As Featured in:
The Photographer Online Magazine
Learn more about me in this interview I recently provided:
Diving with the Great White
K.M. Round Rock TX
I really enjoyed my 3 day wildlife and landscape tour to the Grand Teton National Park lead by Randy Dykstra. Randy not only shared technical tips prior to and during the tour, but knew how to reach all the iconic scenic vistas that represent this beautiful area. Randy knew the most likely places for us to find park wildlife and we successfully captured images of bear, antelope, bison, an eagle, moose and my favorite the Elk! I can't even imagine attempting the trip without this type of experience and skill to help to make the trip investment so rewarding.
P.M. Port Angeles, WA
Very enjoyable 5 days with Randy throughout Grand Teton and Yellowstone.
M.A. Dallas TX
Thanks for a great trip indeed, Randy. You put us in front of a lot of great stuff. Good group as well.
J.C. Dallas TX
Had a really nice time. Thanks for getting us in front of many great photo opps.
C.D. Escondido CA
I enjoyed the trip, got a few winners, and learned some things about Lightroom from you that I did not know. Thanks.
L.D Fountain Valley, CA
I enjoyed the trip to the last minute ... You did a good job for organizing and coordinating the workshop perfectly.
J.M. Austin, Texas
“Had a good time on the trip. Nice people, good mix of skill levels up to professionals. Good educational pointers to help to improve technique. All combined with lots of wildlife to make an enjoyable trip.”
J.H San Diego CA
I learned a lot with Randy Dykstra. The one-on-one format is definitely the way to go if you want to jump start your photography.
T.O. Denver, CO
Kim and I really enjoyed meeting and sharing the polar bear boat tour with you, Randy. What a fun trip!
K.A. San Diego CA
"We had a great turnout. The presentation was very interesting; I learned a lot about wolves the importance of the Calif. Wolf Center mission. Randy gave a good photography primer, and I got a few good tips from his presentation."
T.H San Diego CA
"Spent a great day with Randy Dykstra... at the San Diego Zoo."
Hello, my name is Randy A. Dykstra and I first started taking photographs over 40 years ago in high school. I learned everything from taking photos to working in a darkroom. I love the outdoors and nature and was an avid backpacker, which gave me plenty of opportunities for landscape photography. In the early 1990s I became a professional SCUBA diving instructor (PADI), which opened complete new worlds of photography for me. My love of nature, wildlife and photography has always been a huge passion of mine.
I graduated from the University of California with an Electrical Engineering degree and spent a long time designing and integrating space and military aircraft and surveillance equipment. I've taken photography classes from various sources including a variety of private instructors and including classes at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. I'm also always searching, experimenting and learning new things.
My lifelong hobby is now my vocation. Instead of the darkroom of my youth, I spend my days working with Lightroom and Photoshop. I use my engineering discipline and knowledge to continually learn and adjust to the intricacies of photography, and ever expand and concentrate more on the artistic aspects.
Today I’m fortunate enough to be able to follow my passions, and along the way I get to share some of my knowledge and experiences with you and others. I love giving back as I'm a VP of a local camera club, and I also run two large Meetup Groups (over 8500 members) and make speaking presentations to numerous groups. I also help out with Facebook groups and teach workshops and seminars.
If you have the inkling... You now can join me on my travels and experiences and enjoy the wonderful places we explore. I set up a few tours and workshops each year where I provide instruction, tips, guidance for all levels of photographers. But mostly we get out there and photograph. My ongoing and future projects include working on educational and photo books, writing and photographing magazine articles, speaking engagements, and continuing providing photography seminars and workshops. I hope you enjoy my work, and feel free to contact me.