Lemur photography tutorial with Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey

Click anywhere on this image to watch Tamara’s tutorial on Youtube!

This video tutorial by Tamara Lackey Photography (Chapel Hill, NC) is a fabulous resource for anyone visiting the Lemur Center for a Walking with Lemurs tour! In it, Tamara shares tips for photographing fast-moving lemurs as well as capturing sharp portraits at very shallow depths of field. The photos she gets are GORGEOUS, and her enthusiasm for lemurs is infectious!

Here’s what Tamara writes:

I never knew that lemurs were solar-powered creatures. I know this now. I also learned a whole lot more about these stunning animals in our newest episode, now live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEBkAI0Wmeg.

This reDefine Show episode is focused on how to photograph fast-moving subjects near and far, while also capturing sharp portraits (with a focus on otherworldly eyes) at very shallow depths of field. Check out Photographing Lemurs on Adorama TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEBkAI0Wmeg.

A huge thank you to the Duke Lemur Center for the amazing opportunity to spend some rather unique time with these seriously beautiful animals. Standing in the middle of acres of protected woods and getting to watch lemurs leap about in every direction is truly just an incredible experience. I had no idea that this is the second highest population of lemurs in the world, outside of Madagascar!

Photographed with Nikon D850 and D5 and 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 & 105mm f/1.4.

As you enjoy the video, please bear in mind that Tamara is a Nikon Ambassador who visited us for a professional shoot — with all the associated contracts and clearances. While her photography tutorial is valuable for all audiences, and especially for visitors wishing to photograph lemurs in our Natural Habitat Enclosures, the nature of her shoot was different from that of a standard Walking with Lemurs tour. If you’d like clarification, please call the Education Department at (919) 401-7240 or email primate@duke.edu. We’ll be happy to help answer your questions!

Published August 15, 2018.