Tips and resources

HarrybHarryb old and lazyPosts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
edited August 19, 2015 in Wildlife
Hi y'all,

This is a work in progress and will be continually updated. This will be the place where info on how-to and what with for wildlife and nature photography will be gathered.

For starters here's a list of web sites that I feel are a treasure trove of information and inspiration on nature and wildlife photography.

Fabs Forns is my favorite wildlife photographer and her site Avianscapes.com should not be missed.

Birdphotgraphers.net has great images, critique and tips.

A personal favorite is the master, Moose Peterson Moose is not only a great photographer but his site is crammed with articles and tips on wildlife/nature photography.

Naturescapes is a nature photography forum with an extensive archive of articles on wildlife/nature photography

Nature Photographers on-line magazine is another valuable resource

My guru's, Ron Reznick site has some marvelous photos as well as an invaluable article on lens selection

Arthur Morris is a great photographer and teacher. His site has some great images and if you stop by consider ordering his classic book The Art of Bird Photography. Its one purchase I have never regretted.


My tutorial on willdife photography can be found here. While looking at my tute check out the Drgrin tutorials. Lots of good info is availabe.

Do you want info on composition? Many articles on composition are available.

How do you expose for a white bird? Check out this discussion http://dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=26500

Something I do often is adding canvas to my captures.

If you want to know what time sunrise and/or sunset is for anyplace at anytime check-out http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneYear.html

Want to shoot hummingbirds? this thread at the Nikon Cafe might help http://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=78279

Rick Grupe found this great link for shooting backyard birds.

check out Angelo's post for birding links.

Want a 4000mm lens and you don't want to pay a gazillion dollars? Check-out
digiscoping
Harry
http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"

Comments

  • larry llarry l peregrino Posts: 25Registered Users Big grins
    edited December 16, 2005
    great stuff, thanks. Please keep upgrading as you find new resources to share, all should try to add on as well.
  • Ric GrupeRic Grupe Hampshire Prairie Posts: 9,522Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 6, 2006
    For photography related tutorials, I have found this very interesting.
  • is300soonis300soon Big grins Posts: 84Registered Users Big grins
    edited May 25, 2006
    Ric Grupe wrote:
    For photography related tutorials, I have found this very interesting.


    This section is so good, why isn't there more added to it??

    David
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited June 5, 2006
    is300soon wrote:
    This section is so good, why isn't there more added to it??

    David

    Hey David,

    I add more on as I find stuff that is helpful. I just added some good info on the better beamer.
    Harry
    http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • Photoboy14Photoboy14 Beginner grinner Posts: 8Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited July 17, 2006
    Harry, thanx for the advise on my pictures i'm using a little olympus digital camera, not much but i plan to get a better camera sometime soon.
    -chris
  • Ric GrupeRic Grupe Hampshire Prairie Posts: 9,522Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 13, 2006
    Long Lens Technique
    An article I found that may help you take sharper images. I found it interesting.

    LongLensTechnigue
  • Ric GrupeRic Grupe Hampshire Prairie Posts: 9,522Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 20, 2008
    EXIF Viewer (for firefox)
    Maybe everyone else in the world knows about this addon for Firefox...I just ran across it today and thought it could be quite useful and a timesaver for some.

    EXIF Viewer 1.36

    Update: Today I found another exif viewer by Opanda that has a plugin/addon for IE and FF as well as stand alone version.
  • darkdragondarkdragon A Sad Panda Posts: 1,051Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 13, 2008
    Great links and helpful resources.


    Has anyone come accross a book/website geared to attracting wildlife in a hot and dry place? I'm in the desert (Vegas) and really want to work on my front/back "yard" to attract some wildlife. Preferably birds, but all I see around my neighborhood is pigeons!

    There are a lot of birds at the parks though, and I'd love to attract some. I am looking into the Backyard Birds link in the top post, just wondering if anyone knows of desert landscaping specific info on attracting birds. I've done some searches and no luck in finding a book on Amazon about it.
    ~ Lisa
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited August 14, 2008
    darkdragon wrote:
    Great links and helpful resources.


    Has anyone come accross a book/website geared to attracting wildlife in a hot and dry place? I'm in the desert (Vegas) and really want to work on my front/back "yard" to attract some wildlife. Preferably birds, but all I see around my neighborhood is pigeons!

    There are a lot of birds at the parks though, and I'd love to attract some. I am looking into the Backyard Birds link in the top post, just wondering if anyone knows of desert landscaping specific info on attracting birds. I've done some searches and no luck in finding a book on Amazon about it.

    I've looked and can't find anything specific yet.
    Harry
    http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • Marc LangilleMarc Langille Advanced... something. Posts: 58Registered Users Big grins
    edited September 13, 2008
    Perhaps you might be interested in these?
    Hi Harry,

    I posted a several sample images, as well as how I do my hummingbird photography here:

    http://dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=105141

    It also includes an explanation of the methods I use, which are actually very, very simple, and only require patience. It's a little different from the norm of what you see - natural lighting, although I've used flash before. I have many more birding images on my website, but I am a comparative rookie in terms of years doing this...

    Regards,
    Marc
  • awe-struckawe-struck Foxy Posts: 11Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 8, 2008
    Water always works
    Lisa,
    In such climate, water is always the limiting resource. If you provide water (no deeper than 3/4" for small birds), they will come. It even works better if you there is a drip so that the surface is visible. Suspend a plastic bottle with a pin hole in it over the water container and the drip will make the surface more visible. This can be done anywhere. If you get birds coming to water, and have some appropriate perches for them to perch on, you have photo ops. You could use one of those large tera cotta clay dishes that you put large flower pots in a the "bath" .

    Awe-Struck rolleyes1.gif

    darkdragon wrote:
    Great links and helpful resources.

    Has anyone come accross a book/website geared to attracting wildlife in a hot and dry place? I'm in the desert (Vegas) and really want to work on my front/back "yard" to attract some wildlife. Preferably birds, but all I see around my neighborhood is pigeons!

    There are a lot of birds at the parks though, and I'd love to attract some. I am looking into the Backyard Birds link in the top post, just wondering if anyone knows of desert landscaping specific info on attracting birds. I've done some searches and no luck in finding a book on Amazon about it.
  • Ric GrupeRic Grupe Hampshire Prairie Posts: 9,522Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 14, 2009
    Photoshop help...
    ...can be found on Glenn Mitchell's website The Light's Right.

    I found his tutorials easy to understand and quite helpful.

    Plus there are actions available to make editing even easier.

    Give a look see. :D
  • alexfalexf Nikon shooter Posts: 436Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 16, 2009
    Nature Images Online Magazine:
    http://photographersonlinemagazine.blogspot.com/
    AlexFeldsteinPhotography.com
    Nikon D700, D300, D80 and assorted glass, old and new.
  • Eric Alberda PhotographyEric Alberda Photography Beginner grinner Posts: 6Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited July 10, 2011
    Awsome links! Can't wait to read them! (there never seems to be enough time in the day!)


    www.ericalberdaphotography.com
  • PGMPGM Pam McI Posts: 2,006Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 31, 2011
    Blurb.com photography ebooks
    For anyone who likes to make photo books, as I do, www.blurb.com has just come out with a way to make ebooks for ipads that is really impressive. You can take any book you have already made, or any new ones, and when you check out, there is an option to purchase the book as an ebook, and the price is currently $1.99 per book! I tried it yesterday, and it worked like a charm! Once purchased, Blurb sends you an email, which you open on your ipad, and simply click on the provided link--the Ipad's Ibook app automatically downloads your book. It come out in a two page format, but the ibook app lets you zoom in, and also increase or decrease the display light so that your photos look optimal. I think it is really a neat deal. clap.gif I'd love to see an Ebook of Harry's Africa trip! wings.gif

    Best, Pam
  • basfltbasflt Major grins Posts: 1,882Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 1, 2011
  • DGevacDGevac Beginner grinner Posts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited December 5, 2011
    I noticed that Public Liability Insurance was obviously started a long time ago and i was wondering if its still being updated as i cant get some of the links to work an wondered if there were updated links or websites?

    thanks
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited December 8, 2011
    DGevac wrote: »
    I noticed that this was obviously started a long time ago and i was wondering if its still being updated as i cant get some of the links to work an wondered if there were updated links or websites?

    thanks

    Thanks for the reminder. I've had a update of this stickie on my to-do list for way too long. Check it out in two weeks and I should have it redone.
    Harry
    http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited December 13, 2011
    The stickie has been updated. The broken links have been removed and some new stuff added.
    Harry
    http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited December 15, 2011
    Here's an interesting article by Arthur Morris. He writes about using Nik's detail extractor filter from Color Efex to recover highlights. His experience mirrors my own with this filter.
    Harry
    http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited January 13, 2012
    An e-Book on bird photography. An excellent and extensive resource.
    Harry
    http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • GoldflakeGoldflake Mister Pic Com Posts: 8Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited July 28, 2012
    I Found that link are so useful for me thanks!
  • e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuser Posts: 2,368Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 19, 2015
    Harryb wrote: »
    Thanks for the reminder. I've had a update of this stickie on my to-do list for way too long. Check it out in two weeks and I should have it redone.

    The Naturescapes link doesn't work fully. Try http://www.naturescapes.net/forums/

    Harold
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