Mastering bird photography : the art, craft, and technique of photographing birds and their behavior.

In this richly illustrated book, 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. --

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Read, Marie (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: San Rafael, CA : Rocky Nook, 2019.
Edition:1st edition.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Cover; TABLE OF CONTENTS; Foreword; Introduction; Chapter 1 Getting Started in Bird Photography; Be There; Be Prepared; Be Aware; Be Lucky; RAW Power!; Basic Photography Concepts; Chapter 2 Equipment Essentials; Cameras for Bird Photography; Lenses for Bird Photography; Tripods and Other Supports; Accessories; Into the Field; Chapter 3 Focusing and Image Sharpness; The Autofocus System; Basic Settings: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO; Long-Lens Technique for Stability; Evaluating Sharpness; Chapter 4 Getting Close; Location Matters; The Slow Stalk; Become Part of the Scenery
  • Blinds for Bird PhotographyYour Vehicle: The Ideal Movable Blind; Photographing from a Boat; Attracting Birds in the Field; Chapter 5 Seeing the Light; Reading Natural Light; Light Quality; Light Direction; Catchlights; Combining Natural Light with Flash; Chapter 6 Exposure; Taking Control of Exposure; Exposure Modes; Metering Modes; Making and Evaluating Exposures; Solving Real-World Exposure Issues; Going Forward with Exposure; Chapter 7 Composition Basics; Quick-Start Guide to Better Composition; Framing the Image; Avoid Random Amputations; Where to Place the Subject; Background Check
  • The Lowdown on Low-Angle ShootingAperture, Depth of Field, and Background; Head Angle; Visual Rhythm; Cropping to Improve Composition; Follow Your Vision; Chapter 8 Capturing Bird Behavior; The Power of Knowledge; Feeding Methods; Plumage Care: Bathing, Preening, and Flapping; Behavior Cues and the Decisive Moment; Courtship and Mating Rituals; Parents and Young; The Ethics of Nest Photography; Migration and Flocking; Aggression and Conflict; Chapter 9 Beauty Close to Home; The Bird-Friendly Backyard; Take Advantage of Existing Plantings; Backyard Setups; Attracting Bluebirds for Photography
  • Elaborate Sets to Capture Bird BehaviorFeathered Families: Autofocus or Manual Focus?; Backyard Drama: Fight and Flight; Photographing Hummingbirds in Flight; Chapter 10 On the Wing; Optimize Camera Performance for Birds in Flight; Prefocus-and-Wait Strategy for Flying Birds; The Active Approach: Practice and Skill Building; Anticipation! Reading Birds' Preflight Behavior Cues; Flight Paths and Behavior Patterns; Wind Direction; Wing Position; Flocks in Flight; Chapter 11 The Big Picture; Include the Habitat to Tell a Story; Birds in the Landscape; Big Picture Artistry
  • The Composition ProcessChapter 12 Weather, Water, and Mood; Snow; Rain; Frost and Ice; Fog and Mist; Including Water in Bird Photos; Chapter 13 Shooting Outside the Box; Develop Your Creative Vision; Creative Use of Shutter Speed; In a New Light; High-Key Approach; Natural Patterns; Break the Rules!; Creative Editing; Take Risks!; Chapter 14 Basic Image Editing; Image-Editing Software; The RAW Advantage; Workflow; A Word about Sharpening; Photoshop Tips and Tricks; Chapter 15 Bird Photography Hotspots; General Tips; Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California