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Exploring Light – Chasing Frames – Episode 09

December 5, 2019

Chasing Frames Exploring Light
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

On this truly beautiful episode of Chasing Frames, we learn why studying the light and the universe can help us better understand the power of kindness.

Chasing Frames Exploring Light
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

For instance, the power to overcoming our differences and how to better protect our planet.

Chasing Frames Exploring Light
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

The sky is a time machine, and photography is a pretty amazing way to see the absolute magic of light travel.

Chasing Frames Exploring Light
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

You can see this episode broadcast on Thursday night on PBS / Public Media NC UNC-TV at 8:50pm. Check out our deep dive into photography tips & techniques. In addition to an inspiring look at what you can do with your images after you take them – at ChasingFramesShow.com!

Light Painting Chasing Frames
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

A huge thank you to Nikon and ON1 for your wonderful support of Chasing Frames Show!

Light Painting Chasing Frames
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

In addition, thank you to Katie Mack and Amy Sayle for sharing your genius perspectives on light and the cosmos. As well as what we can learn from the past to help better protect our future.

Tamara Lackey Starscape
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Chasing Frames Episode 08 – Rescue Puppies

December 2, 2019

THIS Thanksgiving – we are SO grateful for everyone who fosters puppies in need of homes. Check out our newest episode, airing tonight at 8:50pm on
PBS / Public Media NC UNC-TV. It is all about how organizations like the amazing Peak Lab Rescue are caring for puppies and dogs in need of rescue!

Go to ChasingFramesShow.com for bonus content. Check out an overview of the photography & gear used in this episode. As well as some inspiring ideas of what to do AFTER you take your shot!

In addition, a huge thank you to Nikon and ON1 for your amazing support of The Chasing Frames Show. We are grateful today – and on all the days : )

Chasing Frames Episode 07 – The Wild Horses of Corolla

November 20, 2019

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 07 The Wild Horses of Corolla
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

This episode is all about the stunning Spanish Colonial Mustangs who live on the shores of the Outer Banks. This show is particularly moving to us because of what happened shortly after we wrapped filming at the Corolla Wild Horse Fund‘s sanctuary.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 07 The Wild Horses of Corolla at the sanctuary
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

In Early September, Hurricane Dorian slammed into the North Carolina coast. As a result, a massive wall of water blasted Ocracoke Island. Tragically, that storm created a terrifying tsunami that washed 28 wild horses off the island and to their deaths.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 07 The Wild Horses of Corolla
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

To see these beloved and majestic horses roam free, passionately respected by so many, especially those with whom we met while filming – well, this was simply an enormous loss.

 The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 07 The Wild Horses of Corolla
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Watch this episode to learn more about how these wild horses have lived for hundreds of years on the shores of the Outer Banks in North Carolina and why they are so worth protecting.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 07 The Wild Horses of Corolla
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

This show airs on PBS / Public Media NC UNC-TV this Thursday night. You can also see additional content from this episode, tips about the photography & gear used, and some inspiring ideas of what you can do with the images you love to take in our After The Shot deep dive episode – all found at ChasingFramesShow.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 07 The Wild Horses of Corolla at the sanctuary
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

A massive thank you to Nikon and ON1 for your support of The Chasing Frames Show! You make this show possible, as we focus on people who are doing good in the world while they transform lives, protect our planet, and rescue those in need.

Expressive Portraits

November 14, 2019

I head out to Los Angeles later today to speak about Expressive Portraits at the Creative Photo Academy. I will present a seminar in Torrance Friday evening. In addition, I will lead an all-day workshop on Saturday in Palos Verdes. During the workshop, we will photograph portraits near the cliffs overlooking the water.

If you’re in the Southern California region, come say hi!! If you would like to attend the seminar, you can see more information here: http://creativephotoacademy.com/events/expressive-portraits.

I am honored to represent Nikon for these talks : )

Expressive portrait of a beautiful little girl in the Dominican Republic.

A big part of my program focuses on expressiveness. Not just natural smiles but how much can be conveyed through direct eye contact.

For instance, I photographed this absolutely beautiful little girl in the Dominican Republic. I taught at conference and we added a day to visit her school. In the midst of a sea of children and photographers, I noticed her bright eyes and unbelievably sweet curiosity.

I photographed this portrait with the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 lens at f/4, while using a large and bright white wall as a reflector.

Chasing Frames Episode 06 – Good Sports

November 14, 2019

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 06 Good Sports UNC Chapel Hill Cheerleaders
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

The UNC Basketball Season officially starts now!! In other words, perfect timing for our brand new episode of Chasing Frames Show!

In this episode, we focus on student athletes. Athletes that don’t just draw in fans and revenue but give a surprisingly substantial amount back to their local community and beyond.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 06 Good Sports UNC Tar Heels Basketball
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Thank you Kevin Guskiewicz, Interim Chancellor of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Bubba Cunningham, Director of Athletics, for the thoughtful interviews.

In addition, thank you to Eric Montross for sharing his inspiration. His connection with a young lymphoma patient that then led to creating a basketball camp that has helped other pediatric patients for decades. 🏀

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 06 Good Sports UNC Tar Heels Basketball
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

This show airs on broadcast on PBS / Public Media NC UNC-TV this Thursday night!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 06 Good Sports UNC Basketball
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

As always, a huge thank you to Nikon and ON1 for your support of Chasing Frames.

Chasing Frames Episode 05 – K9 Search and Rescue

October 31, 2019

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 05 Chasing Frames K9 Search and Rescue Top Dog
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Join me on my first experience tracking down an inmate. Hiding in an abandoned building and in the thick of the woods while filming THIS episode of Chasing Frames – K9 Search & Rescue Dogs!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 05 Chasing Frames K9 Search and Rescue Top Dog
Photograph by Tamara Lackey


This NEW episode airs tonight on PBS / Public Media NC UNC-TV at 8:50pm. Find it on your local PBS channel OR watch it at ChasingFramesShow.com, where the show is streamed via the PBS digital player!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 05 Chasing Frames K9 Search and Rescue Top Dog proud of his find
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

We absolutely LOVED filming this – and learned so much. And thanks to Top Dog Training & Resort for sharing so much knowledge on canine search and rescue. It was truly fascinating to see what these amazing pups can really do.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 05 Chasing Frames K9 Search and Rescue Top Dog marching
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Watch our digital deep dives on the Chasing Frames website! You get to watch additional content, check out photography tips & techniques AND ideas of what to do after you take the shot !

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 05 Chasing Frames K9 Search and Rescue Top Dog getting rewarded
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

In addition, thanks so much to Nikon and ON1 for supporting our show.

Beautiful Twin Boys

October 29, 2019

I met these two beautiful boys for the first time while they were still in Ethiopia. They were babies at the time, twin boys who lived in a rural orphanage far south of Addis Ababa.

Tamara Lackey Photography - Two beautiful twin boys photographed with their family
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

They had just met their family, our friends Angela & Clint, parents who would shower them with love, expanding to a family of eight. These two joined four older children who adore them – and a mom and a dad who are SO grateful to have them in their lives.

At the time they were all living together in Addis while finalizing the adoption, and we were there to be with our boys and do some Beautiful Together work.

To see the difference between them then and now is quite something. Pretty amazing, really.

I photographed this entire family together last week. We built a set in our studio to create a stylized set of portraits for them, and I am SO excited to go through all the images.

But this fun one jumped out at me right away – that gorgeous light and laughter of theirs. How clearly easy it is to fall in love with them. And how lucky they all are to have found each other, to be together as a family.

For photography lovers: I photographed this image with the Nikon D850 & 24-70 f/2.8. I shot the whole session with this combo and the Nikon Z7 & 105mm f/1.4 together, connected with the FTZ Adapter. (An amazing combination of gear for portrait sessions.)

Shot this at an f/4, 1/500th sec and ISO 500, lit with Profoto USA B2s with a beauty dish modifier as the main light. Edited in ON1 2020.

Chasing Frames on PBS

October 27, 2019

We are so proud to announce that The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey is now available to watch on the PBS website!


The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey on PBS

Chasing Frames is broadcast on television via PBS/Public Media NC every Thursday night at 8:50pm, as well as seen repeatedly throughout the week at other times. Check your local listing for which PBS channel airs it in your area. (And of course you can now also watch The Chasing Frames Show at any time via the PBS website)!

In addition to each episode that airs, we also release three additional Deep Dive episodes on our Chasing Frames Show website. They are digitally released every Thursday.

Additional Content Deep Dive
We produce the first deep dive for those who wish to watch additional content about that week’s subject. We have to make some tough edits to get to our final show. This deep dive is for those who wish to learn even more.

Photography Deep Dive
We create our second deep dive for those interested in learning more about photography and filmmaking by providing photography tips & techniques. We specifically focus on the gear and techniques used when photographing and filming the episode.

After The Shot
We produce our last deep dive for all those who take photographs but aren’t exactly sure what to do with them afterwards. With our After The Shot Deep Dive, you’ll learn some inspiring ways to post process the photographs you take through simple walkthroughs and tutorials.

Chasing Frames Show, Tamara Lackey
Chasing Frames Deep Dive Episodes


We love hearing your feedback about the show – and ideas you have for future shows. We’ve heard some great concepts already and look forward to more. Thank you for tuning in to watch our show!

Thank you to PBS and Public Media/UNC-TV for believing in our show! It means a great deal to us. We know what an honor it is to share air space with so much incredible shows across PBS affiliates.

And, of course, much gratitude to our show sponsors, Nikon and ON1. We deeply appreciate your support and are excited to grow the show with you as our partners!


Bat Blitz – Chasing Frames Episode 04

October 25, 2019

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 Bat Blitz
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

This week on Chasing Frames, we venture into the back country of Eastern North Carolina to capture wild bats IN THE PITCH DARK with a team of researchers and scientists on their annual bat blitz.

This episode airs on broadcast Thursday night on PBS / Public Media NC. Which also just happens to air during Bat Week, a completely unintended bonus!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 Bat Blitz Bat biting
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

I was astounded to learn how integral these insect-eating animals are to our ecosystem. And that a fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome which has wiped out more than 90 percent of the population. NINETY percent.

This dramatic loss in bats leads to a domino effect of more insects and bugs. Therefore, this leads to farmers using more pesticides to protect their crop investment. Above all this has tremendous impact on our environment – and, of course, on the food we consume.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 Bat Blitz Ready to fly
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

I have never seen bats up close like this. They’re actually pretty cute. They were described as “kittens of the sky” and I like how it makes them more adorable and less intimidating. Even if they have very sharp teeth.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 Bat Blitz Wing getting measured
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey
The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 Bat Blitz Bat flying at Tamara
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

Thank you, as always, to Nikon and ON1 for their incredible support of Chasing Frames! After the episode airs, you can go to ChasingFramesShow.com to see additional content about the episode, a deep dive into photography tips & tricks, as well as some great ideas of what to do AFTER you take the shot.

Enjoy!

Chasing Frames Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

October 23, 2019

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue Tamara Lackey joining the Swift Water Rescue crew

On our new Swift Water Rescue episode of Chasing Frames, I spent time on a COLD and very FAST-MOVING river, joining elite first responders who train for a specialized, and very risky, form of rescue. They save others in swift-moving water emergencies.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue trainer
Photo by Tamara Lackey – Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

As I experienced some of what they do, photographing them while in action, I heard remarkable stories.

One story that struck me the most was a team on night rescue after a massive hurricane on the North Carolina coast. They had already swept the area. They decided to do one more check of the evacuated neighborhood using their night vision goggles. As a result, they noticed a tiny glint of light. They went over to investigate and found an older woman, shivering in chest deep water. She had pushed her flip phone up against the window in a last ditch effort to get help.

Due to the dim light from her dying phone it was just enough to attract the trained eye of one of her rescuers. They saved her life that night.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue water rescue training exercise
Photo by Tamara Lackey – Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

Each year, the U.S. experiences an increasing number of hurricanes, flood waters and flash flood road emergencies. This intense rescue training is becoming even more important as radical weather-related emergencies become increasingly more common.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue Training Exercise
Photo by Tamara Lackey – Chasing Frames Episode 03

Check out this Chasing Frames Show episode now – and you can tune into PBS/Public Media NC UNC-TV to see our show Thursday night, with a new episode airing on broadcast each week.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue trainees during exercise
Photo by Tamara Lackey – Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

If you’d like to check out our Deep Dive episodes from this show. Learn more about swift water rescue and get details about the photography & filmmaking techniques used in this episode. In addition, if you want great ideas of what to do with your images after you take them – check out ChasingFramesShow.com for more!!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue boat turning during exercise
Photo by Tamara Lackey – Chasing Frames Episode 03

Thank you, as always, to Nikon and ON1 for their incredible support of Chasing Frames.