Using a combination of artistic approach and impeccable technique, professional photographers John and Barbara Gerlach will guide you through the field as you photograph the most intriguing and captivating subjects out in the wild.

A sampling of what you'll learn:

  • How to integrate equipment with technique to capture superb wildlife images of birds, mammals, amphibians, and more with an emphasis on precision and speed
  • Where and how animals can be approached closely enough to photograph well
  • How not to disturb the critters around you, depending on environment (den vs. tree and everything in-between)
  • When (and when-not) to feed the animals
  • Technical info like cropping, frames per second for capture, pixels/enlarging, and even HDR
  • Where to focus on various types of wildlife
  • Lighting depending on which animals have high contrast
  • Ethics
  • Traveling with your gear
  • The "top 10" places in the world to shoot and how to find the best location for your interests

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Cameras and Accessories

The Best Wildlife Camera Systems

chapter 2|20 pages

Choosing and Using Lenses

Selecting Quality Lenses

chapter 3|31 pages

Exposure Strategies

chapter 4|22 pages

Precise Focusing Techniques

chapter 5|22 pages

Shooting Quality Images

chapter 6|21 pages

The Crucial Role of Light

chapter 7|20 pages


chapter 8|22 pages

Electronic Flash

chapter 9|20 pages

Getting Close to Wildlife