Next workshop:
  1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    March 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  2. Butterfly Wonderland Photo Workshop
    March 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Lions Tigers & Bears
    March 16, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
  4. Create a SmugMug Website (The Basics)
    March 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  5. Out of Africa Wildlife Park
    April 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - April 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
logo

Blog

14 Sep 2016
What to do with your photos

What To Do Next With Your Beautiful Photos

How are you sharing your photos? Images of your travels, photo trips, as well as fun moments with friends and family. Studies show the main reason we take photos is to share our special moments with others.  How are you sharing your stories, passing on your experiences, expressing your interpretation of life, enabling your legacy to live on with your photos? I encourage you to do more with your photos, like setting up a new or enhanced website or creating and publishing photo books. You have incredible…

05 Aug 2016

Join Me on My Exciting New Journey!

After a 35 year career in corporate America, I’m now taking a much more passionate career path – wildlife photography! I’d always taken photos, but it was in Grand Teton NP in 2009 where I had my aha moment that wildlife photography was my calling and true passion. Since then, I have built a part-time business getting my photos licensed and published, conducting field workshops in the United States, leading photo safaris in Africa, publishing my first how-to wildlife photography…

10 May 2016

Where not to crop

We don’t always have the opportunity to include the entire body of the subject in the photo. It’s perfectly acceptable to crop the photo. Simply avoid cropping the subject at a joint, as illustrated in the photos below.

10 Dec 2015

Taking Photos in Snowy Conditions

Getting a good exposure in snowy conditions can be a little tricky. Does the snow look gray in your photos? This tip explains why this happens and what to do about it. Camera meters are designed to give exposure readings perceptually in the middle between white and black, a middle- tone value. When your scene is mostly snow, the camera meter gives a reading that brings the tonality back to neutral gray, which causes the image to be underexposed. In…

10 Dec 2015

Demystify Depth of Field

Depth of Field is how much of a given photograph is in sharp focus from the foreground of what’s in your frame to the background. Only what your focus point is on (shown as a square or dot when you look through the view finder) will be razor sharp. Other elements in front of (closer to you) and behind (further away from you) will be somewhat sharp. A “shallow” depth of field means a limited part of the photo is…

10 Aug 2015

Create a Portfolio That Shows Your Talent

Do you have a portfolio of your photographs? For most of us, the thought of doing this seems daunting. Why is having a portfolio important? To showcase your talent. To self-critique your photos. To sell your work. To see what you’ve accomplished so far. To help you plan what to photograph next. Where do you start? How do you choose the photos? The following steps provide an approach to assembling a portfolio that you will be proud to share. Choose a…

09 Sep 2014

How To Make A Fence Disappear

Is there a fence in your way? No problem! Use these camera settings to make the fence disappear in your photograph. Use the longest focal length of your telephoto lens. If you are able to put the lens within an inch or two from the fence, a 100mm focal length will work. The farther away you are from the fence, the longer the focal length you will need to make the fence disappear. Generally, if you are a few feet…

09 Jun 2014

Camera Settings Checklist

Check the settings each time you use your camera. Use this 10-step checklist to be ready when a wildlife photo opportunity presents itself. Set Exposure Mode: Choose Aperture Priority (A or AV) to control depth of field. Choose Shutter Priority (S or TV) to blur/freeze movement. Choose Manual to control both. Set Aperture f-stop (In Aperture Priority or Manual): f/4 – f/7 will soften or blur the background and enable faster shutter speeds. Set Shutter Speed (In Shutter Priority or…

09 Apr 2014

Maximizing Autofocus

“Auto” focus is more than one button on your camera. There are actually two functions and multiple combinations that on one hand give you the best possible chance of getting sharp focused photos. And on the other hand, when there are multiple choices, which one do you use when? Here are the two functions and optimal settings for various wildlife photography situations. Auto Focus Mode. Determines whether the camera focuses once or continuously when the shutter is pressed halfway. Choose either…

09 Jan 2014

If You Can Bring One Lens Only

If you could bring only ONE lens from your camera bag to a wildlife photo outing, which one would you choose? With wildlife photography, your biggest, longest focal length lens or your telephoto lens is not always the best choice. Consider the following when choosing the right lens: Size of the subject. For small subjects, use a short focal length. Distance the subject is from you. For subjects far away from you, use a longer focal length so that the subject…