Using the tools you have handy…


Using the tools you have handy

Answer: A Smart Phone or Tablet !

The “before image”

PT Reyes Wreck_bow

Not long ago I was with a client on a workshop out at one of my favorite locations, Point Reyes National Seashore. One of the first places I take folks is to this old boat, aptly named the “Point Reyes”.

I have been photographing this old boat for almost 20 years now and in the last year it has been disintegrating rapidly. I fear it won’t be long before it is no longer photogenic nor a good teaching tool. I will sincerely miss this “The Old Girl” when the time comes.

The reason I take folks to this location is to discuss various techniques such as composition and looking for textures, shapes, and tonalities. All integral parts of making an image.

As I was talking about this my client was having a somewhat difficult time “seeing” what I was talking about. Which is to say exactly why we were here!

Recently I discovered the usefulness of my iPhone as a learning tool in the field. In fact now I WIFI my client’s images to either my phone of iPad to instantly critique images in the field real time….

In an attempt to “show” what I was talking about, I made an image using my iPhone 6. I did a quick edit in the phones app and showed it to him and “Boom!” he saw what I was talking about. Literally within seconds the concept was delivered.

The rest of the day was fantastic! I watched him make incredible images and gained a faithful client whom I happily consider more a “Friend”

You can use your Smartphone or Tablet as a great in the field tool to not only help you envision a scene but capture a damn fine image too!

Here’s what he was shown…. Note all the objects of the lesson: Shapes, textures and tonality…

PT Reyes Wreck_bowBW








New Photography Workshop – Oregon Coast in Winter – February 2016

Oregon Coast Winter Workshop

February 15th thru 18th*  2016

Oregon Coast-1

This workshop will take us along the entire Oregon coast. From Northern Oregon near Astoria all the way to the California border.

We will explore numerous locations known for their stunning beauty. From Lighthouses to Sea caves and many scenic places in between.

Winter can be one of the most stunningly beautiful times to visit these areas. Winter storms bring fantastic skies adding drama to your images.

Who wants a plain blue sky anyway?

We’ll seek breaking storms where light will be the magic we chase. Obviously a very fluid schedule will be the norm so be prepared!

Downtime will be spent reviewing images, critique and suggestions for editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

But make no mistake, we’ll be in the field most of the time and utilize every possible hour we can.

For more info…  here