Monthly Archives: October 2013

Composition Essentials Essay


Canon 5D MKII, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM at 150mm, 1/20 sec. at f/11, ISO 100

I am often asked the question, What makes a great photograph? I always answer the question the same way, Composition. However, my view of composition is not the same as the standard text book definition of the word. Composing an image is not just about how you arrange the elements of your scene. It goes much deeper than that. To achieve a great composition, one must consider each of the following:

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Great Smokey Mountains


Canon 5D MKII, EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM at 18mm, 0.4 sec. at f/16, ISO 100

Just got back from attending a photography workshop with world renowned landscape photographer Richard Bernabe  in the Great Smokey Mountains. So why would a professional photographer attend a workshop you might ask. For a number of reasons. To think that you know everything about a specific field of work is just craziness. There is always something new to learn, different ways of doing and seeing things. Working with another professional is a great way to expand on your knowledge and skills in any given field. Also, Richard has an incredible knowledge of the area, which was indispensable for capturing a lot of great images in a short amount of time. If you have never attended a photography workshop, I would highly recommend it.

Here is a link to the gallery of images I created in the five days we spent in the Great Smokey Mountains. Also, Jason Keefe Photography will soon be offering Photography Workshops around the American Southwest. More information on that will be coming soon, so stay tuned. If you haven’t started following my blog yet, I would recommend doing so. I will have a new photography essay out in the next couple of days. Until then, enjoy the Great Smokey Mountains!

Smoky Mountains Gallery

Jason Keefe

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