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Is there a perfect aperture for landscape photography?

By Don Smith The sun sets into Pacific Ocean fog as seen from Fremont Peak State Park, elevation 3,169 feet, Gabilan Mountain Range, California. Sony a7RII, Canon 11-24mm, f/16, 1/4th, 100 ISO.   How often do you think about your

Posted in 2016, Blog, Don Smith

Tips For Better Wildflower Images – Part 2

By Don Smith Lupine and Balsamroot against setting sun, Columbia State Park, Dalles Mountain Ranch, Washington. Sony a7R, Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm, f/22, 1/8th, Auto ISO @ 640.Tip #6 – Auto ISOMost new digital cameras are now offering Auto ISO. I find,

Posted in 2016, Blog, Don Smith

Tips For Better Wildflower Images – Part 1

By Don SmithEditor’s note: It’s flower time in many parts of the world now, so we thought these tips from Don Smith might be helpful – here is part one. Don’s essential tools for shooting wildflowers include his Singh-Ray warming

Posted in 2016, Blog, Don Smith

For stronger foregrounds, try taking a bug’s eye view!

By Don SmithEditor’s note: Don’s technique for capturing and processing this image is also a great way to solve the challenge of combining a very long exposure for one element of a scene with the need for a faster exposure

Posted in 2016, Blog, Don Smith

5 reasons why you should be using a circular polarizing filter

By Don Smith   The sun sets through fog as seen from Fremont Peak State Park, San Benito County, California (Sony a7R II, Sony/Zeiss 24-70mm, f/22, 1/10th, ISO 100, Singh-Ray Neutral Polarizer)   If you are serious about your landscape

Posted in 2015, Blog, Don Smith

What grabs your attention?
That’s what your picture should be.

By Don Smith   “When Forces Collide,” Big Sur Coast, California, Sony a6000, Tamron SP 150-600mm @900mm, Sony LA-EA4 adapter, f/11, 1/1000th sec., 800 ISO   I work with a lot of amateur photographers. There are times we are on

Posted in 2015, Blog, Don Smith

Working Through Visual Puzzles

By Don Smith   Maple Leaves on Fallen Redwood, Nisene Marks State Park, California Sony a7R, Sony 70-200mm @ 200mm, f/20, 4 seconds, 100 ISO, Singh-Ray Neutral Polarizer   It has been my observation in teaching workshops for the past

Posted in 2014, Blog, Don Smith

10 Myths People Have About Professional Photographers

by Don Smith (Don’s website; his gallery on this site)   I have had the good fortune to make a living with my camera for the past 40 years. I picked up my first camera at age 13 and have

Posted in 2014, Blog, Don Smith

Don Smith takes a look back at a great year with his Singh-Ray filters

Dawn at Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii Canon 5DMKIII, 24mm, 6 minutes, f/16, ISO 100, Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo   Followers of this blog will recognize the name Don Smith and his remarkable style of landscape photography from his frequent stories this past

Posted in 2014, Blog, Don Smith

Don Smith strives to make fine art landscapes that are a lot more than realistic

When Don Smith switched from a 20-year career as sports photographer to dedicate himself to landscape photography, he adopted the philosophy that fine art images should do more than simply recreate reality. “The major theme in my workshops is the

Posted in 2013, Blog, Don Smith