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Photographing Trees

In Photographing Trees renowned wildlife photographer Edward Parker shares his expertise so that both amateurs and experts can get the best shots possible. As the author writes, “The wonderful thing about photography is that anyone can take a great picture almost regardless of the equipment. . . . The trick is seeing how the camera ‘sees’ and learning to turn whatever conditions you are faced with to your advantage.”

This inspiring yet simple guide shows readers how to get the very best from their cameras whether they are using point-and-shoot compacts or top-of-the-range DSLRs. The first section of the book explains how the brain perceives an image and how to use this understanding to produce great photos through better composition, use of light, and conscious use of foreground and background. In the second section, Parker explains techniques on how to control images through aperture, shutter speed, exposure, and using a flash or a tripod. The author also details more advanced techniques such as macro, fill flash, and night photography.
 
Throughout the book, Parker uses trees as a subject for developing techniques, and the skills taught through their study comprise the essential foundation for all good photography. Featuring stunning examples from all over the world, Photographing Trees is the perfect guide for all aspiring, amateur, and professional natural history and plant photographers, especially those who have trees in their sights.


120 pages | 120 color plates | 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 | © 2012

Art: Photography

Biological Sciences: Botany


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Reviews

"This book is a wonderful guide to a variety of photographic techniques—from composition and camera use to lighting and exposure. . . . [T]his excellent guide can help you become a better photographer one leaf at a time."

Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler | Photographer's Forum

Table of Contents

Foreword by by Scott Poynton
Introduction

Part One: How to Improve Your Photographs
    Composition
    Foreground
    Background
    Light
    Lens effects
    Viewpoint
    Organisation and planning ahead
Part Two: How to Take Control of Your Camera
    Taking control of exposure
    Focus
    Using aperture priority (A or AV)
    Shutter
    Flash
    Image quality
Part Three: How to Photograph Trees
    Whole tree
    Filling the frame
    Tree trunks
    Leaves
    Bark
    Fruits, seeds and flowers
    Woods and forests
    Scale

Conclusion

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