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.

New Species Discovered In Lost World

If you missed Tim’s article in Australian Geographic you can now read it online.  In the Cape York Peninsula of Australia, the boulder fields are a spectacular sight.  Tim and biologist Conrad Hoskin traveled by helicopter to discover new species during their expedition.  You can read the article on Australian Geographic’s webpage – Cape Melville’s Lost World.


The boulder fields and rainforest of the Cape Melville Range, with Araucaria trees rising above the rest of the forest. Cape Melville Range, Cape Melville National Park, Cape York Peninsula

The boulder fields and rainforest of the Cape Melville Range, with Araucaria trees rising above the rest of the forest.

Orangutans – Out on a Limb Published in Dec 2016 NatGeo Magazine

It’s been several years in the works, and I’m happy to share that my latest National Geographic magazine story “Orangutans – Out on a Limb” has just appeared in the December 2016 issue.  Check out the Dec print magazine, or one of the digital editions online or on your iPad to see the extra videos.


The article, by Mel White, features new discoveries about orangutans by researchers such as my wife Cheryl Knott and her team (learn more about their work at www.saveGPorangutans.com), and many other researchers.  Also, the realities of orangutan conservation are also dealt with.  I’m really proud to have this come out, and hope you will all take a look and get engaged in this important issue.

Mission Critical: Orangutan On The Edge Premiers on Earth Day

This Friday at 9 pm, the Nat Geo Wild Channel will premier Tim’s show on Orangutans.  As you can see below, if you check out their website now you can view clips from the show along with a slideshow of Tim’s images.  Learn about Orangutans and Tim’s mission to save them at Nat Geo Wild’s website.

NG Wild Orangutans

National Geographic Traveler

Tim’s pictures were featured in the April/May issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.  The story was written by his wife and 2 kids about their summer adventures to Borneo as a family.

Flashback Japan – feature in Japanese National Geographic

Happy 20th Anniversary to National Geographic Japan, the first international edition of National Geographic magazine!

In honor of their anniversary, National Geographic Japan created a special section called Flashback Japan in their December 2015 issue, and I am honored to be featured.  They selected one of my images from my story about Japanese Winter Wildlife, originally published in the January 2003 issue of National Geographic.  Here is the spread from Japanese National Geographic. I have provided an English translation of the Japanese text below.

Flashback Japan - Dec 2015 National Geographic Japanese edition spread featuring a photo from Tim Laman's Jan 2003 article about Winter Wildlife in Japan.


Here is the English translation of the text on the spread above, published in Dec 2015 National Geographic Japanese edition:

Deer and Sea Ice, Hokkaido, Japan

One morning, photographer Tim Laman was exploring the remote coast of Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido. While he was making landscape photographs of the sea ice, several deer appeared, walking along the beach. “I became very excited at what they might add to the composition,” Tim said.

Laman, a world-class wildlife photographer, is also a field biologist with a doctorate from Harvard. He says, “I like to capture images showing animals in their landscape.” After a while, two of the deer, coming from opposite directions, met and gently touched noses, perhaps in greeting. “It was a brief moment, but I snapped the shutter and captured it.”

Japan is a second home to Laman, because he was born and grew up in Japan — in Tokyo, Sasebo, and Kobe, due to his father’s job. So the story, Japan’s Winter Wildlife in NGM 2003 January issue, was like a dream come true. “I wanted to show the broader world the beauty of nature in Japan. I chose the winter season for its clean beauty,” he said.

On his assignment, he worked in Nagano, Iwate, and Hokkaido, to capture monkeys in Jigokudani or swans in Lake Kussharo, and many other subjects. Tim says some of his favorite photographs are those of Red-crowned Cranes in Kushiro Shitsugen wetland. “Sunrise on the river, and the roosting cranes backlit through the mist. Or a couple making a mating call as snow gently fell through the air. I had many unforgettable moments.”

Borneo Is Burning

Yesterday, National Geographic News posted Tim’s photo story on their website, Photos: Indonesia’s Rampant Fires Threaten Rare Orangutans.  A couple of weeks ago Tim was on assignment in Indonesia photographing the devastation.  He was on the front lines where people were desperately trying to put out the fires.  Not only is this a huge ecological disaster threatening orangutans and other wildlife but it is also effecting the air we breath.  Check out Tim’s Instagram (@TimLaman) to see other pictures of the wildfires.  To see more pictures of the endangered orangutans the fire is threatening, visit Tim Laman’s Wild Orangutan gallery.

National Geographic PROOF Blog

Young adult female Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) (Walima aka Martina)


This summer follow Tim’s adventures with his family in Borneo documenting orangutans for an assignment with National Geographic on their PROOF blog.  View his first post: Postcards From Borneo: A Family Adventure Begins Anew.

BBC Wildlife Portfolio

BBC Wildlife magazine published Tim’s Birds of Paradise images in their December issue.  The 13 page portfolio includes 12 of Tim’s best Birds of Paradise photographs.


Birds of Paradise in Outdoor Photographer

Birds of Paradise CoverThis months issue of Outdoor Photographer features a story on Tim’s Birds of Paradise project.  Writer Amy Gulick tells of Tim’s 8 year journey culminating with the publication of “Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds”.  It features some of Tim’s best Birds of Paradise photographs.  You can view the article online at Outdoor Photographer’s website:  Birds of Paradise.  If you live in the U.S., you still have a couple more days to order the book to receive it before Christmas.  Purchase the Birds of Paradise book at Tim Laman’s store.