A few questions

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Jiyang Chen, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. Jiyang Chen

    Jiyang Chen Guest

    I've started photography a while ago and is getting into it again. I have a
    few questions:

    What is the best book for more advanced nature photography techniques? I've
    read John Shaw's book, but it has a lot of beginner info. I mostly shoot
    landscapes and a bit of wildlife.

    Where is the best place to develop color negative film at a good price? The
    pro places are too much for me (10 bucks a roll!?!?).

    What's the best magazine for technique, equip reviews, pictures? Read Pop
    Photo and was total crap.

    Jiyang Chen, Jan 19, 2004
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  2. First off, I haven't seen too many books that deal with advanced
    nature photography in and of itself. You can find a few that deal with
    advanced photographic techniques in general - specialized metering, pushing
    film, and such like that. It would be pretty much up to you to determine
    what's most useful to your pursuits in those cases. The exception is macro
    work, which has numerous books out on the subject.

    You're welcome to check out my site for tips on stalking, equipment,
    and macro work. See http://wading-in.net/Tipsgallery.html

    Landscape work doesn't require too much in the way of advanced
    technique, but you have to know your metering. Compositional rules are
    handy to be familiar with, and filtering is something you may want to look
    into. I personally use almost no filters, but others swear by them.
    Personal preference.

    As for developing color negative film, you don't say where you are,
    so it's hard to help out. 10 bucks for a roll of 36 prints is a good deal
    for quality work anywhere in the States. But you might also want to
    consider slide film as well. If you ever intend to get serious, it's still
    a standard in the market, and the experience will do you good. But also, it
    simply can't be beaten for sharpness and color rendition. It's more
    demanding and takes gettng used to, and in many ways it's limiting -
    exposure latitude and contrast, for one. When you see the vivid results,
    though, these become easy to overlook. And again, in the pro market, this
    is what you're competing against. Print film isn't likely to cut it.

    I have found *no* nature photography magazine that's decent, not for
    equipment or techniques. About the best that can be said is that "Outdoor
    Photographer" will let you know when something new comes on the market,
    especially some of the handier esoteric items. For strictly photos, though,
    "Nature's Best" is an excellent magazine, phenomenal work.

    You may also consider a membership in professional organizations such
    as NANPA (North American Nature Photographers' Association), which is far
    more likely to provide useful advanced info. I have never joined myself and
    cannot give direct feedback, but their site is at

    Check out seminars for nature photography as well, especially the
    field workshops. You get hands-on experience and direct guidance, and
    network with people that have similar interests.

    Other links you might find of interest are:

    And finally, post the same questions to rec.photo.technique.nature,
    which has more nature photographers hanging out who may give some better

    Good luck!

    - Al.
    Al Denelsbeck, Jan 19, 2004
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    ericm1600 Guest

    I know you asked for a book, but I found these videos far more informative
    than any book I've read about the same:

    Creative Outdoor Photography by Galen Rowell & Frans Lanting

    There are two tapes...both part 1 and part 2.


    ericm1600, Jan 19, 2004
  4. Jiyang Chen

    Jiyang Chen Guest

    Thanks for the helpful responses.
    Jiyang Chen, Jan 20, 2004
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    Rivergoat Guest

    Here's another one for you; I was just re-reading it myself these past
    few days....

    Photography Outdoors - A Field Guide For Travel & Adventure

    by Mark Gardner & Art Wolfe

    ISBN 0-89886-430-5
    Rivergoat, Jan 20, 2004
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