From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8. Arnosky teaches wildlife enthusiasts to utilize modern technology. With the help of a zoom lens and a video camera it is possible to focus on "subjects only a few inches away, zoom in on distant subjects, and record in the low light conditions of dawn and dusk." Cautions are issued on behalf of both the photographers and the subjects. There are many full-color illustrations, taken directly from 8mm videotape. Not meant to be a step-by-step manual, this guide suggests a method of study that is open to experimentation. As in his drawing books, Arnosky fosters a critical eye and an appreciation for wildlife. He offers advice on using a tripod, focusing, filming through glass or fences, creating and observing window feeders, and building and videotaping from a blind. For those who want to incorporate his tips into a full-scale video, try Yvonne Andersen's Make Your Own Animated Movies and Videotapes (Little, Brown, 1991) or Nancy Bentley and Donna W. Guthrie's The Young Producer's Video Book (Millbrook, 1995), both of which give more technical information about actual video production. Readers fascinated with wildlife photography would also enjoy Kathryn Lasky's Think Like an Eagle (Little, Brown, 1992).?Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
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Gr. 4^-7. Arnosky offers helpful information about using video cameras to photograph wildlife and familiar backyard animals for presentations and for pleasure. He begins by describing safety tips and standard features of video cameras, then offers tips for setting up shots, focusing and framing, using blinds, and shooting through glass. Because the photographs illustrating the book are still shots taken from videos, some are of better quality than others. However, students will still find this a useful resource when they are considering alternative methods of presenting reports: instead of showing a box of dead bugs, for example, they can show a video of live bugs captured on camera in their natural element. Chris Sherman