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The Handbook of Bird Photography [Kindle Edition]

Markus Varesvuo , Jari Peltomaki , Bence Mate
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Handbook of Bird Photography distills the knowledge, talent, and experience of three well-known professional wildlife photographers into one beautifully illustrated volume. Written in a manner that is easy to understand, this book offers fresh insight and practical tips that will broaden horizons for nature and bird photographers. The authors share their stories showcasing photographs for which they have received awards in major international wildlife photo competitions.

In this book, you'll learn about all of the elements that lead to a great bird photograph, including:

  • The bird photographer's equipment
  • Shooting techniques: exposure, focus, how to show movement and freeze action, etc.
  • In the field: bird behavior, hides, and how to attract birds
  • How to use light and compose and crop images
  • The best sites for finding and photographing birds


You'll also learn how to show, share, promote, and sell your photographs.

Bird photography is a brilliant way to spend your free time, and for some it's a career. This book helps beginners get the hang of things quickly and accurately, and offers field-specific expertise for more experienced photographers.


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About the Author

Markus Varesvuo is a world-renowned bird photographer who has an uncanny knack for capturing action. While working in the business world for over 20 years, Markus ran a parallel life of bird watching and photography that began in his early teens. In 2005 he became a full-time professional bird photographer and has since written several books and received a number of awards for his photographs. His book Birds: Magic Moments was released by New Holland Publishers in late 2011 in six different languages. In 2010, he won the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in the Birds category.

Markus is focused on European birds and works as eagerly with everyday species as he does with those that are more rare. He doesn’t photograph birds in captivity or use a flash, as he prefers to photograph birds in their natural environment.

Jari Peltomaki is an internationally acclaimed bird photographer and tour operator based in Finland. His thirty-plus years of experience in the field is evident in his books, articles, and talks. Though bird photography is his main interest, his photo library includes other wildlife as well, photographed both in Finland and abroad.

Since 2007, Jari has chaired the Professional Nature Photographers of Finland Association. His photographs regularly receive awards in international competitions and have received several awards in the Veolia Environnement (BBC) Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. He is the director of Finnature, Finland's leading wildlife tour operator.

Bence Mate is a young and exceptionally talented wildlife photographer. Growing up in a small rural village in the Hungarian plains, a birder's paradise, Bence studied nature, his biggest interest. Most of his spare time was spent fishing, hunting, or bird watching, and he built his first hide at the age of 14.

At a time when Hungary had yet to see its first professional wildlife photographer, Bence decided to become one. He has since won numerous awards for wildlife photography, including the Veolia Environnement (BBC) Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in 2010. In 2006, he started a nature photo tourism business, and his innovations in wildlife photograph-custom-built hides, tripods, and one-way glass-have caught the interest of many photographers. In 2010, Bence published his first book, The Invisible Photographer.

Eagerly tapping into all the possibilities offered by continuous technical evolution, Bence focuses on action photography of wild birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. He lives in Pusztaszer on his farm, which is also his business headquarters. He has built photography centers in Costa Rica and Brazil.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 186112 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (16 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C50OAU4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Handbook Of Bird Photography 20 May 2013
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This book is surely destined to become the bird photographer's 'Bible'. It is a weighty tome with superb images, most of which I have never seen in any publication before. It covers many topics not usually mentioned in books of this sort. I would fully recommend it to anyone interested in bird photography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bird photography book I have read 20 Aug. 2013
By ConorM
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This is an immensely well written book on an increasingly popular and highly competitive area. The book not only presents some terrific pictures but goes into a lot of detail in explaining how to get them. I found the insights really advanced my learning as they come from truly experienced professionals who know what they are talking about. It is so easy to read and not full of jargon or difficult technical stuff. Simply the best bird photography book that I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous 28 Dec. 2014
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This is a fabulous book. I could spend all my time just marvelling at the photos, but there is tons of really good advice interestingly written. I can pick it up and browse or settle down to read a particular chapter. The only problem is that the photos are so fantastic, I keep getting carried away ! When I drag myself back to reading, the authors are not writing as if I have never seen a camera before. They are writing in an interesting and informative way. The only problem is that the "action" is often in Scandinavia with unpronounceable names - places I will never visit. I live in England which doesn't feature in the book. However, birds are birds, and it is possible to take the comments and advise and fit it to your location, time and budget. The photos in the book are just breathtaking. Anyone who can take photos like this has got to be worth listening too and have fascinating stories to tell. They are also entitled to some of the hefty price tag, but I just can't see why you would ever want to buy another bird photography book. If you like this fascinating hobby - treat yourself to this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book for bird photographers... 5 Oct. 2013
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I liked this book. It is full of useful hints and tips but avoids dwelling on technical matters - important as they date so quickly - and it uses a great selection of high-class photos to illustrate points. It's a pleasure to browse through and I am sure I will return to flick the pages again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST 30 Jan. 2014
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A fabulous book written by some of the best in the business. I can't tell you how many excellent tips I have picked up but it was a lot.
THE Book to have on this subject. Now I just need a ticket to get back to Bence's farm in Hungary again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have guide for any bird photographer 15 July 2014
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Contains an enormous amount of information on so many aspects of bird photography. It can be read at several levels: by the beginner, it is a useful source of tips and inspiration; for the more experienced photographer, there is detailed guidance on some many aspects of the subject. And the photographs are beautiful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide very instructive 8 Aug. 2013
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photo captions are most useful and the text thorough and informative -- inspires you to do better; photos are well chosen to illustrate the text
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very instructive with many high quality images. 26 July 2013
By james
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Beautifully put together and lavishly illustrated. More comprehensive than many books I have come across which cover this specific field.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
So glad I bought this book, have learned a lot.
Published 12 days ago by Peter Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny.
For anyone with the slightest interest in bird photography, this book is a must. Not only are the images inspiring, the three co-authors let you into the secrets of how they... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars As it says on the cover THE HANDBOOK
By far the best book on the subject that I've ever been lucky enough to read. Interesting, amusing and technically informative indeed, but that's not to mention the photos which... Read more
Published 18 months ago by GALT
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book
This book gives excellent pointers even for the notice.

Both technical and the obvious about learning a great deal of patience. Read more
Published 19 months ago by G. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice book on bird photography
Very well printed and bound, full of useful information and the stunning photos alone make it worth purchasing. Highly recommended!
Published 19 months ago by MKN
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration to Photographers
Having previously purchased BIRDS - MAGIC MOMENTS by Markus Varesvo ...and been impressed by the quality of the images... Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. Goddard
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and informative
I recommend this to anyone interested in bird photography. Excellent information, covers equipment and techniques well, and full of excellent images (with explanations of how they... Read more
Published 20 months ago by John B
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