PNP Newsletter Archive

Every week Chris responds to questions about national park photography. Topics can range from location advice to gear choice to ancillary equipment to post-production techniques. All inquiries welcome; if he doesn’t know the answer, he’ll find it! To subscribe, please enter your information below. No contact info will be shared with any third party, ever.

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PNP Newsletter #18: Backpacks and Slings

May 31, 2017

Backpacks and Slings Plus, the Blue Ridge Parkway, kids books and more …   It’s been a busy spring! I just returned from three National Parks at Night workshops in five weeks: Joshua Tree National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cape Cod National Seashore. They are three intensely different places, so it made for a fun and varied ...

PNP Newsletter #17: Flying With Batteries

April 18, 2017

Flying With Batteries Plus, free parks maps, new conference booking, Chimani Perks program and more … Good morning from Joshua Tree National Park! I arrived last night with Lance Keimig to start on-site preparations for our National Parks at Night workshop here April 21-26. We have a seat left, if you’d like to sign up and hop ...

PNP Newsletter #16: Night ISO

March 14, 2017

Night ISO Plus, upcoming workshops … It’s been a while. 2016 was a year of quick growth in my career, and the rapid acceleration made it hard to hold on to some responsibilities, this newsletter included. But I never forgot it, knew I wanted to return to it, and have kept cognizant of how to re-adapt it ...

PNP Newsletter #15: Scouting Tools

March 10, 2016

How do you keep track of the spots in which you want to shoot? Is there an app you recommend where I could make notes of places maybe right on an electronic map, or some other process? — Quinn M., Tenn.

PNP Newsletter #14: Alternatives to Death Valley Heat

March 3, 2016

I am considering taking a photo trip to Death Valley mid-spring, but looks like it might be too late in the year as normal daily temperatures will already be mid-90’s. Are there any other parks you recommend for the last week of April? — Ryan, New York City

PNP Newsletter #13: Lightroom on the Road

February 25, 2016

I love Lightroom but there seems to be a lot involved in bringing it on the road with me while shooting. How do you do it? What’s your strategy for editing photos on a trip? — Gary, Alexandria, Va.

PNP Newsletter #12: Bubble Levels

February 19, 2016

You mention different pieces of “ancillary” gear but I didn’t see any mention of hot-shoe bubble levels. Do you not use one? And if not, why? I’m considering securing one before visiting parks in the northwest this summer. — Levi B., Wisconsin

PNP Newsletter #11: Where are the Polar Bears?

February 5, 2016

I read your book, and while it covers a lot of the animals I can take pictures of, I don’t see anything about polar bears. What national park or parks can I find them in? — Denise, Las Vegas

PNP Newsletter #10: Flying With Tripods

January 28, 2016

How do you fly with a tripod? Do you use a special case? These days most airlines charge for bags, or for a second bag, so I don’t want to pay extra just to have a tripod on a trip. — Scott, New York City

PNP Newsletter #9: Bear Safety

January 21, 2016

I saw you do a lecture at B&H Photo last year and you talked about getting food at the beginning of a national park trip and keeping it in the car. How do you do that without worrying about bears breaking in to get the food? — Hanlon S., Greenwich, CT

PNP Newsletter #8: Death Valley Food

January 13, 2016

I’m planning to visit Death Valley in the spring. I’ve heard the food available in the park is terrible. Seeing as you were just there, just curious: What’s your experience with food? Or do you not even bother with park restaurants? — S. Sullivan, Texas

PNP Newsletter #7: Traveling With a Non-Photographer

January 6, 2016

Next year my lovely wife and I want to visit some parks. I like to photograph, while my wife does not but has some (not borderless) patience. Do you have some tips, a thinking direction how to solve this problem? — Stefan de Jong, Netherlands

PNP Newsletter #6: Breaking Into Magazines

December 23, 2015

I have only been into photography a little over a year but have produced some really good stuff. How does one get their photos out there to be published in a magazine? I can’t seem to be able to find the answer and since you have, I thought I would try asking. — Greg L., ...

PNP Newsletter #5: Close to the Road in Yellowstone

December 17, 2015

We are planning on going to Yellowstone in September. I am walking-limited. One mile is pushing it. What do you recommend as “must do” away-from-the-road trails for me? — Laura Engshun

PNP Newsletter #4: Shooting Outside the Box

December 10, 2015

I feel like everyone shoots the same parks: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Acadia, etc., and I want to think outside the box. Which parks should I consider? — Garry B., Utah

PNP Newsletter #3: Geotracker Choice

December 1, 2015

I saw you at a lecture in New York City, and you mentioned that the only geotracking device you really like is the AMOD AGL3080 (I wrote it down!). I was just curious why you prefer that to others. — Scott H., New Jersey

PNP Newsletter #2: 2WD or 4WD

November 25, 2015

Perhaps you can offer some advice as to what sort of vehicle would be best suited to photography and getting around on some more off-the-beaten-path areas? — Michael Hitchner, Washington

PNP Newsletter #1: National Park Road Trips

November 17, 2015

We want to take a road trip that would encompass a few national parks, as opposed to going to just one park for ten days. Do you have any suggestions? Area of the country doesn’t matter. — S.B., Vermont

Signed Copies Available

July 22, 2015

Signed Copies Available Good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on what part of world you’re reading this in. The official release date of Aug. 1 almost here! But people have asked how they can obtain a signed copy—so I’m sending this pre-release newsletter to let everyone know how: If you would like to pre-purchase a signed copy of ...

The PNP Q&A Newsletter

June 24, 2015

This is a quick intro to what the PNP Weekly Q&A Newsletter will be all about. Essentially, you ask questions, and I answer them. Because of the nature of the Photographing National Parks book and website, I assume most of the questions will be about photographing national parks.

Book Release Announcement

May 15, 2015

Sidelight Books today announced the August 1, 2015, release of Photographing National Parks: A Guide for Scouting and Shooting America’s Most Cherished Lands (ISBN 978-0-983503-82-8), the second book by author and photographer Chris Nicholson.