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Birdwatchers Guide to Digital Photography Paperback – 12 Jun 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ilex Press; 01 edition (12 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904705847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904705840
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.1 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 845,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book should be any aspiring bird photographer's bible. Stunning pictures and a wealth of expert advice. -- Digital Camera Buyer Magazine, July 2006

About the Author

David Tipling is one of the world's top wildlife photographers. He has earned many awards for his distinctive imagery, including the prestigious European Nature Photographer of the Year award for his documentary coverage of Emperor Penguins. A wildlife specialist, David has, for the past two decades, travelled the world in pursuit of his passion for bird photography. The author of several previous books, including Bird Photography and Collins Top Birding Spots, David has also written numerous articles for birdwatching and photography magazines.

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This is an excellent and compact little book for both the serious amateur and the novice. It contains a range of beautiful photographs of birds taken by David Tipling, but more importantly it is laid out in a clearly defined and logical sequence and takes you through the equipment you will need with an explanation of the terminology, the techniques to employ both in taking high quality digital images and the fieldcraft needed to access birds in their most desirable surroundings. Throughout the book the guidance is not too jargon-ridden or technical and should hold no fears for those either new to digital photography or transferring from conventional film.

The final section is devoted to the digital 'dark-room' and deals with what is possibly most daunting to newcomers - PC based post-processing. Again, the clear language and accompanying illustrations make the guidance easy to absorb and although I expect to be returning to this section fairly regularly before I become anything like proficient, the attraction of the book is that you can dip into it and absorb the lessons in bite sized chunks. Overall the book is comprehensive and compelling and makes you want to reach for your camera and try the techniques for yourself. Certainly one of the best books I've read on the subject.
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You are never to old to learn. I bought this book half expecting to be submerged in jargon and was very pleased to find that it was written with words the average snapper will understand. In fact the only really confusing bit for me was the foreword on Page 7. 'Written' by Chris Packham but adorned with a photo of some chap with a moustache and specs and carrying the signature of what looked like JK Galbraith? This is either a compositor error or some subtle joke that went over my head!
The book itself was a clear and quite concise guide in three sections, The Kit, the Birds and the Editing. References in the former sections to technical stuff were clearly cross referenced to the relevant bit in Section 3. I found this very helpful indeed as was the natural progression from one subject to another.
There is something in this little book for everyone, be they just taking their first tentative steps with a new hobby or already an established and accomplished photographer. The language was clear enough and apart from the strange Foreword the only thing that jarred was the occasional use of American nomenclature for certain European Species. But at least the author spelled 'Grey' correctly so he can be forgiven.
A great little book that deserves a place on everyone's shelf. Now I am off to find out what a Histogram is and why my camera has not got one!
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By Doccox TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2016
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Birdwatchers Guide to Digital Photography
As a “bad “birdwatcher rather than a twitcher, I still have an interest in identifying birds seen ( usually from photographs taken) , whether in the back garden or on travels round the world. It is also nice to have pictures of birds in their natural habitats. A picture is worth at least a thousand words when identifying which species – particularly in the case of juveniles, females and males in non breeding plumage.
This is a fairly slim volume ( 143 pages, published 2006) but adequately covers the following areas:-
Equipment and its use (Compacts vs. DSLR’s).
The book starts with the compact vs. DSLR debate .( Back in 2006 the former had only 3-5xzoom lenses and the latter had the advantage of interchangeable lenses / better telephoto BUT the advent of 30x zooms and multiprogramme compacts has closed the gap somewhat. Several compacts also have the benefit of being better for attaching to digiscopes .DSLR’s are still somewhat more flexible for achieving differential focus ) .Other (DSLR) essential items are then reviewed (lenses , tripods ,beanbags) .We move onto correct exposure ( use of histograms) , shutter speeds for freezing action ( or allowing motion blur) and apertures to control depth of field .Which memory card to use and which is the” best” format for the primary image ( JPEG vs. RAW) is reviewed
Part 2 covers field craft in finding and photographing the birds in the best environments Garden, Urban, sea, water fowl, birds of prey, birds in flight, lighting and many others. Stalking, general field craft, use of hides and remote control shots are also covered as are travel abroad, use of digiscopes
Part 3 covers Digital Photo Editing (Image processing) – to get the best out of the mages taken.
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The Birdwatcher's Guide to Digital Photography At first sight, this publication appears thinner than might be expected and it's true that the content only scratches the surface of the subject. However, the content is so thoughtfully selected and the illustrative photos so stimulating, that one picks up a bundle of ideas very quickly and retains them for use in the field. A quality publication which only falls short of 5 stars through the occasional want of detail.
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