Bird by bird: 5 tips for the avian photographer


Joe Campanellie's Journey into the Fine Art of birds My interest in avian photography was sparked accidentally. It was never my intention for it to become a body of work that would define me. In the beginning my goal was simply to take my camera out for a few long walks to decompress and renew the passion I’d lost for my life’s work. In the end it led to that and so much more. The passion was indeed rekindled and my spirit renewed.But as with anything in life that’s worth achieving,... Continue Reading >

Ian Plant blazes his own trail in landscape and nature photography

April 2017 issue Profiles

It wasn’t a mutiny,” says landscape and nature photographer Ian Plant, “but it was close to one.” He was leading a nature photography workshop in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park when he explained to his attendees that they wouldn’t be going to Schwabacher Landing, the site where Ansel Adams made his famed “The Tetons and the Snake River” photograph in 1942. Instead, they would be going to a nearby and equally dramatic site.“They weren’t happy,” remembers Plant.... Continue Reading >

Michael Forsberg photo immortalized on U.S. stamp

2.22.2017 News

The size of the print is tiny, but its significance looms large.  On March 1, conservation photographer Michael Forsberg has his work immortalized when his image of sandhill cranes over the Platte River is dedicated as a U.S. stamp. The stamp commemorates Nebraska’s 150th year of statehood and represents an important part of the state’s natural heritage.Having grown up in Nebraska and now based in the state capitol of Lincoln, Forsberg has dedicated much of his 20-year career to... Continue Reading >

Wild thing: Photographing captive animals in studio

April 2016 issue News

The unlikely portrait subjectBrad Wilson’s portrait sessions with captive animals are as unpredictable as the subjects. After securing permission to photograph an animal, Wilson rents a studio or sound stage near the zoo or sanctuary where the animal resides, pays trainers to accompany the animal, and then gives the animal free reign. “The animals are effectively loose in the studio and are not trained in the traditional sense,” he says. “They’re habituated to humans and human... Continue Reading >

10 tips: Live animal sessions with kids

May 2015 issue Business

Child portraits with bunnies, ducklings, and chicks are popular for spring and make for adorable images. But how do you run these sessions in a way that’s safe and comfortable for both animal and child? Here are 10 tips:   First and foremost, get right with the law. When you capture images of  clients with their pets, you don’t have to obtain a license. But if you’re acquiring animals specifically for sessions, you’re required under the Animal Welfare Act to obtain an animal... Continue Reading >

Animal eyes

3.14.2016 Tech

Shape and location affect catchlightsAnimal eyes reflect light differently than human eyes. The breed and species of an animal, the angle of the eye itself, and how convex (spherical) the eye actually is are all elements that determine where the catchlights in the eye fall relative to where the light sources are placed.© Angela Lawson With the dog’s face forward, the catchlight from a fill reflector on camera left reflects in the center of the nearest eye and offset toward the nose in... Continue Reading >

Unleashed moments

March 2016 issue Profiles

Kaylee Greer’s approach captures dogs at their bestWhen Kaylee Greer photographed Guinness the chocolate lab in January 2014, she came prepared in the usual way: with a generous supply of dog treats, plenty of peanut butter, and toys to keep the subject engaged. Things that weren’t in her arsenal: a shot list, a detailed plan, or any preconceived notions as to how the commercial shoot would go.“I just go in and fly by the seat of my pants, I guess,” says Greer, laughing. “But I... Continue Reading >