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Black and White Film in Yosemite Valley

My Revisit to Film SLR Cameras and Black and White Photography In Yosemite Valley

By Mark Jansen | June 30, 2016 | 0
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The early dawn of digital photography promised endless quantities of free high resolution, simple to create images. That high tide has certainly been achieved, with the world’s photographic beaches now covered with unimaginable amounts of digitally created images. From iPhone, DSLR and high-end medium format, digital satisfaction is at an all-time high. People seldom mention film […]

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Photo Editing with Lightroom

Why is Photo Editing Essential in Digital Photography?

By Holly Higbee-Jansen | June 17, 2016 | 0
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Why is Photo Editing essential? 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? Are you effectively learning photo editing to get the best out of your images?

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iPhone Photography workshops

Endless Possibilities with iPhone Photography!

By Holly Higbee-Jansen | May 27, 2016 | 0
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Do you want to learn to shoot great pictures with your iPhone camera? Do you want to learn to create spectacular images quickly and easily? With some basic photography skills and the help of some really fun apps, I’m here to tell you that the iPhone photography is here to stay!  I’m a professional photographer, […]

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Building a Composition in Landscape photography

Creating Depth in Landscape Photography

By Holly Higbee-Jansen | May 21, 2016 | 0
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Do you know what it means to create depth in your landscape photography? Do your images carry the viewer into the scene and move you from one corner of the image to the other? Are there compelling foregrounds to activate interest?  What about the midpoints and distant views of your scene?  How do the light and shadows […]

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Milky Way photography. Keep it simple

Astrophotography: It’s More Than the Milky Way!

By Mark Jansen | May 19, 2016 | 0
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https://jansenphotoexpeditions.com/wp-content/uploads/MJJ_5383masBWEBBlgPho-800×600.jpg Astrophotography is emerging as a new experience for many photographers. The Milky Way is now open territory for all. Imagery with good stories is now being produced using it, pushing night photography to new heights! Camera sensors have become so sensitive to light, and there are great strides in noise reduction software that help create interesting and […]

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Separation and Gesture

Separation and Gesture

By Mark Jansen | May 9, 2016 | 0
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Culling through an amazing amount of imagery after a long day of shooting can be a daunting task. Whether on a long weekend or on an extended trip, we all go through this in one form or another. You may have one image that you remember on a shoot, that was particularly eventful that sticks […]

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Pre-visualize Your Image

Iceland’s Warming Visual Ecstasy Will End Someday.

By Mark Jansen | May 5, 2016 | 0
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For the last 20 years, our planet’s environment has been going through some amazing and highly noticeable changes. Some will argue about the semantics of global warming. But inserting one’s self into the midst of it will truly make you reflect. What does this mean? After a few trips to Iceland in the last couple years as […]

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Mommy

The Human Flow of Life and Street Photography

By Mark Jansen | April 24, 2016 | 0
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When using a DSLR on the streets and your subjects are human (not architecture), leave those multi-focus long telephoto lenses at home. Prime, single focus lenses 35 to 50 mm, 1.2, 1.4 or 1.8’s rule on the streets! They’re small and unobtrusive and focus fast when you don’t want to make a fuss in some tight urban situations. Remember, fast aperture […]

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Iceland land of contrasts to Photograph

Iceland: Land of Contrasts for the Landscape Photographer

By Holly Higbee-Jansen | April 22, 2016 | 0
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Every time we go to Iceland it’s different. The weather is very changeable in the late winter, and you can experience the whole range of the Icelandic climate. That’s what makes our travel and photography workshops interesting and unique. One of my favorite places on our Iceland workshop is the area outside of Vik where […]

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Landscape Photo Quick Tips

Mark’s Photography Quick Tips: Landscapes

By Mark Jansen | April 13, 2016 | 0
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Great landscape photos are captured when the light is optimum. This could be early morning or just as the sun sets and a bit after. Captures are also great on the edge of storms or immersed in them. Dramatic skies rule and will provide great outcomes for the most part. Don’t fear stormy condition. Venture […]

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Pre-visualize Your Image

Mark’s Photography Quick Tips: Pre-visualize Your Image

By Mark Jansen | April 5, 2016 | 0
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Pre-Visualize your photo. Build an image in your mind, much like a fine art painter would do before putting paint on canvas. Then, think about the time of day, light, and composition for your image. Attempt to match it as closely as possible to what you see in your mind’s eye before your photograph. Work […]

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Amazing Iceland Vistas

Beyond the Golden Circle…an Iceland Photo Expedition

By Mark Jansen | March 11, 2016 | 1
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Iceland is an impressive and beyond beautiful country. It’s nestled far out in the North Atlantic, 700 miles east of Greenland. It’s located directly where the North American and European tectonic plates collide, boasting one of the most active volcanic regions anywhere. Paired with the nutrient-rich Gulf Stream, as it skirts its dramatic shorelines. This […]

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Barber Shop in Chinatown

Street Photography in Chinatown: My thoughts and what to expect!

By Mark Jansen | January 22, 2016 | 0
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San Francisco’s Chinatown is an amazing place to explore and photograph. Chinatown is nestled on Grant Street and Stockton Street in San Francisco. As as you explore the streets of San Francisco and approach this area, you’re instantly transported into another time and space. Chinatown is just another reason I enjoy walking through and photographing San Francisco. […]

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Mark’s Quick Tip: Anxiety of Photographing People on the Streets.

By Mark Jansen | October 13, 2015 | 0
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When hitting the city streets for the first time, many newcomers to street photography feel a certain anxiety about photographing people on the streets.  There’s something they should know up front, that might help a bit. Anyone visible in a public space in the United States can be photographed with no consequence to the photographer.

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Icelandic horse story

Visual Story Telling, It Takes More Than Just One Shot!

By Mark Jansen | October 6, 2015 | 0
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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.

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Sunset on the beach in Vik Iceland

Iceland Photography Tour: It’s more than the Golden Circle and Elves…

By Mark Jansen | September 29, 2015 | 0
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Contrary to popular belief, Iceland is a very developed country at its core. Small and compact, with only 300,000 people. 200,000 of them living in the main capital of Reykjavik. This leaves the remaining population, 100,000 spread throughout it’s remote and sparsely populated countryside. When planning an Iceland Photography Tour, many photographers, have a chance […]

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Ventura Pier Sunset

Mark’s Quick Tips: Pictures with Purpose

By Mark Jansen | September 29, 2015 | 0
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With so many images being produced these days, it becomes more important than ever to lock in an eye-catching story. Storytelling and purpose is the cornerstone of photography once you’ve mastered the fundamentals. Telling a good story is a task that many fall short on in photography. Some have an innate natural ability to do […]

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Lucky snow on the Big Sur Coast

Mark’s Quick Tips: Luck favors the prepared Landscape Photographer

By Mark Jansen | September 16, 2015 | 0
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Do you ever wonder how those amazing landscape shots are pulled off? Most likely, they’re not created by the lucky opportunist, pulling off the highway during a mid-day road trip. They come about by someone who does careful research and planning. Conversely, if it’s a quickly developing opportunity, they know what to do right away with […]

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Mark Jansen with a private landscape photography client

Mark’s Quick Tips: Mirrorless Versus DSLR Cameras

By Mark Jansen | September 13, 2015 | 0
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Mirrorless Versus DSLR Cameras? This is a heated subject for many beginners just getting into photography. With so many options flooding the market these days, it’s a wonder anyone can make a choice. I myself see advantages to both types, and for the most part stay with what I’m most comfortable using. I’ve done some research […]

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Ventura Pier By Mark Jansen

Mark’s Quick Tips: Mastering the Basics of Photography

By Mark Jansen | September 7, 2015 | 0
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Whether you’re shooting a DSLR, mirrorless, or even film, all cameras do the same thing once you dig through the array of options packed within. They capture light onto a light-sensitive emulsion or sensor. Each camera comes with a complete array of adjustments to sculpture light as it passes through the lens. Understanding these basic adjustments takes some […]

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Photoshop on Desktop

Mark’s Quick Tips: The Woes of the Beginner Photographer and Editing Images

By Mark Jansen | August 27, 2015 | 0
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We live in a world of amazing technology, everything is at your fingertips. iPhones are so simple to use and take great shots right of the box. Many are seduced by the quality of smartphone images, and capturing interesting images with them in classic photographic destinations. They are encouraged by family members that they have […]

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