Cultivating your own maverick spirit

Fred Krakowiak MML

Blessed with the gift of an artist’s eye, Fred Krakowiak has been inspired to capture wildlife by his awareness that one day his photography, artwork and stories may be all that remain of the world’s majestic creatures. The Virginia Quarterly Review described Krakowiak's book, Africa: An Artist’s Safari as a "feast for the eyes." The book received the prestigious 2008 Ben Franklin Award for large format cover design.

At 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 10Krakowiak will share his travel experiences and ideas on how to improve our own photos. Krakowiak’s presentation will give you the knowledge to be successful. 


Krakowiak is recognized as a leading wildlife artist and photographer as well as a safari expert. His artwork is commissioned internationally by both private and corporate collectors. He creates vibrant paintings and sculptures of wildlife from Africa and the world by capturing them in motion from his encounters in nature.

He loves sharing his experiences and has lectured on art, photography, safaris, and African wildlife, helping educate adults and children throughout the world.

Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Krakowiak’s ideas to improve your photos

This presentation is not about what gear you have, ISO, F Stop or shutter speed. The entry level DSLR can be the best gear in your hand. Here are seven keys to success:

  • Choose one subject that draws your attention 
  • Sacrifice a scene for better composition 
  • Concentrate on a detail – it can tell a great story
  • Fill out your frame 
  • Vertical vs horizontal … position the subject’s eyes in the top third of a portrait photo 
  • Be mobile and willing to lie down – taking a photo from below the subject can be very powerful
  • Exclusivity equals value – look at the scene and take the shot no one else considered – tell a story with your photography

For more information:

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