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Whether you are new to bird photography or already a passionate hobbyist, How and Where to Photograph Birds in Southern Africa will teach you all the tools, techniques and creative ideas required to take your bird photography to the next level. It covers everything you need to know to make your images look spectacular, including how to choose the right equipment, where to look for birds and how to predict their movements, how to get close enough to your subject and how to produce sharp images, to the digital darkroom. This is the most comprehensive guide on bird photography available – and the only guide you'll ever need.
Foreword by Shem Compion viii
1 Choosing the right equipment 1
2 Different modes for different appHcations 51
3 Making good exposures 93
4 How light affects photography 119
5 How to make sharp images 155
6 Designing your images 177
7 Getting up close to your subject 227
8 Capturing bird behaviour 255
9 Bird photography hotspots 301
10 Different settings for different shots 353
About the author 370
Isak Pretorius is a specialist wildlife photographic guide from South Africa. His discovery of nature's special moments at a young age shaped his aspirations of today: to showcase the beauty of his continent's natural wonders in a creative way. His bird and wildlife images have won multiple awards. His preferred genre of fine art bird photography is easily recognisable by his authentic style, simplistic design and technical skill.
Isak's passion for nature is fuelled by the reminiscence of a classic Africa and his aim is to create conservation awareness for his continent's natural wonders. He is not only focusing his attention on photographic assignments throughout the African continent, but also on offering private photographic safaris with avid amateur and professional photographers. He has taken a keen interest in educating photographers about their surroundings as well as teaching them the art of photography.