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  • Tripod/ Monopod Heads
    Ball Head
    Manufactured for guaranteed precision, rugged durability, and a lifetime of trouble-free performance.
    Gimbal Head
    This head is ideal for long telephoto lens photography all the way down to short macro lens photography.
    Monopod Head
    A compact and light weight monopod heads featuring KES Arca-style Quick Release Clamps.
  • Quick Release
    Quick Release Clamps
    KES QR Clamps remain mounted to your tripod head and are engineered with safety stop relief grooves that provide improved versatility when mated with KES camera plates.
  • Camera Mounting
    Quickly release, turn,
    and remount your camera for either a horizontal or vertical shot – no more flipping your tripod head on its side or upsetting your shooting position.
    Camera Plates
    A quick release system not only lets you work more quickly, you'll find you can mount your equipment to your tripod head more securely with less risk of vibration or slipping.
    Smart Phone Mounting
    Now you can attach your Smart Phone to any quick release mounting system that utilizes the Arca style Quick Release. The bracket is small and lightweight making it perfect for travel.
  • Lens Mounting
    Lens Plates
    Some of our lens plates feature precisely contoured anti-twist flanges or a non-pivoting lip design, while others offer mounting screws.
    Replacement Lens Collar
    A KES replacement collar will drastically improve your lens performance and optical results.
    Replacement Lens Foot
    A KES replacement foot has the dovetail built in, allowing for a lower profile, lighterweight, and the best possible stability.
  • Rails
    Save time and improve results when shooting precise macro work by using our geared-track focusing rail, slide rail or our long rail plate.
  • Tripods & Supports
    KES Low Angle Pod
    Great for low angle shots and tight spots. Useful for wildlife and landscape photography. More stable when shooting in sand, mud, or snow.
    Window Mount
    KES heavy duty window mount combines compact convenience and versatility with the sturdy precision of a quality tripod
    Low Pod Mount
    The low pod mount is essential for macro closeups in the field.
    The mini table top tripod is a extremely sturdy miniature tripod.
  • Flash Brackets
    Telephoto Flash Brackets
    For lenses with a tripod collar
    For telephoto flash work, day or night, KES Telephoto flash bracket is an indispensable tool for outdoor photographers everywhere. This bracket enables you to produce the much needed catch light or foreground fill lighting for your subject.
    Macro Flash Bracket
    For camera bodies
    These Macro flash brackets are designed for installation on camera bodies and lenses. We offer 2 different models. All offer a deluxe multi-joint system to allow positioning of your flash.
  • Additional Products
    Close Up & Macro
    KES offers many different solutions to help you when taking close up and macro shots.
    Grips & Straps
    Add endless possibilities with stability to your cameras or lenses.
    Smart Phone Mounting
    The phone mount is small and lightweight. Making it perfect for travel.
    Misc Parts & Tools
    Missing that hard to find screw? KES has what you need to back to shooting.

Kirk Photo



John Gerlach earned his wildlife ecology degree from Central Michigan University in 1977. After graduation, he followed his burning passion to become a professional nature photographer and photo educator. With his in-depth science background and dedication to nature photography, he quickly mastered close-up, landscape, and wildlife photography.

John is a dynamic public speaker. His enthusiasm for photography and willingness to share his knowledge makes him an inspirational photography instructor. Over four decades, John has taught hundreds of field workshops and one-day seminars. John leads several winter photo tours of Yellowstone National Park and has led dozens of photo tours to the best game parks - Samburu, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara - Kenya offers. His next tour will be in September of 2017. Since 1986, John has taught his in-depth macro and landscape photo workshops near Munising, MI during August and for fall color in October.

John is an expert at photographing hummingbirds with natural light and multiple flash. He teaches two or more workshops at the fabulous Bull River Guest Ranch near Cranbrook, BC during May. Multiple flash lets the photographer freeze the wings as they hover at a flower, revealing the intricate details and colors of these wonderful birds. John is expanding his hummingbird workshops to Ecuador, Colombia, and Costa Rica.

John is an innovator in outdoor flash photography who has pioneered many new methods for using flash to light close-ups and landscapes. The flash program John presents will open a whole new way for you to think about and use flash. His book explaining outdoor flash techniques will be published in the spring of 2017.

A prolific author, he has written a column called Field Notes for Nature Photographer since its inception decades ago. John’s instructional best-selling books on photography include: Digital Nature Photography: The Art and the Science, Digital Landscape Photography, Digital Wildlife Photography, Close Up Photography in Nature, and his upcoming new book, Outdoor Flash Photography (to be published in Spring of 2017.)

Please view his articles and images and learn about his workshops at:

Many of his latest images are posted on his personal Flickr page at:[email protected]/