Behind the Camera

Behind the Camera 2016-11-06T09:38:55+00:00


Frustrated That Your Nature and Wildlife Video Isn’t Where You Want It To Be?

Like any hobby or career if you’re not armed with the proper knowledge, nature and wildlife filmmaking can quickly become frustrating if you’re not getting the footage you desire.

Through online video tutorials you’ll learn not only the “how’s” but more importantly, the “why’s” of shooting nature and wildlife video.
You’ll learn the “rules” of cinematography and when you should break them.
I’ll show you how to protect yourself and your camera gear when you’re out in the field.
You’ll discover new places to shoot and where to go once you get there.

But most of all, I want you to be inspired to go out and shoot your own amazing footage and ignite your passion for capturing our natural world.


I’ve Been There

When I was first starting out, I made the same mistakes and felt the same frustrations that you might be making.
Thirty years of filming our natural world has given me the knowledge to learn from those mistakes and find the solutions to shoot inspiring nature and wildlife footage.

Completely self-taught, I didn’t have any resources to tell me how to fix what was lacking in my video footage. Though time, patience and persistence, I developed my own style and found the answers that allowed me to capture the imagery I knew in my heart I was always capable of.

This style has taken me to Hawaii to teach HD cinematography and as far away as Africa where I tested a new HD camera for Panasonic. My footage has been shown at NAB in Las Vegas, showcasing what Panasonic’s cameras can do.

My footage has appeared in programs on National Geographic, Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel as well as theatrically released films and commercials for such corporate giants as AT&T.

Judges at film festivals around the country have commented that my work is “Like a painting on film.” My latest entries into the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival took home both the gold and silver Eddy Award in my category.

I believe that you never stop learning and I am constantly working to improve my work and become a better cinematographer.

Kevin Railsback is an artist, with a camera as his brush. And like all accomplished artists, Kevin’s tools and methods of capturing his definition of work, change with his growth, mindset, ever yearning quest for knowledge and technology.
His work speaks for itself. Dynamic, IN YOUR FACE, Breath taking, Heart Stopping, Emotional, Evocative, and of course , Beautiful.
Kevin is graced with patience, and a warm sense of humor. He has few peers in his knowledge of computers and camera work, especially when it comes to wildlife cinematography.~Jon Van Allen

The Eye Behind the Camera

From an early age I wanted to capture the incredible sights I encountered. One of the first images I recall taking was of a walrus at Brookfield Zoo outside of Chicago when I was eight.

But it was living in Iwakuni, Japan that really taught me the importance of lines and form.
Japan is a land of indescribable beauty and I spent my time there trying to capture on film as much of it as I could.

I am driven to tell the story that Mother Nature and all her creatures share with me.





Determined to give something back, Kevin puts in many hours a week working with animal rescue groups like Last Hope Animal Rescue, teaching the volunteer dog walking class at Cedar Valley Humane Society . He has been a Wildlife Guardian for many years and supports nature and wildlife causes throughout the world.

He can usually be found hiking the back trails or exploring the tallgrass prairie at Indian Creek Nature Center.

Kevin makes his home in America’s Heartland where he shares his passion for life and nature with his girlfriend Karina, Hobbes the cat and Spencer, Elliot and Holden the nature dogs.


  1. Leslie July 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Hello Kevin,

    I have recently taken up photography and I am too a huge supporter of animals and the environment. I helped establish Friends of The Shelter in Vinton, IA. Due to work and family at that time I mainly did a lot of fostering and driving animals to where they needed to be. I would like to know if you would ever take on any assistants or allow anyone to job shadow you. I am very interested in learning new techniques and am too self taught. I appreciate any feedback. Thank you for your time.

    • Kevin J Railsback September 7, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Hey Leslie,

      Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you.

      Been a busy, busy summer but things are finally starting to slow down.

      Fall is a great time to get out and film the Fall color. If you want to go out and shoot some, let me know. Be happy to go out and show you my workflow and how I figure out what I want to film and how.

  2. Brian Hughes September 24, 2017 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Hello Kevin,
    My daughter who is 14 years of age, loves nature and photography more than anything else. I would love to nurture this passion she has. Any Suggestions would be helpful as I know nothing about photography but want to help her start down a positive path that will strengthen her love for both. I live in California and have taken her to the San Jacinto Wildlife Preserve to bird watch, but would like to buy her the required equipment for her to take the next step. Thank you for you time, I look forward to reading your feedback and your future articles

    • Kevin J Railsback October 12, 2017 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      Hey Brian,

      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

      I think it’s fantastic that your daughter is interested in nature photography.

      I’ll drop you an email and we can talk about gear, learning etc.

      Thanks for taking the time to post your comment!

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