Around The World With Adventure Expedition Photographer Ace Kvale

Ace Kvale’s photography is a celebration of the human element—a study of rich cultures and extreme climates, a record of first ascents and descents. His images are powerful yet humble, and his passion for storytelling has translated into a remarkable talent for weaving a complete narrative through pictures.

Ace began his relationship with photography working in front of the lens as a ski model in the early eighties. This relationship shifted when he hitchhiked through Africa for five months, carrying a small manual Rollei camera. When he returned and showed his images to the professional photographers he knew, they urged him to make it a career. Ace had witnessed the world in a different way—through a viewfinder—and he’s never looked back since.

Thirty years later, now one of the world’s top adventure photographers, Ace has traveled to more than sixty countries. He’s participated in twenty-five expeditions to Asia and the Himalaya, and he’s worked with many of the world’s best athletes. He’s hung from helicopters in the Alps and skied first descents in Alaska. His images have appeared in dozens of magazines, from National Geographic to The National Enquirer. He’s contributed imagery to dozens of books and movies, and shot portraits of celebrities from Jerry Garcia to Tiger Woods. We are pleased to have the oportunity to interview Ace.

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Photographing Hummingbirds With Multiple Flashes

by David Hemmings

When I first started photographing birds in flight some time ago, (longer than I care to remember) I was always more interested in raptors and waterfowl than anything else. Every once in a while I would be perusing the photography forums and I would come across images of hummingbirds in seemingly impossible poses frozen in time with beautiful light and backgrounds.

I fell in love with these images and thought wow, these are really something special. After some research I discovered that the best of these images were actually done with multiple flash set ups, feeders, flowers and even printed out of focus backgrounds made to mimic perfect natural conditions.

At first this made me think to myself am I really interested in something that is set up like that? Would I enjoy that type of bird photography? Oddly enough, my answer was no. I didn’t think that was for me and I went on with the type of bird photography that I was best at.

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Why Video is Not as Powerful as Photography

by Drake Fleege

Do a quick Google search on “photography DSLR video” and immediately countless links are returned on the subject.  “How to” seminars, equipment, tips, technique and photographer web sites are all available for further exploration.  The subject is well documented on the internet and supported by camera manufacturers.   It would be easy for any reader to be convinced that video is the wave of the future and still photography will be relegated to the back shelf.  To this end, I would offer a contrarian view.

Video clearly has a place within the realm of photography.  Every household wouldn’t have a television if that were not the case.  We see things moving across the screen with many actions occurring simultaneously.  Unless the director isolates the event, we miss the details.  Networks recognize this by providing television analysts.  Sports utilize instant replay to illustrate the details of the game.  News channels share analysts’ insights into the events of the day, dissecting small sections and replaying it for our benefit.   Within our own homes, we can DVR any television program, playback only desired segments.  In essence, we are effectively slowing down the video to comprehend what is presented before us.

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Seeing Through My Dogs Eyes

by Drake Fleege

Different lenses, different angles and different experiences offer us each a different perspective on how we visualize the image prior to clicking the shutter.  But perspective alone does not yield great photography – at least not for me.

When in the field, I have an absolute need to be connected with the environment.  No doubt this same feeling is shared by many, if not all nature photographers.  Alone, no other person with me, my phone buried deep in my camera bag.   I need to become totally aware of my surroundings and only then do I start to see images before me.

Have you ever been standing on a lake shore, hiking deep in the woods, or sitting among wildflowers, only to have a ‘creative block”?   I have.  Despite my best attempts, nothing presents itself for further study.

When caught in this situation, I begin to wonder how my golden retriever would view this same environment.   He wouldn’t stand around passively observing the world go by.  Rather he’d be in a state of active curiosity, seeking out the sticks in the woods, the fish swimming in the shallow waters along the shoreline, or trying to catch butterflies as they wing from one wildflower to the next.

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5 Reasons Your Photography Isn’t Selling

For those in the business of licensing their stock photography, times are challenging if not difficult. The market for stock imagery is competitive and saturated and making sales is difficult.

More photographers than ever are in the business sharing the same dream to succeed at their passion. And with the job market in the ditch even more shooters are entering the business looking to make any money to offset their job loss.

The poor market, lousy economy, and competition may not be the only reasons your work may not be selling. As co-founder of online agency, Fogstock, I have looked at countless images submitted by photographers for consideration and we see a mix of the same old places as well as some new and unique imagery.

Here are 5 reasons photography doesn’t sell and some thoughts on what to do about it.

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Why Fitness Matters to Outdoor Photographers

by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

Let’s face it, landscape photography is hard. However, I don’t just mean capturing great vistas, but the physical demands that you face, be it extreme weather, long hours on foot with a backpack, and the difficult terrain we must often deal with to get access to great shooting locations. Physical fitness and overall health has played a huge role in my success as a landscape photographer over the years. It has enabled me to make images with unique perspectives, and discover uncommon views of familiar subjects and locations. And you too can enjoy these benefits with just a relatively small investment in time – and yes, sweat.

As a nature photographer, I like to visit locations that offer as much unique potential as possible, and more often than not, these are usually more difficult to reach. Being as healthy and fit as possible makes it easier and safer for me to explore these locations. I’m certain that without the commitment to keeping my body in as good condition as I keep my camera gear, I would probably not be working as a professional photographer today.

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