Michael Snedic - Few Laps Around The Block
You’ve been in the business for quite some time now. How many years and how many times have you had to re-invent yourself to keep photography your main flow of income?
I’ve been presenting photography workshops and tours for close on 16 years now. Keeping up with the latest in digital photography techniques/cameras etc has been an important part of keeping relevant in this business. Also, I constantly listen to what customers want/need and evolve accordingly.
One camera, one lens. Which do you pick?
Without doubt, my latest digital SLR camera, the Nikon D850. A brilliant camera in every way! Regarding a lens, I’d go with the new, lighter, Nikon 500mm f4 that’s slated for release, for my wildlife photography.
You make a career out of providing wildlife tours & workshops. If you had more time on your hands what would be a new genre you would like to try?
Ironically, it would probably be surf photography, as I would be outdoors, using my skills to capture surfers ‘in action’ : - ))
Career & income aside, What inspired you to capture wildlife and what continues to motivate you?
I love wildlife, so when I took up photography, it was inevitable that I would end up photographing them. I originally took up photography as a way to capture so many of the amazing experiences I was witnessing out in nature. What motivates me is that wildlife are always performing different behaviours and found in stunning, natural locations across the globe, so it’s never boring photographing them!!
How do you decide where to run your workshops?
I choose subjects and locations that I think photographers will enjoy. This could be a short, half day butterfly workshop or a 2 week Antarctica photo adventure!
What are your go-to settings shooting wildlife? Both on land and from the boat. Do they Differ?
I usually suggest shooting ‘wide open’, meaning that you use the widest aperture your lens allows. This gives you the most amount of light and also helps to blur out the background in many situations. I’m a fan of aperture priority in many situations and recommend using a fast shutter speed, especially if hand-holding a heavy lens. The only difference when shooting from a boat is that I make sure I’m positioned so that I’m steady on my feet, especially if a wave or two hits!