I am excited to share my journey with you


My 30+ year journey in photography is continuing, and I’m excited! From humans to hummingbirds, I’ve got you covered. From ISO to the non-linear dynamics of short duration flash, I can help. From camera traps of trip wires through to retroreflective LIDAR systems – yep, I have used them all.

Welcome aboard – I love making images, and I love sharing what I know – please browse, enjoy, share and comment! I can’t wait to hear from you!

Learn how to photograph hummingbirds

Hummingbird Photography


Photographing hummingbirds is not difficult.
Intimidating maybe, but not difficult.

After shooting more than half a million images of hummingbirds, I think I am making some progress…
– Roy Dunn

Hummingbird photography requires skill, patience, technique, preparation and time. It does not necessarily need lots of gear….. I will help you to get the best images possible with whatever gear you have. I have made all of the mistakes that you will now never need to…..


Capture exquisite images remotely

Remote Triggered Photography


My best wildlife photography sometimes occurs when I am fast asleep, tucked up in bed…

Freezing a moment in time is really cool. Controlling *which* moment can be a real pain….
– Roy Dunn

Remotely triggered photography is the answer when human reflexes simply aren’t fast enough, or subjects are too shy, elusive or dangerous. We now have the luxury of making exquisite images by incorporating a myriad of technology devices for very specific applications. From photographing a popping champagne cork to a bee in flight, you will find answers and how-to’s in here.


Learn how to use flash

Flash and High Speed Flash


High speed flash enables us to absolutely freeze an instant in time, and thus reveal the beauty of moments in physics and fauna that our eyes simply could not ever see
– Roy Dunn

Flash photography is my mainstay: In the studio, in the field, hummingbirds, science, insects, humans. Understanding how to use flash in just about any situation gives a photographer a huge advantage in realizing his/her vision for an image. Flash can be the sole source of illumination, or it can be mixed with ambient light for a more supplemental approach. I tend to use manual flash in most situations (so I have complete control) however TTL technology is becoming so good that relying on it can produce sensational results. But first you have to understand it, and you’re in the right place….


Capture amazing images

High Speed Video


Phenomena that was too fast to see, now isn’t.
– Roy Dunn

Technology advances and cost reductions now put the realm of high speed video into everyone’s hands. We can capture footage of events at thousands and even millions of frames per second. This enables analysis of crash testing, ballistics, insects and birds in flight, and other phenomena that occur way too fast in real time for us to see. I have a couple of high speed cameras of my own, as well as access to some state-of-the-art gear that I get to use from time to time. Here is where you will see the results of some of my experiments.


Lighting for portraits and bodyscapes

Human Photography


To reveal a human’s “essence” in a photograph, you need to be a master of empathy and lighting
– Roy Dunn

Photographing a human well is very empowering. For a person to truly be *seen* in an image, means they have had to have been vulnerable in front of the camera and photographer.That requires trust, which in turn demands responsibility – a responsibility to give your subject a sacred place and an opportunity for them to be *real*. For those are the moments when we all reveal our inner beauty, and it can really shine.
That beauty will never be captured though, unless you are prepared for it. The moment and the light. You can read a zillion books about lighting and learn a lot, but I find I learn more with every single shoot I do. I practice, I experiment, and I used to get it really wrong a lot of the time. I found the more I experimented, the more I could predict the outcome. That is when you can call yourself a photographer. 


My Personal Take

Gear, Tips and Techniques


To justify the purchase of new camera gear, you need a very good reason. Fortunately, *lust* is a very good reason…
– Roy Dunn
I am fortunate to own a *lot* of gear. I use most of it. Some I have for historical/nostalgic reasons, some for that shoot when I *know* I will need it (it just hasn’t happened quite yet, nor in the last 10 years…). One thing to note though, is that my cameras and gear are my tools…. I look after them, but I do not revere or worship them. I use pro gear because it is built to withstand knocks, bumps, weather. I don’t use it because it is nice to look at. Even if it is. I probably have 5 camera bodies at any given time, and I possess at least 30 flash units, probably way more. As for camera traps, I have lost count. Tripods, clamps and stands, same. None of it, and I mean none of it, looks new or pristine. But it is kept in perfect working order. You will see a lot of it described here – why I use it, what I like, what I don’t like. 
I have learned lots of tips and techniques over the years – where to place flashes, how to minimize the use of batteries, wildlife observation techniques, which tripods are best suited to which purposes, tons of stuff that might save you time and effort. You will find all that here. 

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Random Thoughts, Ideas and Musings

Perspective


Owning a camera does not make you a photographer – it makes you a camera owner.
– Unknown

Here is where I share my views on my photography, others’ photography, ethics and other aspects that don’t fit anywhere else.


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