangle works, how to control depth-of-field, about the different kinds of light, and how to put them all together to take better shots.
Chapter 4, "Get to Know Your Subject," deals with the world of wildlife photography, which is just as important as understanding your equipment. By knowing your subject you will better be able to anticipate their particular behaviors and patterns. You will now learn how research and gain an understanding of the particular wildlife you are shooting. You will also learn about the types of photographs to take as well as learning about ethics while in the wild.
Chapter 5, "Location, Location, Location," addressed the issue that can mean everything when it comes to successful wildlife photography. You have to be in the right place at the right time to get really successful shots. Through the use of careful planning and preparation you can find the best locations for what you want to shoot. Here you will explore some of the various places that you can go to and get great shots. These include your own back yard, the zoo, wildlife refuges, workshops, and more.