Holly Jansen

Holly Jansen

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Photo workshop leader, guide and instructor at www.JansenPhotoExpeditions.com Holly Higbee-Jansen excels in photography as an art and business with an emphasis on landscape photography. She has a life long passion for photography and loves to share her art and knowledge. Holly honed her photographic skills through years of traveling the world and photographing natural landscapes. Holly teaches DSLR photographic workshops, iPhone Workshops and online classes in photography, Lightroom and Photoshop with Jansen Photo Expeditions (www.jansenphotoexpeditions.com).

Clouds are the Glue in Landscape Photography

Published August 14th, 2013

Clouds are the glue in Landscape photography

When you love landscape photography, you get excited about days where there are beautiful puffy clouds or dark menacing thunderheads or even ribbons of clouds across the sunset. We just love clouds. Why is that?

Imagine this picture with just a blue sky and no clouds. It would lose all if its drama and its depth. When you take pictures with the elements in mind you can determine with some accuracy what time of day it was taken and what time of year. The clouds tell the story if you are familiar enough with an area.

We frequent the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains to hold our photography workshops. It tends to be quite clear and blue in the winter (if there's not a snowstorm). In the summer, there are monsoons and frequent thunder storms which give it this drama and interest. If you are patient, you will be rewarded. We have sat in places for hours waiting for the light and clouds to be in the right place. Basically what I'm saying is, if yo ...

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How to Shoot Night photography Like a Pro

Published August 14th, 2013

With the Perseid meteor shower occurring this week, I felt like it was time to do some experimentation with night photography. I wasn't able to capture any of the meteors, but it sure was a lot of fun. We were staying in a remote ranch in the California dessert, so we had lots of dark skies and the time to experiment with the stars and the light. My Olympus OMD EM5 has a feature on the BULB setting where you can actually watch the picture “develop” on the live view screen! How fun is that?

So basically I set up the shot (a bit difficult in the pitch dark) and then set the bulb setting with an ISO of 600 and an f-stop of 5.6. This allowed me to capture this shot. The light on the cabin was actually “painted” on by using a flashlight to light up the area for a short time. The length of the exposure was about 2 minutes, so I was able to try it multiple times in order to get this shot.

We have had some experience with “light painting” in the past. On one of our photography workshops in t ...

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