John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide, Paperback

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide Paperback

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The problems facing the photographer in the great outdoors are special.

Even highly-skilled photographers are often baffled by them.

In this revised and updated version of his 1984 book, "The Nature Photographer's Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques", noted wildlife and scenic photographer John Shaw draws on his own many years in the field to demonstrate how to overcome these problems and get not just good but great nature pictures.

Covering every problem you might encounter in the field, Shaw offers his own approach to the challenges of on-the-spot nature photography.

Using his own colour images as examples, he discusses each type of subject and situation you may encounter, while offering specific advice and techniques on how to successfully photograph it.

A wide range of topics are covered, including equipment, lenses, composition, close-ups, and professional tips.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, 210 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
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  • Category: Photographic equipment & techniques
  • ISBN: 9780817440596



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I find little more frustrating than downloading a series of photographs, only to find my “masterpieces” will serve as examples of mistakes to avoid.Over-exposed. Under-exposed. Poor f-stop selection. Vibration. You name the problem; I have a “masterpiece” to illustrate it.This book of beautiful nature photographs was written for me. It promises to teach me to shoot impressive results every time my camera is focused in the great outdoors. Using his own exceptional work as examples, John Shaw discusses natural subjects and how to approach photographing them. He offers specific advice on equipment and lenses selection; shot composition; close-ups. The range of techniques to enrich various nature photographs makes for great reading and dreaming.My hunch is this field guide will serve any photographer -- beginner, serious amateur, semi-pro, and pro—who encounters field challenges. John Shaw is an internationally acclaimed nature photographer. His work has been published in Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife, Natural History, Sierra and Audubon. Only time will tell, however, if it has the desired effect on my photographs.Penned by the Pointed PunditAugust 19, 200610:51:19 AM