Outdoor Photography

by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted
Many budding sports and wildlife photographers dream of larger and larger lenses that get them closer to the action while letting in more light—allowing blazing-fast, action-freezing shutter speeds that capture priceless moments on the field or out in the field. But, with long lenses comes the increased chance of camera shake due to the extreme focal lengths. How do we combat physics here? Well, if you are entering the world of the
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
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted
When you head out into the wilderness armed with a pro camera and big telephoto lens to tackle some awesome wildlife, landscape, and bird photography, you had best be sure to have the right accessories for your adventures! Let’s take a look at the best accessories for wildlife photography because—trust me—you don’t want to be the only photographer out there without a cool camouflage lens cover! Tripods I’ve said it before and I am saying it again:
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted
When it comes to bird and wildlife photography, the one word you need to know is: telephoto! If you've ever tried to approach birds or wild animals (not too close, please!) you've likely noticed they usually don't take kindly to humans and fly or scamper off before you get close enough for a photograph. The magic of the telephoto lens allows you to get "up close" without getting… up close. For birding and wildlife, getting closer usually means using lenses with a minimum 300mm focal length. We've all seen spectacular wildlife images by top
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted
If you are selling a used car online, one great way to make your car stand out from the rest and attract more attention is to up your photo game. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to capture compelling images of the car or truck you are ready to sell—a few simple tips can help your photos grab the attention of possible buyers. Photographs © Todd Vorenkamp You’ve seen the standard used-car photo—the boring shot taken outside a dealership, in a driveway or crowded parking lot, midday, from standing eye level, of a sterile-looking
0 Plays ·Posted
This week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast is a wonderful way to usher in autumn, and we hope it inspires our listeners to get out into the forests, fields, and streams to photograph what they love. It is also an episode that hits all the marks, as we talk about the gear, technique, science, ethics, and passion of photography―in this case, centered on fly-fishing photography. Our guests, Jess McGlothlin and
by Allan Weitz ·Posted
Despite what you might have heard, you don't  need a bag full of expensive gear or a passport to faraway lands to photograph  wildlife. Regardless of where you live, how hot it gets in the summertime or how cold it gets in the wintertime, you’re surrounded by wildlife the moment you step out your door. The fact of the matter is, if you live near a park or, for that matter, have trees outside your window, wildlife is all around you. Photographs © Allan Weitz 2021
by David Swindler ·Posted
We at B&H are excited to announce our partnership with the 2023 OUTSIDERS Photography Conference, to be held in person March 3-5, in Kanab, Utah. Virtual tickets are also available. Geared toward landscape, wildlife, and nature photographers of all backgrounds and abilities, this conference will provide attendees with three days of valuable instruction from talented photographers and industry professionals. Keynote speaker Keith Ladzinski is a National Geographic Photographer and Emmy nominated
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
To follow up on what is described by a fan as “the best two days in months,” B&H is rolling out the OPTIC All Stars Special Edition as a two-day virtual conference on November 22 and 23, 2020, organized in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions. Wildlife, landscape, and travel photographers from around the world are welcome to stream lectures, test their knowledge of photography trivia, attend virtual trade shows, join OPTIC hangouts to network and chat, and more. Above
by Allan Weitz ·Posted
If wanderlust is starting to get the best of you, consider upgrading your camera gear before heading out on your next outdoor adventure. 1. Clean Your Gear Your first order of business should be to make sure your camera bodies and lenses are clean and in proper working order. To learn more about cleaning and optimizing the performance of your cameras, camera sensors, lenses, and other photo essentials, refer to the tips I offer in
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted
Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this year, meaning an early spring where we can all get outdoors and have some fun! If you are going to do that, you will want a camera that will hold up to your adventures. The just-announced Ricoh WG-70 Tough Camera is a perfect choice. This is the next release in a long line of tough cameras, and it doesn’t seem like Ricoh changed the formula too much here. Ricoh simply took a great camera and
by Brian Zwiebel ·Posted
In Part 1 of The Savvy Winter Bird Photographer, I shared my strategies on how to best prepare yourself and your gear for dealing with extreme winter weather. In addition, I covered some tips for photographing from your vehicle and how to use manual focus in heavy snowfall. In Part 2, I will share some exposure tips, discuss how to create your own backyard bird studio, and also suggest a few winter bird
by Brian Zwiebel ·Posted
When winter rolls around, many bird photographers choose to hibernate like a bear or fly south like a bunting. However, with a few precautions and considerations, winter can be an excellent time of year to photograph birds, even in the northern climates. Over the years, I have made dozens of trips to photograph birds in some pretty extreme locations, such as the high arctic, northern Michigan, and northern Minnesota. In this first part of my two-part series, I will share my strategies to prepare yourself and your gear in the best ways for
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
While the specific origin remains fuzzy, an early appearance of the term Leaf Peeper—or Leaf Peeker, as initially used—is said to have surfaced as a newspaper headline in 1960s Vermont. Foliage tourism is legendary all over New England, but the neighboring states of Vermont and New Hampshire offer up a kaleidoscopic adventure in a tidy nutshell. Their shared border, similar shapes and compact size—respectively ranked as the 45th and 46th smallest states in the nation—is a handy springboard for a wide range of pictorial opportunities. Above
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
My 100 Nights project has opened my eyes in other, unexpected ways. Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s the environment that inspires me. On this particular night, in Iceland, last March, my friend David Wilder and I had been chasing clear skies to photograph the aurora. We started off at the famous Glacier Lagoon. We had scouted potential compositions in the daylight and were able to get a few aurora shots before crowds and clouds (surprise, surprise) thwarted our plans. We