We made reservations to stay at Old Faithful Inn over a year ago. We spent two weeks this summer in and near Yellowstone. In preparation for the trip, I spent most of the summer slowly reading through John Shaw's Guide to Digital Nature Photography.
How do you take great photographs of the big natural world? Many of us love to take photos today and one of our favorite subjects is nature.
Often, however, our photos are disappointing. What are we doing wrong? How can we take better pictures?
John Shaw's Guide to Digital Nature Photography is a complete guide to taking great digital pictures of nature. It covers thoroughly all the ways to manipulate your digital camera in order to take great digital pictures of nature. It also covers thoroughly all the ways to take manipulate nature in order to take great digital pictures of nature.
This book is an excellent place to start. About half of the book tells about ways to better ways to use the equipment and better ways to compose photos. In the section on equipment, I learned about filters and flashes and metering and tripods and lenses and exposures.
I’m a new photographer, so much of the information about ways to use the equipment was new to me, and some of it was over my head. But if you have more experience as a photographer, it will probably be perfect for you. For me, my favorite part of the book was about ways to better compose the photos. In this section, I learned about lighting, framing, close-ups, and learning to see “photo-graphically.”
So the proof is in the pudding, right? Here are some of the photos I took using ideas from this book:
I know I still have lots more to learn, but I think the book helped.
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