Your Camera Takes Better Photos Than Mine

“Your camera takes better photos than mine.” Most photographers have probably heard that line before. I’m sure it’s one of the most common comments directed toward photographers, myself included. But what does that really mean? If insinuating that spending more money on a camera system would result in better photos then shouldn’t every photographer buy …

Tony Kuyper’s Saturation Masks For Photoshop

Two years ago I wrote about Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks for Photoshop and how they helped me to extract more detail from my image files. My image processing technique has evolved since then and it’s really transformed my ability to execute upon my original vision. Now I’ve recently started to use Tony Kuyper’s Saturation Masks …

The Scenes Within a Scene

Photography is one of those things where it’s easy to learn the basics but you spend a lifetime developing your art. Easy would be pulling off a technically-sound image of an obvious composition. It’s the first thing you see as a photographer. The above image is something I probably would have done five years ago …

Self-Discovery Through Nature

In my “Why Nature Photography?” blog post last week, I described what to me is the pinnacle of nature photography; the emotional connection to the land. I had another one of those moments the other day as I explored a forest by myself at Point Reyes National Seashore. I had never been to this location …

Why Nature Photography?

Life in general is a stressful process. You fight to survive, you fight to eat, you fight to mate, you fight to not end up on the street, you fight for social acceptance, you fight to find your own identity in this world. When I really want to come home feeling refreshed and born-again, I …

Taking Chances

Playing it safe would have been going to Muir Woods and having a relaxing time photographing really big trees in the forest. That was my original plan. I had been in the East Bay earlier in the day when it was 96 degrees, and suffering from pretty severe pollen allergies so my intent was to …

Are Shadows Bad in Today’s Photography?

With HDR being such a fad these days, it’s almost as if having shadows in your images is taboo. I say bullshit. Effective use of shadows is what creates drama in photos. Without contrast you have flat, soulless images or you get that garish pig vomit over-processed look. If using HDR techniques is your best option …

A Requiem for Iconic Landscape Photography

Valley of Fire State Park is not exactly a household name amongst travel destinations at this point but over the past few years it has sort of become part of the “iconic landscape photography tour” within the nature photographer community. The Fire Wave is perhaps the most photographed landscape since being discovered a few years …