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Off Topic: John J. Lopinot’s Nature Photos – Take Classes to Learn to Shoot in the Wild

September 6th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Roseate spoonbill /photo copyright John J. Lopinot

I’ve been lucky to have known and worked with some of the best photojournalists and writers in the business. After the cutbacks at The Palm Beach Post in 2008, many of us created new versions of ourselves, doing the work we love.

One of those is the extraordinary nature photographer, John Lopinot, (it’s pronounced LOPE-i-no, or Lopi, for short). Once photo chief at The Post, and later deputy,  he earned a solid reputation and racked up countless awards as an underwater and nature photographer. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers and art shows; and while he’s well traveled, many of the photos were taken here in South Florida.

When I started my web site and needed some Florida art, Lopinot graciously gave me several images to choose from. If you click on the different categories above, you’ll see them as page headings; you also can get to his site through mine under “web credits” to see more.

Take a class with Lopi

Duckweed-covered alligator /photo copyright John J. Lopinot

Lopinot now teaches and leads trips to rich natural spots like the Everglades and Galapagos Islands for photo safaris. His philosophy is that photography shouldn’t be limited to only a few, but belongs, as nature does, to everyone. But you can improve, especially with the new digital cameras, and learn tips from a pro who has worked in a number of media over the years. (Quick hit: Go to another ex-Post writer’s site, INNsideflorida.com, published by Mary Thurwachter, to learn how Lopinot gets such great sunrise and sunset shots.)

He’s just announced the schedule for the upcoming year’s photo workshops. To get the schedule of classes and query about trips, or just view his stunning gallery of photos, go over to his web site. (The classes make a great gift!) Another tip: view them as a slideshow, and on each photo under the “i” button, you can view his settings for each photo.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Backyardavore // Sep 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Anyone who wants to know Florida and photograph it well should contact Lopi.

    One of these days, I’m going to make the time to take some of his classes. Until then, I’ll have to settle with looking at his photos. As a regular reader of the Post, I’ve been looking at his photos for a couple decades. Even as a Florida native, I’ve seen more of Florida – at least the pretty parts – through his lens than my own eyes.


  • 2 aaa // Jan 12, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!

  • 3 aaa // Jan 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on nature_photography_classes.

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