More to come

A lot more is coming to this website, especially now I have found a sponsor as well. Please see the sponsor in the footer. Very proud to have them on board, perhaps in the near future I will have a camera sponsor as well. That would be great.

Website is still in development, if you have any feedback or tips, please contact me. I will appreciate it a lot.

Getting into it

Stunning nature and landscape photography requires the right gear, techniques and approach. You need to know the tools and techniques required for succeeding in this inspiring but demanding discipline. Exposure, focus, subjects, light, composition and photographic process are just a number of things needed to get your start in nature photography.

People frequently ask me how to get started in Nature and Wildlife photography. I find this question a bit humbling since I’m still a beginner, just starting my third year. However, my newbie status and being featured in magazines may be useful because it’s been too soon to forget anything.

Different people will have different opinions on how to start in this terrific hobby. I’m only going to address the way that I’ve done it and the products I’ve used, so that I can speak to you from direct, personal experience. I can, in good conscience, highly recommend the path that I’ve taken for one simple reason: It’s been more and more fun every step of the way.

There are four areas that I consider critical here:

Cameras, lenses, and filters
The craft of actually taking the photos
The software needed for post-processing in the computer, aka the digital darkroom
The emotional/spiritual thing

The right camera

For nature photographers (and those who want to join in), there has never been a better time to get started, or to make the switch to digital.

Why? First, the interest in nature photography is at an all-time high. A new, comprehensive exhibit of the work of Garry Winogrand started touring the country last year, and is accompanied by a helpful book which I highly recommend for anyone who is serious about nature shooting. A new feature film, Everybody’s Nature, featuring iconic nature photographers, was recently released. Even a documentary about Vivian Meier, the extreme nature photographer, was highly praised. Second, a new generation of affordable, nature-smart cameras has arrived that are faster and produce better image quality than ever. Gone, for all intents and purposes, are annoying lag times, and you no longer have to compromise between camera size, camera speed, and image quality (until recently, you could only choose one of the three). More new compact nature-friendly cameras now have eye-level viewfinders, which make them even more useful on location.

Until recently, my answer to the question “what’s the best camera for nature photography?” was, unequivicably, a Leica M-series rangefinder. While the Leica M, Leica M-E and Leica Monochrom M are all excellent tools (and if you’ve got the dough, bless you, and go for it) there is a new generation of legitimate alternatives that cost thousands less that will deliver equivalent performance and quality, albeit without some exclusive Leica features.

To the point: You can get a lightning-fast pocket-sized digital camera that will deliver DSLR-quality images for around $1,000-$2,000 (including the lens and viewfinder), something that was unthinkable two years ago.