10 Steps to Dramatic Nature Photography

Take your nature photography to a new level by learning what goes into making striking images.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2012 English

Course Description

This is a comprehensive course that will help you dramatically improve your nature photography.  In the 10 videos, Jim Zuckerman gives you concrete steps on How to Become a Wildlife Photographer by creating stunning landscapes, increasing your awareness of light and how it affects nature photography, capturing powerful pictures of wildlife, paying attention to background elements, macro photography, and much, much more. Jim's instruction isn't theoretical or hard to follow.  It's down to earth easy to understand concepts that you can put into practice immediately.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Improve your compositional skills
  • Learn how to exposure correctly even in challenging lighting situations
  • Understand what makes backgrounds complementary as well as distracting
  • Think outside the box in capturing motion
  • Learn how important graphic design is in creating fine art images
  • Become more sensitive to light and its qualities

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Section 1: Introduction

Jim introduces the video course on dramatically improving your nature photography.

Section 2: The Ten Steps

This lesson will make you re-think your approach to shooting landscapes.  The world is basically a 'compositional mess' -- rocks, trees, fallen logs, mountains, dirt, bushes are everywhere -- and it can be challenging to find good compositions.  Jim gives you a unique tool -- a concrete formula --to help you find winning shots in every location. If you have a hard time coming up with great landscape pictures, this will be invaluable to you.


Light is everything in photography. There are two types of lighting that you should be using for all of your outdoor nature photography, and this video demonstrates with beautiful examples the kind of light that makes all the difference. If you follow Jim’s guidelines in this lesson, your photography will instantly take a quantum leap forward.   


This lesson covers the all-important topic of depth of field – choosing what is in focus and what isn’t.  Jim explains the artistic considerations of rendering subjects and backgrounds sharp or blurred, and he explains what lens apertures are ideal under different circumstances.


This lesson covers the all-important topic of depth of field – choosing what is in focus and what isn’t.  Jim explains the artistic considerations of rendering subjects and backgrounds sharp or blurred, and he explains what lens apertures are ideal under different circumstances.


Learn why and how the shapes of your subjects are so important in making pictures outstanding.  This is one of the two main factors that make or break your pictures.  Jim compares and contrasts successful pictures with those that aren't good, and he discusses what you should look for to take winning images.    


Jim explains why including the sun in your compositions adds such a dynamic element.  He discusses how to correctly expose when shooting directly into the sun, and he distinguishes between exposures when the sun is small in the frame as well as large. This one lesson alone will have a big impact on your nature work.


Macro photography opens a whole new world to you.  In this video lesson, Jim explains your equipment options and teaches you the best ways to take great closeup photos.  He also introduces ring flash and shows how effective it is in lighting small subjects beautifully.  Finally, he gives you ideas of exciting subjects to shoot.   


Good exposure underlies all successful photographs, and in this lesson Jim simplifies the technique you can use to consistently arrive at good exposures.  It is surprisingly easy.  Contrast must be fully understood so you can deal with harsh shadows and bright highlights, and this video explains everything you need to know to be happy with your exposures.   


Capturing motion in a still photograph takes previsualization, knowledge of  your camera, and experimentation.  Nature is full of motion -- galloping horses, running cheetahs, flowers blowing in the wind, birds in flight -- and this video will expand your horizons so you can use simple techniques to freeze special moments in the natural world or blur them artistically to create fine art imagery.


Sometimes special moments occur in nature that are extremely brief, and you have to be ready to capture them.  Jim explains his technique for photographing split-second events like a cheetah running at top speed, the perfect position of a rearing horse, or a snake with its tongue out.

Section 3: Course Wrap Up and Next Steps

Jim offers some concluding remarks to the course.

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Instructor Biography

Jim Zuckerman, Master photographer of 40 years standing

Jim Zuckerman left his medical studies in 1970 to pursue his love of photography and turn it into a career.  He has taught creative photography at many universities and private schools, including UCLA, the Hallmark School of Photography, the Palm Beach Photographic Center, and Kent State University.  He also leads many international photo excursions to exotic destinations such as Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, Burma, Indonesia, China, India, Eastern Europe, Ethiopia and Turkey.

Zuckerman specializes in wildlife, nature, and travel photography, and digital effects.  His diversity in technique and style is unique in the professional arena.  He states that he only photographs beauty, leaving the dark side of life to other photographers.

Jim has had photo exhibitions in art galleries in Palm Springs, Delray Beach, Detroit, and Los Angeles.  His fine art prints hang in scores of private collections

Jim has been a contributing editor to Photographic Magazine for four decades.  His images, articles, and photo features have been published in numerous books and magazines including Time-Life books, publications of the National Geographic Society, Outdoor Photographer, Life Magazine, Omni Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Shutterbug, Science Fiction Age, Australia’s Photo World and Greece’s Opticon.  He is the author of 20 books on photography including five ebooks, and he now teaches many on-line courses for Betterphoto.com.  In addition, he is featured in three instructional DVDs that are available on Amazon.

Jim’s work has been used for packaging, advertising and editorial layouts in more than thirty countries.  He has been published in calendars, posters, greeting cards and corporate brochures and annual reports, and his work is also sold as fine art prints in scores of furniture store outlets across the United States, including Ikea.  Jim’s work is represented by four different stock photo agencies.

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