Remember this?

That’s right–my instructional DVD on Capturing the Complete Outdoor Image is, you guessed, still available! Who would’ve thunk it? It’s also available as a digital download. I thought I’d post this recent email I just received from a satisfied viewer. Check it out for yourself–it’s an inexpensive workshop that you can take over and over again!


This is something I don’t generally do, but I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to create the DVD workshop you did. It is very inspirational for me and I there is some much that I learn from it each time I watch it. It is taking practice but I am starting to be able to use the gradient filters from Singh-Ray with some good results. Your photography has something very unique and special. I am also learning from watching about improving my composition and layout of my photographs. It was especially helpful in the video when you showed the overall landscape where you were shooting and then what you chose to shoot in the view finder.”

From Chris A.

The Better You Know, The More You’ll Go

Sunset over Salt Lake City, UT

How well do you know your surroundings? Your local stomping grounds, so to speak. Do you know what weather is most likely to produce good atmospheric conditions for scenic photography? Do you have locations picked out for just such a morning or evening? If the answer isn’t “yes” to all of the above, consider doing a little bit of homework as you drive to/from work, when you’re out on a hike, or even just walking the dog.

Just after helping my wife put the kids to bed last night, I looked outside to see…not much. However, there was a faint atmospheric glow, and I just had that feeling that something inspiring may come to pass. I had seen it before, and most importantly, I knew there was an approaching cold front. Pre-frontal days here in Salt Lake City seem to produce impressive sunsets more often than not.

So I grabbed my Clikelite Escape (already packed mind you!) and headed to a location on the foothills that I had scouted several weeks earlier. I was wearing flip flops. Worth pointing out, as the easier it is, the more likely we are to go get after it. This location was a mere 50 yards from a certain dead end road. Drive. Park. Hike for 30 seconds. Set up tripod. Click shutter. Enjoy nature’s light show. Pack up. Head home.

Pretty cut and dry. Lesson? The better acquainted you are with both your local shooting locations and the local weather nuances, the more likely you are to make a go of capturing some memorable imagery. Keep a mental list. Even better–write stuff down. Carry a little book and keep a list of places that would be good to shoot at sunset, sunrise, in storm light, in spring, in fall, in winter, etc. You’ll not regret it!