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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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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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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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Photography Behind the Lens: Switzerland

Jared Lawson

This blog's purpose is to help provide tips, tutorials and often a look behind the lens at different photos from my travels to help you improve your travel and landscape photography.  This article focuses on a classic Switzerland scene - going from my planning for this picture to the final result shown below.  This article is a part of my "Behind the Lens" series helping you understand camera details and equipment used behind these pictures.  

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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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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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Travel Photography: Aspen, Colorado

Jared Lawson

Looking for fall foliage pictures – head to Aspen, Colorado.  Aspen is home to landscape photographer’s dream scene with Maroon Bells during the fall colors.  This travel tips article will help you plan your next fall trip, including lodging options and eating options for Aspen, Colorado.

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Yellowstone Winter Travel for Photographers

Jared Lawson

I have fully embraced Google + this month, looking for the best way to interact with photographers of all levels.  Fed up with the limitations of Twitter, Flickr and Instagram – I have turned to give Google + a good run.  As a photographer I like to share my successful photography trips for others – and if you are looking for winter photography it’s time you plan for Yellowstone National Park.  Here are my pieces to a successful winter Yellowstone Trip.

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