Not too long ago, getting a glimpse into the daily lives of well-known photographers was almost unheard of. Now, thanks to social media, fans around the world have access to everything from exciting behind-the-scenes shots of a photography expedition to the more ordinary views of a photographer’s daily life.
Instagram, one of the fastest growing social networks, offers a multi-faceted view of the world through the eye of some of the most interesting and innovative photographers working today.
In addition to the photographers listed here, you can also follow me on Instagram @caseymac.
Keith is an artificial lighting wizard who shoots primarily rock climbing out of Colorado Springs. His work has been featured in Rock & Ice, ESPN, National Geographic Adventure, Mens Journal, and several other publications.
Ian is an action and lifestyle photographer from Seattle, Washington. I was first drawn to his backcountry skiing work, but his portraiture and lifestyle work is equally as amazing. His clients include Patagonia, Skiing, and Backcountry Magazines.
Jeremy is a Tofino, B.C.-based surf and fishing lifestyle and action photographer. He’s currently working as the photo editor for SBC Surf, but it’s his creative work in the Patagonia catalog that initially caught my eye.
Matt and Agnes are based out of Anchorage, Alaska, but always seem to be on the move in some new exotic location. Like many others on this list, I also initially discovered their work via the Patagonia catalog.
Probably considered by most a filmmaker rather than a photographer, but Renan has created some of the best action/adventure films of the last few years. Also working with Jimmy Chin of Camp 4 Collective, his next film is titled House of Cards.
Ben resides in Portland, Oregon and shoots rock climbing and other outdoor sports and that are commonplace in the Pacific Northwest. His clients include Patagonia, Eastern Mountain Sports, Black Diamond and many more.
Re is a staff photographer for backcountry.com. She focuses most of her work on women’s freeskiing. In addition to backcountry.com, Re has shot for the likes of Backcountry magazine, Skiing magazine, and many more.
Erik is a Park City-based photographer who specializes in skiing photography. He’s shot for such names as Helly Hansen, Under Armour, and Freeskier magazine. When he’s not shooting winter sports, Erik also shoots concerts and and weddings.
Andy is a Boulder-based rock climber and photographer who has shot for such clients as PrAna, Rock and Ice magazine, and The New York Times. His portfolio contains shots ranging from rock-climbing and base-jumping to beautiful landscape shots.
Based out of San Diego, Chris Park does, among other things, surf, underwater, and commercial photography and video. A former Associate Press contract photographer, Chris now spends his time working for a variety of clients and surfing.
Adam is a surfing photographer from Tofino, B.C. He has wonderful surfing shots, but it’s his photos from inside the barrels of crashing waves that initially drew me to his photography. He is also shooting short films surrounding surf culture.
Colorful afternoon sunsets, turbulent thunderstorms, and brilliant clouds. Weather is something photographers thrive on in order to turn an otherwise boring scene into the foundation of a dramatic photograph. So, it’s only fitting that The Weather Channel would have a new tv show about a photographer and his adventures taking landscape photos across the United States.
Recently, I was contacted by The Weather Channel to do a writeup on this new photography show, From the Edge with Peter Lik. From the Edge airs Thursday nights with back-to-back episodes at 8 and 8:30PM EST.
Peter is an award-winning Australian landscape photographer who currently lives in Las Vegas, which at first might seem odd considering the nature of his craft and Las Vegas’ notorious reputation for being covered in dirt. Actually, though, the city is one giant hub for some of the most beautiful National Parks in the US. Death Valley, Mount Whitney, and Zion are all located within a few short hours drive, and Peter has numerous photos of all three in his portfolio.
On the program, Peter goes into detail about the geographic nature and history of the landscape as well as the detail involved in getting the best shot that he can.
He also touches briefly on camera tech, functionality, and best practices for beginners that are just getting into the photography hobby.
Currently on the From the Edge Facebook fan page, Peter is having a photography contest with the opportunity to win an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas. Be sure to check out From the Edge with Peter Lik Thursday evenings at 8/8:30 PM EST and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.