Les Saucier Photography

the more you practice... the more you see

Les Saucier – Nature Photographer and Educator

Les Saucier is a professional nature photographer and educator who has taught nature photography workshops all over the country for over thirty years. Les lives in the Southern Appalachian Mountains where he offers digital workflow, digital printing, and creative vision workshops locally and nationally. Les has conducted creative photography workshops in the Western US in such photogenic locations as the Oregon Coast, Palouse Hills in southeast Washington, Skagit Valley in western Washington, Crested Butte, CO, Monument Valley and Zion National Park. Some of Les' favorite places to teach in the east are the Adirondack Park, NY, Callaway Gardens, GA, Charleston, SC, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC, Everglades National Park, Great Smokies National Park and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Les is also the creator of the Macro Flower Holder, an amazing tool for macro photographers. As an educator, he has taught nature photography at the University of Georgia and Western Carolina University plus presented photographic programs at NANPA, CNPA and was the keynote speaker for Western North Carolina Fotofest in 2012 plus presented in 2015. As a fine art photographer, Les has participated in both solo and juried shows. As a photographic coach, he guides and inspires creative seekers on their journeys. He also offers photographic tutoring for those who are camera manual-challenged. Les is now teaching and inspiring photography students online at The Arcanum. Please visit The Arcanum and find out why it is one of the best learning tools for photographers available today and check out Les’ “Meet the Master” video below.
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Equipment I use:

DSLR - All Nikon Lenses:
16-35mm f4.0
24-70mm f2.8
80-400mm f4
200mm f4.0 macro
200-400mm f4.0

CSC (mirrorless) - All FujiFilm-X Lenses:
10-24mm f4
18-55mm f2.8-4
55-200mm f3.5-4.8
35mm f1.4
56mm f1.2

Really Right Stuff TVC-33
Feisol CT-3372 (Best Bang for the Buck)

Tripod Head: Really Right Stuff BH-55

DSLR - Cameras:
Nikon D800 & D300s
Infrared converted - Nikon D300 & 10-24mm Nikon Lens

CSC (mirrorless) - Camera:
FujiFilm X-T1

Everyday Cameras:
Mobile Cameras - iPhone 5 & 6
iPro Lens - wide, super wide, 2x and macro

Computers: Macbook Pro & iMac 27"

Printers: Epson 7900 & 3880


  • Photo equipment is just a tool to help you capture your vision. They will not help you unless you know how to use them. You will only learn how tho use your equipment if you go out and practice.

  • When I look at an image on the screen or print on the wall, I have never been able to tell whether the photographer used Canon or Nikon camera to capture the image. But I have found as a teacher that Nikon cameras are more user friendly to the beginner until they learn their camera and then Canon and Nikon are equal. The same is not true for lenses or computers.

  • You may have noticed I listed lenses first, tripods second and cameras last. I feel that is the order of priority when you budget your hard earned money on photo gear. I can see the difference in the image between good and cheap lenses. I can see the difference in the quality of the work between good and cheap tripods.

  • Software: Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Software, Helicon Focus

  • Current favorite iPhoneography Apps: ProCamera 9 with HDR, Snapseed, Paintersque, Photo Sync to move images from iPad to iMac.

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“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” 
― Ansel Adams

“To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” 
― Ansel Adams

“Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have somone click the shutter.” 
― Ansel Adams

“You don't take a photograph, you make it.” 
― Ansel Adams

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” 
― Ansel Adams

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” 
― Ansel Adams

“A photograph is usually looked at- seldom looked into.” 
― Ansel Adams

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” 
― Ansel Adams

“If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?”
― Ernst Haas

“We don't see the world as it is, we see it as we are”
― Anaïs Nin

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