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John Gerlach earned his wildlife ecology degree from Central Michigan University in 1977.  After graduation he followed his burning passion to become a professional nature photographer and photo educator.  With his in-depth science background and dedication to nature photography, he quickly mastered close-up, landscape and wildlife photography.


John is a dynamic public speaker.  His burning enthusiasm for photography and willingness to share his knowledge makes him an inspirational photography instructor.  Since 1983, John has taught hundreds of field workshops and one-day seminars.  John has led over 100 winter photo tours of Yellowstone National Park and has led forty photo tours to the best game parks in Kenya and they include Samburu, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara.  Since 1986, John has taught his in-depth autumn color photo workshops at Munising, MI during October.


John is an expert at photographing hummingbirds with natural light and multiple flash.  He teaches two or more workshops at the fabulous Bull River Guest Ranch near Cranbrook, BC during May.  Multiple flash lets the photographer freeze the wings as they hover at a flower, revealing the intricate details and colors of these wonderful birds.  John is an innovator in outdoor flash photography who has pioneered many new methods for using flash to light close-ups and landscapes.  The flash program John presents will open up a whole new way for you to think about and use flash.  His book explaining outdoor flash techniques is a worldwide bestseller.

John and Dixie also lead fall color workshops in the Grand Tetons and Smoky Mountains National Park.  Plus, they teach a unique kind of bird photography using floating blinds at their home in Idaho, lead wildlife photo workshops in the Grand Tetons during late November and early December for moose and bighorn sheep, and conduct intensive bird photography workshops in South Texas and the famous wildlife ranches.

We have permits to operate on public land.  

Gerlach Nature Photography is under special use permit authorization with the US Forest Service for Hiawatha National Forest.  We also have permits for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, WY.   Gerlach Nature Photography is an equal opportunity service provider.

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