Pro Team Spotlight: Randy Hanna

Randy Hanna, a former Artillery Officer and an Army Aviator, is an enthusiastic outdoor photographer whose passion for nature and its beauty has taken him to the four corners of the globe. An accomplished and published photographer, Randy readily shares his craft with others who are interested in learning. We're pleased to bring you this Q&A post full of great insights into photography.

What type of photography do you prefer and why?

I love just about any type of photography, from studio work to nature.  I really enjoy creative lighting and figuring out how to get the most out of every situation.  Whether you are in the studio or on safari, you have to understand how to read light and then adjust your tools accordingly to achieve the results that you are after. As photographers, we paint with light;  if you can’t understand and read light you are likely to produce less than desirable photographs. 

What tip(s) would you give someone just starting out in photography?

I would give them three tips:

1.       Take time to fully understand the three legs of the exposure stool (shutter speed, ISO, and f-stop), and how they work together.

2.       Put in the time to get it right in the camera.

3.       Read a book on composition.

Where is your favorite place to travel and to photograph?

I simply love Africa and all the continent has to offer.  The people are so wonderful and the outdoor photography is second to none.

As I say so often “For an adventure of a lifetime that will stir your soul and warm your heart, photograph Africa.”

Who is a photographer you have looked to for inspiration?

I credit my Dad for first getting me started in photography.  I recall spending hours with him looking at the Ektachrome slides from his Roloflex after each of his adventures.

Andy Biggs for first introducing me to the world of safaris and Africa in general.

Martin Evening for his technical writing skills when it comes to learning the hidden gems of Lightroom and Photoshop.

Crazy Joe McNally and the way he shoots.

What made you decide to get into photography?

You could say it was a leap of faith as I jumped from a well-paying engineering job into photography full time.

I have always had a dream of being a full time professional photographer, traveling the world and taking photographs that invoke emotion.  For me, it has been a dream come true. 

Upcoming workshops or book releases?

Gorillas in the Mist, Rwanda – 1-8 January 2014

The Calving Season Safari, Tanzania –  15-25 February 2014

Landscapes and Horses of Namibia – April 2014

The Great Migration, Tanzania – June 2014

The Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland, 9-19 Aug 2014

The Northern Migration, Tanzania – Oct 2014

Great Cats of Bostwana, November 2014

Gorillas in the Mist, Rwanda  - January 2015

The Calving Season, Tanzania – February 2015

Landscapes of Namibia – April 2015