If you’re into serious wildlife photography, Wildlife Photography: On Safari with Your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow by professional photographer Uwe Skrzypczak (Rocky Nook, 2010) is the book for you.
Filled with Skrzypczak’s stunningly beautiful photos of African animals, this book – sometimes in brutal, bloody detail – shows a level of excellence in photography most of us can only dream about.
Skrzypczak divides his book into two sections: the basics of wildlife photography, including equipment you’ll need, shooting techniques, composing photos, and planning your African safari; and putting all that information into practice in Africa’s photo hot spots — East Africa, Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, and the Masai Mara.
Wildlife Photography is thorough and well-written. But be forewarned: this is not a book for beginners. For instance, when writing about shooting images in RAW format, Skrzypczak writes, “In order to optimize RAW images files while shooting, you should only use as much exposure compensation to avoid burnt-out highlights (between -0.3 and -.05)…” That kind of information undoubtedly makes sense to tech-savvy photographers, but it’s beyond many of us.
The other caveat is that this book is specific to shooting animals in Africa. The author makes no bones about this and discusses in detail issues like the light in East Africa and the challenges different African locations and different animals present to photographers. If you’re going on an African safari, this book provides some excellent detailed and quite high-level information. In fact, RFT Photo Editor, who went on an African Safari last year, said, “I wish I’d had this book before I went to Africa.” However, if you’re looking for information about getting better photos of your dog, this isn’t the book for you.
Bottom line: Photogragpher Uwe Skrzypczak has produced a beautiful, well-written, fact-filled book for serious photographers who want to sharpen their photo game shooting African animals. Wildlife Photography: On Safari with Your DSLR is available for $39.95 from Amazon or from www.rockynook.com.