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Digital Wildlife Photography by John Barbara Gerlach

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5

Shooting Quality Images

WHAT IS A QUALITY IMAGE?

A quality image means different things to different photographers. There is no universal definition that works for everyone, but all of us know quality when we see it. We wish to humbly offer our view of what makes a quality image. Let’s discuss some of the key factors that affect quality. Some of these factors, such as exposure and focus, are covered in Chapters 3 and 4. We realize some information is being repeated here and we’ll try to minimize repetition, but we wish to bring everything together in one place.

EXPOSURE

Quality images must be optimally exposed to preserve important highlight detail, collect the maximum amount of exposure data, and reduce noise—especially in the dark portions ...

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