My Online Photography Video Course in Now Live!


After riding some really fun singletrack through rolling farmland here in Romania, I’m currently holed up for the night in a little pensione in the Hungarian town town of Rechenyed. I stopped here because they have WiFi, so I could let you know that my online video course, Outdoor Photography Essentials is now live! And right now, you can save $25 on the course.

Let’s face it, it’s hard to capture great adventure and action photos, no matter if you’re shooting extreme sports or your kid’s soccer game. This kind of photography requires a special set of techniques and a comprehensive bag of creative and compositional tricks. If you don’t have that stuff down, you’ll have trouble nailing great images.

That’s why I created this course- to give you the tools and tips you need to make it happen.

It’s really exciting to team up with Craftsy in this regard, because they approach learning in a way that’s unlike any other. With every Craftsy class, you can watch your lessons anytime, anywhere and revisit as many times as you’d like — forever.

During the class, you’ll learn the settings you need for great results and how to anticipate potential scenes before they unfold. Then, you’ll learn the best adjustments to make in the face of quickly changing conditions.


To begin, I’ll show you some important camera settings to check before shooting and how to adjust them for optimal results. I’ll also give you some tips for anticipating the potential for a great scene before it even unfolds!

We’ll also focus on handling your camera in the field. I’ll teach you to capture handheld shots from multiple perspectives, keeping your camera stable and secure the entire time. Then, I’ll share pointers for proper exposure, so you can get fantastic results from scenes with high dynamic range.

I’ll also walk you through the process of choosing the right lens, and give you tips to make the most of wide–angle, normal and telephoto lenses. That way you’ll always know what you need for a savvy selection. All the while, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of selective focus, depth of field, framing and composition, even with difficult action scenes.

My goal with the class is to make it as close as possible to a personal workshop with me, and I worked hard with the Craftsy producers in order to achieve this idea. After seeing the final result, I think we did a great job creating a course that matches my style. I hope you’ll think so too.

You can watch the trailer for my course here.

And, remember, as one of my readers, you can get the special launch price of $25 off right now.




Our First Week in Romania


If there ever was an awesome destination for an extended mountain bike tour, it’s Romania. Having ridden in a number of different countries, I’m blown away by what Romania has to offer the adventuring cyclist.

I’ve been looking forward to this trip for months, and now that I’m finally here, I’m having an even better time than I would have imagined. In just a few days, we’ve already experienced some truly great biking, both on and off-road, awesome camping, fun urban riding, wonderful food, and incredibly warm and friendly people.

That fact alone easily makes up for the intense 90+ degree temps, nose clogging dust, language barriers and the occasional route finding glitches we’ve endured so far. The Romanian people are some of the nicest, friendliest folks I’ve ever met during my travel to different parts of the world, and despite the stories and warming I’d heard about safety over here, I have yet to feel anything but safe and comfortable, even in the big city of Bucharest.

I’m amassing stories, which I’ll share at a later date, but here are a few photos to bring you in on the adventure. Enjoy!











Off to Romania For a Month Long Bikepacking Trip

Learn Photography Online with the Pros

BIKPACK-AK-NOME-01150It’s been a busy year. After writing two books, the second of which comes out in October, working with a developer on my two new iOS apps, planning and shooting my upcoming video instructional photography course, which comes out Sept. 21, plus all the workshops and everything else, it’s time for a vacation.

It’s time for a bike trip. A long one. Earlier this summer, I took four short bikepacking trips out to the Knik Glacier, along the Oregon coast, the Denali Higway and the Nome-Teller road, but now it’s time for the real deal. We’re talking plane ticket, passport and a country where English isn’t the regular language.

For me, that place is Romania. Transylvania, to be exact. A month-long bikepacking and mountain biking adventures in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, the land of forests, fortified Saxon castles, vampires, and, oddly enough, lots of brown bears. Sure, I know what you’re thinking. Don’t I have my fill of brown bears in Alaska? Well, yes. I didn’t exactly plan it this way, that’s just an odd coincidence.

I leave tomorrow morning, and here’s what I’m taking:

  • 1 Salsa Fargo 29″ drop bar mountain touring bike (pictured above)
  • Revelate Designs frame bags
  • Salsa Anything Cages
  • Black Diamond Mega-lite shelter
  • Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 sleeping bag (on right fork)
  • Thermarest Pro-lite sleeping pad (on left fork)
  • Ridge Rest
  • MSR titanium cook pot
  • Beer can stove and pot stand made from 3 spokes
  • Garmin eTREX 30 GPS
  • Mallet
  • Wooden stake


Then there’s the camera gear and various other electronic doodads, most of which will be carried in my F-Stop Kenti camera pack. I’m pretty sure that F-Stop has discontinued the Kenti, but there are still some available in their online store.

I like the Kenti because it’s fairly lightweight, has side zipper access and it holds two camera bodies with lenses, and has a separate top and back compartment for clothing and accessories.  I don’t like to carry a ton of gear on my back when I’m bike touring, and the Kenti holds just enough to give me lots of options without weighing me down too much.

My other favorite packs in this style are the Lowepro Flipside Sport AW and the Lowepro Photo Sport, but since this is a longer tip, I wanted a little more space for doodads and gizmos, and a second camera body.

For camera gear, I’m going with a pair of Fuji bodies and just three fast primes.


Also, I’m leaving the laptop behind and only taking the iPad mini, a cheap bluetooth keyboard (decided not to take the keyboard) ,and a Western Digital Wireless My Passport Hard Drive. The wireless My Passport has an SD card slot to back up cards, and also allows wireless browsing and transfer of images to the iPad or iPhone.

I stuck about 5,000 of my best images on the drive, so no only will I use it for backup, if I need to send any photos to clients while I’m away, I can pull them off the drive and email or upload to Dropbox or Google Drive when I get a WiFi signal. Not taking the laptop will save me lots of weight, and so I’m pretty excited about this new solution. I tried it on my recent Labrador trip and it seemed to work fine.

I’ll be posting image when I can on social media and stuff, so follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep in touch!

Ok, time to box up the bikes, so I hope you have a great fall, and I’ll see you back in the states sometime in October!

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