Moose Photography Guide

Moose are definitely not at the top of the food chain, but they are the kings of the forest. No animal in North America stands on all legs as high as an Alaskan Moose including you. Vou will never forget being close to a bull Alaskan Moose as they tower over you standing over seven feet tall. Talking to many photographers Moose are at the top of everyone’s list because for most people they are the illusive mammal that never comes close. There is nothing like photographing a rut from start to finish, and my goal is to help you be successful this fall. When you are photographing Moose during the rut both timing and location are critical for success as well as understanding Moose behavior.

Falkland Islands Part 2

Being completely surrounded by penguins and camping among them for nearly one and a half months was an experience I will never forget. This is the second part of a two-article series covering some of my favorite photos taken and describing the experiences behind the photo. The Falkland Islands are situated between South America and Antarctica and is the best place in the world to photograph penguins and other bird species as they use the island as their nesting grounds. In this article, I am going to share some of my favorite photos of Gentoo Penguins, King Penguins, Magellanic Penguins, Rockhopper Penguins, Albatross, and Striated Caracara.

Falkland Islands Part 1

Penguins are my favorite bird and I have been/ still are obsessed with them. Even though I am a wildlife photographer, my goal was not just to get nice photos. My main goal was to surround myself in their environment and just experience living next to my favorite animal. I decided to make my dream a reality and travel for nearly one and a half months camping feet away from penguins on a remote island located between South America and Antarctica called the Falkland Islands.

5 Techniques To Improve Your Birds In Flight Photography

There is nice golden light peaking over to the horizon, and there is a Reddish Egret foraging in the water.  Suddenly, the bird jumps up and flies away while your camera is still in transition to your eye.  You didn’t even fire a frame.  If this ever happens to you these five techniques will help you get the bird in the viewfinder to create awesome images. 

Instagram Shadow Ban

Are you experiencing an Instagram engagement drop?  Have you heard about the mystical shadow ban? After seeing my engagement fall to 300-700 likes/ photo I ended up searching the web, and landed on https://shadowban.azurewebsites.  Do yourself a favor and try this service for yourself.  Did you get the “Sorry, this post is banned :( ?“  Well, I did as well.   

Photographer's Guide to Cold Weather- Ankles Down

If your feet are cold, then you are not dressed properly.  I have either guided or run into other photographers dealing with cold feet and, as you know, it is uncomfortable/ painful detracting your focus away from the animal towards your lower extremities.  If you are dress properly even in the most extreme conditions, your feet will feel comfortable.  The three components of adequately keeping your feet warm are socks, inside the boots, and boots. 

Equipment Guide to Wildlife Flash Photography

Most wildlife photographers undervalue the importance of having/ using a flash and, in my opinion, is a huge mistake.  Utilizing a speedlight allows you to add some fill flash to a photo or for total illumination of a particular subject. Have you ever wanted to add a little light when you’re photographing an animal?  Utilizing a little fill flash will give you pleasing results by adding some life to the image by the addition of a catch light in the eyes.  Getting the right gear for flash can be confusing, so hopefully I’m going to demystify the setup. 

Canon 100-400mm f/ 4.5-5.6 IS II Review

Prior to the introduction of the 100-400 f/ 4.5- 5.6 IS II, Canon has had an apparent gap in their telephoto lens lineup.  The previous version was a slow- focusing lens, which caused photographers to opt for either fixed focal length offerings, shorter zoom options, or lenses made by third- party manufacturers.  Canon drastically improved the performance of the lens by enhancing the sharpness, autofocus speed, and some other characteristics.  However, the new lens also has some negatives. 

Tripod Selection

There is a place, and time, for hand holding supertelephoto lenses.  Hand holding larger lenses allows you to move more dynamically, however after prolong period fatigue will kick in.  For me, a good tripod has four main characteristics: stability, portability, functionality, and durability.  Tripods are expensive, and so are your lenses.  Buying a cheaper tripod will save you money in the short- run, and just like anything cheap you buy now, 99% of the time you will end up upgrading.  However, don’t use price to determine quality; there are many expensive pieces of junk (Gitzo). 

Guide to Capturing Wildlife Up Close & Personal

Capturing wildlife up close and personal can prove challenging for nature photographers—and also worthwhile. Shortening the distance between camera and subject allows the photographer to experience different points of view, and wide-angle lenses can throw a subject into a strikingly larger-than-life perspective. While successfully capturing such pictures requires more than a little skill, the fundamentals are simple. Every close encounter has three main parts: location, approach, and exit.