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Advice For New Photographers – Do Not Learn To Use Your Camera First

I started my foray into photography as most people have in this day and age; technical manuals that teach you how to use your camera. I studied like a maniac, learning every little tip and trick I could find, not only for using my camera, but techniques like HDR and focus stacking. My geek brain

Free Lightroom Presets

I am happy to announce a new suite of Lightroom presets that I have been developing, and they are all free! Nightscape These are the classic presets that have been available at and the same presets included in my eBook Nightscape, if you have already downloaded them there is no need to download again.

Review of Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens

The Fuji 16mm is a highly anticipated lens that I was excited to get my hands on. All Fuji lenses are exceptional quality, and this lens is no exception. The build quality of this lens is absolutely fantastic, it is solid metal which balances perfectly on the X-T1. As you can see there is a

Giving Composition Credit in Landscape Photography

I will start this by giving credit to Guy Tal for the inspiration to write this post, after reading an essay titled “Where Credit is Due” in his newest book More Than a Rock, I knew I had to write more on this subject and hopefully spark a conversation in the community on this important

Finding Inspiration in Landscape Photography

Feeling disenchanted and uninspired by the front page of 500px? I certainly am. We are inundated with the flashy, often over the top images from the hot spot locations that find their way to the ‘top’. They are beautiful and addicting, but they do not speak to the soul. Is there any meaning to these

Staying safe while photographing in remote areas

As landscape photographers we often spend extended periods of time in remote areas that are devoid of a cell signal, by nature most landscape photographers like their alone time, being alone is not a way to keep safe in the wilderness. What would you do if you were injured and could not evacuate yourself? Hope

Experiences with Fujifilm Repair

I was hoping this post wouldn’t have come so soon, which is no fault of the gear, it’s because I’m a clumsy buffoon. I dropped the X-T1 with the 10-24 attached from about 5′ high onto the hard ground, it landed on the lens and the only damage appeared to be that the lens mount

Firecrest 16 stop ND Filter Review

This year the ultra dense ND filter market has been rocked by the release of the Formatt Hitech Firecrest 16 stop ND filter and the Singh Ray 15 stop ND filter. This amount of ND is simply incredible in such a thin filter. The biggest news though was the lack of color cast with the

Lightweight tripod for tall photographers

Part of my transition to mirrorless involved lightening my load in all ways possible. Now that I don’t have a heavy DSLR to lug around it was time to ‘downgrade’ my tripod as well. Without the weight of a DSLR I am able to use a less beefy tripod, the big problem in this area

Fuji Mirrorless system for Landscape Photography

Update: I have a new post Review Fujifilm X-T2 For Landscape Photography, but keep reading to see why I love this system. This summer my friend Erik Stensland was telling me about another friend of ours, Scott Bacon who had recently switched to a Fuji, I was enamored with how light the whole system was.

Review of Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

I have never been terribly interested in wildlife photography, quite frankly the price of the lenses required are out of this world, $10-13k for a lens? No thank you! When Tamron introduced a 150-600mm lens for just a hair over $1000 I knew I had to get my hands on it. Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3

Review of Canon 16-35 f/2.8L II Lens

Ever since I switched to the Canon 6D I’ve been interested in the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens, it seemed like the perfect combination of all the factors I need in a super wide angle lens. I was looking for a lens that has a large aperture of f/2.8 for night photography, and accepts screw on filters for

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