What’s the most important piece of gear in your camera bag? Your tripod.

During a Colorado landscape photography workshop last Fall, a student asked for help on her composition. Approaching her, I noticed how she had setup her tripod. I cringed. Her very nice camera and lens were perched atop an unleveled, too-small tripod, center post fully extended, with two of its legs on the downhill side. This […]

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 — […]

Moonrise Over Half Dome — Tips for Photographing the Full Moon

If you read my blog yesterday, I featured a photo that I had taken at sunset in Yosemite facing West. The image featured in this blog is the one that I had taken just moments prior, facing East, and this was the shot I had intended to capture — the (almost) full moon rising over […]