As always, like any author, I would like to claim that my upcoming eBook is my best work so far. But, I don’t want to. Because I feel it might not mean much.
So, what’s this new eBook—A Visual Approach to Bird Photography—is all about?
What’s the best way to learn new skills in photography?
By doing. Isn’t it?
Since it’s a visual art, it’s better to learn it by doing. But the question is, what to do? Or, to be precise, how to do?
As of today, you get answers to your questions through the How-to articles or videos. Most of these articles, including mine, and videos tend to say a lot. Information is abundant. But, are you able to apply those techniques in the field? Maybe some or maybe none.
What’s the Problem?
I think the problem is in the approach we (authors) are taking. Instead of showing you how to do things, we are telling you what to do.
In my opinion, showing you what makes a good bird photograph is more important and efficient compared to saying it.
Critical learning that I got from conducting numerous photography workshops is that when I show my students how to do things in practice, in the field, they learn better. More importantly, to let them make the mistakes in the field, and then correct the mistakes right away by making them correct the mistake and see the difference themselves.
This is, in my opinion, by far the most efficient way of teaching as the student see the difference first hand and appreciate it. This experience will be deeply rooted in them, if repeated several times, advancing them in the right direction.
How this new eBook—A Visual Approach to Bird Photography—can help you?
Since I cannot hand-hold you personally and help you understand these concepts, I have come up with this new approach to learning which is visually oriented. By which I mean, I’ll be teaching you the concepts through photographs.
In simple terms, the eBook will be a photograph-driven (visual) approach than text-driven approach.
The Visual Approach
Here’s why I think the visual approach will be more practical and effective.
Instead of coming up with the concepts or outline first and then adding relevant photographs, as it happens in the traditional approach, I’ll be looking for photographs that’ll enable me to teach you the concepts. This difference might seem trivial, but let me tell you that it’s not.
Here are the few differences that I can think of.
- It’ll be visually rich with some of my best, unseen, and famous bird photographs. In this way, you can have a small collection of my best photographs.
- It’ll be an extremely easy read as the text will be kept to minimal and to the point.
- My idea is to make it an easy read in one sitting. Because I feel most of you haven’t read my “Bird Photography—A Virtual Masterclass” or for that matter, any other photography book. They are loaded with information.
- The concepts covered in this book will be very much what I teach my students in my workshops. Actually, much more than what I cover in workshops, as they are usually time-sensitive.
The Cover Image of my new eBook—A Visual Approach to Bird Photography
Let’s see how it all turns out. I am up to full speed to bring it to you in a few weeks. I hope you are as excited as I am. If not, don’t worry, be happy 🙂
Update as of 19-03-2018
Here’s a quick update on the ebook. I have scoured through almost 10,000 photographs so far in search of photos that can help me convey the right messages. You see, as I said in my post, I am taking a reverse approach this time around by using a Visual Approach where photos drive the concept home.
So far, I have been able to figure out 43 concepts with at least 2 to 3 photos to support each concept. I am assuming I will end up including more than a hundred photographs in this eBook. Maybe more. I am hoping this to be a visual treat for you. Hopefully, at the same time, helps you understand the concepts and apply them in the field.
Let’s hope for the best.
Take care. Take time for your family and friends. Of course, do clicks thousand more photographs. But, all good ones 🙂