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All New Book


Now Available!!

Text and photos by John Gerlach 

Maximizing the power of your camera’s flash is difficult enough in a studio set-up, but outdoors literally presents a whole new world of challenges. John Gerlach has taken the most asked about subject from his renowned photography workshops and turned it into this guidebook that is sure to inspire your next outdoor shoot, while also saving you time and frustration.

Here’s a list of the chapters.

  • Chapter 1 - Getting Started with Flash

  • Chapter 2 - Flash Features and Controls

  • Chapter 3 - Becoming in Sync with Flash Sync

  • Chapter 4 - Flash and Ambient Light Exposure

  • Chapter 5 - Combining Flash with Ambient Light

  • Chapter 6 - The Crucial Role of Light

  • Chapter 7 - Fill Flash Techniques

  • Chapter 8 - Main Flash

  • Chapter 9 - Balanced Flash

  • Chapter 10 - Flash in the Landscape

  • Chapter 11 - Multiple Flash

  • Chapter 12 - Close-up Flash

  • Chapter 13 - Hummingbirds with High-Speed Flash

  • Chapter 14 - Important Flash-Related Websites

Close Up Photography in Nature

Text and photos by John Gerlach

More than 200 pages - 155 color images - $33.00


Learn wonderful techniques that make capturing superb images of flowers, insects, mushrooms, and other small subjects incredibly easy. Manual focusing using live view, shooting optimum exposures with  the RGB histogram, using fill and main flash easily and effectively, capturing truly sharp images, using light and color to best advantage, choosing and using lenses well, learning to use focus stacking for extended depth of field, and how to photograph insects and flowers are explained in detail.


Here’s a list of the chapters.

  • Chapter 1 - Cameras and Lenses

  • Chapter 2 - Exposure Essentials

  • Chapter 3 - Shooting Sharp Images

  • Chapter 4 - Light and Color

  • Chapter 5 - The Power of Flash

  • Chapter 6 - Photographing Flowers

  • Chapter 7 - Special Photo Techniques for Butterflies & Dragonflies

  • Chapter 8 - What's in our Camera Bags?


Text and photos by John Gerlach

209 pages - 145 color images - Hardcover - $30.00


Learn wonderful techniques that make capturing superb images of birds and mammals incredibly easy. Back-button focusing, shooting optimum exposures with the RGB histogram, conquering low light with Shutter-priority and Auto ISO, using flash effectively, developing your eye for composition, choosing and using lenses well, strategies for capturing high quality images, and many more wildlife photographystrategies are covered in detail.


Here’s a list of the chapters.

  • Chapter 1 - Cameras and Accessories: The Best Wildlife Camera Systems

  • Chapter 2 - Choosing and Using Lenses: Selecting Quality Lenses

  • Chapter 3 - Exposure Strategies

  • Chapter 4 - Precise Focusing Techniques

  • Chapter 5 - Shooting Quality Images

  • Chapter 6 - The Crucial Role of Light

  • Chapter 7 - Composition

  • Chapter 8 - Electronic Flash

  • Chapter 9 - Getting Close to Wildlife


Text and photos by John Gerlach

200 pages - 181 color images

This book explains the approach and "shooting workflow" we use to easily capture quality images - shot after shot - of the wonderful landscapes around us. The "shooting workflow" we and our gifted field workshop students developed together consistently yields superb images. It is fast, easy, and precise. In our field workshops, we regularly turn beginning photographers, who just bought their first digital DSLR, into solid landscape photographers in less than 48 hours. They easily master focusing, exposure, and shooting sharp images. Naturally, the creative side of photography and developing the "shooting eye" takes longer to develop.

Key tactics we cover in this book include back-button focusing, RGB histogram metering, the enormous advantages of manual metering, fill-flash, balanced flash, mirror lockup, techniques for sharp images, the power of live view, the awesome capability of HDR, panoramas, using lenses well, controlling your camera with custom functions, perspective choices, tilt and shift lenses, and so much more. Our book is overflowing with leading edge information. This book will help you capture stunning images of the landscape easily and efficiently!

Here’s a list of the chapters.

  • Chapter 1 - Landscapes are Everywhere

  • Chapter 2 - Cameras and Accessories

  • Chapter 3 - Choosing and Using Lenses

  • Chapter 4 - Mastering Exposure

  • Chapter 5 - Techniques for Sharp Images

  • Chapter 6 - Light on the Landscape

  • Chapter 7 - Composing Pleasing Images

  • Chapter 8 - Special Subjects

    • Use Boats to Photograph the Landscape

    • Waterfalls

    • Autumn Color

    • Snowy Landscapes

    • Sunrise and Sunset

  • Chapter 9 - High Dynamic Range Images

  • Chapter 10 - Panoramas



       Second Edition

Text and photos by John Gerlach

Identifying a beautiful image in nature is easy, but capturing it is often challenging. To truly seize the essence of a photograph shot out of the studio and in the world requires an artistic eye and impeccable set of photographic techniques.  Now, equipped with brand new images to share and skills to teach, this celebrated photo team is sharing their latest lessons in the second edition of Digital Nature Photography.

Notable revisions in this new edition include introducing the concepts of focus stacking and HDR, as well as expanded discussions of multiple exposure, wireless flash, RGB histograms, live view, shutter priority with auto ISO, hand-held shooting techniques, and the author’s equipment selections. The inspiring imagery in this book covers a broader range of subjects than before including ghost towns, the night sky, animals, and sports, in addition to the classic nature photographs we expect from this very talented author team. This book is a comprehensive guide to one of the broadest subjects in photography, explained and demystified by two respected masters.


Here's a list of the chapters. 

  • Chapter 1 - Cameras and Accessories

  • Chapter 2 - Choosing and Using Lenses

  • Chapter 3 - Mastering Exposure

  • Chapter 4 - Conquer Extreme Contrast with HDR

  • Chapter 5 - Shoot Sharp Images

  • Chapter 6 - Focus Stack for More Depth of Field and Sharper Images

  • Chapter 7 - The Magic of Light

  • Chapter 8 - Close-up and Macro

  • Chapter 9 - The Power of Flash

  • Chapter 10 - Compose Pleasing Images

  • Chapter 11 - The Night Sky

  • Chapter 12 - Our Digital Office

  • Resources

Gerlachs' Instructional DVDs



Filmed on location with John Gerlach

Instructional DVD - 1 hour & 35 minutes

At the dawn of my nature photography career, I quit my job, packed up everything I owned (it wasn’t much) into a pickup truck and wandered southwest to see and photograph for the first time new species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, wildflowers, and all other natural subjects. I had little money, but lot’s of hope, and even more ambition. I didn’t know how I would earn a living at nature photography, but, as often has been said, "necessity is the mother of invention."

My journey to California took weeks as I stopped to photograph, explore, and write along the way. I slept under the stars every night in remote meadows or forests because I couldn’t afford a campground. By mid-October, I arrived at the shores of incredible Mono Lake, marveling at all of the wildlife and strange tufa towers emerging from the water. Autumn colors in the Sierras were ablaze, unusual landscapes drew the attention of my camera, and the ghost town of Bodie was enchanting. I spend the next few years exploring this fabulous region of the Great Basin Desert and the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. I return frequently to this wondrous place to make new images and fill our soul with the spirit of the place. From long first-hand experience, we can tell you California’s Eastern Sierra is truly a photographer’s paradise.


Please join us by watching our instructional DVD as we go on location to many superb places to photograph. We’ll visit the ghost town of Bodie, Mono Lake, Devil’s Postpile, Bristlecone Pine forest, Alabama Hills, Rainbow Falls, Fossil Falls, Mount Whitney, and so much more. As you view the DVD, take some notes and enjoy the scenery as you plan your own photo tour of California’s incredible Eastern Sierra!



Filmed on location with John Gerlach

Instructional DVD - 1 hour & 48 minutes

This DVD was filmed on location during July at the best scenic spots in Yellowstone National Park.  We show you the best locations, secrets spots, photo techniques, camera tips, and the best weather conditions for maximizing the photographic opportunities in Yellowstone.

The wonderful reviews about the high production values and content in this DVD are already in.  If you plan to visit Yellowstone, this is a must have instructional video.


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