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.
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Equipment I use:

I use Fujifilm XF lenses & Fujifilm X-T cameras
I use Feisol tripods
I use Really Right Stuff ballheads
I use Thinktank bags
I use Marumi Exus polarizers
I use Lexar SD cards

Landscape Kit:
This is the best that Fuji offers, super sharp, weather sealed, lighter weight pro gear. These lenses and cameras are the reason I switched from Nikon to Fuji.

XF 10-24mm f4 (until Fuji releases the 8-16mm f2.8 next year)
XF 16-55mm f2.8
XF 50-140mm F2.8
XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6
XF 1.4 Teleconverter
Feisol Tournament CT-3342 Tripod with centerpost
Really Right Stuff BH-40 ballhead
X-T2 camera with battery grip
X-T1 backup camera
Thinktank Streetwalker Pro bag

Travel/Street Zoom Kit: This kit weights 8 pounds or 5.4 pounds without tripod and is definitely the best bang for the buck for high quality photo gear. It also makes a great Landscape Kit if you use the Feisol CT-3342 Tripod.

XF 10-24mm f4
XF 18-55mm f2.8-4
XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8
Feisol Travel CT-3441 tripod
Really Right Stuff BH-30 ballhead
X-T2 camera shared with Prime Kit
Thinktank Turnstyle 10 sling bag

Old School Prime Kit: Prime lenses are really cool and lots of fun.

XF 16mm f1.4
XF 23mm f2
XF 35mm f2
XF 56mm f1.2
XF 90mm F2
X-T2 camera shared with Travel/Street Kit
Thinktank Retrospective 6 bag
no tripod

Macro Kit:

Nikon 200mm macro lens (until Fuji releases the XF 80mm f2.8 macro later this year. Yes, an 80mm macro is shorter than what I recommend in my workshops but if you pair the 80mm with the Fuji 1.4 teleconverter and factor in Fuji's APS-C sensor you would have the equivalent of a 170mm macro in full frame. This would give you great working distance plus less clutter in the background.)
Nikon D800 camera
Feisol Tournament CT-3342 Tripod

Infrared Camera:
Infrared converted - Nikon D300 & 10-24mm Nikon Lens

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.

  • 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. Lenses and tripods are an investment, cameras come and go.

  • Software I use: 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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