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A visual treat with inspiring and practical advice,
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This review is from: 100 Ways to Take Better Nature and Wildlife Photographs (Hardcover)
Even though I have never had a very active interest in this particular subject matter, I bought this title anyway, simply because I have always liked the work of Guy Edwardes. This is a book that can be judged by its cover, because most of the images that it contains are at least as eye catching as that photo of a Godwit. And not only did the images impress me, but so too did almost all aspects of this book.
Given the subject matter, and my experience of some other titles, I half-expected to be told that I should purchase a collection of equipment the value of which would buy a luxury yacht, else I would be doomed to fail. Edwardes tactfully avoids this: he briefly describes his current choice of equipment and what he used when he began in wildlife photography and, while he is realistic about what the subject can demand, he remains fairly realistic about what you really need and what can be achieved with a more modest budget. (Though that is a relative term, so take care if this book hooks you!)
There is a slight impression of some overlap as a result of aiming for a nice round number: I would have been just as likely to buy it if it contained fewer than 100 tips. But that is no matter, because the information is of top quality throughout: clear, realistic, specific, and practical. This is exactly what all guides to photography should aim to achieve, but some otherwise decent books fall a bit short in this respect and end up being rather indistinct and uninformative.
Similarly, this book gets another good mark for providing a good quantity of essential information, including an approximate location, alongside each image. Failure to provide enough data is all too common, but this book does much better than most. The only obvious omission is the time of year at which each photo was taken: I would have found that interesting and very useful, but it is rarely mentioned.
It concludes with the almost obligatory advice about digital post production, but these last few tips are general and as relevant to the subject as all of the others. Edwardes has avoided the usual "this is how you do it in Photoshop" step-by-step instructions that are almost irrelevant to anyone who chooses not to spend so much money on Photoshop CS. Instead, there is only advice that is worth considering when working with wildlife images.
All in all, this really is a very good read, and one which I am sure would be constructive for any relative novice who has never experimented with wildlife photography and may be unsure whether to get into it. On the other hand, it does not patronise the more experienced reader and there is bound to be something here that will make you think. There are some photography writers who could learn a thing or two from Edwardes's concise, focused, and engaging style that delivers practical and encouraging, often inspiring, advice.