John Gerlach earned his wildlife ecology degree from Central Michigan University in 1977. After graduation he followed his burning passion to become a professional nature photographer and photo educator. With his in-depth science background and dedication to nature photography, he quickly mastered close-up, landscape and wildlife photography.
John is a dynamic public speaker. His burning enthusiasm for photography and willingness to share his knowledge makes him an inspirational photography instructor. For over forty years, John has taught hundreds of field workshops and one-day seminars. John leads several winter photo tours of Yellowstone National Park and has led forty photo tours of the best game parks - Samburu, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara - Kenya has to offer. His next tour will be in September of 2017. Since 1986, John has taught his in-depth photo workshops near Munising, MI during August and for fall color in October.
John is an expert at photographing hummingbirds with natural light and multiple flash. He teaches two or more workshops at the fabulous Bull River Guest Ranch near Cranbrook, BC during May. Multiple flash lets the photographer freeze the wings as they hover at a flower, revealing the intricate details and colors of these wonderful birds. John is an innovator in outdoor flash photography who has pioneered many new methods for using flash to light close-ups and landscapes. The flash program John presents will open up a whole new way for you to think about and use flash. His book explaining outdoor flash techniques will be published in early 2017.