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Shame on you RSPB
on 8 March 2011
My review is for the 2nd edition, published March 2011.
I am so disappointed, and very annoyed as you can probably tell. This is NOT a book about wildlife photography, it is a book about DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY with wildlife images as the examples. Of the twelve chapters, only one (Ch.3 "Field techniques") is specific to getting pictures of wildlife and most of it would be obvious to anyone taking binoculars on walks. Do we really want to pay good money to be told we could go to a zoo, take photographs from a car? Not just in a list of ideas, or even a sentence each, but whole sections on the subject.
As for the other material, I am sure there are better sources for understanding exposures, depth-of-field, handling RAW files, backing up files, printing, and so on. You notice there is no "Look Inside" for this book, so you don't know what you are getting and the title is just a marketing ploy.
If it were somewhere near £7, it might be attractive for the pretty pictures (alright, for the great images from David Tipling). But it is certainly not the claimed "ultimate reference book for all aspiring and established natural history photographers".
In my opinion, there is a certain amount of dishonesty associated with the publication of this book, and I hope RSPB officers can sleep at night.