Nature Photography

by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted
The ubiquitous shoulder-mounted camera bag is a fantastic camera carrying solution for almost any type of photography—except when it comes to wildlife and nature photography. If you are hiking far from civilization and deep into nature—be it a forest, tundra, mountains, desert, or jungle—you’ll likely bring a dedicated hiking backpack. Luckily for nature photographers, camera bag manufacturers and manufacturers of traditional hiking packs have created
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We're all about flower power on this week's podcast, in celebration of Valentine's Day. Joining us in discussion are photography curator Danae Panchaud, co-author of the recent book Flora Photographica, along with contributing photographer and audience favorite Abelardo Morell. After describing the book's genesis and scope, Panchaud delves into the extensive research
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It's leaf-peeping time in the northern hemisphere, when trees break into riots of color as autumn plows a path from north to south. Two of the best regions for capturing the show here in the US are across New England and along California's magnificent Sierra Nevada. To help get you up to speed when preparing for your own foliage excursions, we speak with landscape photography specialists in each of these regions—Jerry Monkman, in New England, and G. Dan Mitchell
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Sapna Reddy and Matt Kloskowski have more in common than colorful photos of birds in nature and soothing landscapes. In this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we investigate how their respective work lives have fueled the technical mastery that allows their creative vision to flourish. We spoke with them both as part of our continuing coverage of B&H’s 
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On this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we return to the 2022 OPTIC Conference for two enjoyable and pragmatic segments about macro photography. While both photographers we speak with are well-rounded professionals, their not-so-secret joy is crawling around in gardens and woods, making beautiful close-up macro
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On this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we are pleased to present a conversation with photographer Camille Seaman, and pleased to do so from the halls of the OPTIC 2022 Photo Conference, which we have certainly missed over the past two years. Seaman was a keynote speaker at the
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It’s worth the time to see the work of photographer Mandy Barker before listening to this episode. Take a glance at the B&H Photography Podcast homepage or Barker’s website to get a sense of the simple but imaginative images she creates; it will certainly enrich the experience of hearing her speak about photographing plastic garbage, which is what she has found to be her calling. Of course, we’re being a bit facetious but, as we discover
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
In his 1997 article “The Problem with Wildlife Photography,” author and environmental activist Bill McKibben wrote, “Without Kodak there’d be no Endangered Species Act.” While viewed by some at the time as controversial, McKibben’s point has only gained traction in the intervening years. Recent news reports abound with stories of overenthusiastic shutterbugs who do harm to themselves—or worse yet, to their intended animal subjects—when attempting selfies in the wild or trying to capture a prize-winning close-up. Fueled by the power of
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted
Welcome to B&H Photo’s Wildlife Week! Running from May 10-13, 2021, across all of B&H's channels will be loads of new content and events regarding awesome wildlife photography. You'll find inspiring presentations from nature and wildlife photographers who go far off the beaten path to get those epic wildlife shots—sharing their secrets with you so that you can head out into nature (or to your local zoo) to get your own! Find us on social media at #BHWildlifeWeek to share and spread the wildlife action with your fellow photographers! To
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What a treat to welcome photographer Ami Vitale to the B&H Photography Podcast. Vitale is mustering her high profile as a National Geographic photographer, as well as the talents of eighty-nine other incredible photographers, to raise funds for Conservation International. The Prints for Nature Sale runs until December 10, 2020 and offers gorgeous gallery-quality prints at a very affordable
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
This holiday season, photography and nature lovers alike have a rare opportunity to acquire world-class fine art prints while simultaneously helping to support Conservation International’s essential mission to “spotlight and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity.” Above photograph © Renan Ozturk/Prints for Nature, @renan_ozturk This unprecedented print sale was created by National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale, who used her tremendous influence to source donated images from more than eighty-five of the world’s top
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Whether photographing your own garden or the sculpted acreage of the Rockefellers, following the light and finding infinite new angles to present the flora is time well spent. That is the clear takeaway from this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast with photographer Larry Lederman. However, we also discuss practical tips on bracketing, histograms, tripods, and zoom lenses for medium format cameras. It really is a nice chat
by Brian Zwiebel ·Posted
It’s that wonderful time of year again, and B&H has plenty of great gifts for the bird and wildlife photographers in your life—or a little something for yourself! Below are twenty-five gift ideas to get the photographers on your list excited to go outside and make pictures. 1. Giottos Rocket Blaster Dust-Removal Tool Spending time photographing the outdoors can be rough on your gear. Giottos Rocket Blaster can safely remove dust, sand, and
by Brian Zwiebel ·Posted
The technological advancements in photography could hardly be imagined by photographers using slow film with manual focus, non-stabilized lenses just 20 years ago. Go back further and cameras did not even have built-in meters. Photographers had to use an incident meter to determine a proper exposure, then dial-in the settings manually. Everyone had to know how to use manual mode! Above image: Black-billed Magpie; manual mode; 1/2000 second; f/8; ISO 800 The above image was the ultimate exposure challenge. A high-contrast bird was flying in
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
Wildlife conservation photographer Clay Bolt says, “As far back as I can remember, I've been fascinated with insects, and little things like frogs. My other twin passion was always art, particularly illustration, and later on painting. So, I’ve always gone back and forth to combine these two loves of my life.” Growing up in South Carolina, Bolt was drawn to nature, but had yet to discover the rich biodiversity of his boyhood stomping grounds fully. After heading off to university with a portfolio of illustrations and paintings, he followed a