Give that old camera some new glasses!

Mark Jansen

Mark Jansen

Owner / Operator at Jansen Photo Expeditions
Mark’s interest in photography and love for landscapes constantly draws him into some amazing places. He researches his subjects extensively, sometimes making many trips to selected areas waiting for the perfect light, an interesting approach to the subject, and just the right moment.His goal of "freezing time for others to enjoy" is what drives him to create his visions.

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.
Mark Jansen

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We encounter many photographers new to the craft on our workshops. Many of these new clients that are caught up in the technology. With so many options to capture a picture these days, it’s a wonder anyone can choose the road that’s good for them. It’s so important for newcomers to focus on their photography, and not the brand of camera they’re using.

Yosemite Valley Spring Photography WorkshopI often mention when I’m instructing that digital cameras have reached a point that most all moderately priced cameras have the capability to capture clean sharp images. The playing field has been leveled for all to enjoy.

I’ve been in this business before digital photography slowly came to life in the 1990s. I’ve tested many 5 megapixel early models in the backcountry (photo below) and have seen improvements in equipment first hand. Now, I’ve come to the conclusion that almost all digital cameras within the last 10 years are all capable of resolving great images.

Private landscape photography workshops tailored to your needs in many locations.

Captured with a 5 Megapixel Camera deep in the Canadian Rockies

I’m referring to equipment beyond kit lens units that many get started with and eventually graduate to more purposeful camera bodies and lenses.

With all this fine, lightly used and refurbished gear floating around online, this leads me to believe much of what people seem to be wrapped up in is the next new camera body in order to guarantee that epic photograph. When in reality what they perhaps should be looking at is hanging on to that camera body a few more years and upgrading a lens.

Many newcomers without a planned budget tend to hold back once they make that big camera purchase when it comes to lenses. Many opt for a more expensive camera body and pair it with a less costly brand lens thinking it’s all about the camera alone, holding back on a better lens purchase for some future date. In many cases, these lenses won’t provide them the full resolving power that their new camera is capable of providing them.

Quite a few digital cameras over the last few years have long surpassed the dynamic range of film. When you come to that point when your ready to step up into the big leagues, I suggest doing your homework. A quality, fast aperture lens will last you a lifetime. Most of all, if you’re new to photography, prepare yourself for the sticker shock. We all experience this as photographers when it comes to quality professional grade lenses. Always budget for the best and be assured, you’ll more than likely own this lens for a lifetime (unless you switch brands) and enjoy it to its full capability.

If you’d like to learn more about that new camera and lens, join us for an upcoming workshop to Yosemite, Big Sur, Iceland and Beyond!

All the best,

Mark Jansen