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steven flaherty

Professional Wildlife Photographer Based in mid wales
Ambition as a Photographer

I suppose my ambition as a photographer is to actually do something to help wildlife and the conservation of it. I see myself getting involved in conservation projects where I will aim to help raise awareness and bring into the public domain the plights of some of the world's wildlife creatures. I suppose I feel this way as ever since I have taken photographs I have always felt that the welfare of the subject comes first and picture second. In the area of conservation I have been inspired a lot by photographers such as Andy Rouse and more recently Laurie Campbell. Two amazing photographers who do so much for conservation. I suppose other ambitions is to establish myself as successfull wildlife photographer in Wales and also to win a major wildlife competition.

What's in the bag

I regularly get asked am I a Canon man or a Nikon man. I have always been a Canon user and this is only because my first ever good camera was a Canon one. I have a range of lenses from 17mm up to 300mm and have access to a 500mm f4 at short notice. I always use a tripod as I find that it gives you sharper images and also takes the strain of the body, I use Gitzo as I find they are the best and most sturdy. With this I have a Wimberley head and also have a Kirk Ball Head and Wimberley Sidekick if I want to travel light or want portability.

I carry one body on me at any one time but do have the other close to hand. I use a 1D MkIV cameras as I find this series of cameras most robust and reliable.

Specialist Skills

I suppose my specialist skills are being able to capture birds in flight, I seem to have the ability to track a subject and capture the shot when others fail. Other specialist skills are that I always look for a photograph and I think that my degree has taught me this. Where others will give up and go home, I will endevour to use the lighting conditions or situation that I am photographing to my advantage.


I am currently represented by Getty Images on their Flickr site and have recently sold sold some of my images to organisations such as MTV, Disney and National Geographic Australia. I have also had some of my images on the sight used by commercial outlets is South East Asia

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  • Builth Wells, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom