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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. 

Top Cameras for Under $1,000

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. 

Top Cameras for Under $1,000

Jared Lawson

Olympus OM-D E-M5 one of the most expensive of the group but worth the investment

Olympus OM-D E-M5 one of the most expensive of the group but worth the investment

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a beautiful camera, it will push the budget but with this Micro Four Thirds camera your photos will excel with perfection. The new digital camera upgrades the sensor to 16 megapixels and includes a built-in electronic viewfinder, both firsts for an Olympus-badged MFT camera. In the end I would say this is the TOP MFT (Micro Four Thirds) camera on the market today. 

The Good: This is a well built camera with plenty of megapixels and provides even more power than any of the point/shoot cameras out there. Most camera enthusiasts and travelers will find this camera offers plenty of quality for their needs and is built like a tank. 

The Bad: This camera doesn't give the ability to match the quality of Nikon's D800 but this is only for those looking to print extremely large images.  

Leica DLUX 6 10-megapixel Digital Camera

Leica D-LUX6 packs a great punch in the fight for the top camera under $1,000

The Leica D-LUX6 brings the classic design of Leica with new age digital quality. I will say I absolutely love this camera and it is my top pick of the group.  It carries less megapixels, at 10.1 it may seem low for some photographers - but don't underestimate the quality you are getting with this camera.  Also don't forget it's 1080 HD video capabilities.

The Good: As always Leica's sensors and lenses are top notch. The ISO range is extraordinary for a camera in this price range, allowing users to shoot effective in low light with excellent quality.  An excellent lightweight option for a point/shoot camera. 

The Bad: The cost is a bit tough to handle with a lower MP compared to others in the field.  Overall, this wouldn't be your only camera in your bag but as a lightweight carry it fits well. 

Olympus E PL-5

Olympus PL-5 one of the top rated digital cameras on the market today

Olympus PL-5 one of the top rated digital cameras on the market today

The Olympus E-PL5 provides a little bit of everything you need in a digital camera. Featuring the megapixels and the same sensor as the aforementioned OM-D E-M5 - the PL5 is an excellent camera offering 1080 HD video and one of the fastest autofocus systems out of the bunch.  

The Good: The same sensor and megapixels as the OM-D, this camera gives everything you need from a small package.  The interchangeable lenses makes this a viable camera to grow with your photography needs. The impressive video capabilities will satisfy most all photographers. 

The Bad: The menu system is confusing to grasp and will leave users wanting more. The build may not be for everyone, but at a lower price than the OM-D this is not a deal-breaker.