Wildlife Photography: Great Shots not snapshots

by Staff

Laurie Excell panorama

Wildlife PhotographyPlanning your vacation? Going into the wilds? Take this along and you'll be able to capture the experience in its fullest! In Wildlife Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, author and wildlife photographer Laurie Excell shows you how to get the best shots of birds, bears, and bugs–whether you’re on safari, on vacation, or on a nature walk around your own backyard.

Wildlife Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Starting with the basics of equipment, camera settings, and exposure, Laurie covers the fundamentals of lighting and composition in capturing (in-camera!) a menagerie’s worth of animals, with a particular focus on mammals and birds. The book is packed with details on what seasons are best for photographing different animals, tips on the best locations to photograph them, and techniques for how to approach even the wiliest subjects. (You can click to see the panorama above much larger)

From Laurie Excell's storm-chasing gallery

Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the wildlife photo you want every time you pick up the camera.

Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Laurie Excell, and you will:

  • Use your camera’s settings to gain full control over the look and feel of your images
  • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more
  • Get tips on research, including field ethics and the best locations for photographing your subjects
  • Learn key techniques for photographing various animals, such as how to approach your subject without disturbing it and how to interpret behavior so that you can anticipate action
  • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter

To be a successful wildlife photographer, you must become a wildlife observer. It takes patience, persistence, and practice to capture more than just snapshots. Getting into this book will prepare you to get the shot or the scene you've spent your hard-earned money to access -- don't settle for snapshots when they can be GREAT shots!

vibrant sunset photograph by Laurie Excell



Wildlife Photography:
      From Snapshots to Great Shots

Free sample chapter : Get to know your subject


Laurie Excell professional wildlife and nature photographerLaurie Excell is a professional wildlife and nature photographer. Her images have been published in Outdoor Photographer, Outdoor Photography (UK), 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. Laurie is also a moderator for the Nikon Digital Learning Center on flickr. Prior to working as a professional photographer, Laurie spent more than two decades in photographic sales, helping pros and hobbyists decide which equipment suited their particular needs. See her work at laurieexcell.com.

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