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The University of Nottingham, School of Biology, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging

The following list is all of the Internal staff and external staff who teach and associated to the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging course.

The University of Nottingham Staff

Dr Kate Durrant MSc Course Director
Dr Thomas Hartman University Teaching Associate Science Specialist
Dr David Fox  MSc Museum Curator
Steve Galloway Taught Course Specialist
Tim Smith Senior Technician SEM

Visiting Teaching Staff

Luke Saddler Videographer [ HDSLR Filmmaker ] Final Cut Pro/ Adobe Premier
Helen Walsh Freelance Photographer, Designer, Illustrator
Alex Hyde Landscape Photographer, Adobe Product specialist
Katherine Dixon Web Design, Photographer, Videographer
Frankie Buckle Zeiss specialist, Photographer
Kelly Neaves
Jill Groom Photographer, Marine Biology
David Newton Canon Eos Trainer, Photographer, Writer

Supporting Industrial  Members

Geoff Espin Photographer, Orchid Specialist
Raymond Fitchett Sigma Photographic
Fran Maloni Jigsaw24 Apple Mac Computers
Jason Batterham Calumet Photographic

External Lecturing Staff

Professor Heather Angel Professional Wildlife Photographer
Gavin Thurston Professional Filmmaker
Stephen Moss BBC Natural History Unit Bristol
Dr Rob Lambert Tourism and Environment
Dr Paul Eggleton Natural History Museum
Phil Songhurst Consultant

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This is a must have book for your collection, not a expensive book but certainly a well worth it book
A how–to guide for capturing stunning photographs in nature

Photographing nature poses unique challenges and demands that you have special skills and a working knowledge of how to work in—and with—nature. This Photo Workshop is a must–have how–to guide for shooting nature images in nearly any situation you might encounter.

You′ll learn which equipment is right in different settings and why it should be used, how to get an amazing photo of a fast–moving animal, and how to handle a myriad of tricky weather scenarios. This book covers composition, exposure, fill–flash, special creative techniques, and more. Plus, assignments at the end of each chapter sharpen your skills to for taking unique, artistic nature photographs.

  • Shows you what equipment to use in different settings and why to use it
  • Offers essential advice for photographing a fast–moving animal and dealing with weather obstacles
  • Provides a clear understanding of the basic fundamentals of photography
  • Addresses composition, exposure, fill–flash, creative techniques, and more
  • Shares Photoshop tips for sharpening and improving photos you’ve already taken

Packed with inspirational color photos throughout, this workshop guide encourages you to improve your technique for taking nature photographs.

From the Back Cover

Nature inspires us. Capture and share the inspiration

Nature is never static. Your perfect image may change in a moment. With the advice in this book, you′ll learn to capture those moments and preserve them for all time. Discover how to make the most of nature′s inspiring beauty, what equipment is particularly suited to nature photography, ways to prepare yourself physically and psychologically, and final processing tips to create photos that convey what you feel.

  • Explore your personal relationship with nature; your best images are those that move you
  • Evaluate equipment and select the best gear
  • Learn to work with nature, taking advantage of light, weather, and other variables
  • Experiment with camera settings and with wide–angle vs. close–up photography
  • Master processing techniques that enhance nature photos

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We live in the golden age of the photography book. Since the early 1990s, the number of photography book publishers has continued to grow while technological developments have placed more tools for bookmaking directly in the hands of photographers. For the students and working artists who have chosen photography as their primary means of expression, having their own photography book is seen as a passport to the international photography scene. Yet, few have more than a tentative grasp of the component parts of a book, an understanding of what they want to express, or the know-how needed to get a book published. Publish Your Photography Book is the first book to demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs. Industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson survey the current landscape of photography book publishing and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. This expert guide is organized in six sections covering the rich history of the photo book; an overview of the publishing industry; an intimate look at the process of making a book; a close review of how to market a photo book; a section on case studies, built around discussions and interviews with published photographers; and a final section presenting a wealth of resources and information to aid in the understanding of the publishing world. Publish Your Photography Book also includes a number of additional interviews and contributions from industry professionals, including artists, publishers, designers, packagers, editors, and other industry experts who openly share their publishing experiences.

It is at a good price at your online book store

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Blurb & Lightroom

Book making for Lightroom

Blurb have announced a new plugin for Lightroom that allows you to export images into Bookify books.

With the plugin you can

  • Flow edited Lightroom images into Bookify™ (their online tool for simple photo books).
  • Choose your book’s layout and style from within Lightroom.
  • Stream photo captions automatically into your book’s text boxes.
  • Automatically capture file data for the images in your book.

This is the first step in Blurb’s quest for better Lightroom integration. They’ve promised integration with Booksmart next, for desktop book creation.

For more information, and to download the plugin, go to Blurb.com.

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RL Hopkins.

Normally, books on wildlife photography are packed with sumptuous, ultra close shots of wild life, going about their natural business, unaware of a photographer only metres away.This book has that, but takes the story further by tipping in wild, wild shots of the natural environment, icebergs, cascading rivers, caves, deserts and more. Author Hopkins has covered the wild world for over 20 years, moving from large and medium format cameras to 35mm SLRs, 4×5 sheet film, 645 trannies and on to digital capture. He confides that “photography found me later in life, a consequence of my background in geology and affinity for nature and wild places.” He suggests that you can use this book as a workbook, accessing its contents without any particular order. The messages are clear: know your equipment; be as open as possible to what nature presents; be in the right place at the right time. Preparation is crucial; know the seasons and their characteristics; understand the seasonal patterns of wildlife behaviour. Frequently, the inside knowledge you can gain may not come from photographers but from locals who live in the territory. Gear up with precise knowledge of your equipment; make sure you understand all the camera’s features; comprehend the role of the histogram to fully utilize the image’s brightness range; pack a wide range of lenses; always use a tripod … and so on. The info is techy but highly readable, which makes the book a good read in its own right. Hopkins’ writing style is conversational, with the occasional anecdote to leaven the text. I figure the book would appeal both to beginner and experienced wild life enthusiast. Also, I enjoyed the many images that verged on the abstract … you don’t always need to shoot sharp, clean and clear. Fuzzy is sometimes the way to go!




Author: RL Hopkins.
Publisher: Lark Books.
Length: 240 pages.
ISBN: 978 1 60059 522 6

And a good price at on line book stores.

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Ellery Chu

Ellery was a MSc student last year we have just heard that Ellery has just finished her fourth book, and two of these books are in the top ten of best selling list of photography books. Ellery will be attending  the Frankfurt Book Fair later this year in  October .

MSc Biological Photography & Imaging


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Ellery Chu, former MSc Biological Photography and Imaging student, has just finished her third book, which is about compositions. She has just attended the 2011 international book fair in Taipei and is hoping to be at the Book Fair in London next year.

Ellery has made a lot of contacts with publishing companies like Phaidon, Rotovision and Rockport. She’s meeting with MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art), and later this week a private US publisher. Also on her agenda is Getty Publisher.

I am sure if you have any questions for Ellery we will be able to pass them on.

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