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How to Ride The Light with Lewis Kemper

Updated: Nov 16

How to Ride The Light with Lewis Kemper


Lewis Is a Fine Art nature and wildlife photographer and has been for over 30 years. His travels throughout 47 states from Alaska to Florida are the scenes for his subjects. Lewis still does colorwork with a 4x5 camera as well as digital work and is a Canon Explorer of Light Emeritus.

Lewis Kemper has been photographing the natural beauty of North America, and its parklands for over 30 years. During his extensive travels, he has been to 47 states from Alaska to Florida.   His work has been exhibited and published in magazines, books, and calendars worldwide.

Before moving west, he received a BA in Fine Art Photography from the George Washington University in 1976. The grandeur of the west beckoned and Lewis moved to Yosemite National Park, where he lived for 11 years. From 1978 until 1980, he worked at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Working at the gallery gave him the opportunity to meet, observe, and learn from some of the greatest photographers of our time. “The experience of working at The Ansel Adams Gallery was very influential in my development as a photographer”, he states.

Lewis photographs in color using Canon digital cameras and 4 x 5 cameras and is a Canon Explorer of Light Emeritus.

Lewis is also working with digital imaging on his Apple computer to create new work. His work has been sold for editorial and commercial uses in over 16 different countries ranging from national ads to book covers.

Kemper’s photographs are in many private collections as well as in the permanent collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art and Kaiser Permanente. His work has been shown nationally in galleries and museums. Some of these include The Frederick S. Wight Gallery, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Cornell Museum, The Princeton Gallery of Fine Art, The Popular Photography Gallery, The Ansel Adams Gallery, Photographer’s Gallery, and the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. He prints his own archival inkjet prints using Canon’s 12 colors ImagePROGRAF 6450 printer using the finest materials available.

Lewis teaches photography for many organizations including Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Santa Fe Workshops, Light Photographic Workshops, Aspen Workshops, and Betterphoto.com. He is the author of “The Yosemite Photographer’s Handbook”,  and “The Yellowstone Photographer’s Handbook.” He was the photographer for, “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. His monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. His latest publication “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” was voted in the top 20 field guides. And he produces the acclaimed training DVD’s “The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop®” and "The Photographer's Toolbox for Lightroom®".

His work has been published in numerous books including publications by The Sierra Club, The National Geographic Society, Little and Brown, APA Insight Guides, Prentice-Hall, and Hyperion Books. His pictures have appeared in calendars published by Audubon, The Sierra Club, The Mono Lake Coalition, Self Realization Foundation, Golden Turtle Press, The Sierra Press, Day Dream Calendars, Avalanche Publishing, Browntrout, The Nature Conservancy, Tide-Mark Press, and others. His work has appeared in magazines that include: Backpacker, Women’s Sports, and Fitness, The Walking Magazine, Sierra, Motorland, Terre Sauvage, Environmental Protection Magazine, National Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, American Photographer, View Camera, Digital Photo, Camera Arts, Shutterbug, and Outdoor Photographer. Currently, Lewis is a contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer and NANPA Currents magazine.

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