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About Jay
Jay Goodrich is an internationally published photographer and writer. He has essentially written and re-written the same bio for himself for close to fifteen years and still hates doing it. When he is not busy giving himself a pat on the proverbially back, he is traveling the world, riding on dirt and snow, usually getting his butt kicked by some athlete that is half his age with less experience and a bigger ego-although not much more or much less. His clients include but are not limited to Bike, Powder, Dirt Rag & Backcountry Magazines, National Geographic, Sierra Club, and Audubon. Things that make him happiest are his wife, kids, really good coffee to bring him up in the am, and really expensive tequila to take him down at night. You can make donations to... Website: JAYGOODRICH.COM Licensing and Prints: Tandem Stills + Motion. Socially, you can find him on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram and LinkedIn.

May 1st, 2015

Best New Features of Lightroom CC

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Last week Adobe released its newest version of Lightroom; it is now known as Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6 depending on how you purchase the software. Lightroom CC is available in Adobe’s Creative Cloud and will continuously be updated from now and into the foreseeable future. If you decide the Creative Cloud isn’t for you, you can still …
April 22nd, 2015

Creating the Best Wildlife Photos

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Wildlife photography is not a cheap investment. It typically requires big, expensive, high-quality lenses and fast cameras to even begin to think about creating a quality wildlife photograph. However, there are many photographers who show up on game day with the equipment, but not the game. In my opinion, it is fine to be a …
March 25th, 2015

How I Choose a Photograph

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If you read last week’s post you would know that I have a bunch of projects in the making. A large part of my job is editing the thousands of images that are attached to any one project. Choosing the right photograph from a scene or a series of scenes that are all related can be the …
March 11th, 2015

Filtration Revisitation

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We have received a bunch of feedback and additional questions about the primary filters I use in the field. Some have even asked about filters that we did not mention in our last post on filtration. In order to give everyone a bit more info, here is a second post revisiting filtration. THE UV FILTER …
March 4th, 2015

5 Films that You Need to Watch as a Photographer

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What truly inspires you? And don’t travel down the route of other photographers and photography. This is the obvious and easy answer – as photographers we are ALL inspired by other photographers and photography. There are thousands of other disciplines, activities, and hobbies out there that can change the way we see the world. The …
February 24th, 2015

3 Creative Tactics for Better Photos

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As photographers, we are always on the quest for what I call “Optimal Light”; you know, that beautiful light that hangs on the margins of the day – sunrise/sunset. But what if that light was non-existent on the only day you had the opportunity to head out and photograph? Are there any creative tactics for …
February 18th, 2015

3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Subject Before You Pull the Trigger

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Coot In Reflection by Jay Goodrich
In May of 2013, the sheer volume of images getting pushed to social media was staggering. The online photography forum Petapixel cited a 60 second video from another online community (BuzzFeed) that highlighted the numbers of what is getting published to the web every 60 seconds. It is completely overwhelming to know that 27,800 images were being …
February 10th, 2015

Time for a Little Neutral Density Filtration Break

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I have taken you into the realm of fixing your photos that suck. Suggested you ‘f’ the rule of thirds, even told you that HDR is not for me. Now it is time for a little filtration. Time to discuss what I use in the field to balance my images for a lot of the lighting scenarios that many …
February 3rd, 2015

‘F’ the Rule of Thirds

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No Rule of Thirds by Jay Goodrich
“You learn a lot of things on the way to 500. None more important than this… ~ The Knockaround Guys. The rule of thirds is probably the first and quite possibly the most popular compositional tool out there for photography. I don’t really know anyone who hasn’t started to become a decent photographer who hasn’t followed …
January 27th, 2015

What to Do When You Take Photos that Suck

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Teton Storm by Jay Goodrich
You may find this hard to believe, but there are times when every photographer struggles with what to do when their photos suck. I struggle with it, Art Wolfe struggles with it, and you can even bet early photographers like Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson struggled with it. The difference here is that pros typically …