Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography

A classic guide to creative nature photography, now updated for the digital world.

Amateur and experienced photographers interested in making more compelling images will love this new edition, now updated to address the exciting possibilities (and challenges) of digital image-making. Author Brenda Tharp’s inspiring approach has garnered fans all over the world, as she teaches that magical skill no camera can do for you: learn how to “see.” Readers expand their photographic vision and discover a wellspring of creativity as they learn how to use light, balance, color, design, pattern, texture, composition, and many simple techniques to take a photo from ordinary to high-impact. Featuring more than 150 stunning, all new images, Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography, Revised Edition is for anyone who understands the basic technical side to photography but wants to wake up their creative vision.

An award-winning photographer, writer, and teacher, Brenda’s graphic, colorful and expressive images have been published internationally in magazines, books, brochures, calendars and greeting cards. She teaches throughout the USA, and leads international and domestic photography tours.

Here’s what a few have said about Brenda and her book:

“What a delight! Outstanding photographs that inspire coupled with practical information that educates. Brenda’s friendly writing style and well-articulated ideas invite you to delve into the process and discover your own creative vision. Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography is a must-read for anyone wanting to hone their skills and make more expressive images.

Dewitt Jones – Photographer, Author and Speaker and good friend

Brenda is one of the country’s premier nature and travel photographers. Her work is evocative and sensitive, bold yet simple. As her many workshop students and fellow instructors will attest, her generosity in sharing her knowledge and attention to detail make her one of the top workshop instructors in the business. Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography is a treasure chest of that knowledge along with great images that will inspire us all.

Tony Sweet – Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and author of several books on creative photography

Brenda Tharp is an extraordinary photographer. She has the ability to combine her skills as both photographer and naturalist to impart in others the same excitement she has for nature. Brenda’s photographic signature is her amazing talent in discovering unique compositions and designs in nature. Her book, “Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography,” is the only guide to composition that I now recommend to my workshop students. Every nature photographer – pro and amateur – should read this book.

Jim Clark  Contributing Editor, Outdoor Photographer Magazine

Brenda Tharp is a consummate pro and wonderful teacher. In her book, she lets us in on her process, how she’s able to create such vivid imagery under a wide variety of circumstances in far flung places. This is a book that will appeal to photo enthusiasts and professionals alike, one that will help you create the same kind of “sit up and take notice” photography that has made Brenda Tharp one of the top pros working today.

Bob Krist – National Geographic Photographer, author of Spirit of Place, columnist for Outdoor Photographer

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Brenda Tharp’s photography books cover the essential concepts of creative photography, including composition, light, visual depth, perspective, point of view, color.