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  • About Chas

    Charles Glatzer, M.Photog.
    Canon Explorer of Light
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    Chas is a Canon Explorer of Light, the prestigious group is comprised of dozens of the most influential photographers and cinematographers in the world, each a master of their creative specialty.

    Since founding Shoot The Light and co-founding the first online Nature magazine (a template now used by most others) in the mid-nineties, Chas has cemented his place in the world as one of the top wildlife photographers working today. His dynamic and inspirational teaching have also made him one of the most sought after educators and speakers in his field. The depth and diversity of his background make him truly exceptional in the world of wildlife photography. Prior to founding Shoot The Light, his illustrious career had already included work in portraits, weddings, advertising, catalog and product, editorial reportage, professional sports, color lab, and underwater photography. This diverse work experience over his 31 years as a professional photographer provides workshop participants and seminar attendees with an unparalleled resource.

    Chas' work has been celebrated internationally with over 40 prestigious awards for superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education, and service to the profession. His images are recognized internationally for their lighting, composition, and attention to detail and have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Parks, Discover Diving, Smithsonian, Professional Photographer, Birder's World, Birding, Nature Photographer, EOS, Digital PhotoPro, and many more.

    As an accomplished natural history and keynote speaker, Chas has presented at many prestigious events including Explorer's Club NYC, Audubon, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Fuji Professional, Mid-Atlantic Photo Expo, NANPA, ASMP, CNPA, GNPA, NECCC, and PPA. He also continues to serve on many judges' panels for both national and international photographic competitions.

    Chas' current Canon equipment includes multiple 1DX bodies, 5D3 and 7D II bodies, 16-35, 24-70 f/2.8 II, 70-200 f/2.8IS II, 300 f/2.8IS II, 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X, 600IS II, multiple 600EX-RT and ST3-RT flashes, 1.4x III and 2x III converters, extension tubes, and more.

    When not behind the camera or computer, Chas can be found on the river fly fishing near his home in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.

Never in my dreams could I image a single lens that would provide incredibly high quality images, with a stepless focal range from 200-784mm. 

I recently took a number of images with the Canon 200-400 employing both the internal 1.4x and an external Canon 1.4x III converter, providing a focal range from 560-784mm. Image quality was very high at f/8, with images rendered even sharper at f/11. This is a testament to the 200-400 lens ultra high resolution.The ability of the 1DX to render outstanding images at high ISO (1600/3200), along with the unprecedented Canon 200-400 w/1.4x image quality, even when combined with external 1.4x III (200-784mm) is a game changer for any wildlife photographer. I am one happy camper!

I have stated publicly in prior postings that compressed web jegs images cannot realistically be used to judge any manufactures lens and/or camera quality. That said, you can take my word that the equipment listed below provides images worthy of the most prestigious publication standards.

1DX, Canon 200-400 w/1.4X, Canon 1.4x III, 1/500 @ f/9, ISO 1600

1DX, Canon 200-400 w/1.4X, Canon 1.4x III, 1/500 @ f/9, ISO 1600

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Heat 3 Smart gloves 

I have a container full of expensive gloves, mitts, and combinations thereof that never keep my hands warm in the temperature and weather conditions advertised. Those big cumbersome down or synthetic fill mittens that do provide superior warmth provide little, if any,  tactile ability when trying to alter camera settings.  Most mittens require a separate liner glove,  and the withdrawing or your hand from the mitten to operate the camera equipment. That is until now…enter the Heat 3 Smart glove.

I have personally tested the Heat 3 Smart glove this past winter in Yellowstone National Park,  Japan, and the Arctic in temps down to -30F. The gloves are without doubt the best I have ever used in extreme conditions, offering both superior warmth and dexterity. Many of you have experienced the incredible pain of thawing fingers, frostbite, or frost nip.  As photographers our extremities are particularly vulnerable as we often remain motionless for long periods waiting for the decisive moment to occur. When our hands become cold and fingers numb we loose concentration. Staying out even longer means we risk permanent physical damage. I have a permanent loss of sensitivity in two of my finger tips, and would like to avoid further damage and/or additional digits to suffer a similar fate.

Tip…when photographing you need only expose your glove liner covered index finger and thumb to work the camera controls, with the rest of your hand remaining inside the mitten.

HEAT 3 Smart gloves have been continually developed over their lifetime. High quality materials and workmanship are the prerequisites for these high performance products. Great emphasis is placed on functional details. The gloves are incredibly versatile as they can be used as mittens providing the ultimate in warmth and also gloves which allow for full freedom of movement.

Thumb and index finger right and left with silver fabric for perfect use of your i-phone and all touch screens. Palm side now full goat leather for more warmth and better grip. Additional 4 oz Primaloft on the cuff has been added for even more warmth.  Additionally,  hand warmer pockets placed in strategic locations on the glove greatly enhance the comfort in temperatures far below that of other products. Two water tight zips – on the inside of the hand and on the outside keep hand warmers, CF cards, etc, dry.  Elastic Microfibre with water resistant and breathable membrane ensures the highest level of dryness, and wind protection.

This product was originally a custom-made item and is now in its third generation. HEAT 3 Smart gloves were designed specifically for special combat forces of Germany and Austria. HEAT 3 Smart gloves are perfect for cold weather photography, skiing, mountain climbing etc.



I bought a pair of the Heat 3 Smart gloves from Shoot the Light and recommend them without any qualifications. Everything Chas and the others have said here is right on. You will not be disappointed or able to find a better cold weather glove for photography….Bruce Cheatham

Best winter photography gloves on the market today, bar none. My wife and I just got back from two trips photographing polar bears in the Beaufort Sea. We were out on small boats 8-10 hours a day, sometimes in blowing snow and very cold wind chills. These gloves did not let us down and we were able to easily operate the camera dials and buttons while retaining warm hands. Great space for hand warmer packets to fit inside the gloves on those brutally cold days. Our best photography purchase in quite a while!….Mark Needham

Retail US $200, includes shipping within continental US

Look for a Heat 3 Smart video to appear on shortly.

Shoot the Light, Inc. is the Exclusive USA distributor of Heat 3 Smart gloves and products. 

For personal and retail product sales and information contact


  • Mark Lagrange

    Looks great, but at $200 feels a bit steep. Must be something out there in the middle.ReplyCancel

    • Mark,

      I have hundreds of dollars in gloves, and mittens in a bin. I wish I knew about these gloves earlier. as I would have bought once instead of spending much more in the long run. I have a like new pair of Black Diamond Mercury Mitts, Marmot Expedition Mitts, Arc’Teyx Cam SV gloves…I can sell for a discount if interested.


  • Chas, Finally a glove that I can wear in sub 0 temperature AND STILL USE MY CAMERAS !! These gloves are worth every penny. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.ReplyCancel

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If you like the processing and white feather detail on my recent pelican images be sure to register for my upcoming MacPhun Intensify Pro webinar.

Ride along on this exciting adventure with one of the top wildlife photographers working today! You’ll get to experience ‘live’ how Chas is able to post-process his favorite images with Intensify Pro, and hear the stories behind them. Don’t miss this very special presentation, showcasing some incredible wildlife imagery and processing techniques from this remarkable talent!

May 30, 2014. 1:00pm – 2:00pm (PST)

  • I just started using Macphun apps and am trying to learn all the little tricks.
    During the webinar today you used the dynamic masking slider for details. How did you make it show the line like drawing that indicated where it was going to be applied?

    • Jenny, hold down the Alt key on PC or Option key on the MAC while moving the mask slider. It takes a bit before you see the effect.ReplyCancel

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White pelicans with slow shutter speed, MN

Mirror lock up definitely helped me create sharper images. I composed the scene and focused manually on the subjects. After depressing the SET button I then depressed the shutter, subsequently locking up the mirror as long as desired. Thereafter, peering over the camera I could depress the shutter button as many times as desired, firing a burst when at least one subject froze a pose.

Photo Tip…While I could have used Live View I typically prefer to peer over the camera. Because, I can see a wider field of view I am able to quickly alter composition when other subjects come in and out of the frame. The faster I can adapt to the scene unfolding before me the better chance I have of capturing those fleeting moments that can make all the difference. I most often shoot with both eyes open for the same reason.

1DX, 200-400, , 1/25 @ f/22, ISO 100, Mirror-lock-up, Spot + 2 on white highlights. Zenelli gimbal head, Gitzo tripod, RRS leveling base

White pelicans with slow shutter speed, MN

White pelicans with slow shutter speed, MN


White pelican portrait

White pelican portrait

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