Learn Wildlife Photography From Tim Laman

Check out Tim Laman’s latest publication “The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography”.  Tim prepared 12 lectures on wildlife photography while renowned photographer Michael Melford has 12 lectures on landscape photography.  Tim teaches the practical, technical and artistic aspects of wildlife photography while showing you how he took some of his world famous photographs.

The Great Courses provides multiple options for learning.  There is a monthly or annual online plan or you can purchase the lectures on DVD.  The 4 DVDs come with a 248 page course guidebook.  Check out The Great Courses website to watch the trailer or start a free trial.

Tim Interviewed on Talk Radio

WHYY Interview

When Tim and Edwin Scholes were in Philadelphia for the opening of their Birds of Paradise exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University they did a radio interview.  You can listen to the podcast of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane as they discuss the behavior of the birds of paradise and how they captured all 39 species.  As part of the interview they broadcast some of the birds of paradise mating calls and explain how they do it.

 

 

Bird-of-Paradise Intro video hits 3 million views!

Our Bird-of-Paradise Project Intro video hit another milestone on YouTube today, passing 3,000,000 views!  This video featuring the work of Ed Scholes and myself to document all the Birds-of-Paradise was put together by our talented colleagues at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology multimedia department.  Thanks for the great work guys in making this so appealing to so many people!

 

 

 

The Story Behind a Dream Shot

A Greater Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male greets the sunrise from his tree top display perch in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.

A Greater Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male greets the sunrise from his tree top display perch in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.

This is one of my true “dream shots”.  I had imagined a shot like this with a bird-of-paradise in the foreground and a view out over the rain forest for years, but never found a place where I might be able to make it.  Finally in the Aru Islands in 2010, I saw my opportunity.  But the problem was getting the camera in the right place.  I solved the problem by developing what I called the “leaf-cam”, a camera well hidden in leaves, and controlled remotely.

Here is a short video that tells the story of how I set this up, and finally got the shot.

 

 

 

Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Cobalt-winged Parakeets (Brotogeris cyanoptera) at a clay lick south of the Napo River, Yasuni National Park, Orellana Province, Ecuador

Cobalt-winged Parakeets (Brotogeris cyanoptera) at a clay lick south of the Napo River, Yasuni National Park, Orellana Province, Ecuador

For the January 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine, I was part of a team of five Nat Geo photographers including Ivan Kashinsky, Karla Gachet, David Liittschwager and Steve Winter.  We went to Ecuador for one month to document the biologically richest place on the planet, Yasuni National Park, and the important conservation issues and human cultural issues surrounding it.  Here is the feature story at Nat Geo.

You can see how all our efforts came together to tell the story in this interactive.

Also, Spencer Milsap of Nat Geo produced this video piece, which my assistant Anand Varma and I also helped to shoot.  It captures what it was like to work on this story in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador.