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Dynamic Wildlife Photography : Techniques for Creating Captivating Images - ILLG CATHY & GORDON

Dynamic Wildlife Photography

Techniques for Creating Captivating Images

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For experienced photographers who want to apply their technical skills to wildlife photography and for photographers who already have experience with photographing animals but want to further refine their images, this book provides the guidance needed to master artistically compelling wildlife portraits. Photographers learn how to create images that not only document their subjects, but also cause viewers to study and discuss them. Written for photographers who know how to create a technically precise photograph, this book shows them how to flex their creativity, apply their imaging prowess to the field, and evaluate their subjects in a new light. Practical tips cover everything from backlighting the soft, downy "stubble" of a newborn chick to choosing and using the accessories that help capture a unique perspective. About the Author Cathy Illg and Gordon Illg are professional photographers whose images have appeared in numerous publications, including Backpacker, Canadian Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, Outdoor and Nature Photographer, and Ranger Rick. They live in Lakewood, Colorado. 150 colour photos

"The Illgs offer a wonderful guide to taking pictures of wildlife that will go beyond the snapshot, catching the viewer's eye and setting your image apart." - Rob Sheppard, Editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine

Prefacep. 5
Beyond Documentationp. 7
The New Image Requirementsp. 9
Going the Extra Milep. 10
Documentary vs. Beyond Documentaryp. 12
What Should I Photograph?p. 14
Will the Animal Let You Photograph It?p. 16
Every Animal Has a Story to Tellp. 16
Is It an Animal You Want to Photograph?p. 18
Throw Some Light on the Subjectp. 21
Which Would You Choose?p. 21
Front Lightp. 22
Side Lightp. 24
Back Lightp. 25
Making Contrast Workp. 28
Silhouettesp. 30
Overcast Lightp. 31
Twilightp. 34
Fill Flashp. 34
Where Do I Put the Animal?p. 38
That's Not How It Lookedp. 39
Composing Wildlife Imagesp. 41
Placing the Center of Interestp. 45
Framing the Center of Interestp. 47
Does Your Subject Have Room to Move?p. 48
Look Your Subject in the Eyep. 49
How Much Depth of Field Do You Want?p. 50
What Is Your Central Theme?p. 53
Do You Have Rhythm?p. 54
Fine-Tuning Your Compositionp. 56
Avoiding No-Man's Landp. 58
Shooting Tightp. 59
Shooting Widep. 61
Problems and Solutionsp. 63
The Best Perspectivep. 68
A Case Studyp. 68
Perspectives on Perspectivep. 69
What is Your Relationship with Your Subject?p. 71
Don't Get Too Comfortablep. 72
Above and Beyond the Call of Dutyp. 73
Apparent Perspectivep. 74
Looking Down on Your Subjectp. 77
Capturing Animal Behaviorp. 79
What Do We Mean by "Behavior"?p. 81
Let Me Seep. 83
Maximizing Opportunitiesp. 85
Lady Luckp. 87
It's Doing What?p. 89
What's So Special About Your Subject?p. 90
Case in Pointp. 90
Show Us What You've Gotp. 91
A Little Researchp. 93
Sure, Anything Would Look Good Therep. 94
And Isn't That a Nice Reflection on You?p. 97
The Tortoise and the Harep. 98
Celebrate the Seasonsp. 101
What's the Weather Like?p. 102
How Cold Was It?p. 104
Smokin'p. 107
Just Shootin' in the Rainp. 109
Capturing Your Subject's Moodsp. 110
How Does Your Subject Feel?p. 111
The Importance of Body Languagep. 114
A Little Humorp. 115
Conclusionp. 118
Appendixp. 121
Indexp. 122
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ISBN: 9781584281306
ISBN-10: 1584281308
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st May 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.51