Lincoln’s Sparrow on Lupine from a past summer, near Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.
I want to take my photo blog in a new direction. Well maybe a better description is an additional direction. I still plan to post a photo nearly every day and share experiences from the field and our travels, but I want to do more.
I receive numerous complimentary emails, but the one thing people seem to ask for over and over is for more infomation about the techniques and methods used to capture the photos. I think many of my subscribers would like to improve their photography, and I haven’t done much to help in that area.
Recently I visited the Strobist, which is a very popular photography blog by David Hobby dealing specifically with the use of flash. On David’s website, he has an ongoing series of lessons beginning with the very basics of lighting, including the actual gear he uses. His lessons continue over the years and build to some very advanced topics. I spent a great deal of time on his site recently brushing up on my flash knowledge and found his format very useful, and the website very informative.
This got me to thinking, I don’t believe there is a similar website geared toward nature photography. There probably is, but I’m not aware of one. So to give credit where credit is due, I thought I would present a series of lessons much like the Strobist, but specifically geared to photographing landscapes and wildlife. I would link the lessons together so someone could easily follow them in order, and would start by covering the basic gear I use, things like ball heads and L brackets. This stuff maybe basic to some, but helpful to others. These lessons will have a digital slant, but much of the information is applicable with film as well.
Like most things in life, there really isn’t one right answer or perfect method, but I will share what has worked for me over the years as a full-time photographer. I would like to cover much more than gear, and over the upcoming years also cover techniques, composition, light and topics that are rarely written about like spotting and approaching wildlife, photographing from boats – heck I already have a long list. I think I may even walk through the steps I use on a typical image in Photoshop. Eventually, I would like to get to some more advanced topics such as tilt shift lenses, the use of remotes, and panoramic heads.
So that is my plan anyway. Like I said, by and large the blog will still be photos and stories from my travels, with the lessons interspersed as I have time to write them.