Gary Hart is a California native who has been exploring the Golden State’s landscapes with his camera for his entire adult life. Before becoming a full-time nature photographer more than fifteen years ago, Gary made his living as a writer. Now he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience in photo workshops in some of the world’s most beautiful locations, and educating photographers with his regular blog and many articles in “Outdoor Photographer” magazine.
“I like to imagine a natural world devoid of human influence, and try to photograph it that way. The camera and human eye see the world differently—rather than attempt the impossible task of photographing the world as I see it, I use my camera’s unique vision to highlight aspects that might be overlooked or unappreciated. I use Lightroom and Photoshop to process my images, but prefer applying my creativity in the camera, not the computer. Everything I shoot is natural light (I don’t even own a flash), single-image capture (no blending of multiple images or HDR software).”
Gary offers photo workshops in Yosemite (winter spring and fall), Grand Canyon (spring raft trip and summer monsoon), Oregon Coast and Columbia River Gorge (spring), the Eastern Sierra (autumn), Death Valley (winter), Hawaii Big Island, Iceland (winter), and New Zealand’s South Island (winter). Not only do these workshops allow Gary to visit his favorite spots at all the most photogenic times, they enable him to meet some of the most dedicated (and fun!) photographers imaginable. The workshops fill far in advance, with an average of 2/3 repeat customers.
“Whether it’s a career or a pastime, nature photography must be a source of pleasure. Of course we all define pleasure differently—for some it means simply recording our experience of nature, for others it’s capturing spectacular scenery in the best conditions regardless of the sacrifice. My goal is to portray nature in ways that haven’t been seen before—I don’t always succeed, but the challenge keeps me going.”