Books to Help You With Your Bird Photography

Here is a selection of excellent books to consider as an aid to improving your bird photography


And then become inspired by the beautiful bird photographs that follow the books!


There are books specific to bird photography, others specific to nature photography, and still others on the "art of photography", a book on understanding exposure, and even a book on the effective usage of available outdoor lighting ...


Creative Bird Photography shows how to photograph specific aspects of birds’ lives, such as eating and drinking, courtship and flight. The author gives examples, demonstrating approaches for taking great shots of these daily bird activities as well as taking "mood" photographs at dawn and dusk. Each shot comes with detailed technical data, information about locations, and advice about overcoming challenges to achieve the perfect shot. Coster also shares fascinating anecdotes about his encounters with the birds featured and provides up-to-date sections on bird photography basics, including equipment and storage of digital images.




Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera By Bryan Peterson


This text has demystified the often-complex concepts of exposure for hundreds of thousands of amateur photographers. Now refreshed with current technologies and terms, more than 25% new images and an all-new chapter, Bryan Peterson continues in 'bringing exposure to the masses'.






This guide is suitable for all levels of photographers, 100 Ways to Take Better Nature and Wildlife Photographs features 100 practical and inspiring tips on every aspect of the genre.

With tips on everything from technique to composition, coping with extreme field conditions to Photoshop software manipulation, this is an invaluable guide for anyone with a passion for photography of the natural world.



Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light (Voices That Matter) By Ibarionex Perello

Light. It's the most transformative tool at any photographer’s disposal. Whether the lens is turned to people, wildlife, or landscape, the creative use of light is often the difference between a snapshot and a powerful photograph. In Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light, renowned photographer, writer, and educator Ibarionex Perello shares his unique insights for partnering with natural light to create evocative digital images.


This book will enlighten photographers of all levels about

• the elements of exposure, metering, and ISO
• light’s impact on color and controlling color balance
• combining brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, and pattern enhancing portraits with available lighting
• direction and quality of sunlight and shooting in rural and urban landscapes
• the power of light in black and white



Kindle Edition




Every photographer, from weekend enthusiast to professional, can learn by studying the "greats". In Why Photographs Work, author/photographer George Barr analyzes 52 striking images by some of the world's top photographers. 

With guidance from Barr, we learn to decipher that certain intangible "something" that makes an image go beyond the ordinary. As we gain an understanding of and appreciation for the elements that make an image truly great, we are bound to improve our own images as well.






Anyone with a passion for wildlife and wild places will find beautiful inspiration in this comprehensive, thoroughly illustrated guide. Aimed primarily at the keen amateur or semi-pro, Success with Wildlife Photography reveals the secrets that have worked so well for Steve and Ann Toon in their decade as professionals. It provides expert advice on cameras, accessories (such as zoom lenses and filters), and other necessary equipment, as well as all the techniques needed to get that fantastic shot—whether in a lakeside hide or on a jeep-safari chase. An invaluable section on the digital darkroom explains essential workflow and post-processing issues, and how to output your images.






This is an updated and newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography (originally published in 1994), which has often been described as the most readable, understandable, and complete textbook on photography. With well over 100 beautiful photographic illustrations in both black-and-white and color, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables, this book presents the world of photography to beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographers seeking to make a personal statement through the medium of photography. Without talking down to anyone, or talking over anyone's head, Barnbaum presents "how to" techniques for both traditional and digital approaches. Yet he goes well beyond the technical, as he delves deeply into the philosophical, expressive, and creative aspects of photography so often avoided in other books.





Emphasizing how to work with natural light rather than using supplementary lighting to create an artificial environment, photographers can use these simple techniques to mold existing light into the desired quality and shape...






"I liked this book and read it all. I now can dream about far away places to visit to do birding that before I had no inkling of. Nice pictures, good organization and good quality at a fair price" --Gordon H. Ripley



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