I’m teaching a photography course at REI on August 28…

And you should come. I’ll be presenting a slideshow and as well as several “basic” components that will help the beginning photographer achieve better travel images. Details are below, and it’s free to the public. Hope to see you there! BTW–this is the SLC REI on 33rd South.

Adam Barker presents the basics of digital SLR photography the Italian way. Take a photographic journey through such Italian delights as the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Venice, Lago Maggiore, The Dolomites and Cinque Terre as Adam describes the timing, set up, composition, exposure, and equipment needed to transform your travel photography into fine art. Helpful photography tips and techniques will be discussed, as well as general travel insight into bella Italia.

This course is especially designed for beginners, Italy travelers, and those just thinking about getting into digital photography.

A native Utahn his whole life, Adam Barker has grown up in the heart of the beautiful Wasatch Mountain range. Specializing in scenic landscape photography, Barker strives to communicate his vision through unique lighting, engaging subjects and dynamic composition. Barker has spent several years living in Italy, and has a contagious enthusiasm for its people, food, language and endless entourage of photographic subjects. His work has been featured in numerous regional and national publications and can be viewed at www.adambarkerphotography.com.

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And then there was Powell…

Lake Powell truly has to be one of man’s greatest gifts to mankind. Sure, there are probably quite a few people out there who will disagree with me and angrily detest the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, but I for one consider it one of the most beautiful and spectacular places on earth. I recently returned from a trip down there with my family. I must say–we’re quite spoiled when we go down. House boat, ski boat, blah blah blah. Hey–I’ll take it, and love it.

Typically, a Lake Powell trip is all play and no work, but lately I’ve foregone a morning or evening ski here or there to go make some (hopefully) striking and memorable images. While it’s no fun to miss out on the fun, I’ve found that “fun” is a relative term. This trip was plenty “fun” with one evening of simply unforgettable light. I always hope for interesting skies when I go down to Powell (or anytime else I’m shooting, for that matter) Although the landscape is sufficiently jaw-dropping in its own right, it never hurts to add some dramatic clouds, spotty, 3-D lighting, or diffused sunset light. I found just that (pretty much all of the above) on one particular night down there. Most importantly, as always–I was out and about with my camera. I didn’t have a particular shot in mind–I just knew if the light came, I could find something.

Sure enough, just before the sun hit the horizon, it poked through the clouds, casting deliciously warm light and long dramatic shadows on the desert scene in front of my lens. I frantically searched for a foreground element, and quickly settled on a patch of hearty yucca plants. I continued to fire off frame after frame, anxiously studying the composition and exposure on my LCD screen to make sure I was capturing “it”.

Later, as the sun dipped low behind the red rock cliffs, the sky lit up with an ethereal magenta cast. What was intensely golden just minutes ago was now painted in mysterious pink, red and violet hues. What a night! So–while my siblings were out enjoying some “fun” on the lake, I was no worse off clicking the shutter on one of the more memorable Southern Utah evenings I can recall.

Gunsight Canyon w Yucca Golden.jpg Yucca Plants at Sunset w Bluff.jpg Yucca Plants with Dramatic Sky, Butte.jpg Gunsight Canyon Wall Contrast Abstract.jpg

Gunsight Bay Dramatic Lighting.jpg Gunsight Canyon w Reeds & Reflection.jpg

Sunrise…

Seriously–just saying it evokes grand images…
I’ve been trying to get out more often for sunrise shoots this summer. Regardless of the weather or location, it always pays off. Sometimes they don’t quite “wow” like I’d hope, but I’ve found if I can get my creative juices flowing, I can almost always walk away with some quality images. If you’re short on inspiration, or simply would like a moment of beauty and tranquility–go watch a sunrise. Whether you see it through the lens, or through your own peepers, I promise you’ll be justly rewarded.

Beaver Creek Beaver Ponds First Light.jpg Sunset Pass Sunrise.jpg