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Photographing Nature: A photo workshop from Brooks Institute's top nature photography instructor

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  • Copyright 2010
  • Dimensions: 8 X 9-1/8
  • Pages: 320
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-63754-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-63754-3

25 years of nature photography instruction in one gorgeous, full-color, hands-on course

Anyone can photograph nature—just step outside and you’re on location. But becoming a good nature photographer takes expert training. In Photographing Nature, Ralph Clevenger, whose images have appeared in such publications as Nature’s Best and National Geographic, shares the techniques he’s been personally using and teaching to aspiring photographers for the last 25 years in his popular nature photography course at the elite Brooks Institute.

In this stunning, four-color course-in-a-book, each chapter opens with a spectacular photo spread from the natural world that Clevenger uses to illustrate themes and techniques essential to mastering nature photography. Just as he does in his classroom at Brooks, Clevenger explains how each photo was captured, the tools and techniques used, and typical problems related to capturing such a photo, along with solutions. Chapters also include sample Q&A sessions as well as assignments you can try yourself.

By the time you’ve worked through all of the techniques in this beautiful, yet informative book, you’ll not only photograph the world differently, you’ll see it differently as well. With a foreword by George Lepp, one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers.

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Photographing Nature: Not Everything's Black-and-White

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Table of Contents

Foreword    x
Introduction    xii

1. Play nice    2
Ethics
Knowledge and creativity
Equipment
Becoming part of the solution
Questions and Answers

2. You need more stuff?    24
Stuff
Practice
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers

3. It’s all about the light    50
Qualities of light
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

4. Not everything’s black-and-white    74
The color of nature
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

5. Flash! And you’re in control    92
Light at 1/20,000 of a second
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

6. Wet-belly photography    110
Finding flowers and chasing bugs
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

7. Garden variety shots    128
Nature so close
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

8. The wonder of wildlife    146
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

9. An ounce of prevention    166
Zoos
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

10. Land, sea, and sky    186
The wide view
Telling the story
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

11. Looking through the frame    206
The frame
Composing the image
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

12. What are you looking at?    228
Preconceptions
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

13. On the road    248
Road trip
A ‘typical day’ of shooting
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

14. Back in the lab    272
Becoming the lab
Manipulation
Equipment
Lighting
Questions and Answers
Assignments to try

Appendix: Resources
Index

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