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1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you RSPB, 8 Mar 2011
This review is from: RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography (Paperback)
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.
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Initial post: 27 May 2011 03:04:38 BDT
K. Bowell says:
I have just saved 11, thank you. These are the reviews we need.

Posted on 29 Oct 2011 14:58:31 BDT
Matt says:
Thanks for this warning. I'm always a bit suspicious of photography guides which include 'digital' in the title... I know how to operate a digital SLR - it's finding wildlife to photograph that I want help with.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2011 07:38:18 GMT
JamesGW says:
I found this both helpful and inspiring: 'Photographing Animals In The Wild', Andy Rouse, 1999. Written before he was famous.
Out-of-print but well worth looking for s/h. Photographing Animals in the Wild (Photographic hints & tips)

I have uncovered some useful books using 'fieldcraft' and 'bird watching' tags, and nowadays there are 'wilderness' and 'survival' possibilities. Would you accept a personal tip? Don't settle down in a hide, in a remote location, on the outside of a bend of a rough track, on the same day as an off-road rally comes through!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2011 12:16:59 GMT
Matt says:
That book looks really useful mate thanks, added it to my wish list :) The tip about rallies definitely sounds like a good one too haha!

Posted on 24 Nov 2011 16:19:46 GMT
Jane Ford says:
Very useful comments by B Webber. I am looking for a wildlife photography book which uses a digital camera NOT a book about digital photography - so won't be buying this now! Thanks B Webber for saving me some money!!
Jane Dwyer

Posted on 28 Nov 2011 09:35:25 GMT
Michelle says:
Thanks for the review - was thinking of ordering this book but your review indicates that this isn't the kind of thing I want. So very helpful - thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2012 11:40:05 BDT
JamesGW says:
Thanks for your positive feedback Jane.

I have found my copy of the Andy Rouse book that I mentioned above and listed it at the lowest price. If you (or other feedbackers here) don't snap it up, I'll probably nudge the price up to be in line with the other sellers.

Good luck.

Photographing Animals in the Wild (Photographic hints & tips)
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