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About Andy


I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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My printing studio

I have around 1,000 square feet of office / studio space near my house, and I have turned the entry room of the space into my large format printer and roll paper storage space. Since the rest of my space isn’t clean at the moment, here are just a few images of the entry space.

On one wall I have my Epson 9890” wide format printer, on another wall I have my Canon iPF8300 44” wide format printer, and on another wall I have a custom made rack which can accommodate up to 13 rolls of paper.

The room is lit only by track lighting, all supplied by Solux. All of the bulbs are their 3500 degree Kelvin wide flood models.


Two printers and the paper rack on the right hand side.


Custom roll paper rack

My custom rack (which needs to be painted) can accommodate up to 13 rolls of paper, up to 44 inches wide. I use 1 1/4 PVC pipes that are cut in 5 foot lengths to hold each roll. I can easily grab a roll and load it onto either of the printers. If I only had one wide format printer, I would give some thought to buy a bunch of that model’s spindle, but that cost can quickly add up. Both of these printers are hooked up over ethernet, and I can just print away from the other room. If I have a big print job that requires a ton of interaction with a printer, I just roll a printer into the other room where I can monitor the printer closely from my desk.

I also have an Epson Pro 3880, a Canon iPF5100, a Canon Pro 9000 II and a Canon Pro 9500 II in my main work room. I will post photos of the other room when I get it nice and cleaned up.

If you are interested in creating better photographic prints, I am now offering private full-day mentoring sessions at my printing studio. This is an opportunity for you and I to work side by side to create beautiful prints from your own digital files. We can work on whatever you wish to work on, from digital capture to Lightroom workflow to digital output. The world is your oyster, and I am here to assist. Typical items that are usually covered:

  • Color management
  • Lightroom processing and workflow
  • Soft proofing
  • Black and white printing
  • What to look for in a good print
  • Paper choices
  • Print sharpening
  • Upsizing files for large format output
  • Editing images for a portfolio
  • Mat cutting and presentation ideas

These sessions are very informal, and are designed around getting information to you that is relative to your goals.

You can read more about these sessions here.

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Reader Comments (4)

love the paper rack. Did you build it?

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua Levine

I designed what it should look like, and I had somebody make it and install it for me.

September 2, 2009 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

It's a beautiful space, Andy. I hope to see it in person some time next year!

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

nice rack design. I'm going to copy you without shame!

David Saffir

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Saffir

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