Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

When I first opened Wildlife Photographer: A Course in Creative Photography by Chris Gomersall, I was merely expecting a nice coffee table book with lots of pretty pictures. What I got was so much more. Gomersall has spent the better part of 30 years photographing wildlife and nature, though birds are his speciality. I must say that his experience shows through every page. Yes, he has wonderful photos to share, but he also provides plenty of good advice.

Gomersall doesn’t go into all the technical details of setting up each shot. He describes what he did and what he was looking for and covers the basics. He instructs with stories and explains that the photos should be telling stories of their own. I enjoyed reading Wildlife Photographer; Gomersall has an easy way with words. It is obvious that he has a wealth of knowledge and care deeply about the subject.

Overall, Gomersall’s photographs are absolutely beautiful and these alone make the book worthwhile. If you are interested in photography, especially wildlife photography, I’m sure you can learn something from this book.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Frances Lincoln. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.