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Wildlife Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots [Paperback]

Laurie S. Excell

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Oct. 28 2011 From Snapshots to Great Shots

In Wildlife Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, author and wildlife photographer Laurie Excell shows you how to get the best shots of birds, bears, and bugs–whether you’re on safari, on vacation, or on a nature walk around your own backyard.


Starting with the basics of equipment, camera settings, and exposure, Laurie covers the fundamentals of lighting and composition in capturing (in-camera!) a menagerie’s worth of animals, with a particular focus on mammals and birds. The book is packed with details on what seasons are best for photographing different animals, tips on the best locations to photograph them, and techniques for how to approach even the wiliest subjects.


Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the wildlife photo you want every time you pick up the camera.

Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Laurie Excell, and you will:

  • Use your camera’s settings to gain full control over the look and feel of your images
  • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more
  • Get tips on research, including field ethics and the best locations for photographing your subjects
  • Learn key techniques for photographing various animals, such as how to approach your subject without disturbing it and how to interpret behavior so that you can anticipate action
  • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter

And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group to share your photos, recipes, and tips at flickr.com/groups/wildlifephotographyfromsnapshotstogreatshots.

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About the Author

Laurie Excell is a professional wildlife and nature photographer, and her images have appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Layers magazines. Her work also appears regularly on Audubon calendars and National Park Service postcards, calendars, and posters. She leads popular wildlife photography adventures in North America and is an instructor at Photoshop World. She is also the gear desk guru for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and she is a moderator for the Nikon Digital Learning Center on Flickr. Check out her work at laurieexcell.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and helpful, though if you don't shoot Nikon/Canon, know your camera system May 31 2012
By Stephen Lerch - Published on Amazon.com
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Laurie Excell starts the book by explaining the equipment you are likely to need. One complaint I have is that she is kind of specific in her examples, meaning that this part of the book, at least, will potentially be dated. It also discounts the fact that Canon, Sony, Pnetax, etc all make camera equipment as she focuses on Nikon. No problem as long as you purchase the brand of equipment you want, not what Laurie tells you to buy.

If you shoot anything other than Nikon, be aware you'll have to know the terminology that Laurie discusses for your particular camera brand as well. She does a fairly good job putting the Canon equivalent in ( ), but for shooters of other systems, you definitely better know your camera system.

In terms of techniques, Laurie shows you how to setup shots (such as using a "blind" for bird photography) and what settings are best used to get similar. She also details the equipment she used to capture the shot (again, KNOW YOUR CAMERA SYSTEM).

Over all this book has helped me better "see" shots of wildlife and I'm glad I spent the couple of hours needed to read it through.

4 stars because without the camera branding, this would be a 5 star, general use book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Oct. 21 2012
By TAS - Published on Amazon.com
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The opening chapters are about equipment and camera basics. While one can think they know a lot, there's always room for learning. I was especially interested in what kind of equipment she was recommending and why. She gives beginning, moderate and expensive set-ups so that you don't have to immediately say, "oh, sure, I'm really going to spend almost $10,000 on a 600mm lens" and stop reading.
She explains the why of the settings used to take her sample pictures. I really think "why" is one of the most important things.
After each chapter she has a simple assignment to use what she's just written about.
I haven't finished the book yet because I'm going through step by step as though it were a class. That seems to be working quite well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginning wildlife photographers Aug. 7 2013
By Peter Henry - Published on Amazon.com
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There's a lot of good basic material in here, but if you've been shooting wildlife for a while and are looking for ideas to improve, there is a very limited amount of useful information that you probably don't know.

If you are new to wildlife photography, then there's probably a lot that you don't know that is in here, and it will be a good guide to get started.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! March 24 2013
By Pam Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very informative book, with information which is easy to understand and wonderful pictures. I love taking pictures of wildlife and this book helps me take great shots not just pictures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written with good examples to lead us to better wildlife photography. Dec 4 2012
By David Grove - Published on Amazon.com
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GOOD IDEAS AND EXAMPLES. Also includes ideas and "assignments" for getting to know the camera more thoroughly
as well as the affect of various settings on the final outcome of the photos.

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