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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952567
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I read this e book going to Town by train. I was so impressed by it's content and subject matter that I had to buy the book. Photographically speaking it is superb. Nearly all the pictures are taken in Africa, with a Nikon D4, 200-400 f4 lens at ISO 100-120, at 1/400th sec. So we know about that on page 1. The author is self critical about depth of field and blades of grass etc. Not really the point, IMHO, it shows the truth, HDR, picture manipulation are all distortions of the truth, that is editing and not photography. Being in the right place at the right time is the most important factor and that is stressed correctly through out the book, even down to which parks in which particular area are best for capturing the kind of pictures you want. This is the first time I have seen this kind of travel data being made available to semi-pros or pros wishing to capture Africa in the camera away from the tourist areas! Not a book for beginners, not a book for a sightseeing, but a volume of detailed information for the wildlife enthusiast who knows how to handle a professional camera(s) but just needs a little guidance/reminder on best practice.
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An excellent introduction for anyone planning a trip the the Serengeti and / or Masai Mara to photograph the wildlife there.

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 [...].
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Wildlife Photography: On Safari with your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow

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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a fantastic book, it goes into great into depth about the equipment in easy to understand manner. Such a wonderful well written in depth book, the best I have ever seen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planing some Photography in Africa? Recommended Book! 27 Dec. 2011
By Fabian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Uwe's Book changed two things for me:
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.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sold under the Wrong Category 21 Feb. 2011
By BirdBrain - Published on Amazon.com
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The title and synopsis of this book are misleading - this is definately not a "general Wildlife Photography" book, as advertised. It should have been called "Predator Photography in East Africa", And even then, it is more about the geographic area than the photgraphy itself. The opening line of Chapter 4, "Planning your Trip" says it all: "This is the most important topic in this book". From there on, everything switches to travel advice and animal background. Uwe is an accomplished photographer, and has some lovely images. But, the most spectacular photo of all - the composite of a running cheetah - is casually dismissed with the comment "[This] was put together using Photoshop and several shots taken with a motor drive sequence", which is of no help to the photographer at all. As other reviewers have correctly said, if your interest is photography, and you want a book on the wildlife specialisation aspect of photography, do not buy this book. But, if you are foreign to Africa, and will be vistiting East Africa for the first time to photograph animals, you will find this book helpful.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Jeff Ornstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am an avid wildlife photgrapher and over the years have developed many techniques similar to those in Uwe Skrzypczal's book. On my own safari's to South Africa and Botswana I have emplyed similar equipmant and followed similar techniques described in this book. However, I have never seen or read a more concise nor accurate description of those techniques.

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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly complete manual 11 Jun. 2011
By Dr. Lois K. Hild - Published on Amazon.com
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The author approaches the subject as if the reader is new to wildlife photography as a profession. In spite of that, the serious amateur can glean quite a bit of useful information from this book. Yes, the equipment recommended is expensive, but so is getting to Africa and to recommend less than optimal equipment and lead the reader to believe they will get optimal results would be doing a disservice. The book is focused on primarily mammals of the East African plains, not just predators as another reviewer has said. The information on knowing animal behavior as it relates to getting good photographs is quite valuable, as are the repeated tips about photographer safety.
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 2 Mar. 2013
By John Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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As I am planning my firstt African photo Safari I thought this might be just what I needed.
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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