Wildlife Photography Paperback – 8 Jul 2010
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About the Author
Uwe Skrzypczak is both known as a photographer and author in Europe and has won some prestigeous wildlife photo awards.
He got involved in photography way back in the darkroom days and has made the transition to digital when the first Nikon DSLRs were available. Since then, his interests and passion have moved from architectural to wildlife photography with an emphasis on the east african wildlife habitats and a growing interest in the animal migration patterns within the Seregenti ecosystem.
Uwe Skrzypczak regularly teaches workshops on wildlife photography in East Africa.
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So often this type of book shows a few topical images and then regurgitates the same basic stuff around the basics of selecting and using equipment. This book is different. There is a short section on equipment which I don't fully agree with as it seems to suggest that you need the best pro gear or you will be severely disadvantaged. But the book then redeems itself by describing in detail, and from a photographers point of view, the annual cycle of the wildebeest migration within this magical ecosystem. The various regions which the wildebeest pass through and the various other animals impacted are described in suifficient detail to help you plan a productive photographic trip. If only this book had been available when I first start to visit this part of the world with my camera.....
Not perfect but still worthy of a 5 star rating.
My advice would be to buy this book, plan a trip to East Africa and enjoy your photography. If you can't afford the latest kit too then do the trip anyway, you will get more great pictures than you will by buying the latest kit and staying at home :-)
If you would like some more free guidance check out some of the trip reports on my website [...].
I bought this book for my husband. He loves photography and we're going to Africa. Thought it would give an insight to techniques/tips etc. The description on the back: 'On Safari with Your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow'... 'to teach the technical aspects and work-flow of digital wildlife photography....to provide a guide for the photographer who is planning to go on an African photo safari....showing which techniques are ideal....PERFECT FOR THE BEGINNING WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER'. An ideal birthday present I thought!
Photos excellent, accompaning text a put down.
Chapter 1. Equipment
The equipment used and advised costs in the region of £30,000. Not perfect for the beginning wildlife photographer! The author then states 'If, however, your budget is limited' (in today's economy, who's isn't?) 'you will have to strike a compromise between money and your own photographic aspirations' - read that as you will, but by page 10 my husband had completely lost any appeal he had had for the rest of the book.
My husband was disappointed. I was gutted! The advice given is based around this £30,000 'professional' equipment. Any person who has/can afford this equipment does not need this book.
On a plus side the photos are remarkable(they should as Uwe Skrzypczak uses his 'professional'...'no budget limit' equipment in all) and the book will make a handy coffee table flip-through and look at pretty picture type book.
I would be interested to know who Uwe Skrzypczak was intending this book for.
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First, I woke up from pixel peeping, gear-focused discussions and so on. We tend to do that, don't we? Photography is about taking pictures, and Uwe shows what's possible if you use your camera as a tool with the right settings at the right location to the right time. He showed me how lazy I got when it comes to getting up early, scouting locations and visiting them at the right time. Plus, his explanations to the usage of the RAW format are a must read. Overall, Uwe's passion for photography is on every page on this book. He writes in an easy to read manner, plus he's quite funny. It's not a quite technical read - if you expect that, buy another book.
Second, I feel the urgent need to visit South Africa and especially the Serengeti. I plan to go there in 2012. Not bad for a book about Wildlife Photography, eh? This book's not about "settings for your DSLR that always work while shooting lions" or "fancy pictures taken with a DSLR" (there are impressive pictures inside!) - it's about "photography" and that's still an act you have to do for yourself and you have to be prepared for - mentally and technically. This book aids on both aspects.
I have used similar techniques shooting other wildlife outside of east Africa.
Lighting is the key to any good photography and it's use and exposure techniques are really well explained in this book.
The book is extemely well published and the imagery is striking and sharp, but what really makes this a worthwhile book is the text and the love of the art of photography that is expressed by Uwe.
This book is very difficult not to recommend to anyone interested in wildlife photography. Following the techniques in this book will have to improve your images.
For much of the technical information, you need to read the captions under the beautiful photographs. My only real complaint about this book is that the EXIF data is printed in light grey font, making it difficult to read. Looking at the photos, the effect he gets, and the info about how he shot the photo is quite informative and I would like it to be easier to see.
Even though the book has several chapters on specific geographic areas, much of the information in those chapters is applicable to similar areas.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to capture quality images of East African wildlife, at least for the inspiration if for no other reason. But if you are willing to read, including the captions, you will get much more than just inspiration.
And I think I was right. Although my trip is going to be in a different area I was able to pick up quite a few pointers that will be helpful I am sure. Mr Skrzypczak shows how he has been able to take some fantastic shots.
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