Bryan Maltais, Ft. Collins, CO

I’ve been a Colorado photographer for over 15 years, selling award winning prints, publishing images, and speaking. It’s not that most photographers love photography itself, but are passionate about something that they feel compelled to capture. I’m infatuated with nature and adventure, and my camera gives me incentive to explore them from every angle. When I look at someplace exciting on a map I’m obsessed with going there to see what it looks like in person.

I taught myself photography as a teenager by reading techniques and practicing until I had them down. Back then I was using an old manual Canon film camera that my dad had laying around from the 70’s. Having to set everything manually and use the “sunny 16 rule” to check proper exposure was a chore compared to today, and I think that gave me a solid foundation. I never tire of photography because new technology provides endless new skills to master.

I grew up in New Jersey, Germany, and Missouri. I loved wandering through wetlands along the Missouri River on brisk Autumn mornings in search of wildlife to photograph. This lead me to study wildlife biology at university. I approach photography with an ecologist’s mindset, trying to infuse a biological basis into each photograph. I dreamt of someday living in the Rocky Mountains. To satisfy my adventure bone, I joined the Army reserve while in college. They sent me on some assignments out west that influenced me greatly. One was near the Cascade Mountains of Washington with Mt. Rainier looming in the background. Later I was sent to the Utah desert, dropped off the back of a truck, and made to navigate back with a map & compass. As I wandered through the arid vastness flanked by the Wasatch Mountains, I knew it was time to move west. After college I packed my truck and headed to Ft. Collins, Colorado without having anything waiting for me.

I also produce nature documentaries and my latest film “Into the Forest” can be watched on Amazon Prime. My other website is MacroPhotoBug.com about macro photography of insects and reptiles. When I’m not taking photos I like vegetable gardening, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and building websites.

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Conservation:

One of my biggest ecological concerns is an amphibian plague that’s sweeping across the planet and eradicating entire amphibian species in as quickly as a few months. It’s called “Chytrid” and over 160 amphibian species have been lost in only the past three decades to Chytrid and compounding factors. Spread by human activities, Chytrid is a fungus that spreads through water systems, is transmitted between animals, and can survive in the soil. Once embedded upon a susceptible amphibian, the skin thickens, proper respiration and hydration are impeded, and the animal dies. As Chytrid sweeps through new areas, it kills susceptible amphibians who have no defense against the exotic pathogen. In Colorado, the Boreal Toad is a notable species affected by Chytrid. We don’t know how to stop Chytrid yet. There are critically endangered species with too few individuals left to survive, which will soon be extinct unless we act. In these cases our only hope is to preserve breeding colonies of dwindling species in captivity, which may be reintroduced to the wild after a solution has been found. This is what my friends at Amphibian Ark do. Please visit them and watch this video to find out more.

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FAQ's

Virtually anything is possible, just ask! I don’t offer standard frame and glass.

I provide one time use 1500px images with no watermark for $100 per image for website/promotional use. I release full sized files on a selective basis at my discretion, and pricing reflects receiving a full sized image. I’m interested in preserving the value of my and other photographers’ one of a kind images, not trying to be competitive with stock image pricing. I do not provide digital files to be printed at your printer; prints are available for purchase on this site.

Yes, my daily rate starts at $2500 plus travel. One day of shooting typically amounts to 40 hours of labor including digital post processing. This rate includes ownership of full resolution original files. Photography includes sunrise through sunset, and night photography if applicable. Typical shoots are for promotions of outdoor operations and facilities such as ranches, trade events, rallies, and sporting events. Local shoots of a single subject at one time of day are negotiable.

No.

This is the most frequent question that I’m asked from fellow photographers, and in lieu of unrealistic encouragement I offer honesty. Some of the rare scenarios in which it’s possible to earn a living from nature photography are 1) Own galleries in high traffic tourist areas 2) Run continuous photography workshops 3) Amass enough social media followers to earn ad revenue. Still the chances of this working are similar to becoming a pro athlete. Social media and cheap online art have made it nearly impossible for nature photographers to earn a living exclusively from photography. Many of the well known nature photographers of today emerged and carved out a sustainable niche before this digital revolution. Still, if your interest in becoming a professional photographer stems from the perception that you’ll be paid to take pictures all day long, know that pros don’t usually spend any more time photographing than amateurs. The majority of time is spent as any other small business owner trying to sell merchandise and operate the business. You don’t need to earn your living exclusively from photography to choose to spend every spare moment in the field elevating your skills to a professional level.

For wildlife and landscape photography you do not need an expensive or full-frame camera unless you’re already at a professional level and sell large prints on a regular basis. There is no real world difference in image quality between photos from different cameras when viewed at normal viewing magnification. If you’re work is at the level of needing a FF camera, then you probably don’t need to be asking me which camera to buy. Be honest with yourself. If you’ll just shoot on “auto” and not learn manual settings, don’t also want to invest in a collection of interchangeable lenses, and don’t intend to learn photo post processing, you should stick with your smart phone. If you do want to commit to photography, and agree that you won’t regularly make 60″ prints, then I believe you should buy the smallest, most portable system possible. To that end, I recommend micro four thirds cameras by Olympus, which are packed with surprising technologies that allow a lot of creative fun in the field. If you want a larger APS sensor and VERY affordable pricing, I’d recommend an entry level Nikon like the D3500. Beyond this, I don’t give advice on specific cameras. First, because all modern cameras are so capable that you almost can’t go wrong. Second, because I don’t memorize the specs of every camera on the market as they’re released.

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