- Matiash, Inc.Owner/Photographer, 2015 - present
- SonySocial & Content Strategy, 2015 - 2015
- Global Photos Product Evangelist, Google+ & Nik, 2013 - 2015
My name is Brian and I am a professional photographer and published author based in Portland, OR. I specialize in landscape & travel photography and have spent the better part of a decade educating and inspiring photographers all around the world with my tutorials, videos, and stories.
I am a Sony Artisans of Imagery, a Zeiss Lens Ambassador and a member of G-Technology's G-Team. I also contribute regularly to a variety of photography publications, both online and in print. You can see a sampling of them in the Features section below.
Admittedly, I have [not-so] tiny obsessions with long-exposure photography, ND filters and fisheye lenses. My passion is helping others help themselves with their pursuits of photography.
- Syracuse UniversityMS - Information Resources Management, 2000 - 2001
- Syracuse UniversityBS - Information Management & Technology, 1996 - 2000
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
After mannnnnny months of near-bone dry conditions along these creeks, the Pacific Northwest has had a steady streak of rainstorms and colder weather. While this may sound miserable to some people, it is music to my ears because it means that the water will begin flowing again.
A few days ago, I visited one of my favorite spots along the CRG and was thrilled to see the water flowing in full effect. I took this 8-panel series of photos with my Sony a7R II and stitched them together to form this pano. Enjoy!
A company that actively listens to its users and releases probably THE most requested feature in a retroactive firmware update? Yup. That'd be .
Just one of many photographic representations of why I love the autumn and winter seasons of the Pacific Northwest so much.
More photos with this story: http://brians.photos/1PXEQve
As it currently stands, my Lightroom catalog has about 185,000 photos and videos stored within it. Of those records, I’m certain that I’ve spent any meaningful amount of time on, maybe, 1% of them. 1%! And the crime is not that I don’t have time to budget for them, but rather it’s because I simply forget. I’ve tried pinning the tail on the donkey and choosing a random folder from a prior year but I almost always lose focus. Recently, I tried something new. I have a smart catalog in Lightroom that houses every single photo that I’ve shared online. It’s a pretty simple workflow – shared photos get four stars. The smart collection automatically populates any photos that have a four star rating. See? Simple.
So it stands to reason that if I had worked on and shared a photo that I liked, there could be others from that same shoot that I’d like but simply lost track of over time. That’s where this simple, buy likely overlooked, Lightroom contextual menu item has proven itself immensely useful. When I go to my four star smart collection, I’ll find a photo that jumps at me. It doesn’t matter what it is or when I took, I’ll just scan the collection. When I find something I like, I right click on it and select the menu item, “Go to Folder in Library.” This brings me directly to the folder containing all the photos from that shoot, photos that had gone forgotten until now.
This is how I stumbled upon the two photos in this post. They were taken during a trip to Australia in April 2014. Up until earlier today, I had totally forgotten about them but once I was ushered back to this folder, I saw all of these photos that excited me! I got to working on a few and that’s when I realized the photo tip for today’s post. The more you shoot, the easier it is to forget about what you’ve already shot. You never know what diamonds can be found in the rough. Just remember to go looking for them.
Well, you've been waiting for it and now it's almost here. I'm really thrilled to be one of the first photographers in the US to get their hands on this highly anticipated camera. While the weather in Oregon has been very hot and dry, I managed to grab some detail shots taken at Gorton Creek yesterday using the a7RII coupled with the insane Zeiss Lenses Batis 85mm f/1.8 Who says that this is only a portrait lens??
If you have any questions about the camera, please let me know. I'll be working on a usability review very soon!
Several years ago, I visited the charming town of Port Townsend in Washington state for the first time. I fell in love immediately with how quaint the area was. It was apparent the second I drove my vehicle off of the ferry that shuttled us over. However, despite its small town charm, the area was really packed with people, especially when we got to the shore and docks. That was something I hadn’t expected. The adjacent beach was teeming with people, which seemed odd to me because the weather was not exactly pleasant and that usually acts as a deterrent for most folks. I quickly realized that the reason for the crowds was a homemade boat launch race that was about to happen. Everyone had congregated to see the floating contraptions that were being raced into the water.
After a few minutes of watching the event, I turned around and my jaw dropped. Behind me was the entire dock free of anyone else. Had I not turned around to look where everyone else was not, I would have missed this golden opportunity. So, I made my way past the crowd and enjoyed about an hour of unfettered, uninterrupted shooting time here, ultimately walking away with some photos that I truly cherish. And it serves as a worthwhile photo tip that it can pay to go against the grain every now and then.
Crystal Cave, Iceland
I was editing some photos from my first trip to Iceland earlier this morning and came up with my latest Photo Tip. Lots more photos and details in the linked blog post. http://brians.photos/1PHXdHn
Today is slated to be the last hot day of the season. Fingers crossed. Once the temps drop and the rain returns, you'll find me at the waterfalls dotting Oregon and Washington.
This is a seven image pano of Panther Creek Falls taken with the original a7 and stitched together with LR6.
A few weeks ago, I drove down to Bandon, OR to meet up with my good bud and former Google colleague, . He was an attendee on a workshop held by , a friend and a helluva wildlife and nature photographer.
Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a 5 night trip ended up being cut off to just a single night, but it was more than enough time to get some wonderfully moody photos of the rugged coastline at Bandon Beach. It also gave me a perfect opportunity to let my new a7R II get exposed to some more inclement weather. True to form, it performed like a champ.
This episode of WimB covers the gear that I'm packing for my trip to Nicaragua with The Giving Lens. This trip will be quite different than my normal ones in that I'll be focusing heavily on street and candid portrait photography instead of the usual landscape scenes.
Leave any questions in the comments section!
This the first in a series of rather deeply personal articles that focus on my experiences and interpretations of the photography industry, one that I have been a part of professionally for a long time now. It was inspired by a recent post made by one of my favorite photographers and authors, David duChemin.
I hope you take the time to read this piece and would love to hear your thoughts on it. Thank you and enjoy!