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I could easily make a simple listing of links, but I wanted to explain why I believe these sites are worth your attention. For me, these individuals, organizations or publications have helped me develop the skills, networking, and passion that have forged my nature photography. Hope they will do the same for you.
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Camera Gear & Software
From bags to triopods to editing softtware
Photography & Environmental Organizations
Carson Clark Photo
My son Carson's website will show you why it's important to have fun when photographing. It always helps to have the "eye of a child" when going into nature and searching for that unique composition or moment to capture. Carson is my hero. I have learned so much from him.
Defenders of Wildlife
The one environmental organization that is really working hard to protect our nationís natural heritage. This organization focusís its efforts on the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction. Long known for their leadership on endangered species issues, Defenders of Wildlife also advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that will help keep species from becoming endangered. Carson and I work a lot with Defenders including assisting in their annual conservation workshop in Yellowstone.
I use Epson printers for my printing, including the Epson 4000. The quality of the prints is amazing.
Another sponsor of Carson's photography projects, we use Bogen's Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods exclusively. Currently, Carson is using the Manfrotto 190MF3 Magfiber tripod, while I'm using an assortment of their Gitzo models.
For pure enjoyment of nature photography, be sure to check out this magazine. My wife and I have served on the Natureís Best Foundation advisory board for several years now and we are proud of how this magazine has become one of the best in the world in terms of quality of images and stories. An essay and portfolio of my images of West Virginia were published in Natureís Best in 2000. When Carson was six, his image of a monarch butterfly appeared in the magazineís 2006 fall issue (the image received an honorable mention in the magazineís international photography contest).
Nik Software has many wonderful software and plug-ins to make editing images not only a breeze, but more enjoyable. I use their Color Efex Pro software to spruce up my images and to add more pop to them.
Nikon Capture NX2
This is the editing program that I use the most, especially when editing my Nikon RAW Files. It's easy to use, doesn't require separate steps for making layers, and it incorporates Nik Software's U-Point Technology for dong selective adjustments.
North American Nature Photographers Association
The only international organization dedicated solely to nature photography and photographers. I am a charter member and I had the honor of serving as NANPA President in 2002. Itís worth considering joining if you are really interested in improving your nature photography skills, if you want to meet others from around the world with the same passion for nature and photography, and if you are really intent on making nature photography a part-time or full-time career. I owe this organization so much for what it has helped me achieve over the years. The annual summits are a wonderful week of learning, networking, and inspiration. In 2010, Carson was the opening keynote speaker at their annual meeting in Reno, Nevada. Consider attending not only the annual conference, but NANPAís many road show seminars and regional forums. They are informative and fun.
Outdoor Photo Gear
A great place to find a wide selection of outdoor photography gear!
Anyone interested in nature photography should be reading and subscribing to this magazine as well as their sister publications, PC Photo and Digital Photo Pro. To date, Iíve had more than 35 articles published in OP. In 2005 I was added to the OP staff as a contributing editor. What an honor. My main focus for OP is to profile up and coming nature photographers.
A great assortment of filters. Top quality glass and solid construction. I love the vari-neutral density filters.
Steve personifies professionalism in his work as a photographer. He also shows heart and enthusiasm in everything he does in life. Once you meet Steve, youíll become a big fan of not only his beautiful photography, but Steve himself. As West Virginiaís official state photographer, Steve has done more to promote the beauty of the mountain state than anyone else today.
The Mountain Institute
This international environmental organization has supported my efforts over the years to photograph the wonders of the Appalachian Mountains. For nearly eight years, I conducted workshops and programs for the Institute. I truly admire the work these dedicated folks do to protect mountain cultures and environments around the world. Itís always a pleasure to work with them.
Home of some great accessories for the nature photographer, I use their Plamps quite a bit for my macro and wildflower photography. The fine folks of Wimberley have supported my sonís and my photography for several years now. Be sure to check them out for flash brackets, plamps, and other photographic accessories. If you are a serious wildlife photographer, then you must invest in their wonderful Wimberley tripod head. Carson and I use them especially when photographing the beaver family that is the subject of our childrenís books. Carson loves the Wimberley Sidekick which easily handles the Nikkor 200-400 VR lens that he uses. For my 600mm f/4 Nikkor lens, I use the Wimberley Version II.
This is the site to visit when you want to keep up with the latest news about Yellowstone National Park. Great articles, insight opinions, and some fine photography.