Wildlife Photography: Advanced Field Techniques for Tracking Elusive Animals and Capturing Magical Moments

Wildlife Photography: Advanced Field Techniques for Tracking Elusive Animals and Capturing Magical Moments

by Joseph F. Classen


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Wildlife photography is an adventure—and as any great adventure story unfolds, odds are, there are bound to be some great risks involved. Whether it’s the risk or the reward—or both—that motivates wildlife shooters, there is one pervasive truth: Preparation is key to success—and survival.

In this book, Joe Classen approaches the art of wildlife photography from a hunter’s perspective. He teaches readers how to select and use the appropriate specialized photographic gear required for the rigors of wildlife photography—as you’d expect. However, he also teaches you how to mentally and physically prepare for an outing in which your wits must be as keen as your eye. Classen provides detailed insights into planning and packing for a wilderness adventure. Readers will learn how to securely pack their delicate photographic gear for a rugged, outdoor environment but will also learn how to choose and tote the best clothing for the site, accessories to ensure your personal safety, and even basic cooking and drinking requirements for days spent shooting in remote areas.

Once you’ve scouted your location, you’ll learn how to track and lure your photographic subject using time-honored practices (calls—from lust to hunger, to anger and sloth; decoys; attractor scents; working invisibly, etc.) while “shooting” (your camera!) from a blind or stand—or, conversely, by using a more aggressive stalk-and-ambush approach. You’ll learn how to read animal behaviors—from eating to mating—and predict how, when, and where your best photographic opportunities will arise—and when your safety should be a greater concern than your shot.

With this soup-to-nuts approach, readers will find, in this book, a compendium of information about wild-animal behavior, wilderness survival and safety, the art and science of photographic capture, and even storing and processing your prized digital files once you return home from your adventure. Armed with Classen’s suggestions and strategies, you’ll maximize your photo opportunities and increase the odds that your wildlife images are the mount-and-frame trophies for which you risked life and limb.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608959136
Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Joseph Classen is originally from St. Charles, Missouri. Located along the Missouri river, and nearby the mighty Mississippi, this historic town was founded in 1769 by Louis Blanchette, and was known as a launching pad for early explorers, traders, and immigrants who were heading west. St. Charles was a thriving trading community back in the day, it was the site of the famous Lewis and Clark Rendezvous, and it was also the familiar stomping grounds of individuals such as Daniel Boone. It was along those muddy rivers, immersed in that adventurous, pioneer spirit that his undying love of the outdoors was born.

Throughout his entire life, from his earliest memories as a child, up until this very day, a passionate love of the natural world has possessed his soul. There has never been a time that his heart didn’t begin to beat faster at the very thought of heading outdoors for an adventure of one kind or another, no matter how big or small. His infatuation with Mother Nature has produced an unquenchable thirst which has taken him to some of the wildest, most unforgiving, and remote locations in the United States and Canada. In fact, that “call of the wild” certainly played a part in bringing him to the place he currently calls home: Kodiak Island, Alaska, one of the most beautiful and rugged places in the world.

Over the last decade or so, he's shared his experiences and love of nature through various forms of media. He's written numerous books and articles on a variety of nature related topics, and was the host of an outdoors themed radio show for several years, been a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, and also work as an Alaskan photography, fishing, and wilderness guide. Please visit his website Wild Revelation for more information. (wildrevelation.com) His photography work has won awards, been published in numerous magazines, featured by conservation organizations and travel bureaus, and continues to gain worldwide exposure.

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BrianHeinz More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for anyone who is interested in wildlife photography. From the beginner to the seasoned expert, it is chocked full of fantastic information and absolutely breathtaking photography. Personally, I read this book from a hunter and fisherman's stand point (more interested in the pictures themselves), but have now found myself wanting to pursue the many joys that come from wildlife photography. Needless to say, it had that big of an impact on me! Fishing is typically a very active sport, but hunting sometimes involves long hours upon hours in a tree stand which can lead one to become complacent, or even flat out bored at times. After reading Joe's book, I thought to myself, "what better way to spend my time on stand (or even walking to and from stand) than capturing the endless beauties of Mother Nature!" This book will certainly have a place in my backpack this hunting season as it contains all of the do's and don'ts that one would need to successfully capture the moment. It is well written and easy to understand so it is perfect for the beginner such as myself, but Joe also has written it in a way that will benefit the more experienced photographer also. Definitely highly recommended for anyone interested in this wonderful hobby!
sobasphotos More than 1 year ago
This book is for those who are serious about truly wild wildlife photography. He covers the research and planning for such shoots. He gives lists of the necessary equipment not just for taking the picture itself but also what you need to survive in the wilderness. He goes very in depth with these items and the other necessary skills of tracking, camouflage, and calling which enable the amazing wildlife images in the book. He also stresses keeping safe and legal in all activities. He also states right from the start you should already have the photography knowledge behind you. This is not a book about f-stops and shutter speeds but it is a great read for those wanting to take their wildlife skills to the next level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The techniques work! Makes a photographic adventure in the backcountry more enjoyable and productive. Well written. Wonderful photography
Kaggie More than 1 year ago
Photography is superb. Extremely well written. Instructions easily understood and will produce much satisfaction to the individual who is trying to improve their abilities. Even if you're not a photographer there are many instructions for camping and outdoor activities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect as I began reading this book, but as I got into it, a whole new world was opened before me. I learned how to recognize the often hidden beauty of nature in both the most obvious as well as most hidden of places. The content of the book is straight-forward and easy to understand. I'd recommend this book for both serious photographers, as well as those who simply enjoy fantastic nature and wildlife photography. The photography in this book is absolutely amazing!
GregHeinz More than 1 year ago
In a nutshell, Mr. Classen's book, "Wildlife Photography", is a very educational and entertaining resource, filled with everything a person needs to know to be a better photographer, wildlife or otherwise. The novice, the intermediate (like me), or even the professional, will benefit from the tips, tricks and techniques found in this book, and will dramatically increase the likelihood of a successful Photo Adventure. Wildlife Photography takes a person through researching, pre-planning, packing, using camouflage, stealth and scents, area and camera set up, gear, clothing, photo framing, lighting, backgrounds, foregrounds, and after-the-shot processing. It also encourages a person to leave nature undamaged from your presence, and preserved for the next photo adventurer. This information will just about insure that your next Photo Safari will produce images and memories you can share for a lifetime. Oh, yeah, as evidence of Mr. Classen's abilities, the book is filled with some of his incredible photography.