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The Importance of Wildlife Ethics

Hi there, I’m Juan Pons. I’ve been a Wildlife Photographer leading workshops and seminars around the world for the last twenty years. I’m so honored to be one of the featured instructors at this year’s Outdoor Photography Conference on May 18-19th.

One topic I will be focusing on during the conference is fundamental to my work as a photographer and outdoor enthusiast- always exercising respect and protecting wildlife and the environment while capturing a memorable image.

No image, no matter how unique or special it may be, is worth stressing, endangering, or otherwise harming the wildlife or the landscape. As wildlife photographers, it is essential to be advocates for the environment and to lead others through our own actions and diligence.  If we as the storytellers, who love to photograph and observe the wildlife, do not prioritize protecting them, who will?

In my presentation, I will discuss a few of the areas of focus I always follow to ensure wildlife and their environment are being protected:

  1. Understanding Your Subjects
    The most beautiful wildlife photographs originate from natural behavior. We need to prepare ourselves to capture those critical moments, and the best way to do so is to research and understand our subjects, their behaviors, social structures, diet, migratory habits, and more. You can never really predict what wildlife will do at any moment, but by familiarizing ourselves intimately with our subjects, we can be ready to create those once in a lifetime images.
  2. Leaving No Trace
    The foundation of all wildlife photographers’ ethics should be to always leave no trace. This concept extends beyond the landscape- the wellbeing of your subject must be your priority at all times. We must never alter, modify, disturb or harm any habitat, food source, or surroundings. I advise all adventurers to understand they are a guest in the landscape they’re shooting. You should always consider the welfare of your subject first and foremost- ask yourself if the next action you are about to take will bring any harm in this moment or even in the distant future.
  3. Being In The Moment
    Oftentimes, we become engrossed in making images and neglect to fully appreciate the environment we’re in and the beauty we are witnessing. Take a moment to put your camera down, take a breath, and observe your surroundings. This practice deepens our connection and strengthens our appreciation of the environment and our subjects. As Baba Dioum well put it “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

All of these topics, and many more, are imperative to our success as photographers and wildlife ambassadors. When we commit to the wellbeing of all wildlife, we create a symbiotic relationship with the environment.  I look forward to expanding on these topics during our time together in my seminar this week.

Juan Pons
Juan Pons Photography


You can learn more about Juan’s workshops, upcoming seminars, and newly released educational videos on Youtube, and check out his website at JuanPons.org

I’ve got an incredible workshop planned from start to finish so come on down to the Tampa Bay area and spend a couple of days with me learning how to shoot flash like a pro. It’s a real-world, hands-on workshop that will make you fall absolutely in love with your flash. We’re shooting in the studio, on location, with live professional models in all different types of scenarios, and it has the power to change everything for you when it comes to making stunning portraits with flash.

The workshop is on May 2-3, 2020 (with a casual get-together dinner with me the night before, on May 1st). Once the workshop starts we hit the ground running — we’re in the classroom, we’re in the studio, we’re shooting, we’re editing, we’re grabbing some super yummy chow, and then we’re in the bus heading out for more shooting on location. You’ll work hard, you’ll shoot a lot, you’ll edit a bunch, you’ll laugh a lot, you’ll learn a ton, and you’ll come home with some killer shots!

Check out my short workshop trailer below:

This is an intimate workshop with only 15 spots available total, and there are already just a few left, so if you want to come and join me down in Tampa, go right now and sign-up (here’s the link) and we’ll see you soon for a workshop you’ll never forget!

Have a great weekend everybody, and don’t forget to catch the new season of The Walking Dead. It’s off to a great start! :)

-Scott

P.S. This weekend I’ll be shooting with a prototype of the Kickstarter darling of 2020, the Platyball (it’s a really fascinating ballhead from the same folks behind the Platypod). I’m planning on doing a field report video for Monday, so make sure you stop back by then.

This is your invitation to grab one of the last two spots to join me and KelbyOne Instructor Mimo Meidany for an unforgettable four-day travel photography workshop — “Picture Perfect Prague.” Its old-world charm, architecture, soaring spires, and beautiful bridges make it a photographer’s paradise! First, watch this short video (below):

Tickets & Details

What: My “Picture Perfect Prague” Travel Photography Workshop
Instructors: Scott Kelby and Mimo Meidany
When: May 21-24, 2020
Where: The Hilton Prague Old Town
Price: $4,950 Per Person (includes 4 nights accommodations, breakfast each day, the night before dinner, parting luncheon, transportation to and from the daily location shoots, and the workshop itself).
Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 12 participants maximum — there are only two spots left!)

Don’t Miss Out!

All of my travel workshops have sold out in advance, and as of this morning, there’s only 2-spots left for this one. I hope one of those will be yours. Reserve your spot now, and we’ll see you in Prague this May.

Head to scottkelbyworkshops.com for tickets and lots more info.

Have a great weekend everybody!

I hope I run into you next week out in Vegas at the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait) show. I’ll be doing a book signing at the Rocky Nook booth on Thursday. Come on by and say hi.

Scott

OK, it may be more than a few, but it includes lots of behind-the-scenes shots (often including camera settings), and shots from my travel workshop there, and from my trip to Provence to shoot the Lavender fields, and the story behind it all.

If you’ve got a minute and want to start off your Monday in a “French crepe with Bananas and Nutella” kinda way, I hope you’ll give it a quick look. Here’s the link:

https://spark.adobe.com/page/iu1Zv6auT0fu5/

Thanks, everybody, and here’s wishing you bakery baguette kind of morning.

Merci,

-Scott

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