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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 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. 

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Long Exposure Photography Tips

Jared Lawson

Landscape photography is a diverse field, the development of HDR, photostacking techniques and the advancement of Photoshop's abilities have created a new field of photography.  However, one key technique that cannot be simulated in Photoshop - the technique that must be accomplished in the field is the use of long exposure photography.  Photographers of all levels can learn how to use long exposure, read on through this article to learn the principals and techniques to master this technique.

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Florence Photography Tips

Jared Lawson

Capturing the essence of Florence, Italy through photography can be a challenge, but taking a few travel tips in mind along with a bit of planning you can come away with beautiful images that capture the culture of Italy.  The piece I love most about Florence is the culture.  The history of this city is everywhere -- the arts, food, shopping, architecture and nightlife all seems to capture the culture of Italy.  If you are looking for photography tips while traveling through Florence, Italy - continue reading. 

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Perugia Photography

Jared Lawson

One of the highlights of traveling through Tuscany is the opportunity to explore and photograph the towns along the way.  Perugia is one of the lesser visited towns in Tuscany, typically passed over by tourists and photographers.  I found my way to Perugia because I wanted the unique experience of staying in a former castle and booked two nights at Castello di Monterone.  During my stay in Perugia I made sure to intermix travel and landscape photography along the way. 

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Photography & Tuscany

Jared Lawson

Tuscany has long been viewed as one of the most popular destinations for landscape photographers.  During the late spring and early summer travel photographers flock to this area to explore the winding roads and beautiful views.  I had put off this trip for several years in lieu of other destinations including Iceland and Canada.  Finally I made my way through the region of Tuscany to fully explore the landscape photography opportunities.  My opinion is clear - Tuscany is worth it in every way.  These pictures from Tuscany are a part of my Italy Art Gallery presentation which is also viewed on my regular portfolio website.  I rank Tuscany in my Top 5 destinations for photographers, and a definitive must add to every bucket list.  This article explores some of my favorite photographs of Tuscany with tips for traveling through this region.  

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Comparing Sunflower Photography Compositions

Jared Lawson

Photographing nature and flowers can be extremely rewarding yet challenging for photographers of all levels.  The number one thing to remember with shooting all formats and styles of photography is to remember there is no wrong way to do it.  Photography is an art - within that art lies composition.  Each photographer has their own style and creative touches - but where we can go wrong is to constantly focus our photography on outside influences opposed to your own style.  Recently in Italy I explored several sunflower fields to practice my nature photography - coming away with two examples of composing sunflowers.  Both of these photographs are a part of my Italy Art Gallery presentation featured on my portfolio website.  This is not a vote to compare which photo is better, rather to explore two different styles I used to photograph these sunflowers.  

 

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Essential Questions Every Photographer Should Ask His Bride

Jared Lawson

In today’s day and age with wedding photography brides seem to want Cadillac expectations on a Ford Pinto budget.  You can’t blame the brides – but you can blame the explosion of amateur photographers who label themselves “professionals” and charge rock bottom prices for shoot/burn wedding pictures.  When brides are looking for a prospective wedding photographer an interview is standard.  She will want to see your experience, ask questions about your rates, negotiate aspects into the contract, and in the end may just be tire kicking for prices.  However, photographers must also know this is the time to be interviewing your bride as a potential client at the same time.  The first rule of wedding photography is: Do NOT take every bride as a client.  To protect yourself and your photography business, and for the wishes of the bride – you need to ask several questions to make sure yourself as the photographer and the bride (and groom) are a good match.  This article covers the essential questions every photographer should ask his bride. 

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10 Essential Questions Every Bride Should Ask Her Photographer

Jared Lawson

Choosing a wedding photographer should be treated like a job interview, not simply comparing rates.  Brides who are wedding planning should go into each interview with a potential photographer with questions that will help separate and narrow your list of photographers and help you make one of the most important and stressful decisions of planning your wedding.  While planning your wedding you want to ask questions to be prepared, but you don’t want to be a bridezilla before the wedding even begins.  Aside from the basic questions including the photographers experience and a sample of their previous work, this article covers 10 essential questions every bride should ask her photographer.   

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Iceland: Photography & Travel

Jared Lawson

Iceland is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.  Travel photography and Iceland go together hand in hand.  Photographers looking for new landscape inspiration full of waterfalls and wide open landscapes should take a long look at taking advantage of Iceland's long summer days.  The highlights of Iceland include some of the world's most beautiful waterfalls and relatively small amounts of tourists (compared to Europe).  If you want to see examples of Iceland's Waterfalls in Pictures follow the link provided.  Read on for more reasons to consider Iceland for your next photography trip.  

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Photography Tips for Sunset Pictures

Jared Lawson

Sunset photography can be tricky if you aren't prepared before heading out to your desired landscape location.  This article covers my photography tips for sunset pictures, covering what you need to including the proper equipment, camera settings and tips for behind the lens.  

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6 Examples of Winter Bison Pictures

Jared Lawson

Yellowstone in the winter is one of the most inspiring winter landscapes I have ever encountered.  Aside from Greenland, Yellowstone is my favorite location to travel for pictures if you are looking for amazing winter photos.  This compilation of winter photos highlights my winter bison pictures in Yellowstone National Park.  Capturing photos of wildlife in the park require patience, a bit of adventure and the willingness to ride snowmobiles in the cold.  All photos were taken by myself, Jared Lawson Photography.  

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Big Sur Landscape Photography: Behind the Lens

Jared Lawson

Big Sur, California is one of my favorite locations in Northern California.  It offers photographers breathtaking views along Highway 1, rocky seascapes and of course the famous McWay Falls.  One of my favorite all time photos comes from McWay Falls during the golden hour near sunset.  This article covers my work behind the lens capturing this photograph.  The three tips behind the lens on this photo cover: (1) Lighting, (2) Equipment, and (3) Camera Settings.

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5 Amazing Waterfalls from Iceland

Jared Lawson

Iceland is said to be the land of 1,000 waterfalls, and rightly so.  It has developed as one of the hottest tourist destinations for photographers and adventurers looking for something different.  I traveled to Iceland not sure what to expect - a bit of culture, a bit of unknown - and maybe a bit of adventure.  It exceeded expectations on every level.  This article highlights my Top 5 of Iceland's famous waterfalls and the epic landscape photos from them. I did take all of these photos and take 100% photo credit.  

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Starting A Photography Business: Part II

Jared Lawson

Starting a photography business is more than just filling out your local permits and creating a Facebook page, it requires a combination of photographic skill - marketing - and persistence.  This article takes off from the previous article covering how to start your business and takes you to the next step covering your initial steps towards a successful marketing campaign and driving new business.  

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Starting A Photography Business: Part I

Jared Lawson

Starting a photography business takes time, patience and planning.  This article is going to become a series of articles walking new photographers through several required steps to getting your photography business up and running.  What do you do first starting a photography business?  How much should you invest in camera equipment? What camera equipment is best to start out with?  What legal paperwork do you need for a photography business?  This article addresses these questions to help you get started today.  

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Portrait Lighting: The Only Flash You Need

Jared Lawson

Working in the portrait photography industry you need a good strobe light that gets the job done.  The Nikon SB-910 is the only flash you need to cover all of your portrait lighting situations.  The SB-910 replaces the discontinued SB-800 and packs a bigger punch than the SB-700.  Whether you are working in the field or in a studio, this is the only flash you need for portrait photography.

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Dream Destination Weddings

Jared Lawson

Wedding season is here!  Before wedding season comes wedding planning...and every bride (and groom) has their dream destination weddings they have considered.  This article covers my top 5 personal dream wedding destinations as the photographer.  

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How to Price Your Photography

Jared Lawson

Photography is a tough business.  Regardless of your chosen expertise with photography it is a difficult field to compete finding new clients with the amount of photographers developing with the emergence of higher quality point and shoot cameras.  For the emerging photographers it is difficult to calculate how to price photography when so much of it is based on your time and creativity.  How much should you charge for a standard portrait session?  What costs should go into your pricing?  These are all excellent questions I will answer from my experience pricing portrait photography.  

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Top Cameras for Under $1,000

Jared Lawson

It's time for summer and travel - which means time to upgrade your travel camera.  I review the my top rated cameras for under $1,000.  Olympus and Leica offer excellent cameras for photographers of all levels including HD video and plenty of megapixels.  

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How To: Men's Fitness Pictures

Jared Lawson

Men’s Fitness pictures are tough – you can go several different routes, spontaneous – planned poses, staged scenes – but in the end there are several principles to adhere to.  The key elements of my portraits comes back to three basic things: (1) Lighting, (2) Emotion, (3) Composition

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