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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.





Entries in Nik Software (9)


Nik Collection is now free!

I have been a huge fan of the Nik Collection plugins for Photoshop (not the Lightroom ones) for many years, and now they are going to be FREE going forward. As Lightroom and Capture One functionality has increased I have been relying less and less on the Nik Collection tools, but they still have a use in my overall tool kit.

Click here to download the Nik Collection for free


Nik Software bundle is now only $149


Some great news while I was away in Iceland. Nik Software’s budle is now only $149, which used to be $499. Now we get everything included with the $149 price, whether you want the plugins for Lightroom, Aperture or Photoshop. This is awesome news. I use Nik Software’s plugins on most of my images, and I usually use Viveza 2, Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2 as my main ones. If you have purchased only 1 of the plugins in the past, you are now eligible to upgrade to all of the entire suite for free. Very cool.

Nik Collection is now $149



Google+ Hangout with Nik Software

A few days ago I was in the San Francisco bay area for some business, and I found myself down at Google headquarters with the Nik Software team. We had an hour-long Google Hangout (we called it a Fireside Chat) and spoke openly about trends in the photo industry. We spoke about HDR, film, mirrorless cameras, how portrait and wedding photographers set trends that we see in wildlife photography and also covered wet plates. It was great to see my friends Laurie Rubin, Dan Hughes and Scott Sheppard in person. Thanks for the great chat!



Take a Photo Adventure on the Wild Side - with Andy Biggs and Laurie Rubin


Laurie Rubin and I recently co-ran a webinar, featuring Nik Software products. Laurie and I processed some images from our safari together in Kenya last fall, and we had a few laughs during the 1-hour presentation. Take a peek and hopefully a few nuggets of information will be of use to you.

Take a Photo Adventure on the Wild Side - with Andy Biggs and Laurie Rubin

Remember that you can earn a 15% discount on all Nik Software products by using ABIGGS as your code when checking out.


Nik Software Webinar on Feb 16



Please join me, along with Laurie Rubin, for a 1-hour webinar on February 16 at 10am PST (1pm EST). Laurie and I were on safari together a few months back in Kenya, and we are going to go through some of our images and will process some of them using Nik Software products. Here is a description of the event:

Join award winning photographers, Andy Biggs (Workshop Educator and Leader) and Laurie Rubin (Nik Education Project Manager) as they revisit their recent trip to Kenya, Africa. Take an adventure into the world of photographing the ‘Super Bowl’ of the animal kingdom. They will show you their tips and techniques from photographing wildlife to post-processing in the digital darkroom using Nik Software products and the equipment that they used. This will be an entertaining and educational webinar that will both motivate and inspire anyone that enjoys wildlife photography. ( and 

(Please note that the first 1,000 attendees to join the live webinar can attend. We also offer a variety of other online training webinars held everyday, Tuesday through Saturday, as well as Master Classes held once a week. Please visit )

Take a Photo Adventure on the Wild Side with Andy Biggs and Laurie Rubin
February 16 at 10am PST


Also remember that if you are interested in purchasing any Nik Software products, you can use my code ABIGGS for a 15% discount.


Nik Software Discount Code - 15% off


Nik Software has given me a code that people can use for a 15% discount, which is ABIGGS. During the checkout process, just use ABIGGS to claim your 15% discount off of any Nik Software products. If you watched my webinar a few days ago, you probably know that I am a huge fan of Viveza 2 and of Silver Efex Pro 2. I do use both of these tools in my own workflow, as they both save me time as well as give me control over my images like never before.

Nik Software products - use ABIGGS for a 15% discount


Managing Color and Light, Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I will be hosting a 1-hour webinar, sponsored by X-Rite and Nik Software, on Tuesday, May 31 at 12pm CST (10am CST, 1pm EST). I will be will explaining some of the fundamentals of color management as well how to best utilize several of Nik Software products in Photoshop to enhance and add dimension and light in the digital darkroom.

Free Webinar

Tuesday, May 31st

1pm Easter Daylight Time (12pm Central, 11AM Mountain, 10AM Pacific)

Managing Color and Light with Andy Biggs free webinar



Yours truly on Nik Radio


If you have 47 minutes to spare, you can tune in to Nik Radio for a recent interview of me. Host Scott Sheppard and I have a fun chat about my safari and workshop business, Gura Gear and some other fun topics.

Nik Radio interview with Andy Biggs, streamed

Nik Radio interview with Andy Biggs, on iTunes