Biography: Jack Graham, Nature & Landscape Photographer
JACK GRAHAM / Nature & Landscape Photographer
Image thanks to my friends, Mary & Peter Andrade www.pamphotography.com
I began photographing nature in the mid-seventies while living in the New York City/New Jersey metropolitan area. While attending Indiana University, completing a performance degree in Music, I began to explore the rural landscapes of the beautiful hills of southern Indiana. Here is where my appreciation of the natural world began. These rolling hills, forests, waterfalls and prairies of southern Indiana became the integral backdrop leading to the vision I see in nature today.
After my first trip to California and Arizona, I set my sights on eventually moving west to photograph the natural beauty that has, to this day, captivated me. I moved to Northern California in 1989 and began exploring the varied areas found on the West Coast. Living in Northern California afforded me the opportunity to photograph the nearby never-ending landscapes and scenic natural beauty of the area, concentrating especially in the Pacific Northwest, the Eastern Sierra of California, Arizona, the Colorado Plateau, the canyon country of Southern Utah and the inner mountain region of the Rocky Mountains. I have also been fortunate to travel and photograph the unique landscapes of Iceland, Cuba and Greenland.
I now reside in Puyallup, Washington, in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I've been a photographic workshop leader since 1995. My favorite places to conduct these workshops and photograph are the Eastern Sierra, Iceland & Greenland, the canyon lands and deserts of the southwestern United States and the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been very fortunate in photographing, learning and assisting on workshops led by some of the top nature photographers, while working with the Great American Photography Weekend folks back in the 1990's such as John Shaw, Jack Dykinga, Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell, Frans Lanting, David Muench, Bill Fortney and others. For over 20 years I have lead my own “Photo Classroom in the Field®” workshops throughout the United States and in Iceland, as well as workshops for the Great American Photography Weekend, Pacific Northwest Art School (on Whidbey Island, Wash.) and Strabo Tours. I also offer extensive one-on-one instruction in single or multi-day time frames.
My workshops are sponsored by Nikon, Singh-Ray, Really Right Stuff, Gura Gear, Outdoor Photo Gear, Lensbaby, Lensrentals.com, Hunt’s Photo & Video, Nodal Ninja and the Photograph America Newsletter. I do many speaking engagements throughout the U.S. as well. I capture my images using Fuji Mirrorless X series with both Fuji and Nikon lenses. This equipment enables me to create large files in great detail which can then be transformed into prints as large as 40” x 60” or more with striking detail. I use only polarizing filters; neutral density filters which aid in correcting for difficult lighting conditions. Natural lighting is used almost entirely. The more dramatic the lighting, the better! I strive to represent the scene as close as I witnessed it as possible.
I am currently a featured contributor to Landscape Photography Magazine, a large online magazine in Europe as a featured writer. In 2012 my webinar entitled "Keeping it Simple" was featured online by Nik Software. To date it has been viewed by almost 6,000 folks. You can view it here.
I have been successful in publication and stock photography as well. Both photo and writing credits include Outdoor Photography, Nature’s Best Photography, Nature Photographer’s Online Network, The Luminous Landscape, NANPA”S Expressions 2009, California Wild, Current’s (NANPA) and many DNR publications: Audubon, Outdoor Photography, The Nature Conservancy, Chicago Wilderness and Sierra Club publications as well as many calendar credits. Corporate work includes prints and stock applications for internal as well as publication use.
Online video credits include "Nik Hangout On Air: What To Expect From A Photo Workshop," hosted by Laurie Rubin and including macro-photographer Mike Moats. I also recently recorded a webinar for NIK SOFTWARE called "Keeping it Simple." At the 2013 NANPA Summit (in Jacksonville, Fla.), I was a member of the 8 panel discussion group, "Fireside Chat: Live from the Nature Photography Summit" with Justin Black, Lewis Kemper, Mike Moats, Piper McKay and Laurie Rubin. Host Scott Sheppard of Nik Radio fame asked some great questions!
I am a member of Federation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS), Mono Lake Committee and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA). I am on the Board of Directors for NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) and past committee chair for NANPA's awards committee.
For workshops as well as speaking engagements, I can be contacted via E-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org