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Wildlife Photography: On Safari with your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow Paperback – July 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1933952567 ISBN-10: 1933952563 Edition: 1st

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From the Author

Respect for the animals and natures should be at the top of the list in every wildlife photographer's.
Rather than destroy what we love we should all work hard to helf it survive and generate public interest in our work.
More from my working, my photos and my books of my Website "Serengeti Wildlife".

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (July 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952567
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very informative and basic book explained in simple technical language.
SHEKHAR B.
Lighting is the key to any good photography and it's use and exposure techniques are really well explained in this book.
Jeff Ornstein
Highly recommended, especially for anyone serious about pursuing wildlife photography as either a hobby or a profession.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fabian on December 27, 2011
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.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BirdBrain on February 20, 2011
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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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Ornstein on November 24, 2010
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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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lois K. Hild on June 11, 2011
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steff on February 21, 2011
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Très intéressant dès le début du livre tant au niveau culturel que technique. On voit que c'est un photographe passionné qui l'a écrit et qui porte un grand respect pour l'environnement et de la faune. Bravo Monsieur Uwe !!!
Dommage que le livre n'ait pas été sorti en français, mais bon, ce n'est pas un anglais bien compliqué, alors allez y, n'hésitez pas, ce livre est pour vous...

Very interesting book, cultural and technical. We can see that the book has been written by a passionated photographer which has a big respect of environment and animals. Congratulations Mister Uwe !!!
It's just a shame that the book has not been translated in French, but anyway, the English spoken in this book is not very complicated. So you can go, french and other people, this book is for you...
Sorry for my English translation !!!
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