About James Doyle2018-10-06T08:22:47+00:00

James DoyleI am a semi retired professional natural history photographer, educator and mentor based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I’m interested in promoting our understanding of the natural world and the environment in an ethical manner. I may not be “famous” or as well known as some working in the industry these days but my work and ethics have stood the test of time amongst my peers.

Having traveled the back roads of Australia extensively over nearly fifty years and have had many adventures along the way. People once joked that I had spent more time under the stars than I had in a real bed under a roof of a house, to some extent that would be true.

I have worked as a blasting supervisor for seismic survey companies in central Australia, a naturalist, ethnoecologist, adventure tour guide and natural history cinematographer, just to name a few jobs.

I have travelled via an old Landrover, new Landrovers, Nissan Patrols, Toyota Landcruisers, boats, aeroplanes, helicopters and motorbikes just to name a few. I now travel in a Ford Ranger.

I often lament about how simply we travelled and the basic camps we enjoyed not that long ago. These days we have all the technology to make touring far more comfortable and some would argue more complicated due to the electronics in modern vehicles. 

Favourite Adventures

I have been very fortunate in my life, when it comes to opportunities to go to places and to see things many don’t have the opportunities to experience. I have many adventures not yet discovered or experienced. When asked what is my favourite place or what is the most memorable thing I have ever done or been, to be honest I can’t truly answer that, as each adventure has its own unique features and trials and tribulations. They are all unique!

Just some of the things I am most grateful for would be (not a complete list though).

  • Being a natural history cinematographer
  • Travelling to wild places throughout the world
  • All the wonderful people I have met and worked with along the way
  • All the beautiful and wonderful things I have witnessed in nature
  • Lived & experienced the people and cultures of several countries

Some Accomplishments

I’m not really comfortable with “blowing my own trumpet” about the things I have accomplished. I have been fortunate, yes, but I have also worked hard to achieve the things I experienced.

A short list would include (not in any particular order):

  • Served in the military
  • Mountain climbing in the Himalayas to about 18,000 feet
  • Selected for a Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition
  • Numerous photographs published worldwide in quality publications
  • Eleven International credits on natural history documentaries
  • Filmed the male Albert’s Lyrebird (Menura alberti) displaying
  • Filmed the Paradise kingfishers (genus Tanysiptera) nesting
  • Filmed the brown antechinus (Antechinus stuartii) mating sequence
  • Filmed Lake Eyre filling and the boom and bust of the desert – 1989/1990
  • Filmed many other natural wonders

Other Things I Enjoy

One of the most enjoyable pastimes for me, is to travel down a back road, just to see where it leds or what I can find along the way, thinking nothing of rolling out my swag under the stars. If I can find a nice camp site, where I can sit and enjoy nature without the presence of a crowded society, that’s a bonus.

I have a diverse range of interests, everything from history, archaeology, early explorers, old book stores, museums, caving, camping, travel, natural history, flying in small planes and just being outdoors, to name a few.

I’m the sort of person that will travel down a back road just to see what is at the end of it. I love to learn new things which help me to understand my place in the world and to help others discover all the wonders around us all the time, knowledge is a powerful food for the soul.

Some Favourite Quotations

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
John Muir 1838 – 1914

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust 1871 – 1922

“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.”
William Hazlett 1788 – 1830

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
John Muir 1838 – 1914


In 2013, I was invited to be a part of a documentary titled “Behind the Lens”, produced by Network Ten – Documentary Unit Brisbane. Network 10 provided a copy of the segment about nature photography and the work we do as professional nature photographers.

“Behind the Lens”
(part 5)

© Network Ten – Documentary Unit – Brisbane
Click here to view on YouTube

In 2017, I was invited to be filmed for a segment on Totally Wild, titled “NATURE THROUGH THE LENS”, produced by Totally Wild, Brisbane. They don’t provide a copy of the segment for direct access but you can watch the program on Tenplay.com.au website.

I’m the second segment, at about 04.23 timeline.

Totally Wild

Click here to view video.

A visual journey following natural history cinematographer and nature photographer James Doyle, spanning a thirty plus year career.

To see more behind the scene images, check out the
Behind the scene image gallery.

What Others Are Saying About James Doyle

My wife Christine and I really enjoyed our time with James. He gave us lots of information about getting started in nature photography. We would highly recommend James and will be back to do further workshops with him.
Frank Walker, Workshop
Really Great day, learnt a lot about my camera, the subjects i was photographing and photography in general. it was great day and James Doyle was excellent. I would highly recommend one of his courses, workshops or tours.
Timothy Little, Workshop
Thank you James. Since changing over to Lightroom, I have been completely confused as to how to use it! Your private tuition session on how to use Lr made it so easy to understand importing, filing, editing and exporting, and I am now in complete control over it. Thank you for your patience and easy to understand approach to tutoring. Would Highly Recommend
Gai Hatch, Private Tuition
Thank you for a fantastic day on a Waterfall Photography Fieldtrip in the Gold Coast Hinterland. I learnt so much today about composing my photos and exposure during changing weather elements, and that sometimes to get the shot you need to get wet! Getting dirty in a rainforest has never been more educational or fun, thank you 🙂 Would Highly Recommend!
Lisa Spencer, Fieldtrip
Had a session with James today and learned heaps. He really is knowledgeable about photography and I would highly recommend him to my friends.
Anglia Bartlet, Private Tuition
What a wonderful day with James. He is such a knowledgeable guy, I learnt so much from him. His passion for nature is refreshing and inspiring. I would recommend him to anyone interested in photography or even just having a great day with outdoors.
Susan Richie, Private Tuition
I recently had a one on one tutorial with James on macro photography. I learnt a lot. I particularly appreciated Jame’s thoughtful approach to the subject and his preference to focus on ‘reading’ the light and understanding the technique rather than rushing into taking lots of photos. Would Recommend!
Paul Campbell, Private Tuition
James’ passion for the beauty and protection of our wonderful flora and fauna shows not only through his photography, but also for the way he encourages others to see it. His stories are endless, and his knowledge amazing! Being mentored by such a patient, gentle, knowledgeable and talented man was such a privilege, and an experience i will long treasure. Would Recommend!
Lisa Spencer, Private Tuition
After seeing James Doyle on television a few weeks ago, I booked a day of tuition with him to learn how to use my camera. James was very patient with me. James is full of information about photography and nature which he shared with me in a way I could understand even with my limited skills. I would highly recommend James if you are interested in learning about nature and photography, as he is easy to talk with, patient and knowledgeable. James is a gentle soul when he is talking about nature and photography, which is how I saw him on television, a genuine lover of nature and his photography. I had never heard of James until I saw him on television and I want others to get to know him and what he has to offer, so please check him out as I highly recommend James to everyone interested in photography.
Katherine Peterson, Private Tuition
I’ve been out with James on a number of occasions and have always had a wonderful experience and I always learn something new. I highly recommend James to anyone interested in nature photography.
Paul Robson, Fieldtrip
James has a great sense of humour and doesn’t take himself too seriously. What he does take seriously is helping you succeed in your nature photography and appreciation of the natural world.
Robert Jackson, Private Tuition
I had the privilege of joining James on a sunset shoot at Mary Cairn Cross Park and had a great day. I would absolutely recommend James to anyone wanting to better their skills and learn more about nature photography, plus you get to meet likewise people and make great friends.
Steve Bass, Fieldtrip
I recently had two days tuition with James. As I was just starting out in photography, we started with the basics of setting up the camera and James gave lots of tips about things you wouldn’t think of, that are handy to have in your kit. I found James to be very knowledgeable and freely gave information and tips. Overall, the two days were great fun and James is a rather likable person who puts you at ease and makes you feel comfortable very quickly. I learnt heaps and would highly recommend him to anyone interested in getting into nature photography or just wants a couple of days out or as James would say an adventure in nature. 🙂 Thanks heaps James.
Rick Simon, Two Day Tuition
Great field trip with James to the Border Ranges National Park. Opportunity to photograph in a number of different places in the National Park. Well and truly worth the early start to get there at a reasonable time. Learnt a lot from James, from tripod recommendations, depth of field, setting up for macro, using large lenses for bird photography to taking great shots of cascades. James is very easy company and a great source of knowledge and skills he has built up over many years. Would Highly Recommend.
Frank Walker, Fieldtrip
Thoroughly enjoyed James Doyle’s Nature workshop. He explained many fundamentals in an easy to understand format. Would Recommend
Julie Elliott, Workshop
Hello James, I have to say I enjoy your workshop and learned more in those few hours than I have in years at camera club! Your way of explaining things was easy and clear. I am sure I will produce sharper images (which out of focus images have been my downfall for a long time) Julie and I will be out more often to practice so I dare say we will see you again around the ridges. Thank you for your time and knowledge. Happy snapping 🙂
Noelene, Workshop
I have now done a workshop and most recent field trip and I must say it was well worth it. James explains the processes in an easy and simple to understand format which actually make sense. I learnt more in the 3 hour workshop than potentially years reading articles online or watching youtube. The field trip was perfect to put what was learnt in the workshop into practice and James was more than happy to explain the why, what and how and assist in helping to get the perfect shot. Highly recommended and I look forward to doing further field trips in the future.
Michael G, Workshop & Fieldtrip

The tuition session with James was very insightful! He explained concepts in easy to understand ways and I really enjoyed the day out with him. Would highly recommend anyone interested in nature photography to spend half a day or more with James. 🙂 Would Highly Recommend

Jessica W, Private Tuition

Thank you James for a fantastic day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learnt so much, you are a very patient man. 🙂 Lunch with a real tablecloth took me by surprise (nice touch). I’ll get out and practice some of the things you taught me. At the moment I’m going through the camera settings and setting things up properly. Next I shall buy a good field book and start to learn more about wildlife, then I’ll buy a good tripod as you recommended. I promise I will use it! LOL Thanks you again James and I’ll tell my friends to book some tuition with you. Highly Recommended.

Bianca Bostock, Private Tuition

I joined an event lead by James at White Rock Conservation Reserve in Ipswich. It was great to be out with a small group of keen photographers. James is a very experienced and knowledgeable nature photographer and he was very willing to share his knowledge. Thank you James. Would Highly Recommend

Chris Beecham , Enviroplan Fieldtrip

A good afternoon field walk with James and other enthusiasts organised by Ipswich City. I enjoyed James’s subtle and quiet manner plenty of friendly hints and tips, I look forward to catching up again. Would Recommend.

Vern Beecham , Enviroplan Fieldtrip

Had a great time today at Flinders Plum Picnic Area field trip. James was great.. very knowledgeable, very helpful and easygoing. Great time to practice and be with others interested in nature photography. Gleaning from a master … highly recommended. Thank you James.

Tami Ce, Enviroplan Fieldtrip
If you would like to learn about nature photography, check out my other website James Doyle Photography, you will find lots of information about nature photography, private tuition, mentoring & photography fieldtrips etc.
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