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Links and Equipment

Below is a list of links that I refer to often in my photography work. There are many more resources out there for nature photographers. These are the ones I can endorse personally.

Photographers

Jack Graham Photography
Jack is a fellow nature photographer and former resident of northeast Ohio. He recently moved to the Portland, Oregon, area and is happily exploring his new surroundings. During the time Jack lived here, he and I became good friends and he has been a mentor to me. He has given me an abundance of great information on running a photography business and introduced me to many of the locations featured on my site. Jack runs photography trips to Utah/Arizona, Wyoming, California and Oregon throughout the year. You can also read his blog here.

Ian Adams Environmental Photography
I attended Ian's Digital Nature Photography class at the University of Akron in the summer of 2005. Until then, I had been doing mostly point-and-shoot photography with all of the camera settings on automatic. I learned more from Ian in two days than I had in a lifetime of bad photography. I highly recommend his classes to anyone starting out in digital photography. Ian is a prolific producer of photography books and calendars. It was the photos in his book, Ohio: A Bicentennial Portrait, that helped convince me to return to northeast Ohio.

Nature Photography Resources

Nature Photographers Network
What a fantastic resource for nature photographers! I can't say enough good things about this organization. This site contains resources, articles and most importantly, an opporunity to present your work for critique by some of the finest photographers in the world. Being a part of this organization has increased my learning curve dramatically.

Midwest Nature Photographers
MWNP is a regional forum of Nature Photographers Network. Members from Minnesota to Ohio have the opportunity to post and critique images, as well as share their favorite shooting locations.

Equipment and Supplies

Nikon
I came to be a Nikon user through a series of gifts in my life. I currently use a D-300 DSLR camera. I've been very pleased with Nikon's products and customer service. They have come through for me at critical times.

Sigma
I use a Sigma 180mm macro lens for my close-up work. This lens was recommended by Mike Moats and I've found it to be everything he said it would be.

Gitzo
I learned very quickly that a stable platform is the key to successful nature photography. Gitzo tripods are among the best. I use a Gitzo 1325. I chose a carbon fiber tripod because the legs do not get cold in the winter--and that can make a big difference when working in the field in northeast Ohio.

Really Right Stuff
The BH-55 head that I use is a work of art. RRS offers a complete line of well-designed and engineered ball heads, quick-release plates and other equipment for photography in the field.

B&H Photo
These guys have everything a photographer might need. And if you think their online store is amazing, you should visit the store in Manhattan. Their salepeople really know photography and are always ready to offer helpful suggestions.

Epson
I use both Epson printers and papers. Ultrachrome inks in combination with their Enhanced Matte paper give me excellent results for my larger prints.

Red River Paper
Red River Paper supplies the Polar Matte paper that I use to create my 5 x 7 cards.

Envelope Mall
EnvelopeMall.com carries a wide variety of envelopes at great prices. I use their Ultra White 5-1/4 x 7-1/4 (A7) envelopes with my cards.

Clear Bags
ClearBags.com carries plastic bags and boxes in all shapes and sizes. I use their #B5 clear bags with my single cards and their #FB4 clear plastic boxes for my 5-packs of cards. They also carry plastic bags large enough to hold matted prints.

Light Impressions
Everthing you might need to matte and frame your own photos. They specialize in acid-free, archival materials.

Ink Jet Art
A great source for inks and paper at discounted prices.

 

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