What The Judges Look For In Photographs

Join Mike Jensen for an in-depth discussion on WHAT THE JUDGES LOOK FOR IN YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS. People say that judging art is so subjective and part of that is true, but you can give yourself an edge by knowing what the judges look for in photography competitions and exhibitions.  Let’s take a look at the components of a photograph and … Read More

Composition In Photography

Composition In Photography

Composition In PhotographyWhat to leave in, What to take out.Presented by Mike Jensen Presentation Time: 45-60 minutes Discussion Time:  Varies, usually 15-30 minutesJoin Mike Jensen as he gives you his take on Composition In Photography – What to leave in, What to take out.  Composition is always the MOST subjective piece of photography.  Everyone always says “it’s the artists choice!”  … Read More

Learning Night and Astro Photography

Learning Night and Astro PhotographyUpdated For 2020Presented by Mike Jensen Presentation Time: 60 minutes Discussion Time:  Varies, usually 15-30 minutesLearning Night and Astro Photography starts with an hour long program and progresses in to a passion!  Join Mike Jensen as he teaches you the basics of Night and Astro (Stars) Photography.  This is a great program to get a jump … Read More

How to Shoot and Stitch a Panorama Photo

Sometimes a landscape vista is just too large for one frame or lens to capture. Sometimes you want to capture the scene with more megapixels. When you find yourself in these situations you need to learn how to shoot and stitch a panorama photo.  Literally named because you are “panning” through the vista.

So what exactly is a panorama photo, or panoramic photo?  Some call it a wide format photo, some call it a photo with a wide field of view.  Either way, it usually shows a HUGE area, and it needs to be stitched together with software.  Can you imagine printing a pano from film?

Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. The term has also been applied to a photograph that is cropped to a relatively wide aspect ratio. While there is no formal division between “wide-angle” and “panoramic” photography, “wide-angle” normally refers to a type of lens, but using this lens type does not necessarily make an image a panorama.

Photographing The Florida Botanical Gardens

Photographers will love photographing the Florida Botanical Gardens almost any month of the year. There are a multitude of gardens leading one to another with walking and sitting spaces all along the journey. I photographed these images in early February while preparing for my Florida Botanical Gardens Photo Tour/Workshop. This is a perfect workshop for all levels of photographer. It is great for beginners who are just learning how to expose images and compose and just as nice for more advanced photographers who are working to add beautiful flora images to their portfolio. The big plus is that it’s totally interactive. I work with each photographer in the field, and when we are done shooting, we’ll go back the Beach Art Center to cover photo editing, cropping and prep for presentation.

The Danger of following Photographers on Social Media

My students will tell you this is a pet peeve of mine. The management of White Balance (color temp) in photography.

I’m concerned that photographers with nice sized social media followings are dangerously influencing the opinions of the beginners, novices and vulnerable by posting images that have not been corrected for white balance.

Photographing Kansas City’s Plaza Lights

The famed Kansas City Country Club Plaza comes alive from Thanksgiving to mid January with the lighting of miles and miles of holiday colored lights. This, of course brings the photographer out in almost everyone with a DSLR to a smart phone.  With tens and probably hundreds of thousands of images taken annually you have to come up with something … Read More

Photographing Colorado Fall Colors

One of the annual Autumn destinations I have travelled to in recent years is in Central Colorado.  From the third week in September to about the second week in October (for late years) the Aspen, Cottonwood, Maple, Huckleberry and many other trees will be exploding in color!  It usually starts at the higher elevations first (around mid September) and typically peaks in around October 1st.  

Tips For Photography In the Winter & Snow

Here’s some great tips for both newbies and more advanced photographers for getting great shots during Winter and in the snow! 

Winter can be cold, that’s for sure!  But there are some epic opportunities for great photographs if you’re willing to add an extra layer and learn a few things about how to shoot in this most beautiful time of the year!