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The author's goal in writing this book was to demystify landscape, nature, and wildlife photography. The ability to observe and capture beautiful images doesnt always come easy, but if you understand the equipment and techniques involved, youre one step closer to becoming a competent photographer of the wonders of nature. This book will help you Understand the various aspects of nature photography Know which equipment you need to become a competent landscape, nature, and wildlife photographer Learn how to safely and effectively photograph wildlife in state parks Master photography of nesting, wading, and flying birds Discover and use creative tips and techniques

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  • In Color Doug Sahlin Author of Digital SLR Settings and Shortcuts For Dummies Use the right equipment, settings, and lighting Get superior shots of birds, animals in their native habitats, and flowers Capture exceptional views of mountains, forests, and sunsets IN FULL COLOR! Learn to: Digital Landscape & Nature Photography Making Everything Easier! Open the book and find: Things to consider when shooting outdoors Flash techniques for natural settings How to capture birds in flight Secrets of getting great shots in inclement weather Where to find the animals Enhancing effects you can get with Lensbaby Hints for photographing water How to get the shot while protecting the environment Doug Sahlin is both an accomplished photographer and a skilled tech writer. He authored the popular Digital Photography Workbook For Dummies and Digital SLR Settings and Shortcuts For Dummies and coauthored Nikon D5000 For Dummies. View Dougs online gallery and blog at www.dougplusrox.com. Photography/Techniques/Digital $29.99 US / $35.99 CN / 21.99 UK ISBN 978-1-118-06512-9 Go to Dummies.com for videos, step-by-step examples, how-toarticles,ortoshop! So you long to preserve the beauty of that sunset or capture that hummingbird in flight? Photographing the natural world is an art, and this book reveals its secrets. Whether youre a neophyte photographer or simply new to nature photography, youll find what you need to know about equipment, exposure, lighting, lenses, composition, and much more. The nature of your equipment select the right camera, lenses, and accessories for outdoor use Composeyourmasterpieceexploretheelementsofgoodcomposition and how to apply them creatively to nature photography Be prepared anticipate changing weather conditions, protect your equipment from the elements, and operate safely in the wild Focus on details get specific guidance on photographing birds, animals,wildflowers,insects,forests,rivers,mountains,andtheocean Make it even better capture an incredible panorama with HDR techniques Learn how to photograph the most spectacular subject of all nature DigitalLandscape& NaturePhotography DigitalLandscape& NaturePhotography Sahlin

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DigitalLandscape& NaturePhotography FOR DUMmIES 01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd i01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd i 7/26/11 12:02 AM7/26/11 12:02 AM 01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd ii01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd ii 7/26/11 12:02 AM7/26/11 12:02 AM by Doug Sahlin DigitalLandscape& NaturePhotography FOR DUMmIES 01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd iii01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd iii 7/26/11 12:02 AM7/26/11 12:02 AM Digital Landscape & Nature Photography For Dummies Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 111 River Street Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774 www.wiley.com Copyright 2011 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana Published simultaneously in Canada No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning or otherwise, except as permitted under Sections 107 or 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act, without either the prior written permission of the Publisher, or authorization through payment of the appropriate per-copy fee to the Copyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, (978) 750-8400, fax (978) 646-8600. 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If you have purchased a version of this book that did not include media that is referenced by or accompanies a standard print version, you may request this media by visiting http://booksupport.wiley.com. For more information about Wiley products, visit us at www.wiley.com. Library of Congress Control Number: 2011934632 ISBN: 978-1-118-06512-9 (pbk); 978-1-118-14628-6 (ebk); 978-1-118-14629-3 (ebk); 978-1-118-14630-9 (ebk) Manufactured in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd iv01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd iv 7/26/11 12:02 AM7/26/11 12:02 AM About the Author Doug Sahlin is an author and photographer living in Venice, Florida. He is a profes- sional photographer specializing in fine-art photography. He also photographs wed- dings and events and writes books about computer applications like Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Photoshop. Dougs latest books have been about digital photography. In the past years, hes written Digital Photography Workbook For Dummies, Digital Portrait Photography For Dummies, and Canon EOS 7D For Dummies. To find out more about Doug and see some of his work, check out www.dasdesigns.net. 01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd v01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd v 7/26/11 12:02 AM7/26/11 12:02 AM 01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd vi01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd vi 7/26/11 12:02 AM7/26/11 12:02 AM Dedication Dedicated to Roxanne, the nicest girl on the face of the earth, the love of my life, and one of the best photographers I know. Authors Acknowledgments Thanks to Steve Hayes for bringing this project to fruition. Kudos to Nicole Sholly for spearheading this project and making sure nothing slipped through the cracks. Many thanks to Debbye Butler for making sure the text was letter perfect. A tip of the hat to Ron Rockwell for posing insightful questions and making sure the work is technically accurate. Thanks to Margot Hutchison for working out the contractual end of the project. Thanks to my friends, fellow authors, and fellow photographers for their never-ending support. A tip of the paw to Niki and her little brother Micah for being great furballs and a never- ending source of comic relief. Thanks to Ted and Karen for their friendship and support. And many thanks to Roxanne, the best photographer I know and the nicest girl on the face of the earth. I love you, Nature Girl. 01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd vii01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd vii 7/26/11 12:02 AM7/26/11 12:02 AM Publishers Acknowledgments Were proud of this book; please send us your comments at http://dummies.custhelp.com. For other comments, please contact our Customer Care Department within the U.S. at 877-762-2974, outside the U.S. at 317-572-3993, or fax 317-572-4002. Some of the people who helped bring this book to market include the following: Acquisitions, Editorial Project Editor: Nicole Sholly Executive Editor: Steve Hayes Copy Editor: Debbye Butler Technical Editor: Ron Rockwell Editorial Manager: Kevin Kirschner Editorial Assistant: Amanda Graham Sr. Editorial Assistant: Cherie Case Composition Services Senior Project Coordinator: Kristie Rees Layout and Graphics: Joyce Haughey, Clint Lahnen, Jill A. Proll, Erin Zeltner Proofreaders: Laura Bowman, Jessica Kramer Indexer: Christine Karpeles Publishing and Editorial for Technology Dummies Richard Swadley, Vice President and Executive Group Publisher Andy Cummings, Vice President and Publisher Mary Bednarek, Executive Acquisitions Director Mary C. Corder, Editorial Director Publishing for Consumer Dummies Kathy Nebenhaus, Vice President and Executive Publisher Composition Services Debbie Stailey, Director of Composition Services 01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd viii01_9781118065129-ffirs.indd viii 7/26/11 12:02 AM7/26/11 12:02 AM Contents at a Glance Introduction ........................................................................1 Part I: Nature Photography and You .....................................7 Chapter 1: Nature and Digital Photography............................................................................... 9 Chapter 2: Choosing Your Equipment ...................................................................................... 33 Chapter 3: Mastering Your Equipment ..................................................................................... 53 Part II: Honing Your Skills .................................................73 Chapter 4: Composing the Image............................................................................................... 75 Chapter 5: Mastering Shadow and Light................................................................................... 95 Chapter 6: Creativity and the Nature Photographer............................................................. 121 Part III: Photographing Nature.........................................139 Chapter 7: Birds ......................................................................................................................... 141 Chapter 8: Animals .................................................................................................................... 165 Chapter 9: Flowers and Insects................................................................................................ 185 Part IV: Photographing Landscapes...................................210 Chapter 10: The Land, Rivers, and Oceans............................................................................. 213 Chapter 11: Sunrise and Sunset ............................................................................................... 243 Chapter 12: HDR Landscapes................................................................................................... 261 Part V: The Part of Tens ...................................................272 Chapter 13: Ten (Plus One) Ways to Process and Share Your Images............................... 275 Chapter 14: Ten Troubleshooting Techniques: What Would Ansel Do? ............................ 297 Chapter 15: Ten Landscape and Nature Images .................................................................... 307 Index ..............................................................................328 02_9781118065129-ftoc.indd ix02_9781118065129-ftoc.indd ix 7/27/11 10:06 AM7/27/11 10:06 AM 02_9781118065129-ftoc.indd x02_9781118065129-ftoc.indd x 7/26/11 12:45 PM7/26/11 12:45 PM Contents Introduction.........................................................................1 About This Book.......................................................................................................... 1 Conventions Used in This Book................................................................................. 1 What You Dont Have to Read.................................................................................... 2 Foolish Assumptions................................................................................................... 2 How This Book Is Organized...................................................................................... 2 Part I: Nature Photography and You............................................................... 3 Part II: Honing Your Skills................................................................................. 3 Part III: Photographing Nature ......................................................................... 3 Part IV: Photographing Landscapes................................................................ 4 Part V: The Part of Tens.................................................................................... 4...

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