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The Greatest Non-Answer I’ve Ever Given About Filming Wildlife

David sent me an email asking “if you have never shot wildlife before do you recommend scouting a location before going out to shoot to see where the animals typically are or just go out […]

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4 Reasons Why You Should Document Your Surroundings on Video

One of filmmaking’s greatest strengths is its immediacy. You may think you live in dull surroundings, but the camera captures and frames things the human eye may overlook. Furthermore, it captures a precise […]

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To The Frustrated Nature and Wildlife Photographers and Filmmakers

Filming nature and wildlife is my passion. It’s what winds me up and cools me down. While I read a lot of nature and wildlife blogs, I also like to read blogs about life.

One of […]

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Being Out In Nature Is Never A Waste Of Time

I’m always trying to be a better nature and wildlife filmmaker. Every day I try to get a little more insight into animal behavior, plant identification, weather, anything that helps me capture footage of the […]

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I Said I’d Never Do It and Damnit Here I Am Doing It!

It seems that whenever I use the word “never” as in “I’m never going to do that again”, I end up eating my words.
Although I AM proud of the fact that I said I would […]

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It’s About Perspective Not Awards


It’s been a few years but I finally got up the gumption to enter a couple of my short films in the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.

If you know me, I’m not only my own worst critic […]

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Your Worth as a Filmmaker Isn’t Measured by What Camera You Own

Don’t Play the If Only Game
What camera should I buy? That’s the number one question I get asked when it comes to nature and wildlife cinematography. The second most asked question I get asked is […]

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Filmmaking Naturally’s Five Most Popular Posts

I love filming nature and wildlife! I love sharing what I’ve discovered and filmed as well as sharing my workflow and beliefs. Some posts resonate more with people than others. I thought I’d post the […]

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How A Million Slides Made Me A Better Nature And Wildlife Filmmaker

Before I made the switch to digital video in 2005 I was a still photographer. My cameras weren’t digital, they used film.
For those of you that may have never used film let me […]

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Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking: Finding The Little Things

Yesterday, I talked about finding joy discovering the little things in nature and filming them. Today I’d like to talk about actually finding these little things. At first it may prove difficult or even impossible […]

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It’s The Little Things That Make Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking So Special

Gilbert Chesterton said “One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”

Today as I was reviewing some footage I shot this past fall that quote really resonated with me not so […]

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Never Let Anyone Come Between You and Your Camera

“Never let anyone come between you and your camera. That’s my rule #1”

Those were the words one of my good friends and fellow filmmaker messaged me when I told him that I hadn’t picked up […]

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Just Be Yourself When Filming Nature and Wildlife

This morning I was visiting Ana Rameriez’s blog, and read her post “Let the World See Who You Are”.
It really struck a cord with me and inspired this post. So thank you Ana!

It’s rare that […]

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2015 Goals For Filming Nature and Wildlife

My typical method for filming nature and wildlife it to visit a location and film whatever catches my eye.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with that as it’s worked for me for many, many years resulting in […]

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Six Reasons To Get Out And Film Nature And Wildlife This Winter

Let’s face it, as the mercury drops, so does our desire to get out and film nature and wildlife. It’s cold, the landscape is bleak and wildlife is hunkered down conserving energy in an effort […]

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Sometimes It’s The Gear Sometimes It’s Not

I read a recent article by nature and wildlife photographer Mark Graf of Graf Nature Photography about meeting a man that said “Nature wasn’t meant to be photographed.” His meaning was that nature is so […]

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Panasonic AJ-PX270 Low Light High Sensitivity

Low Light Sensitivity
As a nature and wildlife filmmaker, you can most often find me out in the field at first light and last light.
One of the hardest things for me is to see something amazing […]

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Using Color To Stand Out From The Crowd

In an earlier article I talked about music as one of the three things that caused former Indian Creek Nature Center director Rich Patterson to say “”I like yours because they are outstanding and very much […]

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Camera Or Vision?

Recently a photographer posed the question, would you rather have the best camera system in the world (price is no object) or learning to truly see (you could spot artistic compositions anywhere), which would you […]

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Don’t Pass On An Opportunity To Film Nature and Wildlife

Nature and wildlife filmmaking is all about decisions. Where do we go to find our subjects? Once we find them how do we compose the shot that we want? Is the exposure right? Is the […]

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Filming Nature & Wildlife In The Land That Time Forgot

Recently, Panasonic called and asked if I wanted to shoot some more footage with the PX270 now that Iowa had greened up and subjects were more plentiful. But I had something better in mind, a […]

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Four Reasons Your Home Turf is the Best Place to Film Nature and Wildlife

I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but whenever I thought about filming nature and wildlife, my home turf in Eastern Iowa was usually pretty far down the list of locations where I wanted […]

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Nature & Wildlife Filmmaking: When Strangers Come Calling

I saw an interesting post by a nature and wildlife photographer the other day talking about non-photographers inquiring as to what they were photographing when they were out in the field.

They explained in their […]

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Discovering Your Creativity for Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking

In my last post “It’s Important To Get Out In The Field Even If You Don’t Feel Like It” I wrote about making the effort to get out into the field and film nature and wildlife even […]

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It’s Important To Get Out In The Field Even If You Don’t Feel Like It

It’s no secret that one of my greatest passions is filming nature and wildlife.

I’ve been taking photographs or shooting video since I was about eight years old. No matter what my day is like there’s […]

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Avoiding Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking Regrets

Most of the time when I pick up my video camera and head out into the field, I never really have a set plan for what I want to film. I guess I tend to […]

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It’s Not The Gear That Makes The Filmmaker

How many times have you said to yourself, if only I had (insert some piece of filmmaking gear) I’d be able to shoot better footage?

I know I’ve said it dozens, hundreds, heck maybe even thousands […]

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5 Reasons Why You SHOULD Film Clichés

Even though I’m a nature and wildlife filmmaker I still browse photography websites from time to time. The two are so close together that what often applies to one applies to the other.

My latest browsing […]

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Happy Holidays From Filmmaking Naturally

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope you had a great holiday!
I look forward to sharing my love of nature and wildlife and how to better capture both on video with you in the coming new year!

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The Sun Doesn’t Always Shine In Nature But Go Out Anyway

When The Weather Turns Bad Do You Pack It In? You Could Be Missing Some Great Footage!

Everyone loves to go out an film nature and wildlife on a warm, sunny day. I mean who […]

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Marooned Without a Compass

Why do you film nature and wildlife?
I’ve always loved anything that had to do with animals. My parents have an old 8mm film of me trying to feed an apple to a rocking horse or […]

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Wildlife Filmmaking – It’s All About Being There!

Whenever I meet another seasoned nature and wildlife filmmaker, the conversation invariably evolves into our favorite moments that we’ve experienced out in the field.

When I was first trying to learn wildlife filmmaking my conversations almost […]

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Filming Wildlife and Nature It’s About the Journey

It’s just a given that nature and wildlife filmmakers spend a lot of time out in the field doing a whole lot of nothing.
If you’ve ever spent any length of time in a blind or […]

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Want to Film Better Nature & Wildlife? Then Shoot Something Else!

Greetings my fellow nature and wildlife filmmakers! Did you know that today is National Dabbling Day. Until recently I never even knew we had a day devoted solely to dabbling on any level let alone […]

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Filming Nature and Wildlife – A Little Planning Can Avoid Frustration

Do You Know What Today Is?
As nature and wildlife cinematographers, we’re certainly faced with a lot of frustrating situations that at times make us just want to scream.
The weather is probably the biggest frustration we […]

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Should Wildlife Filmmakers Share Information?

I was watching a nature and wildlife photography show the other day. Two nature photographers were going back to a place where there were some fantastic flowers growing tall against a blue sky.

When they reached […]

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The Greatest Dilemma Wildlife Filmmakers Commonly Face

It’s something that every wildlife filmmaker will face more than once in their career. The choice they make can make or break a filmmaking session. I’m talking about staying with a subject or leaving in […]

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Top Five Places in the World to Film Wildlife With Your Video Camera

The world we live in is rich with beauty and these five spots provide exceptional opportunities to capture it. The next time you are ready for some adventure, grab your favorite video camera and get […]

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Persistence Often Pays Off for Nature and Wildlife Filmmakers

When it comes to the process of wildlife and nature filmmaking I think of it as a three legged stool.
Two of the legs I’ve already talked about, patience and practice. The third leg of the […]

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Practice Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking to Hone Your Skills

The saying goes once you learn how to ride a bike you’ll never forget. Well, that may be true but I can tell you from experience that doesn’t mean you’ll be any good at it.

I’m […]

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Tallgrass Prairie Insects Make Filming Nature Vibrant

If you drive pass the tallgrass prairie of the Great Plains it is easy to think that there is very little going on given the relative lack of large animals. Yet nature is never what […]

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Filming Nature: Capturing the Partial Solar Eclipse

As a nature and wildlife filmmaker, weather and more importantly, the sun plays an important role in the video footage I capture.

Overcast days can make woodland wildflowers look fantastic but make a landscape dull and […]

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How to Set up and Use Focus in Red on the Panasonic HPX250 P2 Camera


When Panasonic released the Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder it was the camera I had been waiting for. Full raster HD, a monster 22X zoom lens and AVC-Intra codec. The peaking feature made […]

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The Best Tip Ever for Shooting Better Nature and Wildlife Video

As a nature and wildlife cameraman, I want to share one of my best tips for shooting better nature and wildlife video.
But before I tell you what it is I want to tell you how […]

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Are You Filming Illegally in our National Parks?

As a nature and wildlife filmmaker, Yellowstone was one of my favorite locations in the United States to film nature and wildlife.

Every year, millions of tourists, photographers and filmmakers travel to America’s first national park […]

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Wildlife Filmmakers Rejoice! The HPX250 Digital Zoom Rocks!

Nature and Wildlife filmmakers are always looking for ways to get closer to their subject when shooting wildlife video.
Even the Panasonic AG-HPX250 with it’s incredible 22X zoom lens, you sometimes wish you had a bit […]

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Using Peaking in Panasonic’s HPX-250

In addition to the 22X zoom and AVC-Intra codec, another one of my favorite features of Panasonic’s AG-HPX-250 is peaking.

Basically peaking is electronically “highlighting” the edges of your subject. My HPX-170 has peaking but nothing […]

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Panasonic’s AG-HPX250 Zoom Demonstration

Over the last couple of days I’ve had an opportunity to test Panasonic’s new HD camera the AG-HPX250. Panasonic has taken the guts of a over the shoulder camera and placed them inside the body […]

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Filmmakers And Their Understated Value Toward The Conservation Of This World

Nature and Wildlife Filmmakers Can Make a Difference
Nature and Wildlife Filmmakers play an integral part to making the citizens of the world aware of the dangers or injustices being done to nature and wildlife, the […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Shooting Nature & Wildlife Video

Get on the mailing list for Beginner’s Guide to Shooting Nature and Wildlife Online Filmmaking Course!

Whenever I’m filming nature and wildlife in some location I’m almost always asked what’s the best camera to buy or […]

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In the Company of Wolves


Everyone has a defining moment that somehow ends up shaping their future. For me it was filming a wolf pack in Northern Minnesota.
I had recently made the switch to shooting HD video and this would […]

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Introducing Filmmaking Naturally

Filmmaking Naturally, online video tutorials assist you in your quest to obtain better wildlife and nature footage.

Award winning cinematographer Kevin J Railsback shares his decades of experience obtaining stunning imagery of the natural world. You’ll […]