Russ Burden is the owner of Russ Burden Nature Photography Tours. He runs wildlife workshops around the US in addition to multiple safaris to Tanzania three times a year. He is internationally published and his commercial work is marketed through Getty Images.
Russ has been writing the Tip of the Week for the Outdoor Photographer website for years. He has hundreds of tips archived on their site. Russ is a multiple time winner of the prestigious Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice Award in many categories in addition to having numerous safari photos honored and hung in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC and the Iziko Museum in South Africa. Russ has been published numerous times in Outdoor Photographer and his wildlife and scenic images have appeared in calendars published by Self Realization Fellowship, Kodak, Audubon, Sierra Club, National Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, and more.
Russ has an incredible passion for photography and seeks to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with all his workshop participants. His drive to seek optimal light and composition motivates him to create the perfect image. His energy and commitment to photography are contagious and it’s his goal to help others get to this point in their pursuit of our wonderful art.
The Art of Wildlife Photography
Thank You Nature Photography and for the Serenity of the Serengeti
Under Tanzanian Skies
Keynote: Be Your Own Best Judge
As a competitor in camera club competitions, you want to submit photographs you like and hope the judge likes them too. It's most important that you feel good about the images you submit, not enter for the sake of winning a ribbon. If the goal is to simply please a judge, you will never develop your own style or individuality. "Be Your Own Best Judge" is a Keynote presentation that teaches one how to better evaluate the images they currently have in their files so they can choose the best ones to enter into competition. It also instructs audience
members in great detail ways to improve one's photography to accumulate award winners. The focus of the instructional is based on the 12 key elements that determine the success of any art piece, be it photographic, a painting, drawing, etc. All concepts are illustrated with images Russ has taken over the years.
Following the show Russ will host a question and answer period that relates to any topic presented during the presentation or answer any questions about the images included in the show.