Photo Critique – First Light On The Auto Road by Jeff Sinon.

First Light On The Auto Road by Jeff Sinon.

This week’s critique features this photo of dawn above New Hampshire’s Mount Washington by Jeff Sinon. The assignment was to try different focal lengths and perspectives and create an image with visual depth and/or compelling graphic design. Continue Reading

Week 6 – Depth of Field.

A girl boogie boarding at Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg, Maine.

This week we tackle depth of field, which describes how much of your photo appears to be in focus, from the front of the image to the distant background. Continue Reading

Be A Local Hero.

Eastatoe Falls by Charlie Borland.

The world of photography has gone through many changes over the past 15 years, and if you have been a photographer for long, you have witnessed many of those changes. The process of capturing an image has changed. The delivery of photography to markets has changed. The markets that license images have changed. Continue Reading

Five Ways to Improve Your Images.

Autumn Palette, Utah, by Bret Edge.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what steps I’ve taken over the last 11 years to become the world’s most reknowned landscape and adventure photographer.  Clearly, I’ve also been daydreaming quite a bit.  Seriously though, here are a five things I’ve done that have contributed to making me a better photographer. Continue Reading

Three Great Outdoor Photography E-books.

Exposure for Outdoor Photography by Michael Frye.

I recently came across three photo e-books that I thought I’d share with you (don’t tell my publisher I’m sharing these…) I can heartily recommend all three of them. They come from a trio of western photographers who all have a knack for creating unique and compelling photos from some of America’s most iconic landscapes. Continue Reading

Photo Critique – Bike Reflection by Gail Mager.

Bike in Paris by Gail Mager

Bike in Paris by Gail Mager

Last week’s assignment was to create compositions that were simple and featured a dominant subject. I chose the above photo by Gail Mager to critique because I feel it represents both of these concepts really well. Continue Reading

Week 5: Composition – Perspective, Depth, and Scale.

In this week’s video, I continue to talk about composition, specifically in regards to perspective, visual depth, and scale. Hopefully, you now have a handle on balance, dominance, and simplicity from the last couple of weeks because you still need to take all of those things into account when applying this week’s tip. Continue Reading

Five Things Every New Lightroom User Should Know

Early morning mist rises from the crystal clear waters of Reflection Lakes as Mt. Rainier towers overhead, Washington. Copyright Bret Edge.

I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom as my RAW converter and photo editor of choice since version 1 launched a few years ago.  Until last year I still relied on Photoshop to complete the bulk of my editing work.  Why?  Because I was stubborn – an old curmudgeon who didn’t want to change.  Looking back, I wish I’d taken the advice of my friend and Lightroom guru Nat Coalson, who for years has been extolling the virtues of completing as much work as possible within Lightroom. Continue Reading

Be Prepared When Shooting in Wilderness

Be Prepared. We all have heard the Boy Scout motto. But are you prepared for emergencies when you travel or go out to shoot? We remember to take extra batteries and lens cleaning material but what about ourselves? Do you carry a first aid kit? Sunscreen? Insect Repellant? Let’s discuss the essentials. Continue Reading

Recover (or Discover) Your Creativity With a Self-Assignment

Pink Sky Above Three Sisters, Utah. Copyright Bret Edge.

Last week I read a great article on friend and photographer Gary Crabbe’s blog about the reality of working a photo assignment.  Gary’s article, and my own experience last year on assignment in Goblin Valley State Park, inspired me to write about a technique you might try next time your creative fire needs a little stoking. Continue Reading