John Shaw’s Closeups in Nature: the photographer’s guide to techniques in the field; by John Shaw, Amphoto, 1987 (still available to this day). Written by one of the world's greatest wildlife photographers, many a skilled nature photographer will admit to starting their career as a result of reading this book. Although it covers film cameras only, the wisdom and sheer sense of what he advocates is still relevant – as are some of the technical tips. His pictures are superb.


Nikon Capture NX2: After the shoot; by Mike Hagen, Wiley Publishing Inc, 2009. Easier to follow than the official guide which accompanies the software. Clear and concise, well written and easy to understand. You need a book like this if, like me, you are not a computer specialist.


Understanding Raw Photography; by Andy Rouse, Photographers’ Institute Press/PIP; 2007, reprinted 2008. Bang up-to-date, this book covers the very latest techniques for post processing digital images, from a master of nature photography. It covers editing, corrections, printing, managing a collection of pictures and workflow – everything for making the most of raw images, after the shutter has clicked. I have read criticism of it being too simple, even so, although I cannot agree with this, if the advice is followed, your results will be greatly improved. A really useful introduction to the subject.


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