BirdLife Photography Biennial Conference

DR BARRY BAKER

Barry Baker

Dr Barry Baker is a professional photographer and environmental and wildlife management consultant. He is a specialist in the management of threatened species of vertebrates, particularly birds and mammals. His work over the last 30 years has focused on wildlife management and developing solutions to minimise the bycatch of seabirds and marine mammals in commercial fisheries. Photography has formed a large part of his business, and he pioneered the use of aerial photography to survey colonies of marine vertebrates, particularly albatrosses and pinnipeds (seals, sealions), in remote parts of the subAntarctic. Barry has held several positions with international, regional and specialist fisheries and conservation organisations. He is currently a member of the International Whaling Commission’s Expert Panel for Bycatch, as well as being the Convention on Migratory Species appointed Scientific Councillor for bycatch. Barry has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, many reports and one book dealing with various aspects of wildlife management and the ecology of vertebrates. He holds an associate research position at the University of Tasmania and is a Fellow of BirdLife Australia.

With respect to photography, Barry’s areas of expertise include:

  • Aerial photography
  • Birds in flight
  • Macro
  • Use of flash, particularly fill flash
  • Image processing
  • Favourite subjects – seabirds, raptors, nocturnal birds

 

Preferred equipment:

  • Bird photography — Nikon D6, Nikon D500, 300 mm f4 PF, 500 mm f5.6 PF
  • Aerial photography — Nikon D6, Nikon D800, 70-200 mm f2.8 zoom

 

Image processing software

  • Photoshop, Topaz DeNoise

 

You can find Barry on:

Instagram: @bazzabaker