Texas Parks & Wildlife is hosting a photo contest this month featuring Texas state parks! Whether you’re an amateur or professional, Texas A&M University Press has some great books for honing your state park photography skills.
First up is Kathy Adams Clark’s new book Photographing Big Bend National Park: A Friendly Guide to Great Images. Professional nature photographer and frequent Big Bend traveler Kathy Adams Clark offers this handy and beautiful guide to maximizing the photographic experience of this visually stunning landscape.
Photographing Big Bend National Park begins with a tutorial on the basics of light meters, shutter speeds, and f/stops, featuring practical, hands-on-camera exercises and answers to common questions. The chapters that follow take readers on six excursions to well-known locations within the Big Bend National Park. A primer on night photography (including “light-painting” and star trails) is also included.
Each chapter features instructions for photographing various subjects at the site using simple, intermediate, and advanced techniques; information on the best seasons to photograph; and tips designed to benefit the novice.
Photographing Big Bend National Park not only provides practical information for photographers of all skill levels, it also offers a visual feast of striking images. Nature lovers, photographers, and anyone who loves this remarkable national park will treasure this latest book from veteran writer and photographer Kathy Adams Clark.
Second is Greg Lasley’s Texas Wildlife Portraits. Award-winning photographer Greg Lasley has been taking pictures of wildlife for thirty years, and although he has photographed some of the most exotic creatures and remote places on earth, in Greg Lasley’s Texas Wildlife Portraits he gives homage to his favorite place for photography: his home state. With more than 100 stunning color photographs, this book reflects Lasley’s penchant for the state’s insect life as well as his long affection for Texas birds. In addition, many hours of patient waiting or the happenstance of a chance encounter have yielded fine images of Texas mammals and reptiles in their habitats.
With an introduction about the man behind the camera, from there, photographer’s comments and insightful photo captions help vividly re-create the moment each image was shot—what the animal was doing, what the photographer was thinking.
For more on the contest, check out TP&W’s news release.
Good luck and happy photo hunting!