About Nicholas Hess

Hi, my name is Nicholas Hess. I'm a wildlife photographer with a fascination for reptiles, amphibians, and the underwater world. My favorite animals are those that are misunderstood such as sharks and snakes. I am majoring in marine biology and minoring in journalism and Spanish, as I hope to pursue a career in wildlife photography and conservation. I invite you to check out my website if interested in prints, or you can find my latest photographs on Flickr and Instagram.

Post Archive By Nicholas Hess

Underwater Housings for a Camera, Explained

Underwater photography is filled with technical challenges, hidden expenses, and potential horror stories if something goes wrong – and it all starts with your camera housing. In this guide, I’ll explain what you need to know about underwater housings for your camera, including the crucial accessories you’ll need in order to safely bring your photography equipment underwater.

What’s in my Camera Bag? – Nicholas Hess

Will today be the day I see a mountain lion? Or will I find some aquatic creature to photograph instead? Even if I have one particular species in mind, I never know for sure what I'll see when I set foot into nature. Instead, I try to be prepared to...

How to Protect Your Camera in Humid Conditions

When I go to very humid locations for photography, like rainforests and swamps, keeping my camera gear protected from the humidity is one of my top concerns. Lens fogging, fungal growth, and water damage are all risks to your camera equipment in the tropics and similar environments. It's not unusual...

How to Edit Underwater Photos

Post-processing is one of the most important steps of good underwater photography. Water changes a lot about a scene, making it low-contrast and very blue. But with good post-processing, you can correct for the negative effects of the water, and bring back lots of details from seemingly dull underwater images....

Cheap Underwater Camera Setups I Recommend

What is the best cheap underwater camera setup? Today, underwater photography is more accessible than ever before, with several affordable waterproof cameras, GoPros, soft housings, and even waterproof phone cases available on the market. Unsurprisingly, the best underwater camera rigs are also the most expensive. But there are many affordable...

10 Underwater Photography Tips For Beginners

Underwater photography is a whole new world, where infinite photographic opportunities present themselves. It is also where even experienced photographers struggle at the beginning. Every aspect of photography becomes more complicated underwater. In this article, I will share some of my favorite tips to help you understand the basics of...

Micro Four Thirds for Wildlife Photography

Is micro four thirds suitable for wildlife photography? As someone who has photographed wildlife with micro four thirds cameras for the past 10 years, I can confidently assure you that the answer is yes! Even in today's world where full-frame is getting the most attention, there are several perks to...

Best Wildlife Photography Settings for Beginners

What are the best walk-around settings for wildlife photography? Perhaps you just bought your first camera and want to photograph some wildlife. Or, maybe you’ve been struggling with capturing crisp and properly exposed images of wildlife for a while, and you need some guidance. If that sounds like you, read on!