From Houston, Texas to the wilds of Africa, Andy Biggs makes a living as a professional photographer. Andy’s diverse business interests mix photography, safaris, workshops and print sales with his newest venture—camera bag designer. More impressive still is the fact that Andy only started taking photos ten years ago.
Andy picked up his first camera and started his journey in photography in 2000. At the time, he was employed in the software industry, implementing accounting systems. In a short two years, he honed his skill and made the decision to become a full time pro. Since 2002, Andy has put both his business skills and his photographic vision to use, creating a diversified professional photographic business.
Andy started building his business with stock image sales and worked toward fine art sales, two areas of business he still pursues today. However, as Andy's business interests have diversified, his stock and fine art images have narrowed to his favorite subject: Africa. This specialization in his images has served him well. Andy's stock sales have continued to be strong in today's environment of stiff competition and falling prices.
Here’s my first short movie “Meguro River Sakura” shot on my Canon 1D Mark IV, along with just a little bit of background information on the project.
It’s High Definition video too, so if you hit the full screen button to the left of the Vimeo logo in the player below, the video will expand to fill your screen. Turn up the sound too, and sit back and enjoy.
This first short movie started out as practice using my new Manfrotto 519 Pro Video Fluid Head. I didn’t want to just point my camera at any old subject and waft it around to get used to the tension etc. of the head, so I decided to give myself a project. As the cherry blossom (sakura) was in full bloom last weekend, I decided to shoot enough footage to make a story out of it.
The path to greatness is along with others. – Baltasar Gracion
I am kinda big on quotes – because they drive home a point quickly. Lately, I have been having fun matching famous quotes with some of my wildlife pictures – as illustrated here by this picture that I took by the Mara River in Kenya.
If you are young and starting a business, or have been around and are looking to begin a new venture, perhaps the best advice any seasoned/sharing pro would offer is to do what the wildebeest and zebra are doing in this picture: working together as a team for a common goal (to get across the river uneaten in this case).
Find a trusting partner or partners that can help you along to the path of greatness.
There are many ways to find your photos inside Lightroom. The Library Filter bar contains several tools that make finding specific images easier. You can apply these filters one at a time or in different combinations to see only the images you’re looking for. To apply multiple filters, command(cntrl) click on the filter names in the filter bar. This is a great way to find and organize your photos for creating collections, as filters can be applied to individual folders or your entire catalog.
Climbing Top of the Prow on Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Twenty years ago, before I had the bug that drives me to be a professional outdoor photographer, I worked in a Nature Company store in a mall in Massachusetts. As awful as working in the mall was, this 8-month gig had a big impact on my life, as I met Galen Rowell and discovered the world of adventure and nature photography. One memory from that job was a comment I overheard one of our regular customers make to my manager one day.
If you read Outdoor Photographer magazine, chances are you’ve seen William Neill’s landscape columns.
William writes a regular column, On Landscape, where he conveys his images, techniques, and viewpoints on landscape photography.
William attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a BA degree in Environmental Conservation in 1976. The connection between William's formal education and his images is pervasive. During summer breaks from college, he worked in Glacier and in North Cascades National Parks. William spent those summers backpacking extensively and began to carry a camera to record his treks. A year after graduation, he began working in Yosemite, and never left.
Now that the weather has turned and plants are blooming, you can do set-ups and choose your own perches. Have you given any thought as to what angle you place the perch around your set-up?
I've been experimenting with this for many years, and here’s what I have settled on doing.
If you place the perch going away from you, the bird will land with his side to you. I call this the field guide pose
This image of a Worm-eating Warbler shows the bird in good position, but I feel that the perch running up through the frame is distracting, and the perch vegetation extends from the back of the bird. Unless you are shooting at f16, the nearest and furthest part of the perch will be out-of-focus.
Spring is finally here with all its color, but I thought I would take a look back at the drab winter and give you a few thoughts.
My cure for the photographer’s cabin fever is finding interesting subjects to shoot indoors. It’s not that I’m a wimp and don’t want to brave the cold, its just that what sells the best for me is images with color, and winter takes its toll on any color in nature here in the north.
I can better spend my time marketing during the winter then out shooting images that won’t sell. As much as I like winter, most people that view my images at the art shows tell me they don’t care for winter and they don’t want to look at it all year hanging on their walls. I’m always looking for something interesting to shoot indoors. Probably the most used indoor subject is flowers, and I do my share of flower shots, but I’m always in search of something new to shoot.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of assisting Juan Pons at his “Geese, Swans and Bears” photo workshop in North Carolina. Birds are not a frequent subject of mine, but I always jump at the chance to learn something new.
As photographers, we tend to concentrate our efforts on learning one particular type of photography. It could be wildlife, portraits, landscapes or any number of other disciplines. It’s great to develop a personal style and hone your skills in a specific area, but sometimes it’s good to make pictures that are outside of your area of expertise.