When it comes to photographing birds in flight, there are three things that are far more important than your subject or the auto focus settings in your camera. Light, backgrounds, and wind direction are the three pillars to coming home with memory cards filled with solid photographs. Check out this video, if nothing else you get to see me fall off my boat!
The importance of flash in nature photography cannot be overstated. And yet, it creates more confusion and frustration than anything else in the world of photography. Much of this has to do with a misunderstanding of how flash is meant to be used in the first place. Follow along as I chase down carnivorous plants on the coastal plain of North Carolina and show you the specialized rig that I use for this type of photography.
One of the inherent challenges when using wide angle lenses in the field is what’s often referred to as barrel distortion. This is what makes tall vertical objects appear to be leaning over when working with focal lengths of 28mm or less. We used to correct for this by using what’s known as tilt-shift lenses or through a complicated process in Photoshop. Now, however, we are able to fix barrel / perspective distortion very quickly right inside of Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw.
Prior to my workshop on the Gulf Coast of Florida this April, I spent a week exploring and filming and photographing wildlife in this photographers paradise. From sandhill cranes with newborn colts to baby barred owls, this time of the year in this place is simply extraordinary and I really cannot think of another location in North American that I would rather be in April as a wildlife photographer! You don’t want to miss this one. . .
Photography Workshops and Expeditions
Night Skies of the Outer Banks
The Outer Banks of North Carolina’s coast is home to both the first national seashore in the world, and America’s first dark sky park: Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Join us for a week of chasing the Milky Way, star trails, and dreamscapes on the islands.
May 4 – 10, 2019 | SOLD OUT
Wild Horses of the Carolina Coast
The oldest known population of wild horses in North America, all set to the sub-tropical backdrop of an island paradise. You simply cannot find these type of photographs in the wild anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere.
May 19-23, 2019 | SOLD OUT
May 26-30, 2019 | SOLD OUT
Alaska Brown Bears
If you are looking for the densest population of brown bears on the planet, then this is the workshop for you. If you want big wilderness, bush planes, boats, bears, puffins, bald eagles, and maximum adventure, then this is the workshop you have been waiting for.
August 10 – 17 | 1 Space Open due to last minute cancelation
Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies
This place may be North America’s best kept wildlife photography secret. Big bull elk, gigantic moose, full curl bighorn rams, grizzlies, black bears, and jaw dropping scenery everywhere you turn. If you think Yellowstone and the Tetons are good, wait till you photograph in the Canadian Rockies.
September 18-25, 2019 | SOLD OUT
Wild Horses of the North Dakota Badlands
This is rugged western wild horse photography at its best. Set to the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful North Dakota badlands, this workshop will focus on wild horses, but will also encompass bison, elk, mule deer, coyotes, and so much more. This is a true wild west experience.
September 29- Oct 5, 2019
Biological Diversity of Panama
The North Coast of Panama is a world that is dripping with life. This workshop will focus heavily on macro photography, bird photography, and the use of flash. If you want to hang out in tropical bliss on deserted islands and learn how to once and for all master the use of flash, then this is a workshop you do not want to miss!
November 30 – Dec 7, 2019