Photography

Photography tips, gear reviews, and other camera-related info from Tom Bricker.

Laguna Beach, California Sunset Photos

I’ve become a beach bum. If you know me, you might be surprised to read that statement, as I have been like the living embodiment of Cartman when it comes to the hippie lifestyle (don’t let them fool you: beach bums are a subset of the hippie movement). However, unlike your typical beach bum who […]

Journey 2: The Mysterious Mountain

After racing back up to the car at Spirit Lake, we had a dilemma concerning where to go for sunset. The sky was already mighty good where we were, so we could just stay in the area for what would likely be a safe bet, plus some good late afternoon light. …Or, we could race […]

The Trek to Spirit Falls in Columbia River Gorge

A lot of our locations on our Columbia River Gorge trip were uncommon spots that were off the beaten trail, and that we only had a rough idea of how to find. In most cases, these spots were off the beaten trail because there was really no way to make an easily-accessible trail to them. […]

Focus Stacking Photography Tutorial

Today’s technique is photo stacking, a way of achieving greater depth of field by combining multiple exposures with each shot having different areas of the photo in focus. I first learned of this technique recently, and have only tried it out a couple of times in Death Valley and Big Sur because, frankly, I think […]

Yosemite National Park: Tunnel View Alternatives

If you’ve ever been to Yosemite National Park, you’re probably familiar with Tunnel View. It’s the iconic view in Yosemite, the place where everyone stops for a photo. It’s an incredibly cliched photo, but as I often stress, many photographic cliches are that way for a reason: because they are awesome. There’s no denying that Tunnel View […]

Technique Tuesday: The Landscape “Selfie”

When it comes to landscape photographers and the rest of the population, there is a huge chasm in terms of one type of photo: the selfie. Not only do landscape photographers rarely step in front of the camera themselves, but they (we) typically try to eliminate all people from their photos of a given landscape, […]

50% Grey Dodge-Burn Layer Photography Tip

Today I wanted to focus on a new technique I recently learned that provides a way to non-destructively dodge and burn in Photoshop. For those unfamiliar with the dodge/burn tools, they are ways to extend the dynamic range in a single image in Photoshop, but the problem is that they normally a “destructive” ways to […]

Technique Tuesday: Blending Image Layers

One of the big reasons I work in Photoshop and not Camera Raw or Lightroom exclusively is the ability to play with layers. In this ‘Technique Tuesday’ post, I’m going to explain how to use multiple layers and layer masks to combine the “best” elements of multiple photos. This post assumes a basic knowledge of […]

Greetings from Sunny(?) Central Florida!

Okay, so the sunny part isn’t quite right today. It’s actually overcast and in the 40s. Not your typical Florida weather. Anyway, I wanted to drop in quickly as I’m on my way to Universal Orlando Resort today to do some “research” (yeah, that’s it…) and wanted to see if there were any reader requests […]

Tips for Photographing Moonscapes

In this post, I’m going to offer tips for photographing a moonscape (night landscape illuminated by the moon) and post-processing tricks for making these scenes pop. At night, a full moon can be used as a light source in a similar way as the sun during the day, except with less light. There’s some science […]