Joshua Holko on Creating Intimate Wildlife Photographs

One of the easiest things you can do to dramatically improve your wildlife photography is to get down low. Chris Gamel who was a participant on my photography expedition to Antarctica last November touched on this briefly with his ‘Alter the Perspective‘ tip in his guest post here on my blog a week or so ago. It is worth emphasising the importance of this advice as getting down low allows the photographer...

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Pro Photographer Spotlight - David duChemin

Pro photographer, David duChemin, is a world & humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, digital publisher, and international workshop leader whose adventurous life fuels his fire to create and share. Based in Vancouver, Canada, when he’s home, David leads a nomadic life chasing compelling images on all 7 continents.

When on assignment David creates powerful images that convey the hope and dignity of children, the vulnerable and oppressed for the international NGO community.

David’s work can be seen at

Here are some examples of David’s incredible work.


What type of photography do you like best and why?

By trade and calling I am a landscape and humanitarian photographer, but the photographs I like best, regardless of genre, are those that are imbued with mood and emotion. I want to see, and feel, something new, and I want the same for the people who look at my photographs.

What is the one tip you would give to a beginner photographer?

Don’t get caught up in the gear. Learn the basics and then go make photographs. Make a lot of photographs. Better to fall in love with the photographs and the stories, than the means by which we create them.

Where is your favourite place to travel and to photograph?

It’s a toss-up right now. I love Africa, and tomorrow I get back on a plane to return to Kenya for a month. But I also love places like Antarctica, and Iceland. They both do something different for me creatively. One offers me warmth and friendship and culture, while the other offers me vastness of space and fascinating landscapes.

Who is a photographer you have looked to for inspiration?

Though I don’t think you’d know it in my work, I adore the wit and juxtaposition of Elliott Erwitt. I can look at his work for hours. Andrew Zuckerman, too. Very different. But I love the way he focuses on colour and form, especially in his book, BIRD.

Upcoming Workshops

David leads a small number of Within The Frame Photographic Adventures every year. In 2013 he and Jeffrey Chapman are taking small groups to Italy, Oaxaca, and Burma. David also hosts a couple weekend events each year at his home in Vancouver. information on the Within The Frame trips and the Vancouver Gatherings can be found on his website,

Learn more about some of the Gura Gear products David uses:

Q & A With Pro Photographer Carsten Krieger

Check out this short Q & A session we had with Carsten Krieger (pictured above) who owns and loves our Kiboko 30L.

Carsten Krieger is a pro photographer living and working in Ireland. He started out as a dedicated landscape and nature photographer but over the past few years he has also successfully been exploring documentary and architectural photography.

To date he has published and contributed to six books on Ireland’s landscape, nature and heritage and his images are regularly being commissioned for print and online media which makes him one of Ireland’s most published photographers. Carsten is also closely working with several of Ireland’s conservation organizations like the Irish Wildlife Trust and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and he is representing Ireland for the international Meet Your Neighbors project.

He is currently on assignment with the Tree Council of Ireland for another book, which will be out in 2013.

Q: What type of photography do you shoot?

A: Landscape, nature, wildlife, documentary

Q: What does your typical day entail?

A: Fortunately there is no typical day, at least not when shooting in the field. The only constant is getting up early and staying out late.

Q: What’s been your greatest professional accomplishment?

A: … I hope that’s yet to come!

Q: What is your website URL?


Q: What’s your idea of the ‘perfect shot?’

A:  When everything – planning, travel, weather, light, composition – falls into place without having to handle major catastrophes and the outcome is an image I can be proud of.

Q: What type of gear is in your Gura bag?

A:  1-2 DSLR bodies, 4-6 lenses, filters and various other bits and pieces (cable release, grey card, cleaning tools, torch, chocolate bar, etc.) It’s all in the pictures.

 Q: How does Gura make shooting photos easier for you?

A: Gura bags are light, compact and without any fancy stuff which makes them easy to carry and the content quick and  easy accessible. That’s all I need!