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My Favorite Outdoor Classroom

Photographing the South Dakota Badlands

A HDR image I captured on my first photo safari in South Dakota in 2011.

The first time I experienced South Dakota was on a photo tour with Nikonians in 2005. I had just gotten the new Nikon D2x DSLR, and that was my first serious photo trip shooting digital. I’ll never forget the awe I experienced seeing the otherworldly rock formations there for the first time.

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Badlands Landscape Safari 2018

Fine Art Landscape Photography in the South Dakota Badlands

Badlands Photo Safari
Photograph the surreal landscapes of the South Dakota Badlands with Jason Odell.

2018 marks my 8th consecutive year of leading landscape photography safaris in South Dakota! I hope you’ll join me to explore fine-art landscape photography techniques in an environment that can only be described as surreal. We will explore light, texture and clouds over the tremendous rock formations that have formed from erosion over the last 500,000 years. Continue reading Badlands Landscape Safari 2018

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Long Exposure Photographs Are Simply Amazing

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Use a long exposure to dramtically transform your scene from a snapshot to a work of art.

If you’re looking to transform your images from snapshots into stunning creative photos, try experimenting with long exposure photographs. All you need is a camera that supports bulb exposure mode,  a tripod, and in some cases a dark filter. In twilight conditions, long exposure photographs are pretty easy. Set your lens aperture to f/16 or f/22 and then set your camera’s ISO value to its the lowest possible setting.

To capture long exposure photographs during the day, you’ll need to add a dark filter to your lens. These filters, called a solid neutral density filters, enable you to capture a long exposure photograph during the day. In either case, keep in mind that you’ll need a solid tripod to make a long exposure photograph.

How Long Exposure Photographs Transform Your Images

Here are just a few ways how a long exposure photograph delivers maximum impact, especially in places that are popular with photographers. Use a long exposure and deliver dynamic images with the “wow” factor you can’t capture with a snapshot. Continue reading Long Exposure Photographs Are Simply Amazing

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Fall Safaris Are Go!

Join me in South Dakota to photograph the beauty of the Badlands

I’m pleased to announce that my fall instructional photo safaris to South Dakota and the Oregon Coast are moving forward as planned!

I have a handful of openings for these upcoming trips:

  • South Dakota Badlands: Sept. 17-21 (RSVP by August 15th)
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  • Oregon Coast (Bandon Beach): Oct. 3-8 (RSVP by Sept. 1)
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  • White Sands, New Mexico: November 1-4 (RSVP by Oct 1)
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These safaris are limited to eight (8) photographers, and include field and classroom instruction, post-processing sessions, and image critique.

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South Dakota Photo Safari 2017

Photograph Surreal Landscapes Sept. 17-21

Registration for my annual South Dakota Badlands instructional photo safari closes on August 1st. Space is limited to eight (8) photographers. On this trip, you’ll not only be treated to some of the most interesting landscapes in the US, but you’ll also receive personal field and processing instruction from me. This is one of my most popular landscape photo safaris, and you’ll learn my end to end approach to photography, from camera to post-processing.

Discounted lodging is available when you register by August 1st.

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