Fundamentals for the Landscape Photographer

I was recently asked to judge an international landscape photography competition, USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, and they asked me to write a piece that would provide some tips and inspire participants as they prepare to enter the competition. If you are a photographer, I hope you will consider entering the competition. If you are not a […]

Grace

My followers often ask me about why my photographs have a certain distinctive quality to them. It is a hard question to answer. My first thought is to say, they look the way they do simply because that is how I see, which is true, but only to a certain extent. Let me explain. Each […]

Taking Inventory

This Spring, I made my first trip to the Southwest United States, where I spent a week exploring and photographing in and around some of the most famous  landscapes in the country. Having been more accustomed to the landscapes of California, where the trees were the key visual elements, and where moving water is displayed in cool tones, this landscape was the opposite — […]

Tips for Photographing Trees and Forests

As a nature and landscape photographer, trees are often the central focus of my images or at least play a significant role in the composition. They contain many of the components that make up a good photo — line, texture, shape, light, color.  They are powerful symbols and illicit strong emotions in us. They change from season […]

High quality UV filters for your camera: worth the extra money?

I was asked recently by a friend whether I thought he should buy a high quality ultra-violet (UV) filter or just get something inexpensive for his new, very nice Canon L lens. Was it really worth it to spend the extra money on expensive filters? What about polarizing filters? This is how I answered him. […]