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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (Oct. 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321794508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321794505
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa566a0f0) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55bbba0) out of 5 stars 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 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55bbdec) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0xa55bbdb0) out of 5 stars GREAT book to learn how to create amazing wildlife photos March 2 2016
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From Snapshots to Great Shots: Wildlife Photography by Laurie Excell - Review - Bennett Christiansen - 2/23/16

This $20 informational guide is a great way to get you started in wildlife photography and goes over everything you need to know about it. It contains 229 pages, all with examples of each topic as photos taken by the author, and 10 chapters of great knowledge to add to your noggin. The first chapter explains the equipment needed for this type of photography and even equipment for people with low budgets. It tells you which type of equipment suits you and compares them. The next chapter is about camera settings and techniques when shooting wildlife, because the picture itself matters just as much as the composition. Chapter three explains how exposure works and how to use it to your advantage. The fourth chapter is essential to understanding your subjects’ behavior and also the different varieties for cropping you’re subject. Chapter five gives suggestions about what times of the year to take pictures of different wildlife, and also where to find them. The next chapter is about different ways to safely get closer to animals or through upgraded and increased magnification. At chapter seven, it starts to get into composition, talking about how lines, shapes, and patterns affect your pictures, how to frame your subjects, and how to draw attention. The eighth chapter gives the last tidbits of information for creative control over your images, and the two chapters at the end, nine and ten, are about techniques for photographing specific subjects, the first being coastal brown bears in Alaska, and the next being the bountiful amount of beautiful birds in south Texas.
As you can see, this book is chock-full of information, and after reading it there’s really no information it doesn’t give, but in my opinion, this would be better for a person who has never used a camera before and wants to start off in the wildlife area of photography. I am an intermediate photographer and I generally shoot landscapes. I wanted to experience wildlife photography, thus I got this book. The reason this book wasn’t the best for me is because a lot of the information I had known beforehand, mostly in the first three chapters. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get the book if you’re experienced with photography already, I still learned a lot of important things I didn’t know that will certainly help me in the future, such as how use different animal behaviors to your advantage and good places to go photograph animals at specific times of the year. It just means you would learn more if you are a beginner.
For that reason, I gave it four stars instead of five, but this is just my opinion, I would probably rate this book differently if I wasn’t an experienced photographer. I’ve researched this topic online before and I’ve never been able to get as much information as this book provides in one place. I recommend this to anyone who wants to take pictures of wildlife or if you want to learn more about it.
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HASH(0xa55c10c0) out of 5 stars 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.
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HASH(0xa55c1120) out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! March 24 2013
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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.