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As nature photography has shifted decisively towards digital in recent years, much has been written offering guidance and tips on technical matters, but there has been little published on the creative aspects.
European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Chris Gomersall addresses this gap in a fresh and accessible guide, which takes account of developments in photography without dwelling on technical details. Ten thematic chapters on subjects such as Space, Light, Time and Developing a Narrative are generously packed with examples, advice and suggestions for projects and exercises.
The second part of Wildlife Photographer: A Course in Creative Photography consists of sixteen case studies, where Gomersall describes how he achieved some of his most outstanding images. The large new audience for a guide such as this is evidenced in the growth of ecotourism and the uptake of digital cameras with excellent zoom facilities in recent years. The field has opened up to many more people as cameras are now largely automated and foolproof. Wildlife Photographer: A Course in Creative Photography will serve as an inspiration to these relative newcomers, as well as to more accomplished photographers who are technically assured but are looking to extend their creativity, to try fresh approaches and to learn from one of the masters.
Chris Gomersall has worked as a full-time, self-employed wildlife photographer since 1984, initially as staff photographer for the RSPB. The first British photographer to win the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2007), he is a Nikon UK training partner and runs tours and workshops throughout the year. He is the author of Photographing Wild Birds (David & Charles 2001), and was the principal photographer and picture editor on Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey's Birds Britannica (Chatto 2005). Chris lives in Potton, Bedfordshire.
"This book will give you the drive to do even more or even take up the hobby for the first time."
"This photography course breaks the mould of others by abandoning the manual format of tables and charts. All the techie information is still there, but delivered in a more organic and conversational style, with discussion about the contexts that photography comes from and exists within. The author is an experienced professional photographer of wildlife, and he distils knowledge and wisdom accrued over the years into a progressive portfolio."
- Good Book Guide
"An inspiration for photographers who aspire to capture stunning nature pictures."
- Westmorland Gazette
"A delight not only for those who aspire to take such photographs, but also for those who admire wildlife photography."
- Good Book Guide
"The first British winner of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, and the principle photographer on Birds Britannica, engagingly discusses some of his best pictures. Some of them are truly awe-inspiring."
"Gomersall's advice is straightforward, genuinely helpful and his images are excellent examples of the genre."
- Amateur Photographer
"Stuffed with many of Chris's best photos, but that's not the reason to buy it. Chris has imparted many of his secrets and does his best to guide the reader in the skills needed to take the best photos."
- Wildlife Extra
"For anyone who cares about their photography and where this funny old business is heading, I'd offer only one piece of advice: Buy this book. It captures the essence of wildlife photography in 2012 better than anything I've read before."
"Will serve as an inspiration to relative newcomers to the field of wildlife photography, as well as to more accomplished photographers who may be technically proficient but who are looking to extend their creativity. Wildlife Photographer offers fresh approaches from one of the masters in the field."
- Pro Nature Photographer
"Crammed full of tips and tricks on capturing all creatures great and small."
"A must-have book for wildlife photographers."
- Apogee Photo Magazine
"Celebrates the democratisation of the genre thanks to digital technologies but makes a plea for more inspiration, more artfulness and a greater sensitivity to nature's aesthetic sensibilities."
- Independent on Sunday
"A must for any photographer who aspires to do better than that out-of-focus shot of a red squirrel running away from the camera."
- Whitehaven News
"Picture Book Choice: The photos in Chris Gomersall's new book inspire by example. His beautiful images are presented in thematic chapters, offering more food for thought than a mere how-to guide."
- BBC Wildlife
"A superb book with a multitude of examples and explanatory photographs [...] Informative and motivating."
- Outdoor Photography
"The photographs are fantastically inspiring and the writing equally absorbing [...] This passing of the torch is ultimately rewarding for both the newcomer and the veteran looking for a creative edge."
- WALK magazine