This is a list of photographers, workshops, books and videos which we have found useful and/or who's work we especially admire. The list is not exhaustive, but in our opinion they are all worth a look. We are sure there are many others we are not yet familiar with!
www.dpreview.com This site has a wealth of up-to-date information on all phases of photography. Keep up on new products, check out extended equipment tests, participate in forums on most anything photographic, etc. This site is rather unique in that the moderator doesn't tolerate any uncivil behavior! This is the site which we use for our home page.
www.johnbarclayphotography.com We met John Barclay and Dan Sniffin in 2007 while out shooting in the Mammoth Lakes region of California. A great friendship has resulted from this chance encounter. John has a tremendous eye and a very active technical imagination, the combination of which is just amazing. Despite the fact that he is an avid Boston Red Sox fan, he is a tremendous person! You will enjoy his work, especially his almost daily blog.
www.dansniffinphoto.com Dan is in the same category as John. He is a terrific photographer and expert in Photoshop. And as we have found out, a very sharp-eyed critic. You will also enjoy his galleries. Dan and John also combine to conduct several photo workshops each year, which are listed below. And darn if he isn't a San Francisco Giant fan. Nobody is perfect!
www.fredmiranda.com Fred Miranda has a wealth of information on his site. In addition to the information, there are many galleries of other photographers for examination.
www.dykinga.com Pulitzer Award winning photographer Jack Dykinga is another fabulous photographer and excellent teacher. We have taken three workshops from him and greatly admire his work.
www.luminous-landscape.com Michael Reichmann has put together a site with a tremendous variety of very useful information. Several very good video tutorials are for sale at his site, as well as a wealth of other very useful material.
www.mountainlight.com This is the gallery site of the late Galen and Barbara Rowell. They were both incredible photographers who left us much too soon. The Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, California is well worth a visit. What Galen did with Velvia 35mm slide film is amazing.
www.clarklittle.com We have recently become aware of his photography and am very impressed. He takes "shoreline" pictures on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. He basically stands in the surf line with his underwater camera and gets clobbered by the waves while he takes some of the most amazing images I have ever seen. Enjoy!
www.barnbaum.com Bruce Barnbaum is a photographer we have long admired. He is a master of large format black and white imaging. His book The Art of Photography is epic. He has also just released a book on color photography. Scott recently went on a llama assisted backpack with Bruce into the wilds of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Fabulous.
www.photographamerica.com Robert Hitchman has been publishing his newsletter 4 times a year for over 20 years. He is currently up to issue 120. Each gives wonderful information about a different area to photograph in the United States. Before we go anywhere to shoot we check the Photograph America library to learn about the area we are headed to. Amazingly useful, and now available in a downloadable version.
www.michaelfrye.com Michael Frye has a very interesting site, specializing primarily on Yosemite. He has a very useful app The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite. He also has an excellent eBook Exposure for Outdoor Photography as well as a book Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has a very easy to understand writing style and we recommend everything he does.
www.rmowp.org Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers conduct a yearly photo workshop in Estes Park, Colorado, which is just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. It is conducted by 3 professionals and limited to 12 participants. Great experience and very reasonably priced, we have done it twice.
www.dansniffinphoto.com or www.barclayphoto.com We mentioned these fine gentlemen above. Their workshops are friendly, very personal, and in general just a whole lot of fun. They really do take care that you learn as much or as little as you want. They are really great people, and we make it a point to go on at least one of their workshops each year. So far we have been to Zion National Park and the Page slot canyons, the southern Oregon coast, southwest Colorado for fall colors, and the quaint village of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.
www.mountainlight.com The Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop conducts a number of excellent workshops throughout the year featuring 'big name' instructors. Most are in the west, with many conducted in the magnificent Eastern Sierras. Very high quality with fabulous locations. We have taken workshops in Zion National Park and recently Scott took a 226 mile photography raft trip down the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry to Diamond Creek.
www.visionarywild.com A new company dedicated to photo travel is Visionary Wild, run by Justin Black. Scott has done a couple of trips with Justin (including the Colorado River) when he was with the Mountain Light Gallery. He is a terrific photographer and organizer, maintaining a very low key and stress-free approach on his trips. His adventures feature many other well known photographers, like Jack Dykinga, Jeff Foote, John Shaw, Carr Clifton and others. Highly recommended.
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While this list of manufactures is obviously not complete, we use products from each with complete satisfaction.