Book Review: 100 Ways to Take Better Nature & Wildlife Photographs

Posted on 16. Nov, 2009 by in Everything, Reviews

9780715331491(I’m going to be giving away a copy of the book being reviewed below.  Keep reading to discover details on how you can enter the contest to be eligible to win.)

I recently got my hands on a book called “100 Ways To Take Better Nature & Wildlife Photographs” by Guy Edwardes and published by David & Charles.  I’m a big believer in life-long learning and will readily devour any new information that I can get my hands on.

Although I believe the primary market for Guy’s book is a non-professional photographer, I almost always find a couple of tips in most books that either remind me of something I already knew but hadn’t used recently, or, and even better, I learn something new.

The book is laid out by topic and has ten f tips under each section.  The topics include:

  • Nature & Wildlife Photography Basics
  • Technical Considerations
  • Fieldcraft
  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Photographing Birds & Animals
  • Photographing Flora & Fungi
  • Close-Ups in Nature
  • Photographing the Seasons
  • Digital Camera & Post Production

For my fellow North American readers it is useful to point out that Guy is a resident of the UK and some of the terms he uses are more common in the UK and Europe than they are here, but they are still readily understood.

I found the organization of the book to be well thought out and really enjoyed that Guy stresses ideas like patience and perserverance in the first section of the book along with a discussion of ethics, a topic I consider largely ignored by many nature and wildlife photographers.

Guy’s book is rife with excellent imagery to illustrate his points and it is obvious that Guy is an extremely accomplished photographer.

If I had a critique of the book it is that almost everything seems like a tip.  For example there are tips that include “Choose the best focal length”, “Use long telephoto lenses”, “Use wide-angle lenses”, and “Use zoom lenses”.  This is all true and most accomplished wildlife and nature photographers have these tools in their tool boxes, but it almost felt a little too obvious to me.  What helps though is the discussion of these tips and the way the subject is explained so that the reader gets an understanding of where they could use the tools.

In summary, this book is a great overview of 100 different tips for photographing wildlife and nature subjects and it will be a great addition to any budding photographer.  I’d rate it 3.5 out of 5.

I’ll be giving away a copy of this book to one of my lucky readers.  To enter the draw, all you need to do is follow me on Twitter and/or subscribe to my email newsletter.  If you do both, you’ll be entered twice into the draw.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, the 25th of November, 2009.

I’ve got a number of different give aways planned for the next little while so if you’re interested in wildlife and nature photography, make sure you get yourself entered.

Congratulations to Leslie D. of New Castle, PA, winner of this contest – November 25, 2010.

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3 Responses to “Book Review: 100 Ways to Take Better Nature & Wildlife Photographs”

  1. VictorianCobweb

    18. Nov, 2009

    What a timely article, and a great site. I spent most of this past weekend on my m-i-l’s acreage taking photos with my 5 yr old Nikon Coolpix 4800 – not a pro camera or anything close. But I did get some really great shots – I think. Did miss the 8 point buck passing through though!

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