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!

 

Photographers/Web Sites:

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.

 

Field Trips:

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.

 

Books and Videos:

  • Tim Grey (www.timgrey.com)  We have read Photo Finish (with John Canfield), Color Confidence, Photoshop CS2 Workflow, Photoshop For Nature Photographers (with Ellen Anon), and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Workflow: The Digital Photographers Guide.  All are excellent and I would recommend anything written by him.  He has a very easy to read style.  And also, he is a fabulous teacher, having previously worked at the Lepp Institute and conducting many workshops and classes on his own.  He also publishes the DDQ (Digital Darkroom Quarterly) magazine. He has recently started an excellent video tutorial series.
  • Digital Photography by Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan, and Tim Grey.  A general book on digital photography, from basic to complex.
  • Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography by Brenda Tharp (www.brendatharp.com).  Brenda is an absolutely terrific individual, trip leader, writer, and photographer.  Without resorting to technicalities, she has written perhaps the best book on photography I have had the priviledge to read.  If you read just one photo book, this should be the one.  Great photography and a very readable text.  Doesn't get any better than this!

 

Software:

  • ProShow Gold or ProShow Producer by Photodex.  If you need to make a slideshow, this program is amazing.  You can easily control all parts of the show from timing to audio tracks, then put the results on a DVD or CD for distribution, or even boring your family by showing the vacation pictures on your TV!  Can you remember the old family slide shows for friends???  This is even BETTER!
  • Adobe Photoshop  This is the classic program for image editing.  If you can't do it with Photoshop it probably doesn't need to be done!  Only problem with the program is the vertical learning curve.  But once you get it there is not much you can't do.
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  This is my favorite program for image editing.  It has a classic interface, is very highly organized and easy to use.  It was in beta for over a year, and now is in version 5.  Adobe spent the time getting input from the photographic community and made adjustments accordingly.  And the learning curve is much more gradual!
  • Nik  Viveza 2, Color EFEX Pro 4, HDR EFEX Pro, Silver EFEX Pro 2, Define 2.0, and Sharpener Pro 3.0.  These are all used for various targeted adjustments without the need to make layer masks.  These are really excellent programs and all are extremely useful.  Each has a part in my workflow, especially Viveza, Color EFEX, and HDR EFEX Pro.
  • Topaz Labs  Adjust, B&W Effects, Clarity, Clean, DeJPEG, DeNoise, Detail, InFocus, Lens Effects, ReMask, ReStyle Simplify Star Effects, and photoFXlab make up this awesome suite of plug-ins. I use many of them regularly.

 

Hardware:

          While this list of manufactures is obviously not complete, we use products from each with complete satisfaction.

  • Nikon  We use and recommend all things Nikon, cameras, lenses and accessories.  Most of our images were taken with Nikon equipment.
  • Fujifilm  We recently purchased Fujifilm X-T1 cameras and assorted lenses. Thinking mirrorless is the wave of the future, were are enjoying using these cameras very much and can see them replacing our Nikon gear. Small, light, full-featured and excellent image quality. What's not to like?
  • Really Right Stuff  They make superior tripods, ball heads, pan heads, L brackets and a variety of other support necessities.  Located in San Luis Obispo, California, everything they make is superior and completely made in the United States.  Their catalog (available free on line) is a work of art.
  • Think Tank  If you need any kind of camera bag, whether it be backpack, roller, or a bunch of other stuff, you can't do better than Think Tank products.
  • Singh-Ray Filters  They make a wide variety of top quality filters.  Whatever you need will be found here.