Book reviews:    Photographing Animals in the Wild

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Photographing Animals in the Wild
Andy Rouse
Fountain Press
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Beautiful and very good book by well known British nature photographer Andy Rouse. The book measures about 18x26cm and has a nice strong hard cover. The quality of the paper is very good and this shows the images very well. I also like the layout and typeface that has been used. Very nice and easy to read. The only exeption being the page with the contents, which is hard to read. The rest of the book is layed out very well.

book52b.jpg (30708 bytes)Contrary to most books on the subject of nature photography, this books starts with what it is all about: technique and fliedcraft. Most books will start with descriptions of all the nice equipment you can buy. Some books urging you to buy the latest and newest, others being more moderate. In this book the first 38 pages are about finding animals and getting closer to them. Very good! This part also describes things such as reading footprints and building and using hides.

Then of course just over 10 pages are devoted to the hardware a nature photographer will need to do his job. The author uses Canon EOS equipment so this is shown as an example, but the book is by no means a Canon advertisement. On one small part of this section I have to disagree with the author. He mentiones he hates ballheads and rather uses pan/tilt or Wimberly heads. Personally I just love my ballhead for wildlife shots.

After this hardware section with the boys-toys, the book has four case studies worked out for different situations: Badgers, foxes, roe deer and urban environments. These case studies describe the photographing of a species very well and in detail. Not just the actual photographing, but more the process of how to go about in finding them and creating the best possible shots. The last part of the book is photographic techniques such as exposure and compostion.

Conclusion: If you are interested in photographing animals in the wild, then this book is just what the title promises. A very nice and very good book on just this subject. The author is British and practically all subjects in this book are about wildlife living in the United Kingdom. But this will be a bonus for those people interested in doing  wildlife photography locally rather then in exotoc locations around the world. If you are interested in birds as well, then this book forms a great couple together with Photographing Birds by Paul Hicks. Definitely both are very well worth the money!!!

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