18 episodes

Learn techniques, tips, and tricks for improving your wildlife, travel, landscape, and general nature photography with Court Whelan. Whether you consider yourself a beginner, serious hobbyist, or advanced professional, this is the way to rapidly understand and implement new skills to elevate your photography to new heights.

The Wild Photographer Court Whelan

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 8 Ratings

Learn techniques, tips, and tricks for improving your wildlife, travel, landscape, and general nature photography with Court Whelan. Whether you consider yourself a beginner, serious hobbyist, or advanced professional, this is the way to rapidly understand and implement new skills to elevate your photography to new heights.

    Secrets to Amazing Sunset and Sunrise Photography

    Secrets to Amazing Sunset and Sunrise Photography

    It's one of the more frequent opportunities we have as nature photographers...to capture an awesome sunset or sunrise.  However, there is a big difference between just documenting it and capturing something extraordinary.  And for those times where these solar displays are just mind-blowing, we tend to get lost in the moment and forget the artistry involved.

    I've honed these techniques and tips for years and years of photographing sunsets (and sunrises!) from all over the world and am excited to share them with you.  Some are simple...some are a bit more complex, but each will individually level-up your sunset photography.  And when used in conjunction, they come together in a grand formula for getting sensational, and unique, sunrise and sunset photos guaranteed to impress.

    • 19 min
    Getting off Full Auto - The Journey to Program, Aperture and Manual Modes

    Getting off Full Auto - The Journey to Program, Aperture and Manual Modes

    If you are ready to take the leap and move away from using the full auto setting on your camera, I commend you.  And you will be happy you did so, because your photos, and your general creativity, will shine!  

    In this episode I walk you through the various "next steps" if you are ready to move toward greater creative control.  The best part of this is that you do NOT have to immediately jump to Aperture or Manual modes to take the first step.  For instance, P or Program mode is a fantastic way to start experimenting with exposure compensation, white balance, and metering modes.  I'll walk you through all this.  Aperture and shutter speed priority modes add in one more opportunity, to control the depth of field and shutter of your camera.  

    Finally, I give you my personal style for using manual in a unique way that gets me sharp photos, at the exact depth of field I'm envisioning, with less work and better photos than ever before.

    Take that first step and enter a big world of awesome possibilities!

    • 22 min
    Photo Jargon: 10 Definitions to help you Talk the Talk

    Photo Jargon: 10 Definitions to help you Talk the Talk

    Gosh I wish this existed when I was learning photography!  Today I go over 10 different "photo jargon" terms that will help you understand photography better.  This isn't only designed to help you talk the talk, but also to help you better learn from tutorials, photo guides, and fellow photographers that might use these terms around you.  

    This one is straight to the point--learning definitions can be fun, right?

    • 22 min
    Talking with Drew Hamilton - Photographing Bears and Charismatic Megafauna

    Talking with Drew Hamilton - Photographing Bears and Charismatic Megafauna

    Drew is on an endless quest to photograph the world's "charismatic megafauna," as he calls it.  But while his portfolio is filled with some of the best bear photography we've ever seen...sparring polar bears in the Canadian Arctic and brown (grizzly) bears fishing for salmon in Alaska are just a couple examples, it doesn't always come easy.

    Today we host the great Drew Hamilton himself and talk about a variety of nature photography topics, including his latest photo expedition in Nome, Alaska, what happens when photo trips don't quite work out, his technique for photo stitching wildlife shots, his affinity for reverse-engineering inspiring photos he sees on social media, and why sometimes he forces himself to take only one lens with him in the field. 

    • 50 min
    All About Composition

    All About Composition

    Composition is king.  It is absolutely critical that your final photo (after editing and whatnot) has great composition or else it's a big miss.  It will miss the opportunity to make a powerful first imrpression--the WOW factor--and also miss on the lasting power of great art.

    Fortunately, composition is something that can be mastered both in-camera as well as when processing and editing your photos.  

    Join me in this episode to get the full download on composition...what to think about when lining up a shot, how to pivot, advanced composition techniques, and camera settings that will help give you maximum flexibility to nail perfect composition each and every time.

    • 24 min
    Travel and Nature Photography with Colby Brokvist

    Travel and Nature Photography with Colby Brokvist

    Our first interview is with none other than the Colby Brokvist.  He wears a lot of hats, including premier Expedition Leader in polar regions of the world, conservation biologist, all around outdoorsman and backcountry aficionado.  But what he quickly says what he identifies with perhaps what he enjoys most is being a Travel Photographer.

    Tune in here and get a glimpse into the brain of one of the greats and learn about his favorite animal to photography, that time he was 30 feet above a sailboat in Antarctica, and his unique perspectives when it comes to being thoughtful with nature, wildlife, conservation, and travel photography.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Oside Lori ,

Informative

I’ve tried a few different wildlife photography podcasts and I’m finding this one really informative. Court is a great teacher - he moves at a nice pace, and the information is well organized. I’m a lifelong photography and natural science enthusiast. I look forward to each podcast.

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