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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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BJP supports funding

Emphas.is is based on the premise that the audience is still interested in photography, says Karim Ben Khelifa, co-founder of the crowdfunding platform. Despite declining sales and commissions, photojournalists continue to risk their lives to report on the events and stories that impact us all. Some have turned towards new funding models, appealing directly to their audiences to help bring their projects to fruition

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Tom Clarke is at present working full-time as a sound engineer and video producer. Tom is also in the process of updating his skills portfolio with Autodesk Smoke. Tom Clarke has made the suggestion that this software should be taught on the MSc Biological Photography and imaging as part of the video module, I have never used this software; it would be good to get some kind of feedback on this application.

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SIGMA 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens

Image stabilised Macro lens offering up to 4 stop benefit, with latest SLD glass optical technology. “Splash Proof” and new body
finish for Pro spec use. £999.99 SRP inc. VAT

New SIGMA 120‐300mm f/2.8 EX DG FLD OS (stabilised) Pro

zoom lens with latest “splash proof” design & finish. versatile and tack sharp performance with
SRP incl. VAT of £2,500

NEW SIGMA 12‐24mm f/4‐5.6 EX DG FLD Mk2

This new ultra‐wide zoom lens offers improved optical performance with the inclusion of fluorite (FLD) glass as well as SLD glass elements giving stunning correction for distortion / edge to edge
brightness. The “splash proof” new body means it will be a favourite with Pro photographers.
Price about £850 incl. VAT

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Do you which spider this is.

Better still who is the photographer ?

About the photographer

Scott Linstead is a freelance wildlife photographer specialising in high-speed studio techniques and traditional action photography.

He has had images published in magazines all over the world, including Natural History Magazine, Ranger Rick Magazine and a number of wildlife publications in North America and Europe. His column on the techniques of bird photography appears in every issue of Outdoor Photography, Canada.

With their huge, forward facing eyes, Floridian jumping spiders were a great subject for a photographic project.  Large and colourful, they make popular and interesting pets. Scott’s innovative studio was the perfect place for them to show off their amazing moves.

To read more about Scott’s amazing spider photos, see page 58-59 in the April issue, on sale now!

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Also Visit Discover Wildlife.com

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Tristan Poyser, a former student from the MSC Biological Photography and Imaging

Has recently visited the Format 11 Festival in Derby. Tristan has written a personnel review of this festival on his web site makes for interesting reading

After attending the Format 11 , a bi-annual international photography festival held in Derby, i’m bursting with inspiration for my photography. Both commercial and non commercial work. Initially when i signed up for the opening weekend conference i did so with cynicism. I knew as both an individual and a photographer something was missing, and it was much easier to be cynical rather than to try and understand what was missing. As a photographer with a scientific background including my MSc in biological photography and imaging it had been instilled in me that technically correct images are paramount. This is true for scientific imaging, a good composition is also a bonus! Obviously as a commercial photographer I understand the importance of a technically good image and the need of good aesthetics and for an image to deliver a specific message, relevant to its use.

Photography Tristan Poyser

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Laura Sutherland, Ex MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, The University of Nottingham.

Laura Sutherland is interviewed for the Arkive Blog

I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with nature and the outdoors, and like nothing more than being outside in my wellies, camera in hand. This led me to study Biological Sciences at Oxford University and then Biological Photography & Imaging at the University of Nottingham. After completing my Masters degree I moved to Bristol to start work as an ARKive Media Researcher and have been here ever since.

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