With this relaunch of my website I hope to resume my frequent blog posts about Wildlife and Nature photography. I will also be producing frequent video tutorials about photography in the field, image workflow, and shooting video with your DSLR.
Lastly please bear with me as I consolidate the content and functions of my different websites into this new one as well as migrate all the content I had already published under my old website.
As always feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
I wanted to make sure you all knew about the new podcast that I co-founded with my friend Andy Williams, the AlphaMirrorless Podcast. As you may have heard, I have started shooting with the Sony Alpha system and when I was first investigating this new system I realized that there was a big gap in reliable information on this emerging camera system. So Andy and I teamed up with our friends and This Week in Photography to launch this new podcast.
In this podcast Andy and I talk about much more than just the AlphaMirrorless system. We cover many other photography topics such as wildlife, landscape and Infrared photography to mention a few. So make sure to check it out. I am sure you will enjoy it.
I am very proud to announce that my Wildlife Photography class has just been released by Craftsy.
I’ve been a photographer for more than 20 years and have been primarily a wildlife photographer for the last 10 and in this class I’ve poured all of my tips and techniques that will help you get started with wildlife photography, or if you already have experience photographing wildlife, will help you to take your wildlife photography to the next step.
During the two hour long class I will provide gear recommendations for traveling light in the field, plus tips for streamlining your shooting process. You will also learn how to reliably and repeatedly find wildlife as you develop an understanding of animal behavior, habitats and food sources. Then, explore tried-and-true techniques for approaching wildlife, along with valuable compositional tools that guarantee a high-quality shot in any situation. Take advantage of natural light to maximize your shooting opportunities, and find out how to use flash and exposure techniques to enhance your images. Finally, I share simple landscaping ideas to attract smaller-scale animals in your own backyard, and reveal must-have post-processing techniques for impressive images.
The class is broken down into 7 lessons:
- Lesson 1. Equipment, Ethics & Awareness
- Lesson 2. Studying & Locating Subjects
- Lesson 3. Approaching & Composing Subjects
- Lesson 4. Deciphering Light in Nature
- Lesson 5. Maximizing Your Gear
- Lesson 6. Wildlife in Your Backyard
- Lesson 7. Editing & Post-Processing
Craftsy’s platform is the best in the business allowing you to not only jump between sections of the class easily, but also ask me questions directly based on the content of the online course and interact with fellow students.
For this class I traveled to Rocky Mountain Park where I photographed the Elk rut this past fall.
To get more information and to purchase the class, click on the following link: http://www.craftsy.com/ext/JuanPons_4827_F
Some of you may be aware of the video photo workshop series I am producing with my friend Alan Murphy titled Birds Through The Lens, well I have some exciting news! We are done with the shooting and the rough edit and I am currently putting the finishing touches on the second installment of the series. Our goal is to release this second installment by the end of this month, yes April 2014.
If you are not familiar with the Birds Through The Lens series and like photographing birds you need to check it out. There is no better resource anywhere online or not for photographing birds. I consider Alan to be the best working bird photographer in the world. His workshops sell out incredibly fast, but you can learn most of his techniques through these videos.
We are very excited to share this new installment with you because in it we cover how to prepare your backyard for photographing birds, something that most folks are interested in. This new installment is about 1.5 hours long and cover topics such as:
- The basics of attracting birds
- Bird Feeders
- Seed and Suet
- How to properly set up perches
- Perches for woodpeckers
- Attracting birds with water
- Creating water features
- And much more
For more info and to sign up to be notified as soon as this next installment is released, make sure to sign up for the newsletter at http://birdsthroughthelens.com/.
Here is a little video preview of this upcoming installment:
No matter how many events I teach at every year, and no matter how often I go to Yellowstone, winter in Yellowstone is still an amazing time. This year I had two workshops back to back and both offered very different but rewarding experiences. Every time I am humbled by how many repeat clients I have on my workshops and this year was no exception. Workshop participants this year we had some spectacular encounters with Bison, Bighorn Sheep and Bobcats. In addition we encountered some of the coldest weather I have experienced. One morning in particular we ventured out in -36 degree Fahrenheit weather, yet my participants all endures and where richly rewarded with some inspiring images.
Here is a collection of my favorite images from this year. I am already working on the schedule for next year, so if you are interested in attending make sure to sign up for my newsletter using the box on the left hand side so that you are notified as soon as the workshops are made public.
Many people do not realize that many of my images are HDR (High Dynamic Range), I believe the reason is because I strive to make my images look realistic and/or natural. The HDR process has gotten a bad rap because many people take an artistic route and create images that don’t necessarily reflect the real world. When Lightroom 4 was released, the fine folks from the Lightroom team gave us a new and interesting new way to create High Dynamic Range images. This has been my preferred method of processing HDR images for quite some time now since it produces some of the most natural looking images.
Best of all the process is super simple. Check out the video to learn how you can do this yourself.