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Wildlife Photography
Start the second half of the course with Mr. Laman, who introduces you to the varied skills mastered by all great wildlife photographers. First up: a journey to the rainforests of Borneo in search of African hornbills that illustrates the practical aspects you have to figure out before taking that…
Photographing Island Wildlife
Head to the Galapagos Islands and experience what it's like to photograph wildlife like crabs, iguanas, and sea lions. Key takeaways you'll learn include anticipating an animal's peak moment of behavior, tapping into the power of the golden hour of light, and using bad weather to make photos more interesting.
Nighttime Wildlife Photography
Stop being afraid of the dark and discover the wonders of photographing nocturnal animals like bats, lizards, owls, insects, and lemurs. How can you use shadows to add drama to a shot? How can you refine your lighting technique to capture the background as well as your subject?
Camera Traps for Elusive Wildlife
What does it take to shoot in a wet, muddy environment like the mangroves? How does a wildlife photographer set out to photograph an elusive animal? Find out in this lecture on remote control photography and camera traps-and some of the surprising results they can give you.
Birds of Paradise: Ultimate Photo Challenge
Comb through more than eight years of photos from Mr. Laman's most ambitious project: photographing all 39 species of birds of paradise in the wild. As you'll learn in this adventure story, one of the most important aspects of wildlife photography is appreciating the sheer joy of the pursuit.
Photographing Winter Wildlife
Winter weather offers a stunning environment in which to photograph wild animals. Comb through Mr. Laman's shots of snow monkeys, cranes, and other animals to glean the technical aspects of shooting outdoors in the winter, including honing your focusing skills and capturing the drama of a snow storm.
Photographing Life in the Sea
Get a primer in underwater photography as another form of wildlife photography that requires you to adapt to a unique set of circumstances. You'll learn how light works underwater, why you should be careful using flash, and why particular shots of underwater fauna work so well.
Orangutans: Photographing Animal Communities
Join Mr. Laman for an eye-opening encounter with some of our closest relatives: orangutans. Follow him as he tries different techniques for capturing images of these animals eating, playing, fighting, and nesting. It's a lecture that highlights why there's always room to strive for improvement in wildlife photography.
Elevating Your Perspective: Photos from Above
For a unique, cleaned-up view of the world, nothing beats an aerial shot. Whether you're planning on photographing large crowds or vast landscapes, learn some tips for getting yourself up off the ground on the cheap (even a roof balcony provides a new view) and capturing fresh perspectives.
Editing, Culling, and Critiquing Your Photos
Once you're done shooting, it's time to sit down and edit. But this final lesson isn't about post-production on your computer. Instead, it's about visually critiquing your photographs--their backgrounds, lighting, focus, sense of place--and culling them to find the few that truly capture what you want to say.
Drive-By Photography: Travel Photos
When you're traveling by car, boat, or plane, you're often not in control of what you can photograph. However, you can still use the photographer's expert eye to get interesting shots. Journey with Mr. Melford to fascinating international locales and learn how to turn impossible situations into rewarding challenges.
Five Ideas for Successful Landscape Photos
Mr. Melford leaves you with five all-important ideas on making sure the next landscape photos you take are unforgettable ones. Using more work from his extensive portfolio, he shares inspirational advice on finding your own style, surrounding yourself with art, and getting out there into the natural world.