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Solar Eclipse 2017 Graphic by Jay Goodrich

Solar Eclipse 2017 – Creating the Photograph

My obsession with the solar eclipse 2017 began about two years ago. A client randomly asked me what my plans were when the solar eclipse was supposed to be overhead in Jackson, Wyoming. At that point I knew nothing about the upcoming event. Online research proved that August 21, 2017, was the official

Leica SL - Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH - Header Logo Photo

Leica SL – Speed Test

My obsession with the Leica SL began shortly after my friend Alan Sund sent me home with his father’s 1955 Leica M3. That’s right a 62-year-old camera that was still completely operational. It didn’t take me long to realize why this was the case. The construction of this Leica M3 film camera was

photographer knowledge base photo - seattle skyline at dusk by jay goodrich

Photographer Knowledge Base

Photographers tend to bury their heads in the sand in regards to the photographer knowledge base that they don’t have. Do you know any photographers that make the, “I am an artist”, statement as justification for EVERYTHING that they don’t want to do? I know photographers who blatantly ignore the balances in their

photographic filters - escalante landscape by jay goodrich

Photographic Filters for You

I have taken you into the realm of fixing your photos that suck. Suggested you to ‘f’ the rule of thirds. Even told you that HDR is not for me. Now it is time to discuss my favorite photographic filters. We will look at what I use in the field to balance exposure in my photos. Discover how I

Low Photo Licensing Rate - Commercial Portrait Photo by Jay Goodrich

Low Photo Licensing Rate – No Thanks

A couple of weeks ago I was part of a major ad campaign licensing negotiation of my photography. I want to give you some of the background for the low photo licensing rate my agent and I received. Then discuss why I turned down the money. We will keep names and specific details

successful photographs - mtb racing by Jay Goodrich

Successful Photographs

Sometimes as photographers we forget the very basics of picture making during the excitement of actually taking the photo. This excitement has a tendency to cloud our vision. By attempting to keep sight of three basic questions, we can create more successful photographs. What are those questions? Simple. Where? What? Why? If you keep

Photograph Fireworks - Car and Fireworks by Jay Goodrich

Photograph Fireworks

Every 4th of July people ask me how-to photograph fireworks. This year I have decided to give you some tips to photograph fireworks based on my many years of trial and error. This article is a fairly quick read so you can get back to you barbecues and beer. Equipment to Photograph Fireworks

Friends and Family Photography - Family Hike by Jay Goodrich

Photograph Your Friends and Family

Have you ever considered using your friends and family to add a human touch to your photographs? Most of us go camping, hiking, or just head into nature with a group of our friends and family. I will often seize the day and use these people as my photo subjects. Adding the human

photo gear pare down - gear photo - by Jay Goodrich

Photo Gear Pare Down

There is a change on the wind my friends. While I want to say it’s a big change, it’s actually more about “shrinkage” than anything else. It’s the photo gear pare down. I want you to think about the successful photograph for a moment. In its most perfect state, that photograph contains exactly

Creative Tactics - Bighorn Sheep Silhouette - Jay Goodrich

Creative Tactics for Better Photos

As photographers, we are always on the quest for what I call “Optimal Light”. You know, that beautiful light that hangs on the margins of the day – sunrise/sunset. How would you tackle a project if that spectacular light wasn’t available on the day you were out shooting? Are there any creative tactics

Then Now Fine-Art Photography Book by Jay Goodrich

Fine-Art Photography Book – Build Your Own

Since the explosion of the digital camera, photography has become less of a tangible medium. We are now able to view more photography online and through social media than ever before. Print used to be the only medium that allowed us to own copies of spectacular photos. Holding a tangible photo in the form of print or

choosing the right photograph - yellowstone fox by Jay Goodrich

Choosing the Right Photograph

A large part of my job is editing the thousands of photos that are attached to any one project. Choosing the right photograph from a scene or a series of scenes that are all related can be the make or break to getting a photograph published or more importantly a happy client. Typical day shoots for