Mark’s Quick Tips: Mastering the Basics of Photography

Landscape Photography Workshops Ventura

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 time, but once mastered will provide the photographer with an unending pallet of creativity and control.

Many newcomers fall into the trap relying on program green settings. The camera companies have done an amazing job of selling cameras by providing them. These push and play buttons attempt to spare the general public from the fear of failure but also a true understanding of photography by producing pretty pictures with good exposures right out of the box.

People come to us with a desire to confront this fear and have a better understanding of photography by stepping into the adjustable buttons such as Aperture and Shutter priority and Manual. Whether you want to become a more professional photographer or just wants more creative enjoyment of this new found hobby that you perhaps flirted with in the past… Taking the time to understand the basics of the photographic process will pay dividends in the long term providing you with an infinite world of options, not dictated by the camera companies and their green program buttons!

Join us on one of our photography workshops and learn the skills you need to come away with professional looking images.  You won’t be disappointed!

All the best,

Mark Jansen

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Mark’s interest in photography and love for landscape photography draws him into some amazing places and he freely shares this knowledge on his photography workshops. He researches his subjects extensively, 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 and teach workshops.

Mark offers photographic workshops in numerous U.S. and International locations with his business, Jansen Photo Expeditions. He is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader and award winning, visionary photographer. 

Mark has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience. He has a passion for landscape and classic aviation photography and provides large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California. He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images.


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