The Importance of Knowledge

I always hear the statement ”being in the right place at the right time is key” and let me tell you, I believe that to a certain extent. But being in the right place at the right time won’t do you any good if you’re not prepared with the knowledge and skill-set to capture what is in front of you. I’ve spent many years honing my craft and feel very comfortable when presented with an amazing scene! I pre-visualize my image and know exactly what camera settings I need to use to create that pre-visualization. I know what lens and tools I need to create my image.

So my parting words of wisdom are “knowledge is key”. Spend the time to truly lean the craft so when you are presented with an amazing gift you’ll know exactly how to capture it…

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Best of Light,


“Learning to capture light will make extraordinary images from ordinary subjects”

Blackwater Falls Winter Wonderland Workshop


Good morning,

Tamron Image Master Ed Heaton here, sharing an image and few insights from my Winter Wonderland Workshop this past weekend.

As we drove to our location of Blackwater Falls State Park, located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, West Virginia I noticed the clouds starting to thicken. The forecast was 3 to 5 inches of fresh snow which was perfect for a winter workshop. With a good 4 inches of snow already on the ground the fresh snow would turn the hemlocks into a snow lover’s paradise.

The workshop started with a welcome gathering, logistics and heavy snow showers. We then, headed out with hope of capturing a dramatic sunset but with all weather related events we are at Mother Nature’s mercy so we can only hope for the best. I knew with the thickening clouds and heavy snow showers we would be hard pressed to get any glimmer of the setting sun or dramatic light for that matter.

Sometime you have to shift gears and use what Mother Nature gives you. Here, I found the Hemlock trees incredibly gorgeous with a coating of fresh snow creating a picture perfect image.


  • Exposure – 0.7 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO 64
  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron Lens SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD @ 85mm
  • Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Lexar 1066x CF Card
  • Nik Software Suite
  • Athentech Perfectly Clear
  • BlackRapid Yeti Strap
  • Storm Jacket Rain Cover

Best of Light,


Harpers Ferry


Good morning,

First off I’d like to thank all my friends and fans for the amazing support on my Facebook business page! We’ve almost reached our goal of 4000 followers.

Amazing it’s already the middle of August… where does the time go 🙂

Here’s an image that I made last week while visiting Harpers Ferry, West Virginia with Kelly on a motorcycle trip. We stayed in a very quaint (maybe haunted) bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the historic district. Something that I’m not good at is doing the tourist thing, Not having my camera and tripod with me put me out of sorts (lol). I used my Canon S100 and a small Gorilla Pod (I’m thinking about a little bigger one for future use).

This image was made at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet.

Best of Light,


Hidden Falls at Blackwater

ImageGood morning,
I almost had this one slip through the cracks for my February posts. At our most recent workshop, my son Zach found this hidden jewel nestled over the edge of the mountain. Normally this wouldn’t be a challenge to reach but with all of the ice and snow it proved more difficult than one would think.

One of the coolest tools that I found for positioning myself in ice and slippery conditions are “Micro Spikes”. These slip on miniature crampons are ideal for winter landscape shooting around icy covered waterfalls and creeks.

Best of Light,


Back Roads of West Virginia


Happy Monday morning Everyone,
While working closely with one of our clients at our last West Virginia winter workshop on how to shoot panoramic images and the correct use of our Really Right Stuff Pro Omni Pivot package Pano kit, I captured this image.
The image itself represents some of the amazing finds that you come across while driving the back roads of West Virginia!

This is 9 images shot in a vertical position and stitched with Autopano Giga. I like to use my Tamron 70-200mm for all of my panoramic images. It not only captures outstanding detail the color purity is amazing without shifts between frames.

Best of Light,




Good morning and it looks like we have another snowy day in Eastern Pennsylvania!

Over the weekend Kelly and I taught a private camera club workshop at Blackwater Falls, West Virginia. We had an outstanding group that was very energetic and thirsty for knowledge.

Although our conditions were not optimal (no fresh snow) we did have great subjects to work with allowing us to create a few nice images.

I titled this blog post “Opportunities”. Many people expect to get out and have amazing light all day so that they can create extraordinary images, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes we are only blessed with a very short window or glimpse of beautiful light. This is where creating an opportunity (by being in the right place at the right time) is all we need to make a nice capture.

Best of light,