Bird Photography: A Beginners Guide to Mastering the Art of Capturing Stunning Images of Birds
Mark's enthusiasm for the natural world and photography is contagious! A must read. - Matt in Florida
An easy read filled with valuable bird photography tips and techniques I wish I knew years ago. - Betty in Alabama
The color illustrations and beautiful bird photographs made everything so much easier to understand. - Phil in the UK
I just wanted to say thank you for making photography fun, inspiring and exciting. Your book has helped me capture some great images. Marv down under in Australia
Bird photography is a fun, exciting and highly addictive hobby overflowing with magical opportunities just waiting to be captured by anyone holding a camera! It doesn't matter if that camera is an entry level point and shoot, a cell phone or an advanced high megapixel DSLR with a monster zoom lens. With camera in hand, you now have the ability to pause time, take a step back and really see what our incredible world has to offer.
Avid birder and wildlife photographer Mark Smith takes you under his wing and shows you how to start capturing your own breathtaking images of birds by explaining everything you need to know about bird photography in an easy to understand conversational tone that makes sense out of the often confusing jargon of the photography world.
Filled with personal stories that demonstrate crucial bird photography facts and overflowing with beautiful bird images that not only inspire but also include all relevant camera settings used to capture them. You will soon be wondering why you aren't spending all of your free time putting birds in the viewfinder of your camera.
Learn valuable birding information like: locating and approaching birds, why birds provide endless opportunities, birding etiquette, what time of the day is best for bird photography, flyways and migration and how weather can influence your odds of locating more birds.
Discover field techniques that take your bird photography to the next level.
Learn how to choose the best camera, lenses and tripods for bird photography.
Fully understand artistic composition techniques like: Framing the shot, Leading Lines, Depth of Field, Texture, Patterns, The Rule of Thirds, Negative Space, The Golden Ratio and more.
Learn how to master your camera by fully understanding priority shooting modes and when to use them.
Take control of your photography by knowing exactly how aperture, shutter speed and ISO affect light and your incredible bird photographs. Full color illustrations make these often confusing concepts simple to understand.
This bird photography book teaches you all of this information and so much more while at the same time encouraging you to get outside and explore our incredible planet all while having fun.
I created this book for a very simple reason: to share my passion for finding and photographing amazing birds with people from all over the world. It doesn't matter if you want to capture incredible images with a cell phone, an entry level point and shoot camera or a high dollar camera with a massive zoom lens. Bird photography is something anyone can do. - Mark Smith
Learn the Art of Bird Photography: The Complete Field Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Photographers and Birders
Learn the Art of Bird Photography is a comprehensive field guide to bird photography so you can create beautiful bird images. Bird photography can be difficult, but with this book, you will learn how to make it easier, and youll learn how to be more successful and create beautiful images. This book contains more information about bird photography techniques than any other book on the market today. There are comprehensive chapters on: how to set up your camera for bird photography, how to master your camera and settings, the best settings for photographing birds in flight for beginners and intermediate photographers, practice sessions at the end of each chapter so youll master the concepts and techniques quickly, the basics of light, composition, exposure, depth of field, how to get the best point of view, and how to get sharp photos. Theres a complete list of the bird photography hot spots in North America by week, so youll know where and when to go! This book is designed to make you successful in your quest to photograph birds and create stunning bird images Tim Boyer is a graduate of the Seattle Audubon Master Birder Program, an award-winning photographer, an experienced instructor and bird photography workshop leader.
Birds of the Photo Ark
For avian enthusiasts, from armchair observers to dedicated life-listers, this brilliant book from acclaimed National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore celebrates the beauty of all birds, great and small.
This elegantly packaged celebration of birds from around the world unites incredible animal portraits from Joel Sartore's distinguished National Geographic Photo Ark project with inspiring text by up-and-coming birder Noah Strycker. It includes hundreds of species, from tiny finches to charismatic eagles; brilliant toucans, intricate birds of paradise, and perennial favorites such as parrots, hummingbirds, and owls also make colorful appearances. Everyone who cares about birds--from the family with a bird feeder outside the kitchen window to the serious birder with a life list of thousands--will flock to this distinctive and uplifting book.
Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior
In Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior, acclaimed bird photographer and author Marie Read shares techniques and stories behind her compelling images, offering fresh insights into making successful bird photographs, whether youre out in the field or in the comfort of your own backyard.
In this richly illustrated book, youll learn how to be in the right place at the right time and how to obtain tack sharp portraits, and then take your skills to the next level in order to capture action shots, illustrate birds in their habitats, and portray birds in evocative and artistic ways.
Building on basic technical topics such as camera choice, lens choice, and camera settings, Marie reveals how fieldcraft, compositional decisions, and knowledge of bird behavior contribute greatly to a successful bird photograph. Captions for the over 400 images contained in the book provide details on the equipment used, as well as camera settings. Throughout the book, bird behavior insights provide bird photographers of all skill levels a wealth of essential insider information that will help you produce images that stand out from the crowd.
Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography
Photographing birds in your backyard is a convenient, rewarding, and addictive adventure. Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography is a guide to that pursuit. In this book, author and wildlife photographer J. Chris Hansen teaches techniques for creating professional-quality images of the subjects right in your yard.
This book covers all aspects of backyard bird photography, including the best camera equipment to use and the basics of attracting birds using bird feeders, perches, backgrounds, and photo blinds. You'll learn about the common camera settings and composition styles used to create outstanding backyard bird images.
This book also offers ideas and examples of ways to exhibit your photography, including step-by-step instructions for a variety of fun, easy projects for the do-it-yourselfer. Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography contains a collection of beautiful, detailed images that illustrate the important aspects of creating stunning photographs of the birds right in your backyard.
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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Backyard Guides)
Essential for the millions of Americans who watch and feed birds in their backyardswhether experienced birders or new birding enthusiastsfrom the experts at National Geographic and co-author of the popular and perennial best seller Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
No matter where you livein the country, city, a high-rise or housethis handy guide will quench your curiosity about the feathered creatures in your midst. It features 150 of the most common and interesting birds likely to be observed at backyard feeders, nesting nearby or just migrating through. An indispensable visual index of all 150 species appears on the inside front and back laminated covers, making identification a snap.
Beginning with Backyard Basics, an easy-to-follow, richly illustrated presentation on observing and identifying birdswith tips on attracting and feeding your favorite birds, birdhouses, and bird-friendly landscapes to entice nestingthe book is full of National Geographics iconic field guide images and maps.
Core species on everyones listsuch as robins, woodpeckers, bluebirds and chickadeesare featured in two-page spreads including practical tips with additional imagery. Sidebars captivate with interesting and little known facts.
- National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America
The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs From National Geographic
An elegant collection of the best artwork and photography from the National Geographic archives depicting the magnificence of birds.
Bird, nature, and art lovers alike will treasure this sumptuous visual celebration of the colors, forms, and behaviors of the winged wonders who share our world as they have been explored, displayed, and revealed throughout the years by National Geographic. The book moves chronologically so readers witness the tremendous growth in our knowledge of birds over the last 130 years, as well as the new frontiers in technology and observation--from luminous vintage paintings and classic black and white photographs to state-of-the art high-speed and telephoto camera shots that reveal moments rarely seen and sights invisible to the human eye. The wide diversity of pictures captures beloved songbirds outside the kitchen window, theatrical courtship dance of birds of paradise, tender moments inside a tern's nest, or the vivid flash of a hummingbird's flight. Readers will delight in seeing iconic species from around the world through the eyes of acclaimed National Geographic wildlife photographers such as Chris Johns, Frans Lanting, Joel Sartore, and Tim Laman and reading excerpted passages from Arthur A. Allen, Roger Tory Peterson, Douglas Chadwick, Jane Goodall, and other great explorers. Exquisitely produced and expertly curated, this visual treasury displays as never before the irresistible beauty, grace, and intelligence of our feathered friends.
Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds
"Youll initially find it hard to believe that these pictures are realbut they are. These are the most beautiful photographs of the worlds most beautiful birds. The birds behavior, richly described in the text, is as remarkable as their appearance. This is a book like no other book."
--Jared Diamond, ornithologist and author of Guns, Germs, and Steel
Eight years. Eighteen expeditions. Fifty-one field sites. Thirty-nine unique species of birds-of-paradise, all photographed in the wild for the first time in history.
We turned our passion for science, photography, and media documentation into a comprehensive vision to share an unparalleled treasure of Earths biodiversity with the world, write biologists and explorers Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes.
These treasures are the spectacular birds-of-paradise, native only to the remote New Guinea region but known the world around for their brilliant colors, otherworldly plumes, and elaborate courtship dances. Now, for the first and perhaps only time, all 39 species of these extraordinary birds are showcased together through the revealing words and exclusive photographs in this landmark book.
- National Geographic Society
Art of Bird Photography: The Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques
From the art of the ancient Egyptians to modern-day currency, birds have long captivated the interest of people with their unmatched beauty and grace, their song and their ability to fly. They inspired Leonardo da Vinci to create designs for a flying machine. And birds continue to be used as symbols, images and metaphors in both literature and poetry. Whether one photographs songbirds in the backyard, or travels to wildlife refuges to observe them in their natural habitat, this hands-on guide to capturing gorgeous images of avian subjects covers all the bases, from buying the right camera equipment to composing the perfect picture. Readers will discover practical guidance and professional advice on such topics as making correct exposures, capturing bird behaviour and action and evaluating and selling work. They'll learn some of the ethical issues related to bird photography, including guidelines on the proper conduct for working in the field and tips for approaching wild birds without causing them undue stress. They'll also find complete information on the best bird-watching spots throughout North America, with advice on the best times to visit and the types of birds that flock to each location. Finally, this source book is filled with more than 200 colour images of egrets, herons, pelicans, ducks, gulls, terns, hawks, falcons and dozens of other remarkable birds in action.
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