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Carl Heilman

Carl Heilman II is an internationally published photographer and author. He has been photographing the Adirondacks since the mid 1970's, working to capture the grandeur, and his emotional and spiritual connection to these special locations in each of his photographs. His work has been published in numerous regional and international publications including National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug, the New York Times, Nature Conservancy publications, Adirondack Life, the Adirondack Explorer, and the Conservationist.

Carl leads a variety of one day and multi-day photography and Photoshop workshops and tours each year in the Adirondack Park, Acadia National Park and other unique landscapes around the country. His AV programs have aired on regional PBS stations, and are shown regularly in regional nature centers. He was the featured photographer in the May 2008 national PBS special, 'The Adirondacks'.

His most recent books are, '101 Top Tips for Digital Landscape Photography' (Ilex Press, May 2014), 'Photographing the Adirondacks' (Countryman Press, June 2013), 'The Landscape Photography Field Guide' (Focal Press / Ilex Press, fall 2011), and 'Advanced Digital Landscape Photography' (Ilex Press 2010). The field guide is available for Kindle, or as a 4" x 6" handbook that easily fits in a camera pack. While the Adirondacks book is more specific to this region, all the books offer creative photo tips and techniques from Carl's 4 decades of experience with a camera. His coffee table books include, 'The Maine Coast', 'The Adirondacks', and 'Adirondacks: Views of An American Wilderness' by Rizzoli; 'Lake George' by North Country Books; and 3 NY State books by Voyageur Press.

Information on Carl's photography workshops, fine art prints, calendars, books, and puzzles are online at www.carlheilman.com

On Facebook - Facebook.com/NaturePhotographyWorkshops

Facebook Photo Help Page

He has also written articles as one of the photo 'experts' at the Adorama Learning Center

Plus, there are a couple of video segments of his work, as well as a segment from 'The Adirondacks'

July 2011 Archives

There's always something to photograph, and there's always light to photograph in! With digital technology there are so many different ways to consider playing with a camera in the great Adirondack outdoors (or anywhere). This is my first blog - and I haven't been one to keep up with a diary, but I do enjoy passing along my experiences with a camera, as well as my great appreciation of the wonders of the the Adirondacks.

I most likely won't write a lot each time, but I will try to keep in touch at least once a week with any special natural events going on, plus post pictures I've taken recently, as well as ones I may have taken some time ago. I plan to pass along thoughts on being in the wilderness, as well as photo tips and techniques, and look forward to comments and questions from folks. I'd enjoy this being interactive, rather than just about what I'm up to.

So, let's start with 'Hazy, Hot, and Humid'!! While it's pretty warm out there for taking a hike, there are still some great conditions in this weather for getting photos. My general rule of thumb for photographing that I know I'll repeat from time to time is: When the light is soft, work the detail in and around the woods and waters - and when it's bright and sunny, work the open landscapes. So, this softer, hazy light is great for working with mushroom detail or other photos in the woods, as well as taking longer exposures of streams and waterfalls for a nice soft silky effect to the flowing water.

It's also a good time to photograph the sun at sunrise or sunset as it becomes a red ball of fire before settling into - or rising from the horizon. Something to remember though, is that while our eye sees the bright red color, the light is often considerably brighter than the range of light the camera can capture - and it is important to bracket your exposures, shooting additional underexposures, until you have captured the color with the camera.


heilman_NA036818.jpgWhen the brightness of the sun is soft enough, as in the photo above, all the color tones will be able to be captured in a single image file. Happy shooting!