FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHAT SERVICES CAN YOU PROVIDE?

As a conservation photographer, I almost always have my hands on a piece of photography or videography equipment. Whether that is in the field on an assignment or in the office asset managing. I am exceptionally well versed with Canon, Sony, Nikon and RED Digital Cinema systems. As a certified Canadian drone pilot, I have plentiful experience with aerial photography and videography. I am well versed in DJI products including, but not limited to; the Mavic, Phantom and Inspire series, the Ronin series and the Osmo series. I am fluent in the Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and additionally have experience with After Effects. Acting as SeaLegacy's digital asset manager for over a year, I have a deep understanding of asset management from both the field DIT work to post-production. I can provide solutions from capturing your idea to showing it off to the world.      


HOW CAN MULTIMEDIA HELP CONSERVATION EFFORTS?

Photographs tell stories. I believe this is their most significant impact. Visual storytelling is a powerful tool that gives a voice to those who can’t be heard. Photos capture iconic moments in time and allow people to bring back images of what is happening all over the world. A single photo can transport someone to places they never dreamed of seeing. Photography bridges the gap between story and image, as it encompasses both. The experience of viewing a picture can spark an emotional connection. You can change people’s behaviour by changing perceptions through an emotional connection. I want to connect people to not only a single species at risk, but an entire ecosystem. Photography gives a face to people, species, and environments at risk and provides a platform to been seen and heard.


HOW DID YOU BECOME A CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHER?

I went to school at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, for environmental sciences. I have always been passionate about nature and thought that I would grow up to be a zoologist. The only problem was that I wasn't so passionate about academia! After graduating with a Bachelor's degree, I searched for a Master's program, specifically in population and prey analysis, but stumbled across a program offered at the Royal Ontario Museum called Environmental Visual Communications. This graduate certificate program helps its' students develop visual communication skills and strategies to inspire environmental awareness and advocacy. I figured that if I didn't instantly fall in love with environmental storytelling that I would go back and do my Master's. Here I am.    


HOW DID YOU GET A JOB WITH PAUL NICKLEN AND CRISTINA MITTERMEIER?

The short answer is: I got lucky. Really lucky.

During my time at the Royal Ontario Museum, studying Environmental Visual Communications, an internship opportunity was presented to our class. The internship description was vague and didn't specify what would be required from the recipient, but was from SeaLegacy. Without knowing what I was getting myself into, I extensively pursued that internship, battling against other students, equally or more qualified than I was at the time. After what seemed like countless phone calls and interviews, I was awarded the two-month internship to do God knows what with SeaLegacy. I worked every day for around 12 hours a day during that internship. And at the end of my time interning, I was offered a full-time position in the new year. I have worked for SeaLegacy for almost three years and was their first-ever intern.


WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE?

I personally shoot with a Canon 5D Mark IV system. My go-to lenses are the Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L II, the Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II, the Canon EF 16-35mm F4.0 IS USM, and the Canon EF 600mm F4.0 IS USM.

With that said, on assignment I typically work with a Sony system for photography and a RED DSMC2 system for videography. The Sony system includes, but is not limited to; Sony A7R IV or a Sony A9 with a plethora of lenses. The RED Systems I frequently work with are the Monstro 8K VV and the Helium 8K S35. Both systems include all of the peripherals and utilize both PL and EF lenses. Occasionally, the Sony FS7 II will be utilized for behind the scenes content.

For aerial photography, I have a Mavic Pro, but frequently fly the DJI Mavic Pro 2, DJI Phantom Pro 4 and the DJI Inspire 2.


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Excellent! Please get in touch through the Contact Form on this website. Additionally, you can email info@ryantidman.com. Due to the nature of my work, it may occasionally take a while to get back to you.

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