John Schnell Photography Mitkof Island
John Schnell is an award-winning photographer. His images have appeared in Audubon and Nature Conservancy calendars, in books, and in numerous magazines.
Each year John leads small groups of photographers to a variety of outstanding destinations. Each photo expedition (7-12 days) and photo tour (3-5 days) features an amazing opportunity to make compelling images, and an exceptional learning experience. One-day photography seminars focus on a narrower range of photographic interests.
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About John

John Schnell
John Schnell

Originally from Chicago, John Schnell has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Africa, Alaska, Canada, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Vermont. For over thirty years, he has photographed hundreds of expeditions in Alaska, and participated on twenty African safaris. John leads small groups of adventurous photographers to remote destinations he specially selects, which he knows intimately.

Website Designer. John Schnell and Associates builds websites for general contractors, specialty contractors, home builders, interior designers, decorative artists and adventure travel companies. John brings creative excellence to every project. He gives careful consideration to the interests and business strengths of each client. He then creates visually engaging websites, using his extensive digital imaging skills to make each site stand out, and his marketing talents to promote each company's brand.

Fitness Instructor. John has been a fitness instructor for over twenty years. He is a Certified Personal Trainer, and teaches Asymmetrical Weight Training, Functional Fitness, Step Aerobics, Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Toning classes.

University of Alaska Southeast John went back to school after his technology career ended. He taught business classes at the University of Alaska Southeast, and learned website design and digital imaging skills while a member of the faculty. John received recognition from students for his innovative marketing and international marketing classes.

IBM Corporation. During his thirteen years with IBM, John was an accomplished sales and marketing professional. He won IBM Eagle Awards for Marketing Excellence and Sales Achievement. John sold technology solutions to financial institutions, contractors, distributors and manufacturers.

U.S. Peace Corps. As a Peace Corps Business Advisor in Africa, John taught an entrepreneurship programme at the Magamba Training Centre in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Courses included accounting, business administration, finance and marketing. During breaks at the training centre, John worked as a photographer and consultant for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Tourism and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA).

U.S. Marine Corps. John served for four years as an FAA-qualified Control Tower Operator and Radar Air Traffic Controller. John's commendations include: Honorable Discharge; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Ribbon; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal. His duty stations were:

  • Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
  • Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina
  • Marine Corps Expeditionary Force, Nam Phong
  • Naval Air Station Glynco, Georgia

John Schnell Photography
John Schnell Photography
John Schnell Photography


Here's a list of John's photography equipment.


  • Nikon D810, 36.3 Megapixel
  • Nikon D800, 36.3 Megapixel
  • Nikon D3X, 24.5 Megapixel


  • Zeiss 15mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss 21mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss 28mm ZF.1
  • Zeiss 85mm ZF.2
  • Leica 100mm f/2.8 Macro
  • Leica 180mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 300mm f/2.8


  • Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit
  • Nikon MC-30 Remote

Camera Bags

  • F-Stop Gear Sartoris EXP Camera Bag
  • F-Stop Gear Tilopa BC Camera Bag
  • F-Stop Gear Guru Camera Bag


  • Lee Big Stopper
  • Lee Little Stopper
  • Lee Graduated ND 0.6 Hard
  • Lee Graduated ND 0.9 Hard
  • Lee Graduated ND 0.3 Soft/li>
  • Lee Graduated ND 0.6 Soft
  • Lee Graduated ND 0.9 Soft
  • Lee Neutral Density 3.0
  • Singh-Ray Reverse Graduated ND 0.9
  • Singh-Ray Reverse Graduated Orange 0.9


  • Nikon SU-800 Remote Commander
  • Nikon SB-900 Flash (3)
  • Nikon SB-R200 Remote Flash (2)
  • Lastolite Ezybox 24" x 24"
  • Lastolite Ezybox 15" x 15"
  • Lastolite TriGrip Reflector
  • Lastolite TriGrip Diffuser
  • Lastolite Collapsible Reflector (2)
  • Manfrotto Flash Stands (3)
  • Novoflex 19P Mini Ball Heads (3)
  • Ultimate Light Box Flash Diffuser (2)


  • GigaPan Epic Pro
  • GigaPan Epic Pro II
  • GigaPan Software


  • Novoflex Triobalance CF 3-Section
  • Novoflex Triopod CF 3-Section
  • Novoflex Classic Ball 3
  • Novoflex Classic Ball 3 II
  • Novoflex Leveling Ball


  • Aviator Camera Gear Travel Jib
  • Aviator Camera Gear Travel Slider
  • Syrp Genie Mini (2)
  • Syrp Genie Motion Control
  • Syrp Genie Pan-Tilt Bracket
  • Syrp Magic Carpet Short Track 2.6'
  • VidPro MH-360 Timelapse Pan Head (2)


  • GoPro Hero 4 Silver
  • GoPro Hero 3 Black
  • GoPro Hero 3 Black

Video Tripods

  • Arca-Swiss Monoball B1
  • Arca-Swiss Monoball B2
  • Gitzo Mountaineer CF 3-Section
  • Gitzo Traveler CF 4-Section (2)
  • Novoflex Ball 40 (2)
John Schnell Photography
John Schnell Photography
John Schnell Photography

Digital Imaging

John started using personal computers in 1984. He has expert-level knowledge with many of the tools he uses. Here's a list of his hardware, software, and productivity tools.

Computer Hardware

  • Apple iMac 27" 5K Retina, QuadCore Core i7 3.4 Ghz
  • Apple MacBook Pro 15.4" Retina, QuadCore Core i7 2.5Ghz
  • Applie iPad Pro 9.7"
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
  • Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Printer

Digital Imaging Software

  • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Bridge
    • Camera Raw
    • Illustrator
    • Lightroom
    • Photoshop
  • NIK Collection
    • Analog Efex
    • Color Efex
    • Define
    • HDR Efex
    • Sharpener Pro
    • Silver Efex
    • Viveza

Productivity Tools

  • Dragon Dictate
  • Intego Security Suite
  • Microsoft Office for Mac
  • OmniFocus + Omni Outliner
John Schnell Photography
John Schnell Photography
John Schnell Photography

Our Partners

No one can do it alone. Over the years John Schnell has established partnerships with some amazing companies in Alaska and Africa.

Alaska Photo ExpeditionS

  • canoeing
  • dog sledding
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paddle boarding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sea kayaking
  • whale watching

Africa Photo Safaris

  • canoe safari
  • horeseback safari
  • tent safari
  • walking safari
  • wildlife tracking
John Schnell Photography
John Schnell Photography
John Schnell Photography


  • Africa
    • Botwswana
    • Namibia
    • South Africa
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe
  • Alaska
    • Glacier Bay
    • Icy Strait
    • Inside Passage
    • Kenai Fjords
    • Russell Fjord Wilderness
  • Canadian Rockies
    • Banff National Park
    • Jasper National Park
    • Yoho National Park
  • Canyonlands
    • Bryce Canyon
    • Lake Powell
    • Monument Valley
    • The Wave
    • White Sands
    • Zion Canyon
  • Fall Colors
    • New England
    • Michigan
  • Hawaii
    • Big Island
    • Maui and Kauai
  • Winter Photography
    • Canada
    • Colorado
    • New England
    • Utah
    • Wyoming
John Schnell Photography
John Schnell Photography
John Schnell Photography