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Outdoor Flash Photography
Close Up Photography in Nature
Digital Wildlife Photography
Digital Landscape Photography
Digital Nature Photograpy, 2nd edition

All New Book


Now Available!!

Text and photos by John Gerlach 

Maximizing the power of your camera’s flash is difficult enough in a studio set-up, but outdoors literally presents a whole new world of challenges. John Gerlach has taken the most asked about subject from his renowned photography workshops and turned it into this guidebook that is sure to inspire your next outdoor shoot, while also saving you time and frustration.

Here’s a list of the chapters.

  • Chapter 1 - Getting Started with Flash

  • Chapter 2 - Flash Features and Controls

  • Chapter 3 - Becoming in Sync with Flash Sync

  • Chapter 4 - Flash and Ambient Light Exposure

  • Chapter 5 - Combining Flash with Ambient Light

  • Chapter 6 - The Crucial Role of Light

  • Chapter 7 - Fill Flash Techniques

  • Chapter 8 - Main Flash

  • Chapter 9 - Balanced Flash

  • Chapter 10 - Flash in the Landscape

  • Chapter 11 - Multiple Flash

  • Chapter 12 - Close-up Flash

  • Chapter 13 - Hummingbirds with High-Speed Flash

  • Chapter 14 - Important Flash-Related Websites

Close Up Photography in Nature

Text and photos by John Gerlach

More than 200 pages - 155 color images - $33.00


Learn wonderful techniques that make capturing superb images of flowers, insects, mushrooms, and other small subjects incredibly easy. Manual focusing using live view, shooting optimum exposures with  the RGB histogram, using fill and main flash easily and effectively, capturing truly sharp images, using light and color to best advantage, choosing and using lenses well, learning to use focus stacking for extended depth of field, and how to photograph insects and flowers are explained in detail.


Here’s a list of the chapters.

  • Chapter 1 - Cameras and Lenses

  • Chapter 2 - Exposure Essentials

  • Chapter 3 - Shooting Sharp Images

  • Chapter 4 - Light and Color

  • Chapter 5 - The Power of Flash

  • Chapter 6 - Photographing Flowers

  • Chapter 7 - Special Photo Techniques for Butterflies & Dragonflies

  • Chapter 8 - What's in our Camera Bags?


Text and photos by John Gerlach

209 pages - 145 color images - Hardcover - $30.00


Learn wonderful techniques that make capturing superb images of birds and mammals incredibly easy. Back-button focusing, shooting optimum exposures with the RGB histogram, conquering low light with Shutter-priority and Auto ISO, using flash effectively, developing your eye for composition, choosing and using lenses well, strategies for capturing high quality images, and many more wildlife photographystrategies are covered in detail.


Here’s a list of the chapters.

  • Chapter 1 - Cameras and Accessories: The Best Wildlife Camera Systems

  • Chapter 2 - Choosing and Using Lenses: Selecting Quality Lenses

  • Chapter 3 - Exposure Strategies

  • Chapter 4 - Precise Focusing Techniques

  • Chapter 5 - Shooting Quality Images

  • Chapter 6 - The Crucial Role of Light

  • Chapter 7 - Composition

  • Chapter 8 - Electronic Flash

  • Chapter 9 - Getting Close to Wildlife


Text and photos by John Gerlach

200 pages - 181 color images

This book explains the approach and "shooting workflow" we use to easily capture quality images - shot after shot - of the wonderful landscapes around us. The "shooting workflow" we and our gifted field workshop students developed together consistently yields superb images. It is fast, easy, and precise. In our field workshops, we regularly turn beginning photographers, who just bought their first digital DSLR, into solid landscape photographers in less than 48 hours. They easily master focusing, exposure, and shooting sharp images. Naturally, the creative side of photography and developing the "shooting eye" takes longer to develop.

Key tactics we cover in this book include back-button focusing, RGB histogram metering, the enormous advantages of manual metering, fill-flash, balanced flash, mirror lockup, techniques for sharp images, the power of live view, the awesome capability of HDR, panoramas, using lenses well, controlling your camera with custom functions, perspective choices, tilt and shift lenses, and so much more. Our book is overflowing with leading edge information. This book will help you capture stunning images of the landscape easily and efficiently!

Here’s a list of the chapters.

  • Chapter 1 - Landscapes are Everywhere

  • Chapter 2 - Cameras and Accessories

  • Chapter 3 - Choosing and Using Lenses

  • Chapter 4 - Mastering Exposure

  • Chapter 5 - Techniques for Sharp Images

  • Chapter 6 - Light on the Landscape

  • Chapter 7 - Composing Pleasing Images

  • Chapter 8 - Special Subjects

    • Use Boats to Photograph the Landscape

    • Waterfalls

    • Autumn Color

    • Snowy Landscapes

    • Sunrise and Sunset

  • Chapter 9 - High Dynamic Range Images

  • Chapter 10 - Panoramas



       Second Edition

Text and photos by John Gerlach

Identifying a beautiful image in nature is easy, but capturing it is often challenging. To truly seize the essence of a photograph shot out of the studio and in the world requires an artistic eye and impeccable set of photographic techniques.  Now, equipped with brand new images to share and skills to teach, this celebrated photo team is sharing their latest lessons in the second edition of Digital Nature Photography.

Notable revisions in this new edition include introducing the concepts of focus stacking and HDR, as well as expanded discussions of multiple exposure, wireless flash, RGB histograms, live view, shutter priority with auto ISO, hand-held shooting techniques, and the author’s equipment selections. The inspiring imagery in this book covers a broader range of subjects than before including ghost towns, the night sky, animals, and sports, in addition to the classic nature photographs we expect from this very talented author team. This book is a comprehensive guide to one of the broadest subjects in photography, explained and demystified by two respected masters.


Here's a list of the chapters. 

  • Chapter 1 - Cameras and Accessories

  • Chapter 2 - Choosing and Using Lenses

  • Chapter 3 - Mastering Exposure

  • Chapter 4 - Conquer Extreme Contrast with HDR

  • Chapter 5 - Shoot Sharp Images

  • Chapter 6 - Focus Stack for More Depth of Field and Sharper Images

  • Chapter 7 - The Magic of Light

  • Chapter 8 - Close-up and Macro

  • Chapter 9 - The Power of Flash

  • Chapter 10 - Compose Pleasing Images

  • Chapter 11 - The Night Sky

  • Chapter 12 - Our Digital Office

  • Resources

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