December 9, 2016

Visual Storytelling

In the latest e-newsletter from Craft & Vision is an article on "Visual Storytelling" by Andy Biggs. His seven tips enumerate the types of shots you want to include in your slideshow or other presentation to tell the story of your adventure.
  1. Opening shot
  2. Wide-angle shot
  3. Zoom (telephoto) shot
  4. Macro/detail shot
  5. Portrait
  6. Special moment
  7. Closing shot
Here is a story from a visit to a working Montana cattle ranch.




Macro / detail

Special Moment



These ideas are very similar to the Life photo magazine formula that was so successful for many decades. Read the full article for visual examples and further explanations. Following these suggestions will make your slideshow or print portfolio stand out.

December 6, 2016

Making Holiday Cards

It's the time of year when people purchase and send holiday greeting cards. Here are links to two articles I've posted in the past that address this topic. One tells you how to make your own card using Photoshop Elements (steps will be similar for Photoshop) and the other tells you about Photographer's Edge pre-printed card templates to which you add your own lab prints. Watch my blog for an upcoming article on creating and printing a card in Lightroom.

Made with Photoshop Elements

Make a Holiday Photo Card Using Photoshop Elements

Make a Holiday Photo Card with Photographer's Edge Cards

Made with Photographer's Edge Cards

November 24, 2016

Winter 2017 Classes in Missoula Open for Registration

My classes for January and February 2017 at The Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana, are now available for online registration. You can read descriptions of the classes and sign up at this link:

  • Click on Take a Class
  • Click on Photography on the left side of the screen.
  • Choose Pictures & Cameras or Photo Editing for choices.

Here's the short list of the classes I'll be presenting.
  • Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera (Wednesday nights or one Saturday)
  • Making Better Close-up Photos (macro, not portraits)
  • Black & White Photography
  • Advanced Black & White Photography
  • Shooting & Processing Digital Camera Raw Files
I hope you can join me!

November 23, 2016

Artist Talk, Book Signing in Bozeman, Montana, Dec. 2, 2016

At 4pm on Friday, December 2, 2016, I will be at F11 Photographic Supplies in Bozeman, Montana, to talk about my new book The Grace of Trees and sign copies.

I will also be giving two free presentations on Saturday, December 3, at the store. One will be tips on better photos with your built-in flash, and a second will be about common problems with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and how to prevent or fix them.

In addition, I will be available for a limited number of private tutoring appointments. If you want help with Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, printing or using your camera, please call F11 Photo at (406) 586-3281 or (800) 548-0203 to schedule a time.

I hope you can join me!

November 22, 2016

Free Photography Lectures at RMSP

The Rocky Mountain School of Photography has announced this season's schedule of free lectures on a variety of photography topics. Talks are held at RMSP's offices in downtown Missoula at 7pm on the third Tuesday of the month from November 2016 through April 2017. Visit their website for details.

Free Lecture Series at Rocky Mountain School of Photography