Profile

Cover photo
Jim Harmer
Works at Improve Photography
Attended University of Idaho School of Law
Lives in Caldwell, Idaho, USA
3,995 followers|245,730 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube+1'sReviews

Stream

 
I spent the better part of a morning chasing after this particular hummingbird.  There were lots of hummers around, but I wanted one with this beautiful purple coloration.  

I shot the bird going to a feeder and then composited it onto the background with this flower.  

Shot at 1/4000 shutter speed and it did a decent job of freezing the motion in the wings, but that pushed me to ISO 5,000.  I thought that might destroy the photo, but surprisingly, the noise was manageable in Lightroom.
101
13
Star Aasved's profile photoThelma Lajeunesse's profile photoAhmed Mehmood's profile photoMuhammad Nasrullah Khan's profile photo
8 comments
 
Nice,, ilove the color
Add a comment...

Jim Harmer

Shared publicly  - 
 
I've spent days hiking through the Costa Rican rainforest looking for photo locations, but one of my favorite shots came from my hotel window today.  I used a 200mm lens trying to implement the tip +Michael Frye  told me the other day about using long lenses for landscapes.
83
9
Jim Lindeman's profile photowilly godek's profile photoDammon Burden's profile photoRoyce Nowlin's profile photo
12 comments
 
Beautiful. .
Add a comment...

Jim Harmer

Shared publicly  - 
 
Great video by +Joel Grimes  on Rembrandt lighting. Ya learn something new every day! Joel Grimes explaining his take on Rembrandt lighting
5
4
Gustavo Goyes's profile photoNathan Moore's profile photo
Add a comment...

Jim Harmer

Shared publicly  - 
 
Is it just me, or is the Creative Cloud version of @Photoshop just FULL of glitches?  It seems like as soon as I switched over a year ago, Photoshop just hasn't been the same.  Just about every day I discover a new bug in the software.
4
Ben Johnson's profile photo
 
Absolutely nothing good has come from them changing to CC. 
Add a comment...

Jim Harmer

Shared publicly  - 
 
Chatting with +Trey Ratcliff  and recording an interview with him on the Improve Photography Podcast to be released in a few weeks.  Gonna be an awesome episode!
15
Simon Cartwright's profile photo
 
Looking forward to it! 
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
3,995 people

Jim Harmer

Shared publicly  - 
 
Rio Celeste in Costa Rica.  It was about an hour hike through deep mud to get to this spot, but it was totally worth it.  We came out of the hike muddy all over, but at least it was a warm day to be hiking in a rain storm!

Oh, and before someone comments that the colors are oversaturated, no they aren't.  That's really what it looks like.  No Photoshop tricks needed when nature looks like this! 

It felt like I was walking through the Garden of Eden.  
41
3
Lauchlan Toal's profile photokoke peñarol's profile photoIleana Pacheco's profile photoAdam Potts's profile photo
11 comments
 
This is epic Jim!!! Great work on this.
Add a comment...
 
Had a VERY nice week shooting in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee this week with a group of readers of my blog.  This sunset is one of my favorite shots from the week.  Hope you like it.
36
2
Ann Olenek's profile photoJoel Corrigan's profile photoBen Johnson's profile photoJeff Harmon's profile photo
4 comments
 
Beautiful!
Add a comment...

Jim Harmer

Shared publicly  - 
 
I'm working to build up my sports photography portfolio. I shot this in a hotel pool this week with a high school athlete. Those who have bought my portrait lighting class will get access to the video tutorial for this shoot soon.

LIGHTING SETUP: I used two YN560III flashes on full power on the sides of the pool pointed toward the middle of the pool and the swimmer swam through the middle of the flashes. Bare flash-no light modifiers at all. The flashes were triggered by a simple 603 transmitter--the exact flash and transmitter I recommend here: http://improvephotography.com/gear/recommended-flash-photography-kits/

CAMERA: Nikon D800.  LENS: Nikkor 24-70mm

CAMERA SETTINGS: Shutter 1/200, Aperture-f/13, ISO250.
45
1
Didit FA's profile photoJeff Harmon's profile photoAlexa Sacco's profile photoBill Pevlor's profile photo
5 comments
 
Cool picture
Add a comment...

Jim Harmer

Shared publicly  - 
 
I'm hearing some really nice feedback about the podcast episode with +Michael Frye .  If you're into landscape photography at all, definitely don't miss it!  http://improvephotography.com/18804/michael-frye-landscape-photography/
7
1
Ross Jaynes's profile photoGustavo Goyes's profile photoOscar Campos's profile photoTristan Davis's profile photo
6 comments
 
+Tristan Davis  - You name 'em, I interview 'em.  
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
3,995 people
Work
Occupation
Photographer
Employment
  • Improve Photography
    Owner, 2010 - present
  • University of Idaho Law
    Juris Doctorate, 2011 - 2012
  • Ave Maria School of Law
    Law, 2011
  • Journey Advertising
    2009
  • Lexington Law Firm
    2008
  • Jim Harmer Photography
    2009 - 2011
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Caldwell, Idaho, USA
Previously
Naples, Florida, USA - Rexburg, Idaho - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Meridian, Idaho - Honolulu, Hawaii - San Antonio, Texas - Sandy, Utah
Story
Tagline
Author of the ImprovePhotography.com blog (read by MILLIONS of photographers) and total photography addict.
Introduction
I consider myself mostly a landscape photographer, but I love doing all different types of photography as well.  

I'm a father of two young boys and husband to my wife, Emily.  
Bragging rights
Owner of ImprovePhotography.com - the best way to learn photography.
Education
  • University of Idaho School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, 2011 - 2011
  • Ave Maria School of Law
    2009 - 2011
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho
    Communications, 2006 - 2009
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Relationship
Married
Other names
James Harmer
Jim Harmer's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Canon's ERR99: What it means and how to FIX IT!
improvephotography.com

Photography tips for photographers around the world.

Joel Grimes on Developing Your Style [IP44] -
improvephotography.com

World famous photographer Joel Grimes shares how to develop your own unique style in photography, how he got out of a rut in his career, and

The 8 Best Inexpensive Canon Lenses
improvephotography.com

If you're on a budget but looking for pro-quality lenses, this is for you. After comparing dozens of lenses, these are the best inexpensive

Photo Basics #1: Introduction and Exposure -
improvephotography.com

I’m so glad you found your way onto my Photography Basics series. I have taught the basics of photography to millions of photographers aroun

An Interview with Jim Harmer [IP41]
improvephotography.com

Join Jim as he is interviewed by Chris Smith from a new podcast called Shoot For the Thrill. After the interview Jim takes a few listener qu

Six Advanced Tips for Photography Composition
improvephotography.com

Here are a few not so common composition techniques that can set your photos apart from the rest!

The 21 Best "Do It Today" Photo Ideas
improvephotography.com

Need some ideas for some creative or different photo projects? Take a look at this list of 21 "Do It Today" photo ideas for some inspiration

Top 15 Photo Locations on Oahu, Hawaii (Voted by locals!)
improvephotography.com

We surveyed all of the local photographers on Oahu and asked them to tell us their favorite places to do photography on the Island. Here are

Flash Photography Basics: Light Modifier Comparison
improvephotography.com

There are a lot of light modifiers to choose from in flash photography. This comparison shows you exactly what a photo looks like with each

Flash Photography Basics: Get Your Flash Off Camera!
improvephotography.com

This is part 7 in the Flash Photography Basics Series. To start from the beginning, click here. Flash photography can be useful when the fla

Flash Photography Basics: Intensity of light
improvephotography.com

This is part 4 of a 10-page series on the basics of flash photography. To start the tutorial from the beginning, click here. Intensity of Li

Flash Photography Basics: A Crash Course
improvephotography.com

Learn the basics of flash photography in this 5-part article series. Get your flash off camera and add dramatic lighting to your portrait ph

LDS Tools
market.android.com

LDS Tools is an official app of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that allows you to download directory information and the ev

Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal
market.android.com

Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest to use calorie counter for Android. With the largest food database of any Android cal

Kaena Point, Oahu
www.gohawaii.com

Kaena Point is a sacred spot at the western most tip of Oahu accessible only by hike.

Canon T5i vs Nikon D5200
improvephotography.com

This was an expensive post to write. We purchased the Canon Rebel T5i as well as the Nikon D5200 so that we could use the camera for a few d

HDR Photography Tips [Duel]
improvephotography.com

This week's theme is HDR. Unfortunately, HDR has a very negative connotation among photographers because we have all seen so many poor uses

Photo Restoration [Photography Contest Announcement]
improvephotography.com

This week, Dustin and I (Jim) worked on a photo restoration and gave some tips on how you can restore old photos on the computer. Now, we're

Old Photo Restoration in Photoshop [Duel]
improvephotography.com

If you enjoy this article, would you save this to one of your Pinterest boards? Photo restoration is one of the most challenging and fun pro

See the Winning Photo from the “Unplanned Photo” Contest
improvephotography.com

The Unplanned Photo contest was a huge success. We had hundreds of entries from photographers who went out and took an unplanned photo this

Excellent family-owned company that you can trust. They do good work.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
OUTRAGEOUS prices!
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
I went with my wife and we generally had a good time. However, the prices were UNREAL!!!! Also, we found the customer service to be somewhat rude (other reviewers have said the same thing, so it sounds like this is a constant issue). I agree with another reviewer that Wahooz might be a better option at least in the summer months since Wahooz has an outdoor track and this one is indoors.
Appeal: Very goodFacilities: GoodService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
My wife said they were really nice people, but the prices are WAY insane.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
15 reviews
Map
Map
Map
I don't have a problem with this particular location, but I have a HUUUGE problem with Idaho Athletic Club as a business. Unlike most companies that treat their customers with respect, this company has not done so in my opinion. I moved away from the location I went to when I had this membership, so the membership wasn't useful for me. I don't want to commute in 20 minutes to the gym and 20 minutes back. So, I tried to cancel my membership. The club said I couldn't cancel over the phone and had to go into their store. This is a HUGE hassle for me because I work long hours and I would have appreciated it if they would not have this policy which is annoying. After complaining, they said I can cancel over the phone by calling the corporate office. The number on the website didn't work so I had to call and find the right number. I talked to the lady at the corporate office and she said I would be charged a cancellation fee of OVER $100 for me and OVER $100 for my wife. IN ADDITION to that, I would be charged $50 for January even though I'm cancelling before January. THEN she said I couldn't cancel over the phone and had to tell them in writing that I'm cancelling. WHY!!??!??!?! This policy ate up a lot of my time, hundreds of dollars during the Christmas season, and forced me to make many calls and write a letter. This is why I believe this company does not treat their customers right. A better option, in my opinion, is the YMCA. They have several locations in the Treasure Valley and they don't make you sign a two year contract. Also, I think their gyms are superior to the Idaho Athletic Club anyway.
• • •
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Expensive. Outdated atmosphere. Have to pay extra for drinks. Waitresses are shelling peas out in the dining room right now on one of the tables
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
VERY cool place. I just wish they opened earlier in the morning so photographers could shoot it.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago