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Bird Photography Essentials von Schellhorn, G. Cope (eBook)

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Bird Photography Essentials

Bird Photography Essentials features 165 color photos and a discussion of proper birding gear and field techniques. Especially helpful is a long section of 72 Photo Study examples analyzing particular photographs; also, a Gallery of 54 photos and sections on Birding Hotspots and helpful internet sites.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 200
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781881852414
    Verlag: BookBaby
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Bird Photography Essentials

Introduction We are roughly twenty years into the digital camera revolution. Hardly anyone anticipated with what a rush digital photography would come to dominate how people take photographs. Just ask the former employees of Kodak how quickly. And yet, as the old French proverb states," The more things change, the more they remain the same." Well, yes, in many ways things haven't changed much. However, in some very important respects, particularly electronic and mechanical advances, the changes have been remarkable. If these changes had not occurred, I would not have pursued bird photography so passionately. I was, nevertheless, greatly impressed by the work of such early masters of bird film photography as Eliot Porter, Steve Young, George Lepp, Bill Coster, Ron Austing, Arthur Morris and several others, both Americans and continentals. Their accomplishments from the '70s through 2000 (except for Porter, who comes much earlier) are quite impressive, sometimes almost staggeringly so. At the same time, I was greatly annoyed by film photograph-the limits of the hardware and the fact that so many things were out of the photographer's control, especially processing. First, let me briefly elaborate on a few of the major changes digital has wrought. We are now free of the slower ASA (ISO) speeds and dubious quality of earlier film as well as having to rely on commercial processors of color exposures who almost invariably "batch" processed the rolls of film that came their way rather than treat each frame as a separate, precious entity, as a potential gem in the rough, needing special care to bring out its most outstanding features, And make no mistake in assuming many professional photographers processed their own work. Very few did. I don't know about you, but the tremendous technical advances of the past 20 some years make me very happy. Good film wasn't cheap. And it wasn't until right before digital that reasonably good 200 and 400 ASA (ISO) film was available. High shutter speed is vital to capturing active subjects and doubly important to Flight photography. It is difficult to underestimate its importance. Today's DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras have relatively little graininess at ISO 400 (and beyond). Usually what is there can be removed adequately with computer software. Until around 2005-6, digital cameras offering 10MBs or more of pixels on the frame/sensor were very expensive. Since then camera prices have fallen appreciably. Now it's possible to buy an entry-level DSLR with 15-18 MBs or more for five or six hundred dollars. And don't be fooled by hype. These cameras have good resolution and are capable of producing professional-quality shots, just like their more expensive cousins. Largely, it is the quality of the accompanying lens which counts the most. These less expensive DSLRs do lack many of the bells and whistles of higher-end models, and they are not as rugged, but they will usually do the job at hand quite nicely. (1) AMERICAN AVOCET, Twin Lakes, Willcox, Arizona. Canon EF 300mm f2.8 L lens with 2x teleconverter (600mm), 1/1600 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 200. Today's DSLRs have better, more accurate, TTL (Through the Lens) metering performance than early DSLRs and older SLRs. And autofocus capabilities are also better, adequate but certainly not perfect, if there is such a thing. Rechargeable lithium, long-life batteries have taken the place of the short-lived carbon and alkaline double A variety. All around handling is generally more ergonomic, easier and quicker. Solid state materials are now more rugged and more carefully conjoined than their predecessors. This just might be the Golden Age of Digital Photography. Now what has not changed? What I believe to be the three most important considerations affecting professional-quality photography, including bird photography. These a

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