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An essential guide to bird photography
Young, Steve, 1953-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Lewes : Guild of Master Craftsman, [2001]

Physical Description:
166 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
TR729.B5 Y68 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A practising photographer's guide to the exacting art of capturing birds on film. What to photograph and where; setting up a permanent hide in your garden, plus a 'surgery' section: what's gone wrong and how to learn from mistakes.

Author Notes

Widely acknowledged as one of the UK's top bird photographers and a regular columnist for both Birdwatch and Outdoor Photography magazines, Steve Young lives with his family in Liverpool, England

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Booklist Review

Birds can be among the most difficult wildlife subjects to photograph, because they tend to be small, fast, and elusive. However, they are also beautiful and immensely photogenic. Young, one of the most published bird photographers in England, here provides both an excellent primer for the novice and advanced tips for the experienced photographer. Two excellent chapters introduce the equipment needed to photograph birds, explaining the uses of various lenses, teleconverters, and types of film. The meat of the book is in the third chapter, where photographic techniques are discussed. Young is a master at dryly telling funny stories about some of his past mistakes and using these stories to illustrate what he should have done. He gives numerous hints about finding places to photograph birds, using the equipment, and utilizing blinds. Chapters on selling the resulting photographs and learning from one's mistakes complete this extremely useful book. --Nancy Bent

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Equipment and materialsp. 5
Using the equipmentp. 33
Developing your techniquep. 61
Making your pictures workp. 123
Surgeryp. 129
Galleryp. 135
Useful informationp. 143
About the authorp. 145
Image indexp. 146
Indexp. 163