I spent the past few days shooting in The Nature Conservancy’s Green Swamp Preserve near Shallotte, North Carolina for a story-in-progress. It is an amazing place to see carnivorous plants in the wild such as pitcher plants, bladderworts and Venus Flytraps, as well as a beautiful Longleaf Pine ecosystem. In fact some reports state that you can find 14 species there! Grass-carrying wasps (Isodontia sp) are some of my favorite species associated with pitcher plants and although I’ve been photographing them on and off for the past couple…

by Paul Harcourt Davies Jumping in at the deep end Perhaps you’ve been  producing some nice pictures and honing your photographic skills for a while. Now you find yourself ready to expand into new photographic realms…you’ve seen dramatic close-up shots and want to take your own. There is no time like the present for a new challenge and with the launch of our new blog Learn Macro, Clay and I will regularly post in a series that will take you through the basics and way beyond. Every now and…

If you thought you had to travel to exotic locales to photograph captivating subjects, think again. Award-winning nature and conversation photographer Clay Bolt shows you how to find, approach and photograph fascinating insects in your own backyard with spectacular results in this new online course from Craftsy. Learn to work with available light and shallow depth of field to create crystal-clear images. Explore a variety of off-camera flash setups to enhance color and texture, increase sharpness and freeze motion. Use wide-angle macro lenses to create surreal images that…

If you thought you had to travel to exotic locales to photograph captivating subjects, think again. Award-winning nature and conversation photographer Clay Bolt shows you how to find, approach and photograph fascinating insects in your own backyard with spectacular results in this new online course from Craftsy. Learn to work with available light and shallow depth of field to create crystal-clear images. Explore a variety of off-camera flash setups to enhance color and texture, increase sharpness and freeze motion. Use wide-angle macro lenses to create surreal images that…