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Nature Photography Photo Workshop

Handbook / Manual
A how-to guide for capturing stunning photographs in nature

By: Nat Coalson (Author)

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | May 2011 | #183264 | ISBN-13: 9780470534915
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NHBS Price: £19.99 $24/€22 approx

About this book

Photographing nature poses unique challenges and demands that you have special skills and a working knowledge of how to work in – and with – nature. This Photo Workshop is a must-have how-to guide for shooting nature images in nearly any situation you might encounter.

You'll learn which equipment is right in different settings and why it should be used, how to get an amazing photo of a fast-moving animal, and how to handle a myriad of tricky weather scenarios. Nature Photography Photo Workshop covers composition, exposure, fill-flash, special creative techniques, and more. Plus, assignments at the end of each chapter sharpen your skills to for taking unique, artistic nature photographs.

- Shows you what equipment to use in different settings and why to use it
- Offers essential advice for photographing a fast-moving animal and dealing with weather obstacles
- Provides a clear understanding of the basic fundamentals of photography
- Addresses composition, exposure, fill-flash, creative techniques, and more
- Shares Photoshop tips for sharpening and improving photos you’ve already taken

Packed with inspirational color photos throughout, Nature Photography Photo Workshopshop guide encourages you to improve your technique for taking nature photographs.


CHAPTER 1 Awakening to Nature Photography.

Exploring Your Relationship to Nature.

Ethics and Etiquette.


Location Scouting.

CHAPTER 2 Ways of Seeing the Natural World.

Human Vision and Perception.

Learning to See.

What Makes a Compelling Nature Photograph?

CHAPTER 3 Working with Natural Light.

Properties of Light.

Natural Light Photography.

Digital Exposure.

CHAPTER 4 Composing Nature Photographs.

Principles of Photographic Design.

Essential Techniques.

Elements of Design.

Tone and Color.

Creating a Dynamic Photograph.

Guidelines for Composing Better Nature Photos.

CHAPTER 5 Digital Nature Photography Gear.

Digital Camera Types.

dSLR Lenses.

Camera Accessories.

Digital Photo Storage.

Transporting Your Gear.

Clothing and Other Accessories.

CHAPTER 6 The Grand Scenic Photograph.

Choosing a Location.

Point-and-Shoot Versus Personal Interpretations.

Creating Visual Relationships.

Depth of Field for Landscapes.

Exposure for Landscapes.

Panoramic Images.



The Grand Scenic at Night.

CHAPTER 7 The Intimate Landscape.

Isolating Elements.

Selective Focus.

Working with Moving Subject Matter.

Close-Up Nature Photography.

Abstract Nature Photography.

Wildlife Photography.

CHAPTER 8 Black-and-White Nature Photography.

Seeing in Black and White.

Choosing Subject Matter for Black and White.

Digital Capture for Black and White.

Converting Color Photos to Black and White.

CHAPTER 9 Processing and Sharing Your Nature Photographs.

The Digital Photography Workflow.

Asset Management.

Color Management.

Editing a Shoot.

Enhancing Your Photos.

Printing Your Photos.

Creating Photography Web Sites.

CHAPTER 10 Continually Improving Your Nature Photography.

Nurturing Your Creativity.

Honing Your Technical Skills.

Developing Your Style.

Taking Your Next Steps.

Appendix Resources.



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Nat Coalson is well known for his nature, travel, and fine art photography. His work has been exhibited extensively, received numerous awards, and is held in private and corporate collections. An expert instructor, he has taught digital photography and imaging to photographers at all levels.

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