This is the sixth episode of my MINI DOCS
Today we met Malin Hanning – @malin.hanning on Instagram.
She is a photographer focusing on nature and animals.
She really prefers the colder climates and is open for adventure.
So You Want To Be A Nature Photographer
Nature photography is a wide range of photography taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures.
I’ve heard it said that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. As photography has been a long time profession in addition to being a passion, to some extent, the above holds true. But before I encourage you to quit your day job, cash out and hit the road with your camera and camper, hear me out with regards to what I mean by, “to some extent, the above holds true.”
When I’m out in nature and everything comes together, it’s tough to think of anything that’s better. When the light is dramatic, when animals display rarely witnessed behavior, when carpets of flowers are peak, when the fall colors are prime, all make shooting in the wild wonderful, productive, and quite often profitable. BUT for those rare experienced days or situations, there are countless ones where not a single image is made. The preconceived notion amongst the masses is that all postcard shots are easily repeatable. This is NOT the case. Let’s take a look at some of the hurdles that must be cleared in order to capture an image about which you can feel proud.
Are you willing to be away from your home and family for weeks at a time? While you’re on the road, can you live on a budget that makes it feasible to justify the trip? Can you deal with eating meals out of a can while you wait for the light that may be obscured by thick gray clouds to be dramatic? Do you enjoy waking up at 4:30AM and driving an hour to a location and have nothing develop in the way of interest? Can you deal with the rising cost of gas to make the drive to the location you wish to photograph? Can you accept the fact the day you arrive at your location coincides with a severe weather front where rain is in the forecast for the next seven days? So far, how many “Yes” answers do you have?
Let’s continue: Are you capable of photographing other subjects if you are not making sales of your nature images? Does the thought of photographing an occasional wedding make you cringe? Do you have marketing skills that are superior to the hundreds of thousands of other photographers who are trying to make a living selling nature shots? Unfortunately, buyers are not going to knock on your door unless you get your name out there! Can you deal with editor’s deadlines and requirements that differ from publisher to publisher? Do you have computer skills and record keeping abilities so you’ll know which company has what photos and when they’re due back? When you make a submission, are you willing to wait nine months to a year to see if you are even in the running to make a sale?
I could go on and on. My goal is not to discourage you from pursuing your dream but to have you appreciate that the glamour behind the occupation is not all it’s cracked up to be. More power to you if you have the drive. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to pursue your goal. So the next time you see an amazing nature shot, respect the photographer for what he or she had to endure. For every published image I’ve had, there are myriads I’ve discarded, thousands I wouldn’t dare show in public, and many more I’ve taken just to prove I was there. As for the future, more of the same as I do love my job and can’t think of a better way to live my life despite all the hurdles in paragraphs three and four. If you’re of the same mind set, I’ll see you in the field!
My very first vlog – day 1 –
VLOG CAMERA SET UP –
Sony A7s II
Sony FE 2.8/24-70 GM
Joby Gorillapod Focus
Rode Videomic MKII
Iphone 6s plus
Sony A7s II
Sony FE 2.8/24-70 GM
-Dji Phantom 4
-GoPro Hero 4 Silver
-Backpack – Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II
– How old are you? – 39, born 1977
– Where do you live? – Stockholm, Sweden
– What do you do for a living? – I work as a socialmedia manager / creative
– What editing program do you use? – Premier Pro CC on Mac
– Did you go to university? – Yes but I skipped the last year.
– How long do your vlogs take to edit? – Its all depends, everything from 1hour to 6 +
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The dream picture is The dream picture could be that I could live on it at the same time that I don't want that photography is something that people tells what to photograph and how I should deliver it instead I want to deliver after how I see it. and that people like what I do and live on that. that is my dream picture Why photograph nature? Nature has never been something I have focused on earlier until I went on a trip to Svalbard which made be totally fall in love in different environment and nature and animals and try to capture it I saw that it was sow hard and I love the challenge to photograph human or portrait is for me quite simple to get a good picture but to get the nature and an animal picture is much much harder I don't know it has really attracted me you have photographed polar bears? yes I have. – How closed where you a polar bear the closest from the boat or the ship as its called 10 meters maybe wow well you where safe on the ship. – yes I met one on the land and it wasn't funny I was further away though How is to photograph animals Hard I feel it is sow unpredictable and you can't really be spending to much time on settings you must be in the right time and place and if you get a good picture then you where lucky thats how I feel I am not that technical I can spend some time with the settings by my self and get a good picture but thats what I feel is hard with animals that you don't have that time on you to set the setting and instead be on the right place and time because it could be about seconds or hundredths to get a good picture There is some photographers on Instagram that inspires me very much and then we also have those that work with doing something bigger then just a photo that is for that could make a change and change people view on things like for example Paul Nickel he works a lot with the environment issues and those things around that and want people to get a picture on the changes on this planet when a picture is not just an art but has a deeper meaning did you get any nice pictures? with portraits it always turns into good pictures you seem to be very satisfied with the lens you have what is it for lens? this is a Sigma 85mm Sigma art really satisfied with it Malin Hanning Will be 32 years old. Raised and born in Stockholm love to photograph, travel and cold environments