How to plan for a shooting exposition in the wild

I am excited to have Daniel Hurtubise as a guest blogger every few Saturdays this summer leading up to his shooting exposition in the wild.  He will talk about his preparation for this trip with a world renown National Geographic Photographer.  And then he will share photos of the trip and about his experiences.  He welcomes you asking any questions you would like.


Welcome everyone to this first post in a series regarding my Alaskan trip. But before I explain all about the trip, let me tell you about me. I am a photographer from Montreal, Canada. I’m mostly a travelling/nature photographer but also enjoy some portrait shooting too.

When Jodi told me that she was looking for guest bloggers, I immediately told her that I had something great to talk about. So here it is: I’m heading to Alaska, actually 200 miles north of Anchorage, to shoot the Great Brown Alaskan Bear with a team of 3 other photographers.  We will be lead by Jim Oltersdorf for a whole week in the wild. Jim is a world renown photographer. He has his own show on National Geographic and Discovery.

You will discover during this series that I’m a Nikon man. Always have been, always will be. So before I leave on the trip, I will tell you all about my gear, my preparation and answer any questions you might have. Once I get back we will go through my personal way of organizing photos from the trip.  And I will go through the post treatment with Jodi’s actions.

I would love a list of some questions that I can respond to on future posts.  Just use the comment box and I will integrate this into my posts.

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    I think the obvious question I have (from looking at that picture) is how to not get eaten by a bear. 😉 We were just in yellowstone and I really could’ve used some tips for wildlife/nature photography since it’s not really “my thing.” :) Looking forward to your series!

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    Johnna says

    Daniel, thanks for taking the time to provide us with your assistance. I know it will be valuable. When you list your gear, please include the type of camera bag/backpack or whatever you use to carry it when you travel. Also, it would be great if you would list the image data for the images you share with us (ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, lens type/mm setting used). One more thing–RAW or jpeg?–but you don’t have to go into great detail. Thanks again.

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    I’m really looking forward to this! Can you tell us how you store your images until you get home? Size of your memory cards? Any photo editing in the field or nothing until you get back? How many batteries do you pack, I’m assuming you have no power for recharging? Do you lay and wait for the animals to come to you or “hunt” them down and use a huge telephoto lens and stay way back? Oh so many questions! :)

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    Margie says

    This is coming at a great time for me! I’m going to Alaska next year, and I am anxious to read about your preparations and experiences.

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    Really looking forward to hearing more! Thanks for sharing Daniel. I’m really interested in your workflow after you get home. As a newbie in photography, I am quite daunted by the amount of time it takes to edit and process a trip like this. Any quick edit tips for making that part of it easier and less time consuming? Anying you share will be great!


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