About the Author

Ralph Paonessa is a professional nature photographer, lecturer, and workshop leader. Hundreds of his images have appeared in numerous magazines, in calendars by Sierra Club, Audubon, World Wildlife Fund and others, and in various books, including the covers of five. Best known for his photographs of birds and hummingbirds, his subjects include landscapes, wildlife, and people portraiture. In 1997 he founded Ralph Paonessa Photography Workshops, where he guides photo trips for small groups throughout the world, with clients ranging from novice to pro. Visit www.RPPhoto.com for information on his workshops, as well as photography articles and how-to tips.