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Photo Tip: Providing a Sense of Scale

In Landscape, Photo Tip by Brian Matiash0 Comments

Appreciating the importance of including a sense of scale in my photos is one of the great ironies of my photography career. Too often, when I photograph a waterfall or some landscape scene, the objective of conveying its enormity or vastness falls flat because the viewer has nothing else of familiar size to compare it to. And this is where …

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I Am Thankful

In Landscape by Brian Matiash3 Comments

I know, I know. Thanksgiving Day was last week but that doesn’t diminish the importance of wanting to be more mindful of being thankful, right? It’s certainly easy to write about how thankful I am for having cameras, lenses, and computers to work on my photography. I guess that would be a given. I am very thankful for all of that …

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Manarola: By Day and By Night

In Landscape, Travel, Urban by Brian Matiash5 Comments

One advantage to scouting a location early is that you can usually secure the best spot to get a great composition of an iconic place such as Manarola, Italy. I remember visiting Cambodia several years back and was intent on capturing the sunrise over Angkor Wat. I remember hearing the 2:30AM alarm and immediately cursed myself. I’d never get my …

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Glory in Infrared

In Infrared, Landscape by Brian Matiash2 Comments

When you find yourself in Oregon in late October and the weather forecast calls for temps in the mid-50s with party cloudy skies, you don’t waste time sitting at home. A plan to visit Silver Falls State Park took form quickly and with Saturday morning kicking off, Nicole, Jess, and I beelined it to there. I packed my Sony a7R II …

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Photo Tip: Simple Is Beautiful

In Landscape, Photo Tip by Brian Matiash48 Comments

I’ll be the first to admit that I fall into the common trap of overcomplicating my composition when a simple one would be just as effective, if not more so. It’s an easy thing to do and you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it. We’re so driven to create unique compositions that it can cloud the intent of conveying the …

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Photo Tip: The Benefits of Compression

In Landscape, Photo Tip by Brian Matiash3 Comments

The first few times that I photographed this footbridge at Gorton Creek, I used an ultra wide angle lens and was very close to it. While doing it that was let me fill the frame with the bridge, it also added a bunch of distortion. By using a longer focal length (in this case, I used my Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 telephoto …