National Geographic Photographing Birds

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National Geographic Books, 2006 - Nature - 176 pages
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There are an estimated 85 million American birders, and just about every one carries a camera. But there's an art to capturing birds on film--and who better to reveal the tricks of the trade than two of National Geographic's foremost birders/photographers?


This appealing and informative guide is packed with practical know-how, presenting a wealth of techniques, tips, and hard-won wisdom about everything from the best equipment to use to how to lure or stalk birds until you have the perfect shot. You'll learn how to get close--but not too close--to a nest, how to frame a bird in full flight, how to cope with challenging weather or difficult lighting, and much more. Interspersed throughout the book, wonderful visual essays offer vivid examples of birding photography at its dramatic best, along with commentary on how the shot was taken and how its elements combine to create an effective, arresting composition.


And, unique among books in its field, this one covers not just traditional film but also the latest developments in cutting-edge digital equipment and its particular strengths and weaknesses, complete with expert advice on editing and printing with a computer.


Based on many years of research, experiment, and practical experience, this handy guide will get novices off the ground with ease, and even the most advanced bird photographers will find their work soaring to new heights.
 

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The book was out of date (alternating between film and digital). It had little practical information and spent too much time on setting up atrificial blinds near one's house. I expected a lot more from National Geographic. Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
6
GETTING STARTED
20
LURING BIRDS
46
STALKING BIRDS
76
PHOTOGRAPHING NESTING
94
PHOTOGRAPHING FLIGHT
114
CHALLENGES
128
APPENDIX
148
USEFUL INFORMATION
169
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About the author (2006)

Rulon Simmons has won numerous awards for his photography, which has appeared in many publications including Birds and Blooms and National Geographic Bird Watcher.


Bates Littlehales, a lifelong birder, has contributed photographs to more than 60 National Geographic publications over the course of his twenty-five year association with the Society.

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