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The Art of Photographing Nature [Paperback]

Martha Hill , Art Wolfe
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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July 7 1993
The first how-to book by Art Wolfe, America's most renowned nature photographer, written in collaboration with the former photography editor of Audubon magazine. Together, they help everyone from novice to experienced amateur to see like a photography professional. Full-color photographs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Art's Art Jan. 3 2002
The Art of Photographing Nature is probably not for the beginning photographer, but once you?ve learned how to manipulate the camera well enough to consistently make good, properly focussed exposures, you ought to look at this book if you?re interested in nature photography. And I do mean look, because that?s the way this book teaches.
This is a book about photographic composition, which is something a photographer must know well to make pictures that are more than snapshots. Technique is referred to, but if you want a how-to book get John Shaw?s ?Nature Photography Field Guide?
Although Hill claims the writing credits and Wolfe the photography credits, this is somewhat misleading. The form the book takes is to show a picture taken by Wolfe, or more often two, and then have both comment on the compositional choices. Since Wolfe is one of the greatest living nature photographers and since Hill is the former picture editor of Audubon Magazine, their commentary is illuminating. I found the comparison between two pictures of the same or similar subject matter, including why they found one better than the other, to be particularly insightful. It also adds to the discussion that each of them brings a slightly different sensibility to the pictures. There are even a few sets where the two disagree as to the better picture.
As I said before, this is not a technique book, but technique is examined as a way to enhance the composition. For example, in the section called ?Reading the Light?, the authors talk about how to find 18% gray, to get a standard exposure from a light meter. But than they talk about how to use that information to make pictures lighter or darker to enhance the subject.
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3.0 out of 5 stars only the tip of the iceberg Jan. 20 2001
By phillip
not a bad book for the novice photographer: it is conscise with regard to many broad photographic considerations: composition, film stock choice, filters, etc. as an educational tool targeted towards learning the nuances of discovering unique outdoor lighting situations, then applying it to a natural setting, it ultimately falls short. i found myself frustrated often with wolfe's minor revelations about a particular image. he often seemed either not too interested in taking time to make a more thorough investigation, or unwilling to release too much valuable information. still, the info that is provided is basic enough that it will serve the beggining photographer quite well. for my experience though, and i am still fairly new to the endeavor, i found it lacking a wealth of new information. i picked up valuable tidbits here and there, but nothing ever struck me as: "WOW! that makes perfect sense!" some of the more interesting info comes from martha hill, who goes about her editorial incite in a sometimes dry tone. honesty is appreciated! for anyone who is thinking of sending photographs for potential publishing, she tells it like it is (or so i would guess.) overall, i would say this is a good book for the first time photographer purchasing his/her first photography book. for more advanced shooters, the majority of information will be banal...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentals of Photography. July 20 1999
This was my 3rd book on Photography. When I compared with other 2 books, I really find it an EXCELLENT book on the very basic or Fundamentals of Photography. This book tells you how you should isolate your subject, what color situations to choose, how to frame the picture, how to read light, how to set Shutter speed and Aperture to achieve Depth of Field or Isolation of a Subject etc. This book is almost free of technical jargons but explains evrything you want to know about photography. When I started reading it, I was a little disappointed because of not so amazing photographs but as I continue to read I found that the photographs really tell you the basics. Moreover, the book is not too verbose so you can read it fast and at the same time build up your knowledge. I read the complete book in 3-4 days cause it's so gripping and interesting. Oh, I forgot to tell one thing. This book also contains various aspect of photography for a magazines or for a story etc. Martha Hill happened to be the Picture Editor of Auduban. Therefore, I highly recommend this book for everybody.
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I really liked this book. The photographic images are well reproduced and fascinating. The dual presentations of the two authors (photographer and photography editor) allowed for different perspectives that really increased my understanding of the creative process of taking and analyzing these images. The use of multiple photographs of the same subject (some that worked well, some that didn't work as well) and the related discussion was very helpful. The text went beyond the typical photographic techniques recitation to present artistic concepts and how this impacted the "success" of the captured image. I wish the book was even longer with more excellent photographs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars collaboration and stronger for it June 23 2003
without a doubt, art wolfe, one of our foremost photographers, has outstanding wildlife work showcased here in color plate after color plate. this book's true value, however, arrives in the discussion between wolfe and martha hill, former picture editor of audubon magazine. for all but those already well-versed in the magazine and book trade, this dialogue will provide deep insights into how to photograph for publication. hill's comments on what does and does not work for various layouts is invaluable. i highly recommend this title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
It makes you want to run right out there, after buying more rolls of film of course! This is a wonderful book - so crisp the colors and details. Read more
Published on May 2 2002 by NW Shooter
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Mind of a Photo Editor
In this book, acclaimed nature photorapher Art Wolfe teams with Marth Hill, former picture editor for Audubon Magazine. Read more
Published on May 17 2000 by William T. Parnell
5.0 out of 5 stars You will like it
The pictures are explicit. The text is original, short, and explicit to. Some good tips for every day use. I like it.
Published on May 10 2000 by Nathan Michel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide
This is a fantastic book that covers everything from lighting to predicting the behavior of wild animals for photography. Very illustrative and to the point.
Published on Nov. 2 1999 by Radin Mirshahi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, excellent format
This strength of this book is the comparison format. For every type of photo being discussed, there are multiple examples of each, with explanations of why one might be chosen over... Read more
Published on May 14 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone serious about improving their photography
The most enjoyable, beautiful, and informative book of photography that I have ever read. Full of specific examples and side by side comparisons of various techniques and... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource & very inspiring
The great strength of this book is that Art Wolfe shoots the same subjects with different film, exposures, filters, lenses, light conditions, etc. Read more
Published on March 1 1998 by huntera@ent.umass.edu
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to your nature photography library
This outstanding book features the breath-taking photography of Art Wolfe. Each of Art's photographs are discussed both by Art himself and Martha Hill, the former photo editor of... Read more
Published on May 6 1997
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