At Canon Europe there's a forthright and plain-spoken slide lecture by Tim Harris of Nature Picture Library/Bluegreen Pictures, who has selected his favorite nature and wildlife images from the photographs submitted to "Editor's Choice 2" in November by Canon Professional Network (CPN) readers from around the world. The slideshow with voiceover lecture presents forty winners, and Tim talks about his ten top choices in depth.
Commercial nature photography isn't my bag, so I apologize in advance if this isn't as interesting to initiates as it was to me—it could be old hat, I don't know. The genre as a whole tends to see nature and wildlife as static and unchanging, pristine, essentially romantic whether red in tooth and claw or anthropomorphized, the stance of the pictures that of the observing naturalist, whereas I see it as hugely dynamic and changing all too rapidly, often for the worse, all around the world; I can't quite make the conventions of the genre jibe with my conceptions of what's really going on with wildlife and in nature. But many people are interested both in this sort of nature photography and in the notion of earning a living from it, and Tim Harris's comments during the slideshow make this presentation rise above the ordinary. He's very forthright about the commercial aspects of such work, and talks plainly about what aspiring nature and wildlife shooters must do to break in to the field.
The show is not brief, and it starts off a bit wobbly, but later on he gives straight reasons why he prefers the shots he's chosen and straight advice about what's needed to make a living doing work like this. The hearer gets a sense of the clients he deals with and what they need, what the preferences of this market are. If you're interested in these nuts and bolts you might find it valuable in proportion to the time you'll invest in watching it. A good job—by judge Harris, the presenters, and the photographers.
(Thanks to G. S. Gass)
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