Garden photography workshops are a great excuse to get serious about your photography and hang out with a pro. You are in a beautiful setting. You have permission slow down and study nature. And most likely the pro will be having as...
On March 15, 1774 and December 24, 1775 Juan Bautista de Anza, leading expeditions from Mexico into Alta California, camped in Coyote Canyon in Anza-Borrego State Park - where I too camped my last night of documenting the 2017...

Dawn in the Desert

The best way to get great photos is simply to go get them.  Put yourself in the right place at the right time. Clambering up a ridge to get a distinct vantage point pays off here in the Creosote Bush...
Poppies

Poppy Perspective

I am delighted to have another Better Photos with Any Camera workshop at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a wonderland dedicated to California native plants. To take better photos, understand what you are seeing and let the camera tell that story.  There...
The Anza-Borrego desert in California is in the midst of a superbloom wildflower display. Just what sort of special gear does a photographer pack for a once in a lifetime trip ?  Well for sure, I pack extra batteries since...

A Brighter Sky

Whenever there is sky in the frame it is so easy to let the camera meter fool the photographer. The camera meter reads the entire scene and comes up with an average exposure.  But when there is bright sky (or...

Magnolia, Pruned

Every winter, I seem to wait on pruning my trees until winter is almost over. And now the Magnolia has started to bloom. I really do enjoy pruning, and every tree is a different piece of sculpture that changes with...

Seeing Shapes in Succulents

Succulents are one of the most photogenic of plants groups. The leaves are bold and graphic, arranged in geometric patterns, creating strong shapes. Gardens with mature succulents can be a candy store for a photographer.  One of the very best...

How to Photograph Roses

The PhotoBotanic Guide to Photographing Roses is finally published ! Coming from thirty years of garden photography and eight rose books, distilled here in 92 pages of tips and techniques, the ebook is available for the bargain price of $14.95. Discount...
Winter in California's summer-dry climate is very different from the rest of the country. It is a robust time in gardens as winter rains kick plants into their growing season. It is a great time to visit San Francisco Botanical...