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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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Photography Tips: Long Exposure and Piers

Jared Lawson

Photography tips are plentiful among the web - many photographers today are self taught through YouTube, Google and the outreach of blogs and social media.  This article aims to help photographers wondering how to effectively achieve long exposure shots with one single exposure.  The goal is to maintain one static component of your image while blurring the rest through filters, not Photoshop.  The result of filters will be a cleaner, crisper, more natural long exposure image.  This article focuses on two compositions I shot while walking around Dubrovnik, Croatia.  

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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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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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Mono Lake - Travel Photography

Jared Lawson

Mono Lake is a reminder at the diversity of California and it's photography opportunities. I took a weekend to head out through Lake Tahoe and drop down into the Mammoth area to fully explore Mono Lake and the mysterious tufas.  Read more for my 5 photography tips for better pictures at Mono Lake. 

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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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