Photographer San Francisco / Sacramento California

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San Francisco

Photography has always been a passion of mine.  I have loved taking pictures since I was a kid and had my first camera.  I started with film like almost all middle age to older photographers and have come full circle today as I continue to shoot both digital and medium format film.  Today I spend almost all of my free time away from home traveling the United States and Europe.  

I started as a wedding photographer (and sports photographer) but have transformed over time to dedicate my time to landscape photography.  I still occasionally do weddings for special clients, typically destination weddings, but 98% of my time today is spent traveling and photographing.  My main complaint is not having enough hours in the day to dedicate to editing and social media.  After my most recent Europe trip (36 days straight) I have over 2,000 pictures still hiding in my computer somewhere.  This trip is roughly outlined on my blog but with many more posts to come.  I have also spent several weeks exploring Iceland which is the newest hottest destination for photographers and those checking off their bucket list.  If you want more information on Iceland, contact me and I would be happy to share my experiences. 

Beyond my travels, I run a photography business in California - featuring my photography that is printed, framed, and displayed in galleries. My work has been internationally published and awarded and I pride myself on bringing landscape photography the way I see it to my clients. I am a 100% self taught photographer who travels the world seeking out the best photography locations and share my tips and travel reviews on my blog. 

Photography & Sunflowers

Photography Tips / Articles

Photography tips and articles helping photographers learn techniques for better pictures are plentiful on the web.  What makes this blog different is my photography tips are free and available.  I work to maintain one goal: to help photographers of all levels.  Wedding photographers should browse my tips for better portraits and contact me for individualized help as I have photographed multiple weddings including destination weddings, always seeking methods to make sure the bride is always happy. 

Photography & Sunflowers

Jared Lawson

Photography & Sunflowers

As a landscape photographer I am always looking for new content, traveling across the United States, Canada and Iceland seeking new photography locations and inspiration.  I have never been a big nature photographer until I was able to spend some quality time exploring Tuscany, Italy.  Headed to Italy I knew there would be sunflower opportunities - but once there, I had to refine my nature skills and shoot for the best sunflower photos possible.  The two photos pictured below are a part of my Italy Art Gallery and are featured on my photography site.  Here are my tips for creating beautiful sunflower pictures: 

Tuscan Sunflowers, Italy

Tuscan Sunflowers, Italy

Tip #1: Find your composition. 

For this photograph I specifically wanted three main sunflowers in my photo.  Good things come in threes - it took a bit of creative adjusting with perspective in the field, along with several failed photo attempts (which you don't see).  Play with your photography composition to explore and get creative.  Have an idea in mind and experiment with a variety of compositions.  At first in the field I didn't shoot this actual composition, it wasn't until after I went back to the car and looked through my images that I found I wasn't pleased with the composition and needed something more powerful.  

Tip #2: Include the Sky

This seems obvious but when you are in the field shooting away we often forget with flowers to include the sky.  The reason this picture above works so well is because of the complimentary natural colors of yellow and blue.  If the sky were blown out white, or I had shot this photograph without the sky it would take away from the overall warm feeling of the photo.  Include the sky especially with sunflowers to get the optimum combination of colors.  

Tip #3: Get Low

One of the biggest mistakes I see new photographers make is their routine of shooting 98% of photographers from eye level.  Shooting at eye level is convenient but doesn't provide viewers with anything they haven't seen before.  Get low!  For this photograph I was literally laying on the ground shooting at an upward angle.  This makes a big difference with flowers because you can eliminate obtrusive elements in the background and give a different perspective.  

Photography and Social Media

I work tirelessly to share my photography through social media.  Social media is king with photography -- share your tips for this photo and others on my social media and I will spread the word.  Find me on Google+, Twitter to get out and share photography tips today!