What Makes a Good Photograph?
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by Joshua Cripps
2M ago
We all want to be good photographers, but have you ever asked yourself, “what makes a good photograph?” I believe that if you want to be good photographer, you should give lots of thought this question. The truth is, most of us get stuck at “pretty.” If we shoot a landscape photo that’s pretty, we’re happy to call it a day. And while “pretty” is great, by itself it’s not enough. After pondering this question for many years, I realized that for me, a GOOD photo has 4 elements: It’s Technically Sound, meaning that it’s well-exposed, has the depth of field the photographer intended, an ..read more
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How to Visit a Landscape Photography Gallery, Part I
Joshua Cripps Photography
by Joshua Cripps
1y ago
A friend recently said to me that he wasn’t sure how to visit a photography gallery. He doesn’t think of himself as an art collector or fine art connoisseur and he didn’t know if he’d be able to appreciate the work on display, or if the salespeople would be patronizing or not. I’ve seen a similar hesitancy with customers outside my own gallery. People love to look through the windows, but there appears to be some intangible barrier that prevents them from opening the door and coming inside. It made me realize that visiting a photography gallery can be intimidating. Are you supposed to dress ni ..read more
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Photographing the Deepest Valley in the US (Owens Valley Adventure, Part 1)
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by Josh Cripps
3y ago
Josh Cripps Photographing the Deepest Valley in the US (Owens Valley Adventure, Part 1) May 18, 2021 No Comments In photography. It’s easy to focus on the results and to forget about the process. It’s easy to see the pretty picture and not have any sense of what actually went into creating it. Those early wake ups, the cold, the wind, but the truth is every photograph is like an iceberg. There’s this pretty little tip sticking up out of the water. The only part that’s visible, but down below that’s where everything else lies that gives the photo substance. Good morning, everyb ..read more
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Photographing Remote Arches at Sunrise in the Alabama Hills (Owens Valley Adventure, Part 3)
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by Josh Cripps
3y ago
Josh Cripps Photographing Remote Arches at Sunrise in the Alabama Hills (Owens Valley Adventure, Part 3) May 18, 2021 No Comments Now it is one fantastic day for chasing arches. I found this clue, this tree, last time I was up here, I think I made a fatal miscalculation. And I’m pretty sure that where the arches is not here at all, but way over on the next rise. I can see that tree right there. It’s only about 300 yards away. Ah, it’s here, so let’s get down to it. So here’s the arch right here. As you can see, it’s in a really cool location, but as I’m starting to scout with ..read more
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The Most Remote Arch in the Alabama Hills (Owens Valley Adventure, Part 2)
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by Josh Cripps
3y ago
Josh Cripps The Most Remote Arch in the Alabama Hills (Owens Valley Adventure, Part 2) May 18, 2021 No Comments It’s Josh Cripps here. And I am out this morning, the Owens river here in the Owens Valley. Look at the light on those peaks. That is nice. This is not the reason that I’m actually out here this weekend. I’m headed to the Alabama Hills because there’s a specific arch that I want to go fine. Let’s back it up here and get on out. Right? Well, we’re just getting ready to go here. Find this arch, but you can’t hike on an empty stomach. You gotta bring food with you. So ..read more
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Create a Magic, Dreamy Glow (Orton Effect) in Lightroom. It’s EASY.
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by Josh Cripps
3y ago
Josh Cripps Create a Magic, Dreamy Glow (Orton Effect) in Lightroom. It’s EASY. January 26, 2021 No Comments If you’ve ever come across a photo online that has a really nice, soft, focused, soft, glowy effect to it. And you’ve wondered exactly how the photographer managed that. Well, this is incredibly easy to accomplish in light room. In fact, it only takes two sliders and I’m going to show you how to do it right now. Greetings my excellent friends. It is Josh Cripps here. What the heck do I even want to say to get this video rolling? So this soft glow soft focus type of eff ..read more
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Stop Trying To Be A “Better” Photographer
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by Josh Cripps
3y ago
Josh Cripps Stop Trying To Be A “Better” Photographer January 26, 2021 No Comments This is going to sound really weird, but one of the biggest mistakes I see with landscape photographers is that they’re constantly trying to get better, but this hand wavy a morphous pursuit of better can actually kill your progress as a photographer. And I’m going to tell you why right now. Greetings my excellent friends. It’s Josh Cripps here. Now. Obviously I’m not against people progressing and trying to become more successful photographers. My problem is with the concept of better. And the ..read more
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6 Tips For Killer Seascape Photography
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by Josh Cripps
3y ago
Josh Cripps 6 Tips For Killer Seascape Photography January 26, 2021 No Comments Greeting my excellent friends. It’s Josh Cripps here. I spent some of my most formative years as a photographer here, shooting along the coast, striving to capture it in photos and dodging many a row wave. Now, during those years, I learned many important lessons about what makes for powerful seascape photos. And in this video, I’m going to share with you six techniques that you can use to shoot killer coastal photographs. Let’s go. A good seascape, starts with some essential gear and a solid trip ..read more
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Photographing Volcanos With Landscape Pro Ian Plant
Joshua Cripps Photography
by Josh Cripps
3y ago
Josh Cripps Photographing Volcanos With Landscape Pro Ian Plant January 26, 2021 No Comments Right. You always gotta be thinking about how you can take things up to the next level. You can’t just rest on your laurels. If you want to make really compelling photographs. Greetings my excellent friends. It’s Josh Cripps here on this episode of how I got the shot. I’m very excited to welcome a special guest. One of the best landscape photographers in the world, and someone I’m proud to call a personal friend, Ian plant. I’ve been following Ian’s work since the very early days of m ..read more
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My 5 Best Photos From 2020
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by Josh Cripps
3y ago
Josh Cripps My 5 Best Photos From 2020 January 26, 2021 No Comments 2020! At times, it seemed like it would never end, but here we are, we’ve made it to the end, Holy cow. And it’s on to brighter days. God, I hope so. Anyway, like I do every year around this time, I recently took a look back at my previous 12 months of shooting to relive some fun memories and pull out a few favorite shots with travel being so restricted in 2020, I spent most of the year pretty close to home and I used the opportunity to explore a lot more cool areas near where I live. And consequently, my five ..read more
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