April 16, 2011 - Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Tom Carlisle, Photographer
How to Have More Fun
Be a better naturalist
- You will discover more subjects and they will make better stories
- Use field guides and the Internet
- Join Audubon, National Wildlife Federation, state natural history societies, nature centers
Get beyond the snapshot…and field guide photos
- Make artistically composed images that tell a story
- Think journalistically
- Share your photography and your knowledge
- Every picture tells a story, every story needs a picture
- Photos that tell a story don’t always win prizes on their own
- Try telling 8 shot stories…then 12 shot stories… then 25 shot stories
In the footsteps of Ansel Adams and Art Wolfe
- Photograph the great places if you must…getting there and being there makes for a nice experience…
Become a good photographer in ALL situations…develop your photography on non-nature subjects…
- Photograph your family, friends, places, events…
Be ethical and honest…
- But also photograph the nature that’s all around you and close to home
- Photograph ordinary places with an extraordinary vision
- Photograph urban nature and wild areas…
- Captive animals and controlled situations must be dealt with ethically and honestly...
The International League of Conservation Photographers says...
"In some cases, photographing captive animals can be a valuable source of rare imagery that can be valuable for specific conservation goals. However, the use of captive animals must be governed by the same ethical considerations as elsewhere:
1. The welfare of the animal should be paramount.
2. Any institution that exploits animals solely for profit should not be utilized or supported.
3. Images of captive animals will be honestly and accurately captioned and never represented as wild."