Frans Lant­ing’s wildlife mas­ter­class

World-renowned wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher Frans Lant­ing re­veals the tech­niques be­hind his mag­nif­i­cent shots

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The world-renowned wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher re­veals the tech­niques be­hind his mag­nif­i­cent shots

Frans Lant­ing is the wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers’ wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher. He pi­o­neered a less lit­eral, more con­cep­tual ap­proach to cap­tur­ing images of na­ture, and his ef­forts have been re­warded by awards and ac­claim through­out his ca­reer at Na­tion­alGeo­graphic and be­yond.

Frans and his wife, Chris­tine Eck­strom, are pro­lific au­thors, too, and their lat­est book, Into Africa, is a cel­e­bra­tion of the di­verse land­scapes and wildlife that make up the con­ti­nent – and a show­case for Frans’s skill with a Nikon cam­era. Fol­low­ing his land­mark Into Africa ex­hi­bi­tion, pro­duced as a part­ner­ship with the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory, the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety and the World Wildlife Fund, the book re­veals even more in­ti­mate mo­ments with some of the world’s most en­dan­gered an­i­mals, from ele­phants and rhi­nos to lemurs and chameleons, cap­tured dur­ing three decades of field­work and as­sign­ments for Na­tion­alGeo­graphic.

N-Photo caught up with Frans be­fore he was about to em­bark on an­other trip to Mada­gas­car, to get the story be­hind some of his iconic shots…

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