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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

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Well written and helpful, though if you don't shoot Nikon/Canon, know your camera system May 31 2012
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book Oct. 21 2012
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good for beginning wildlife photographers Aug. 7 2013
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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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great information, but... Aug. 12 2013
By Rick Masseur - Published on
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The author is not objective enough when it comes to branding. This book weighs heavily to Nikon; not enough balance between Nikon and Canon stats. If Canon users can look past that and make the adjustments in their minds as they read, then you will gain from the information.
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Well written with good examples to lead us to better wildlife photography. Dec 4 2012
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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.