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Talk about changing things up. Last week, we were wet ‘n wild in the cool climate of Little Zig Zag Falls in Oregon. Now, we’re in the scorching hot and arid cauldron of Death Valley National Park in California. If you’ve never been to this amazing place, be sure to fix that. Just try to […]

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Photo Copyright Scott Bourne

While visiting the Teton range, I woke up in my cabin near the Snake River right outside the park entrance and saw the opportunity to make some teaching shots. I thought I’d share a very simple composition tip that will especially help landscape photographers but can apply to most types of photography. When you’re making a […]

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Using Depth of Field for Effective Communication

Recently, I photographed an engagement session that made me work a little outside of my comfort zone. If you’ve ever taken a look at my work, you’ll see that much of what I shoot is with wide open apertures & shallow depth of field. I just love the dreamy bokeh effect and how shallow depth […]

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PhotoByScottBourne - Fuji X-T1, Fuji 16-56 f/2.8 lens, converted in MacPhun Tonality Pro

“Turn around!” That’s what the little voice in my head that runs the photography part of my brain always reminds me to do. “Turn around!” Sometimes one of the best shots is behind you. But it takes discipline to remember to do this. Especially when you’re at one of the singularly most photogenic places in […]

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Spinning Abstracts

My home town, Boise, Idaho puts on the holiday spirit by decorating the botanical gardens and the historic old Boise Penitentiary by festooning them with thousands and thousands of colorful lights. The Atlanta Botanical Garden does too. This Summer it’s featuring another display of lights among the gardens for the enjoyment of all during the […]

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Photo Copyright Scott Bourne

While the examples I use in this post are of birds/wildlife, they could just as easily have been people. I learned a great deal about making wildlife photographs when I spent time shooting portraits of people. Most of the techniques I was taught to use when making a human portrait apply to wildlife photography. And […]

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Her vs Him

The act of creating a photograph typically falls into two broad camps. I would argue that in both camps, there are several fundamental tips around composition to always keep in the forefront of your creative mind whenever you reach for your camera or smartphone to capture something photographically. But before we get into that, let’s […]

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