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Creating a Great Portfolio

By Adrian Zupp Whether you photograph for fun, work professionally, or are looking to break into the pro ranks, a portfolio of your work is something you really should have. These days, it’s fine to have a digital portfolio, but you really should have the old-fashioned kind too: prints in a presentation book. There is […]...

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Seitz 6×17 Digital Panoramic Camera

Peter gets tons of offers from companies to test run their gear. But there’s one camera he’s so eager to try that he’s going to rent it: The Seitz 6x17 Digital Panoramic camera. The amazing thing about this camera is that it can create a 160 million pixel digital image in one second! Actually, that’s just one of the amazing...

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Living the American Dream

By Adrian Zupp It’s ironic. You couldn’t meet a bloke more Aussie than Peter Lik. The way he talks (obviously!), the way he thinks, the way he dresses, and his points of reference from growing up in the Great South Land reflect his cultural background as well. All his sensibilities are very Australian: roll with […]...

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Peter Closing in on (Another) High Honor

Years of hard work and high standards have brought Peter a great deal of recognition from some of the most prestigious photography associations on the planet. Currently, he is a Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and a Fellow with the British Institute of Professional Photography (PIPP) and Royal...

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The Accolades Keep On Comin’

He’s at it again! Peter is currently featured in not one, but two, major photography magazines. The June issue of “Professional Photographer” honored Peter with the cover story – and it’s quite a spread! Seven pages in all and packed tight with a host of his finest shots from throughout his career. Naturally enough, “Ghost,” which is currently on display...

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Scott Brown: My Peter Lik Story

My wife and I were introduced to Peter’s work by my brother, Steve, and his wife Jody, in Hawaii. When Steve and Jody took us to Peter’s Waikiki gallery we were in awe. The gallery, the light show, and Rama – one of the consultants at the gallery – were a few things that sold us on Peter’s work. We...

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There’s Only One Yosemite

AZ: Had you been to Yosemite before? MT: Nope. And it was tough. People do this hike all the time – the John Muir Trail – but when you’ve got all the camera equipment on your back, that’s a different story. It was an intense day. AZ: Were there many tourists around? MT: Oh yeah. And I’m surprised at the...

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Tips for Shooting Yosemite

“Tips for Shooting Yosemite” is actually a pretty bold title? Why? Because there are countless things to photograph. Virtually anywhere you point your camera – wow! – another great scene. Throw in the mind-boggling diversity that the seasons bring (e.g. incredible waterfalls with the spring melt), the tricks and delights that the light plays (throughout the valley in particular), and...

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The Kessler Crane

Back on March 9, we blogged about the Kessler CineSlider, a piece of equipment used while shooting “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” and which also can be used for still photography. Well, there’s another piece of Kessler equipment in Peter’s arsenal that has come in handy on more than one occasion: the Kessler Crane. The Kessler Crane is most...

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Yosemite Reprise

In 1989, Peter made his second trip to the U.S. During his visit, he went to Yosemite National Park in California and took a photo that he sold to a San Francisco post card company. It was one of the turning points of his career. “That was a big deal for me,” said Peter. “I think I got paid fifty...

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Catching Up With Peter

Life has been no less hectic for Peter since he finished filming the first season of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” but he did have time to sit down and fill us in on what he’s up to now. AZ: So, the whole series is “in the tin” now. PL: Yep. You little beauty. It’s been a great experience but it...

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Fit for Photography

If you’re into landscape photography, then you probably know that a certain level of physical fitness is a good thing – especially if you’ve been watching “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” In fact, sometimes the only limit on where you go is how fit you are. Here at LIK USA™ we believe in setting a good example. So, last...

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Steve Roberts: My Peter Lik Story

Steve’s Peter Lik Story first appeared as a post on his personal blog. We liked it so much we asked him if we could use it too. What follows is the piece, just as Steve wrote it, with only very minor touching up. On my way Thursday night to catch up with some friends at a gallery event in...

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The Fear Factor

AZ: The shoot for this episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” was pretty cool in that you visited several canyons. What were the highlights for you? MT: Toroweap on the north rim [of the Grand Canyon] was amazing. It took a couple of hours to get there from our hotel. You go off the main road and hit...

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Living Large

The Grand Canyon isn’t just big, it’s mammoth. There are countless places to shoot it from and different ways to compose your shot. But what makes for a great Grand Canyon shot? How do you harness this beast? “That was one of the first questions I wrestled with when I started shooting the Grand Canyon years ago,” said Peter. “What...

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Gray: It’s Color’s Best Friend

Whether you’re shooting a product for a catalog, or the vastness of the Grand Canyon, there’s a handy helper you should have in your camera bag. It’s called an 18% gray card. Here’s why you need one. Your eyes see shades and colors differently to your camera. Colors are created by the way light is reflected off an object and...

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As Grand as Ever

The Grand Canyon has been one of Peter’s true happy hunting grounds over the years. Iconic shots like “Edge of Time” and “Heaven on Earth” bear witness to that. He’s been going there for years and in this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” he ventures to this natural marvel again. “I moved to the States because...

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Rock (Photography) of Ages

As we said yesterday, rock music is one way of stimulating the creative energy for Peter: Whether he’s working at HQ of blaring it in his vehicle when driving to a shoot. But rock and roll has also been the subject of great photography. Rock photography is a genre all its own, with incredible photographers like Annie Liebovitz (her classic...

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Rock Out & Get the Shots Out

“Tommy!” yells the boss. “Yes, sir.” “Get me a doctor!” No, Peter Lik’s health has not taken a turn for the worse. It’s just that the mood has taken him again – the mood to rock the hell out! Many people may not know it, but Peter is a HUUUUGE rock music fan, and the heavier the better. A...

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Fred Claflin: My Peter Lik Story

Before I go into my Peter Lik connection, let me cover some background information about myself to set up the connection. After graduating from high school, I was accepted to study at the Boston Museum School of Fine Art, but due to family situations I was forced to go to work full time instead of pursuing my passion. One thing...

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The Big Chill, Pt. 2

This week we pick up from where we left off, talking to Mark about his trip to Alaska with Peter to shoot a pair of episodes for “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” AZ: The Northern Lights just didn’t want to dance for you blokes. MT: Right. We just got sort of a faint version, unfortunately. It was frustrating. But that’s...

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A Different Kind of Challenge

Shooting in Alaska is a different experience. The extremes of climate, the latitudes, the light, the isolation. Research and preparation are key. And so is knowing the critical tips for taking great shots of The Last Frontier. Here are some that will help any photographer: 1. Research climate regions for the locations you’ll be visiting. Believe it or not, there...

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At the Tips of Your Fingers

By Adrian Zupp Alaska. Extreme cold. Cold equipment. Cold hands. Cold everything. Not ideal for setting your camera and snapping off shots. We’re talking about a kind of cold where you really don’t want to take your gloves off: In fact, you wish they’d grow fur! But you’re there to take photographs, so what’s the […]...

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A Lifetime Fascination

In previous posts on “Exposed,” we’ve referred to Peter’s fascination with the stars, which dates back to his childhood. In this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” the second filmed in Alaska, Peter goes in search of the Northern Lights. “I’ve been fascinated with the Northern Lights for as long as I can remember,” he said. “The...

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Lik a Hit for ARTrageous

You might remember on May 16 we ran a blog about the ARTrageous Gala Dinner and Art Auction charity event being held in New York City. You might also recall that Peter donated a large print of “Heaven on Earth” and a copy of his 25th Anniversary Big Book for auction. Well the event was held on May 23 and...

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Father’s Day

You’ve got two weeks til Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19) and we’re here to give you some gift ideas from the photography world – whether Dad is a photographer or not. And maybe you’re Dad, so you can consider these to be excellent hints. Whatever the case, you’ll find something here for any Dad and any budget. Here are some...

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Darleen Prem: My Peter Lik Story

I don’t know that my situation is necessarily a challenge but it certainly is a hurdle. Or perhaps I should say that a new chapter in my life is unfolding. In the near future I will become an Army mom. My only child will be graduating next year and going on to pursue his dream of becoming an Army Chaplain....

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The Big Chill

When Peter and Mark headed up to Alaska to film two episodes of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” they were almost missing those toasty winter temperatures of Montana’s Glacier National Park. Here’s the first of two chats with “Uma” about the duo’s Ice Capades....

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Powered Up

You’ve decided you want to shoot the wonders of Alaska. You’ve got plenty of supplies, your satellite phone and top-notch cold weather boots. But have you got all your camera gear? The days and nights will be sub-zero out in the wilds. Yep, you’re going to need spare camera batteries. “The first tip is to make sure all the batteries...

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Staying on Course

When you talk to Peter and his assistant Mark Thurman about some of the remote places they go, the issue of getting stranded comes up quite a lot. After all, going down into a massive cave, stepping around the perimeters of a live volcano, or heading out miles from civilization in the freezing expanses of Alaska are not without their...

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