I Love Mountains

First of all, thank you to Greg Russell of Alpenglow Images for pointing me toward the cause I’ve been waiting for (among others)!

Shortly after moving out to Phoenix, Arizona in 2004, I got sight of my first strip mine. Even back then, before I was really into photography and before the thought of conserving nature had ever even entered my head, I found it to be a horrendous sight. Entire mountains being completely devoured, forever changing what was once a beautiful desert landscape. Social media was only in its infancy, and as a result, I felt powerless about voicing my opinion on something so incredibly disgusting looking. The friends I voiced my opinions to agreed, but it didn’t help us to feel like we had any more power than the mines did.

Fast forward to 2011, where social media has not a become a way of life, but was a crucial aid in helping an entire population of Egypt take their country back! - Continue reading

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How to Make a Time-Lapse Video

A time-lapse video northern lights over Shadow Mountain.

Making a time-lapse video these days is easier than ever. With so much technology readily available, practically anyone can now make a time-lapse video anywhere they are. A couple of things you want to ensure before shooting any time-lapse video are that you’ve got plenty of battery power (especially in the cold!) and plenty of space on your memory card. Assuming those are in place, then you’re ready to go!

For those who commonly shoot in Manual mode on your DSLR, this will seem much easier than you may have originally thought. When shooting a time-lapse video, you want every single setting to be on Manual mode. Otherwise, particularly if you’re in changing light, the camera will interpret one or two specific frames differently than before, thus rendering in the video what seems to be an odd flicker. - Continue reading

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Top 50 Images from 2010 and Goal Setting

A black and white photo of a streak of light breaking through onto the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A black and white panorama of light hitting the peaks of the Teton Mountains.

Really? 50 images? You couldn’t narrow it down any further? Sure, I probably could have, but I didn’t want to. You can either view them in this Portfolio, view the full gallery, or read why there’s 50…

A two year old black bear cub climbs up a cottonwood tree near the Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A black bear cub in a tree.

As of this posting, I’m about to head down to Salt Lake City to board a train bound for New Orleans where I’ll be staying for both Christmas and New Year’s. Just a few months back, there was no conceivable way I could even get two days off to go see my family for Christmas. So what happened? To put it simply, I stuck with my goals, and I achieved them.

At the end of a calendar year, I (as with most people) reflect back on that year. - Continue reading

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Review of the New PhotoShelter Portfolio and PhotoWall

Last night, PhotoShelter released a slew of new updates to an already great service. Two of the main features I was quick to jump on were the Portfolio and PhotoWall. In implementing the two, I had to make a few minor modifications to my website, but I definitely like it better this way.

The PhotoWall you can see in action at all times on my new home page, since I’ve now moved my home page from being self-hosted onto the PhotoShelter servers. This way I can now combine a sleek and dynamic design that showcases newest images uploaded, and still retain the other features I was using on my previous home page, such as the most recently updated blog posts. The PhotoWall comes with a variety of customization options on the back-end, so you can be sure yours will look unique. - Continue reading

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Building the Best Website for Photography – Part 3 – Social Media

This is the third and final section of the Building the Best Website for Photography series. If you’re new to the series, you can catch up by reading Part 1 and Part 2. The first part discussed various hosting options, and in the end, PhotoShelter was chosen as the service of choice for a variety of reasons, including another that will be discussed here. The second part dealt with SEO and how to get the most out of both PhotoShelter and a self-hosted WordPress blog. For this, the third and final part, I’m going to focus on how to get traffic back to your site to actually read what you’re posting, and then also how to get some of those visitors to buy your work.

So, you’ve just written a great write-up on an image that you’ve captured that you’re really proud of. - Continue reading

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Building the Best Website for Photography – Part 2 – SEO

In the previous post, I discussed various photo-hosting services and discussed why I thought PhotoShelter was the best option. I’ll expand on that a little further here in regards to a term that intimidates a lot of people: Search Engine Optimization, or SEO for short. Truthfully, SEO is not terribly complex, especially if you use the tools PhotoShelter has already provided for you in addition to some WordPress plugins that have taken any and all complexities out of the practice.

Optimizing Your WordPress Blog

As mentioned in the previous post, a blog is a must these days. It’s not just a good way to show off your favorite photos and let people know about exciting adventures you just returned from, but behind the scenes it’s a search engine magnet. Each post you can fill with rich, new content makes that magnet grow a little bigger. - Continue reading

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