Jansen Photo Expeditions Blog
The Process and the fundamentals of Landscape Photography
Photography has been going through a rapid transformation. With the internet, it’s no longer resigned to the skilled professional. Democracy rules this craft more than ever. This statement has been bounced around for years. While true in some respects, in regards to post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, it leaves unfilled potholes for many. These […]Read More
Why is Photo Editing Essential?
Are you spending a lot of time learning how to use your digital camera and getting the results you hoped for? Learning effective photo editing is easily the other half of creating amazing images with your digital camera. I have been using Adobe Photoshop for many years, but have recently converted to doing the bulk of […]Read More
Landscape Photography (Learning The Basics and More )
I’ve been in the business of teaching landscape and street photography for the last 15 years. In the early days, the lion’s share of our business was fine art and commercial photography. But after countless requests, I’ve created a foolproof and simple to understand the curriculum. I started offering one on one mentoring to quite a […]Read More
What to Expect from a Private Photography Workshop
Have you considered taking a private photography workshop? Have you ever been in a photography workshop where you are 1 in 30 people? Were you able to get near the pro running the workshop? Were you able to ask questions and get the information you were hoping you would get out of the workshop? If […]Read More
Iceland Creative Photography workshop – Opening your Eyes to Adventure
As we were standing on Diamond Beach in South Coast Iceland, we were surrounded by surreal looking blocks of ice the size of small cars that had calved off the nearby glacier. Our Iceland photography workshop group was giddy with the experience of the wind, the waves and the ice crashing up on the beach. The looks on their […]Read More
Wildflower Photography in Big Sur
After arriving in Big Sur at 10 pm, it was a bit of a challenge getting a place to park our camper for four days. You see most of Big Sur is only available to campers and is very popular especially in the early spring. We decided to just take our chances and arrive without […]Read More
Landscape photography doesn’t stop just because things get wet and the temperatures drop. Be prepared!
I’ve been gearing up and preparing for our upcoming Big Sur and Iceland winter landscape expeditions. The following tips will help you avoid some unpleasant surprises next time you venture into the cold and wet. If you’d like to learn more about preparing for our Iceland workshop, check out this blog. Camera Body: It’s always good to pack […]Read More
The Key to Successful Winter Photography in Iceland
There are so many reasons to photograph Iceland in Winter. The stark contrast between the volcanic black sand and the snow, the ice caves, the glaciers, and the aurora borealis to name just a few. You can only see these scenes in Iceland in winter. But the key to successful winter photography in Iceland starts […]Read More
Big Sur: The Lost Modern Frontier
This amazing stretch of land along California’s central coast has been strangely hidden from view from so many driving up and down it for years. Except for of its widely published Bixby bridge and a few known public beaches, the real Big Sur is largely hidden from view. Big Sur and California’s Highway 1 have been a […]Read More
Big Sur Hippies and Hipsters, Cali’s Chill’n Coast!
. If you’re a native Californian, it’s rare that this fabled coastline has never crossed your mind at one time or another. As a young kid, born in Southern California, I always dreaded car sickness each time we traveled Highway 1, heading North to Big Sur on family vacations. We were always bouncing around while looking out […]Read More
Iceland Elves and Fairies, Really?
Frankly, when I first became aware of Iceland’s startling imagery back in 2005, I said to myself, this will be one of those places that would eventually find itself as one of our top expedition locations with Jansen Photo Expeditions. Hopefully our clients would see this as well and we would return each season and […]Read More
300 California Landscape Photographs Installed!
This is a story of the photographic arts and where it could lead to anyone who follows their bliss as a landscape photographer. I used to say, all the photographs I would ever take are already created in me, they are just waiting to be expressed. Each image has a clear purpose, as yet to […]Read More
The Personal Photography Project
I’m sure many people have heard this phrase before, especially when it comes to photography: “The Personal Photography Project”. When you’ve been in the photographic field for a number of years, you sometimes find yourself repeating similar creative patterns with success. While this is good, it sometimes walls you in. You can become complacent and cease […]Read More
The Sweet Light Of Yosemite Valley
Light in the late afternoon and morning often provides the sweetest glow in Yosemite, as it bounces off the towering granite spires at every turn. My wife and I have been traveling to Yosemite all of our lives from Southern California. It has become an essential pilgrimage for us, but only going during the “off” […]Read More
Is Your Photography Any Good?
How do you know if you’re making good photographs? How is it possible to gauge your progress as a photographer without unbiased criticism from family and friends? I’m sure everyone’s heard: ” I love your pictures, you’re such a good photographer.” Additionally, social networks don’t go much further than giving a thumbs up. Honestly, when […]Read More
How to Photograph Iceland’s Diamond Beach
Iceland is an amazing photographic country. Every time I return to teach a workshop there, I’m always astounded by the changes I see. I’ve been fortunate to photograph many of its larger than life waterfalls, Aurora Borealis and inland glaciers. It’s truly a dynamic and changing location to photograph.Read More
What is the Intention for this Photograph?
We arrived at our morning shooting location in Big Sur just as the first color of the morning light was disappearing. As the red light began to fade, the clouds in the distance started to have more definition and the contrast of the sun began to highlight the rock that the lighthouse was perched on. […]Read More
Help Finding your Photographic Vision
Finding your photographic vision is a great challenge for many photographers. Many people spend years honing their craft to understand the mechanics of aperture, exposure, and ISO, in addition to understanding their chosen camera’s form and function before heading out on a photo expedition. But many find difficulty constructing solid, engaging imagery once they arrive at […]Read More
Photo Editing – Why You Need to Learn It to Produce Compelling Images
Why is it Necessary to Learn Photo Editing? Are you spending a lot of time learning your camera and getting up early to shoot at just the right location, in just the right light? Are you getting the results you hoped you would? ___________Read More
Photography Workshops – What to Expect When Booking
Are you looking to book a photography workshop or photography expedition? You love to travel and you’re excited about your new camera and you want to learn to create some amazing landscape images. What a perfect opportunity to try out a photography workshop! I teach photo workshops with www.JansenPhotoExpeditions.com, and in this article, I […]Read More
Mark’s Quick Tips: Find Meaning in Photography
When I approach an iconic landscape photographic location on our photography expeditions these days, I often see other photographers jockeying for position. Some have traveled great distances and most certainly planned for a particular composition. They might have seen it published, and have hopes of repeating it and putting their own twist on it but it […]Read More