Appleton Farms

Autumn evening at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Although I often use my exposure blending method to recover lost detail, there’s an ethereal quality to purposeful overexposure which I find to be quite beautiful. The direct sunlight was powerful at this angle, being just a few hours before the official sunset time. When presented with this environment, I typically look to bracket my… 

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Tips for Creative Autumn Photography

An autumn vista at Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park.

Autumn is my favorite season to photograph. The first piece of foliage signals the beginning of an ethereal journey through nature as I watch it transform into vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold. Scenes that I have become familiar with morph into a mosaic of colors and tones, and the cooler air and unsettled weather… 

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How to Create Crisp Sunstars

Crisp sunstars can be created by choosing a small aperture.

When shooting into the sun or other light sources, you may notice that some of your images have a “sunstar” effect where visible rays of light stretch across your frame. This creates a very strong focal point and adds an entirely new dimension of interest to your image. For landscape photographers, a sunstar can add… 

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The Photographer’s Ephemeris is Changing

The new Photographer's Ephemeris web-based app.

I know many of you who read my eBooks and articles like to photograph the golden hours, which means that you probably use The Photographer’s Ephemeris: an invaluable program that shows you where and when the sun (and moon) will appear along the horizon line. Google has decided to discontinue Google Maps for Flash API, which… 

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Sky Replacement in Photoshop


I’d like to use my most recent photo of Good Harbor as an opportunity to discuss sky replacement in Adobe® Photoshop, which has become increasingly popular for landscape photographers. When I came across this scene, I instantly felt a connection and knew this was going to be my photograph for the evening. However, the sky… 

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Good Harbor Beach


When I arrived to Good Harbor Beach, it was only a matter of moments before I found the composition I wanted. This house sits prominently on the ledge, and the setting sun provided some fantastic golden hues along the coastline. Layers of vibrant grass and textured rocks easily became my foreground as I raced the… 

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