Mark has a passion for landscape and classic creative aviation photography as well as providing large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California.
He has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience.
He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images. Mark offers photographic workshops in various U.S. and International locations.
Mark is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader & award winning, visionary photographer.
He is also a photography educator with the "Manfrotto School of Excellence" online educational network.
"This is gorgeous work!", says Christopher Robinson, editor of Outdoor Photographer Magazine.
Latest posts by Mark Jansen (see all)
- Landscape photography doesn’t stop just because things get wet and the temperatures drop. Be prepared! - December 18, 2016
- Yosemite Valley and Iceland: Lands of Great Light! - November 14, 2016
- Big Sur: The Lost Modern Frontier - October 21, 2016
The next time you’re planning to go on a shooting trip or you’re heading out on a photography workshop with one great shot in mind, you might also attempt to create a visual story through a series of strong images.
Think about a themed project you would like to develop.
To accomplish this, it sometimes helps to find a strong title first. This will give you a guided vision of sorts, something to work you through to your ultimate goal. Think about what you want to say with your visual story. This could be a series of animals interacting in a unique location. It could also be a geologic natural display of rocks or plant life.
An example would be this series of horses I captured last winter during one of our Iceland workshops. I noticed them playing in an open pasture behind one of the small cottages we visited.
I found their interaction quite playful as they seemed to almost mug for my attention. I followed them closely for a time, noticing a story developing before my eyes. I’ve never been much of a equine photographer, but Iceland’s small statured horses are amazingly photogenic and fun, with their beautiful windswept bleached manes.
Your images can be accomplished in a moment like this, or over a long weekend of some special subject you know well. Perhaps you will shoot the same subject over years showing changes in a unique landscape from all 4 seasons in the same location. As long as your images have a connected theme, then you have something. Photo sessions with strong visual story are great for building strong portfolios, in addition to establishing your style as a photographer.
All the best,