Naturalists/Certified Photo Instructors

Help you turn your point-and-shoot camera into an aim & create

Every expedition aboard a ship in our National Geographic-flagged fleet offers an exclusive service—a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor. This naturalist is specially trained to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, and to help you become a better, more confident photographer.

Our certified photo instructors can meet you wherever you are on your photographic journey—from just-purchased-a-camera beginner to sophisticated hobbyist.

And, whether your camera is an iPhone, a point-and-shoot, or a sophisticated DSLR, they work with you to give practical tips and tools, to answer your questions or give invaluable, in-the-moment tips. Because they’re naturalists, their knowledge of wildlife helps you know where to aim to improve your chances of capturing a great moment. During Recap, they share images they’ve taken and explain what they did to capture a moment you were there for, too.

Taking advantage of their expertise will help you better express what you saw and felt on your expedition, to go home with your best shots ever.

Featured Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructors

Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
Galápagos, 15 December 2017
Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
Baja California, 21 December 2017
Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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Max Seigal

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
Baja California, 09 February 2018
Max Seigal grew up in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, and spent his early years working at his parent’s veterinary clinic, which sparked his love for animals. At a young age, Max fell in love with conservation and travel. He studied abroad in both Costa Rica and the Bahamas during high school, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in environmental science, zoology, and economics.

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Michael Nolan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
Amazon, 20 January 2018
Michael Nolan was born in Bitburg, Germany to an Air Force family stationed there. His first experience of the ocean came at age 12, when he learned to snorkel in the Italian Mediterranean. At age 17 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and became a PADI SCUBA instructor, before starting a SCUBA diving business that specialized in diving trips to the Sea of Cortez.

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