Wild Revelation Outdoors, Joseph Classen

Photography Books

Wildlife Photography – Advanced Field Techniques

Wildlife photography is an adventure! And, as any great adventure story unfolds, there are bound to be some great risks involved. Whether it’s the risk or the reward, or both, that motivates wildlife shooters, there is one pervasive truth: Preparation is key to success and survival.

In this book, Joseph Classen teaches readers how to select and use the appropriate specialized photographic and outdoor gear required for the rigors of wildlife photography … as you’d expect. However, he also teaches you how to mentally and physically prepare for an outing in which your wits must be as keen as your eye. Classen provides detailed insights into planning and packing for a wilderness adventure. Readers will learn how to securely pack their delicate photographic gear for a rugged, outdoor environment, but will also learn how to choose the best clothing for the site, accessories to ensure your personal safety, and even basic cooking and drinking requirements for days spent shooting in remote areas.

Once you’ve scouted your location, you’ll learn how to respectfully encounter your photographic subject using time-honored practices such as calling techniques, decoys, attractor scents, working invisibly from a blind or stand, or, conversely, by using a more active spot and stalk approach. You’ll learn how to read animal behaviors, from eating to mating, and predict how, when, and where your best photographic opportunities will arise, and also when your safety should be a greater concern than your shot.

With this complete approach, readers will find a compendium of information about wild-animal behavior, wilderness survival and safety, the art and science of photographic capture, and even storing and processing your prized digital files once you return home from your adventure. Armed with Classen’s suggestions and strategies, you’ll maximize your photo opportunities and increase the odds that your wildlife images are the mount-and-frame trophies you have dreamed of capturing. 

Whether you are striving to greatly improve your skills as a wildlife photographer, or you simply enjoy viewing amazing wildlife photography, this book is sure to please! 


How to Photograph Bears – The Beauty of the Beast

Join photographer and author Joseph Classen as he explores the topic of photographing one of nature’s most feared and fascinating creatures: bears! How to Photograph Bears takes photographers and nature enthusiasts on the adventure of a lifetime. Classen, along with contributing author and world renowned bear expert, Dr. Larry Van Daele, set the stage by first taking a fascinating look at the mystique of the bear and its cultural significance, which dates all the way back to the days of the Neanderthals. Next, readers will learn to separate fact from fiction while discovering the biological characteristics of bears and the extremely important safety precautions that apply to both the animals themselves and their habitats. 

After gaining a balanced, positive understanding about bears and bear safety, Classen then shares some of his most unforgettable bear photographs, the stories behind them, and most importantly, a wealth of information about how one can safely and respectfully capture beautiful images of these magnificent beasts. Whether one is heading out to the remote wilderness for the bear photo-safari of a lifetime, or simply spending a day at a nature preserve or zoo, How to Photograph Bears – The Beauty of the Beast, is sure to inspire, educate, and entertain bear lovers worldwide!


Shoot Cold
Pro Techniques for Exploring the Bold World of Winter Photography

Shake the seasonal blues and make winter your most creative time of year! Winter is a relatively untapped season for many photographers. As renowned nature photographer Joseph Classen proves, though, if you venture out, you’re sure to discover a remarkable array of photo opportunities. You’ll learn to recognize the obvious and overlooked subjects, both big and small, and to capitalize on what Mother Nature provides. In this beautifully illustrated book, you’ll discover intelligent approaches to preparing for each wintry photo outing and employing the best techniques for capturing subjects in all genres of winter photography—from nature and wildlife photography, to night and astrophotography, to urban, industrial, holiday photography, action and adventure, and more. Classen will also provide great tips for winterizing your camera gear—and keeping your body safe in cold climates. As you make your way through the book, you’ll gain a new appreciation for winter photography and will even begin to look forward to “shooting cold.” 

Whether you are seeking creative, new ideas to beat the winter blues, or simply enjoy a wide variety of spectacular winter photography, this book is sure to please!