Course: Photographing Vanuatu

Pro landscape photographers Ian Plant and Zac Mills travel to the island nation of Vanuatu to photograph one of the most active volcanoes in the world, sharing their techniques for making stunning images of this amazing natural spectacle. Ian and Zac discuss in detail the artistic and technical decisions they made when photographing the volcano… Read more »

How to Photograph Lava

Although there is no force of nature more destructive than a volcanic eruption, there are actually a few places in the world where you can photograph lava as it explodes, erupts, or oozes out from the molten core of the Earth safely. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in the United States, Nyiragongo Volcano in the Democratic… Read more »

Photographing the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands, located in the South Atlantic off the coast of South America, are world-renowned for their exceptional wildlife photography opportunities. Large, easily accessible colonies contain tens of thousands of some of the world’s most incredible birds, including five species of penguin, imperial cormorants, and black-browed albatross. Elephant seals, sea lions, and orcas are… Read more »

Video: Product Review: Peak Design Photography Bag

A flexible backpack is essential to organize your camera gear when you are in the field. In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant shows you his favorite backpack, the 20L version from Peak Design. The Peak Design 20L backpack has a top opening with four latches, two side pouches with internal dividers… Read more »

Video: Behind the Shot: Sunset Over Lake Superior

In this video, pro nature photographer Ian Plant wades through waist deep water to get into a sandstone “sea cave” on the shore of Lake Superior. Join him as he discusses artistic and technical strategies for photographing sunset over the lake from inside the cave. WATCH NOW >>

Review: Katana Jr. Gimbal Head

If you are serious about wildlife photography, you are going to want to invest in a quality gimbal head. Most long telephoto lens used in wildlife work are simply too heavy and bulky for prolonged handheld shooting. A gimbal is designed to balance the camera and lens so that it rotates around its center of… Read more »

Video: Behind the Scenes: Shooting a Sea Cave

Nature photography can often be physically challenging. In this video, pro nature photographer Ian Plant takes you behind the scenes for a photo shoot inside a sandstone “sea cave” he discovered along the shore of Lake Superior. Join him as he travels by kayak to the cave, and then sets up his tripod with extension… Read more »

Video: How to Use a Polarizer Filter in Landscape Photography

In this video, pro nature photographer Ian Plant discusses the importance of using a polarizer filter to reduce glare, enhance contrast, and improve color saturation when working with forest and waterfall scenes. Ian talks about proper techniques for using a polarizer, as well as the kinds of scenes where it is useful. WATCH NOW >>

Behind the Shot: Iceland Ice Cave

I recently got back from a two-week winter trip to Iceland. I was leading a photo tour there most of the time, which limited my ability to make my own photos, but I managed to get a few that I liked. I also got a chance to fly my DJI Phantom 4 drone a bit… Read more »

Video: Using a Filter Holder for Outdoor Photography

In outdoor photography, there are certain lens filters you will find useful. In this video, world- renowned photographer, Ian Plant, shows you why. Ian recommends placing photo filters into a metal filter holder that attaches to your lens. The advantage is you can use multiple filters at once as opposed to stacking the screw-on filters,… Read more »