Expressive Nature Photography: Design, Composition, and Color in Outdoor Imagery

Author(s): Brenda Tharp


This manual will be a toolbox of concepts and techniques that intermediate photographers can use to help them create more expressive nature photographs. Using single images that pertain to the topic, along with before-and-after and with-or-without examples where necessary, the book will be illustrated with inspiring and informative photographs and packed with articulate, informative text to help readers envision and embrace a more creative approach to outdoor photography.Expressive Nature Photography will teach how to make creative exposures, not just correct ones. It will inspire photographers to get out early and stay out late, working with lower angles of light at dawn and twilight. It will teach them how osee in the darko and use filters to create very long exposures that show a different view of our world in low light. Readers will learn light painting for a natural effect, how to photograph night skies and moonlit landscapes; they'll also learn how to make the best use of available natural light. In short, they'll learn how to use light, an essential element of outdoor photography. Readers will learn how to use aperture for any type of photograph; how to use shutter speeds to express motion and capture the energy of fast action (especially useful for moving streams, ocean swells, and moving wildlife). A chapter on the art of visual flow will teach them how to create compositions that direct the viewer's eye through the frame for maximum impact. They'll develop a sense of when to break the oruleso of composition, how to use elements to frame subjects, decide what to include and exclude in the frame, create the feeling of depth and dimension in a scene, and push the boundaries of composition to make memorable nature images that capture and convey fresh viewpoints.


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Brenda Tharp is an award-winning photographer, writer, and teacher specializing in travel, nature, and outdoor photography. Her images have been featured in numerous magazines and books, and she teaches throughout the United States, including Maine Media Worshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Point Reyes Field Seminars, and Brenda is the author of three best-selling photography technique books-Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography (two editions) and Extraordinary Everyday Photography. She can be found at short list of her clients includes British Gas, Canon USA, Audubon, Nature Conservance, Outdoor Photography, Travel-Holiday Magazine, The Natural Museum of Chicago, Sierra Club, several inflight magazines, ATT, United Way, and the Red Cross. Getty Images and Danita Delimont represent Brenda's stock photography. Her fine art images are in private collections across the country. She lives in Santa Rosa, CA.Author Residence- Santa Rosa, CaliforniaAuthor Hometown- Marin County, California

General Fields

  • : 9781580934671
  • : Monacelli Press
  • : Monacelli Press
  • : June 2017
  • : 260mm X 218mm X 17mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brenda Tharp
  • : Paperback
  • : 778.93
  • : 240