Category Archives: Announcements

This Blog Is Moving

UPDATE: The new blog is live! I fixed the incorrect links below and all should work properly now. All new content will be posted to themes blog site. Thank you for your continued support!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog and one day soon find this link inactive it’s because I’m moving the blog. The new Bret Edge Photography Blog will be online within 10 days. Bookmark it at http://blog.bretedge.com. All of the current content will be imported to the new blog…or so they say.

On another note – epic conditions in the Tetons this morning. Been shooting for 2.5 hours non-stop. Can’t wait to share some images with y’all.

Have a great week!

Jackson Hole, Here I Come!

Hey folks,

In a few hours I’m headed out to Jackson Hole for two weeks of photography, hiking, camping and fun at our workshop June 10 – 13.  I won’t be active on the ol’ blog while away but I do have a post scheduled to go live next week.  Be sure to check back as it’s a good one.  Well, I think it’s a good one.  Guess I should leave it to you, my readers, to ultimately make that decision.

I’ll most likely post a short trip report here when I get home and have a chance to dig through all my images.

Until I return, may the sweet light be with you!

Sneak Peek – iFotoGuide: Grand Canyon

Dan and I are almost finished building iFotoGuide: Grand Canyon!  We were fortunate to partner with tremendously talented photographer, former Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon, and all around nice guy Adam Schallau to produce this guide.  Adam’s intimate knowledge of the Canyon’s many moods and locations combined with his breathtaking photos have allowed us to create a photography guide that virtually guarantees you’ll make amazing images on your next trip to the Grand Canyon.

We expect iFotoGuide: Grand Canyon to be available for download for $4.99 in the Apple iTunes App Store in late June.  This price includes lifetime updates that will include new locations, discounts on photo gear and services from some of the biggest names in the industry, and more.  All iFotoGuide apps function on the iPhone and iPod Touch.  You can learn more about iFotoGuide here.

Currently available in the Apple iTunes App Store are iFotoGuide: Arches (on sale for $2.99) and iFotoGuide: Yosemite ($4.99).

Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

Grand Opening: Guy Tal’s New Gallery in Torrey, Utah

It isn’t often you’ll find me using my blog to pimp and promote other photographers.  However, I just can’t *not* share this little nugget.  My good friend and fellow nature photographer Guy Tal is opening the doors to his new gallery at 135 E. Center St. in Torrey, Utah this Friday, May 28!   If I were you, here’s what I would do: I’d call in sick to work on Friday, pack up my truck with camping and photography gear, then head out to Torrey for the gallery grand opening.  After wandering through the gallery in awe of Guy’s gorgeous prints you will be filled with inspiration.  I’d probably buy a print or two to hang in my home or offer as gifts to good friends.  After that, I’d head on into Capitol Reef NP to make images all weekend before driving home on Sunday.

I’ve known Guy for nearly 10 years.  We first met online at the Nature Photographer’s Network, where he was a forum moderator.  I was an eager new photographer, posting my images alongside those of much more accomplished artists and asking for honest critique.  I am eternally grateful to Guy and former moderator Michael Gordon, as well as hundreds of forum participants, for helping me to become the photographer I am today.  So, you can blame all of them.  Since then I’ve spent some time exploring the desert with Guy and even had a random encounter at a trailhead in the Uinta Mountains back in 2006.  Guy’s passion for the natural world and his amazing body of work is a constant source of inspiration for me.  I really hope you’ll visit his gallery the next time you’re in Torrey.  When you do, tell him Bret sent you.  He’ll either smack you or offer you an ice cold beer.  Take your chances. :-)

Best of luck, Guy.  I know you and your gallery will be wildly successful!

What Should I Write About?

I like to think that I’m a pretty creative guy.  I’m a photographer and although I don’t consider myself a “writer”, I do write.  Creativity is part of the equation for any artistic endeavor and as you all probably know, artists occasionally have mental blocks.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been as active on my blog over the last few weeks.  That’s partially due to time constraints but more a result of a mental block that is stifling my creativity with respect to writing.  Basically, I feel like I’m running out of ideas.

I love the blog and more than anything I enjoy the interactions with all of you.  I’ve got a few articles I’m working on but I’d like to build a reserve of topics that I can fall back on when writer’s block strikes.  So, I’m asking you for some help.

Here’s what I’ve got up my sleeve now: a gear review of the Acratech Leveling Head, a depth of field experiment/explanation, resources for planning a photo trip and making the most of an almost lost opportunity, fun with fisheyes (fisheye lens, not actual fish eyeballs – that’s nasty!).  That’s just about it.  So sad…

Here’s where I beg for your help.  I would be super appreciative to any and all who leave a comment or two suggesting some topics related to photography that I might write about.  Got a question for the experts?  Leave a comment.  Got an idea for an article?  Leave a comment.  Want to buy an expensive lens and send it to me to test so I can write a gear review?  I love you and will send you my shipping address.  Seriously though, I’m open to hearing all legitimate ideas.  Sooooooo…the gates are open.  Have at it!

Ansel Adams Arrives in Phoenix

Okay, I admit…The Man himself has not arrived in Phoenix.  That would be a little creepy considering he’s no longer among the living.  But, the Phoenix Art Museum is hosting what appears to be an amazing Ansel Adams exhibit through June 6, 2010.

Having just returned from Phoenix, where we spent the first four days of our trip hiding from the incessant rain, I wish I had known about this exhibit.  It would have been a great way to burn a few hours escaping the rain.  Unfortunately, we got home last night and I learned of the exhibit tonight.  So, oh well.  Some times I really miss living in a big city with things like museums and concerts and more than 4 restaurants to choose from.

Check out the exhibit description on the Phoenix Art Museum website.  If you go, please check back in and tell us all about it!

The Big, Fat Free HDR Book Giveaway!

I spent part of my weekend cleaning out my closet.  Actually, it’s a 10′ x 10′ storage shed that was stuffed front to back and floor to ceiling.  After giving away a desk, a chair, a Windows PC (gasp!), some tools, a table, a set of weights I obviously no longer use and various other random things we’re now able to actually maneuver around the stupid storage shed.  It will be nice not having to crawl up, over and around things to get what I need.  However, I was dismayed to discover that several Arizona hiking guides vanished into thin air.  This week I will be re-buying them, which aggravates me to no end.  I have no doubt the old, well worn ones will turn up shortly after I spend a hundo buying new guide books.

While we’re on the topic of books, I came across two books I’ve already read and no longer need – “The HDRI Handbook”, by Christian Bloch and “Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography” by Ferrel McCollough.  Instead of leaving them in the shed to rot I thought we’d have a little fun giving them away.  Steve Cole, a talented nature photographer from Washington, came up with the idea for a contest that I think will be tons of fun.

This is how it works: email me a small, low resolution image that is the worst HDR you’ve ever created.  I’m talking bad.  Hyper saturated colors, unsightly haloes, ghosting all over the place and/or not a single shadow lurking anywhere in the photo.  Send ‘em my way to bret (at) bretedge (dot) com.  I’ll collect them, put up a web gallery and ask folks on Facebook to vote for the worst one.  First prize gets the book of his or her choice, 2nd prize gets the other one.

Here are the rules: You’ve got until midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 to email your image to me.  I’ll put up a gallery on Facebook and will accept votes until Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at midnight.  The winners will be announced on Facebook some time next week.  I can’t tell you exactly when because I’ll be on the road in Arizona.  Please keep your images to no more than 700 pixels on the long side and save them as jpegs.  Only one image per person.  These are used books.  They have been read once and are in good condition, but don’t expect them to be brand spankin’ new.

If you aren’t a fan of Bret Edge Photography on Facebook, now is as good a time as any to become one.  It doesn’t cost anything and we don’t bite.

That’s all there is to it.  Start digging through your hard drives for those horrible HDR images to send my way!

iFotoGuide: Arches Temporary Price Reduction

The brand spankin’ new iFotoGuide website launched last week and to celebrate, we’ve lowered the price of iFotoGuide: Arches to $2.99.  Yes, you read that right – $2.99.  Where else can you get that much information in a photo guide for $2.99?  Seriously…it’s a bargain at full price but at this price it’s just a flat out steal.  Comparable newsletters are $10 and a guidebook is $20 – and they aren’t even interactive!  Available now for the iPhone or iPod Touch at the Apple iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ifotoguide-arches-national/id337311105?mt=8.

If you do download it, we’d really appreciate it if you’d leave a review on iTunes after you’ve had a chance to take it for a test drive.  And, if you have any suggestions, we welcome your feedback.  We’re always looking for ways to make iFotoGuide even more useful to photographers.

New Feature: Ask An Expert

I’m starting a cool new interactive feature on my blog called “Ask An Expert”.  The concept is pretty simple: you send me a question related to photography and I round up an expert to answer it for you.  I’ll post your question on the blog along with the expert’s answer.  I’ll accept questions on just about any photography topic including technique, business & marketing, digital darkroom, equipment, etc.  Just try to keep it relevant to nature, landscape and/or adventure photography.

Questions we can’t answer:

  • Which is better, Canon or Nikon? (Everybody knows Canon is best.)
  • Is Photoshop cheating? (No.  I mean yes.  No, I mean no.)
  • Should I get up for sunrise if it’s cloudy outside? (No.  Stay in bed so those of us who do wake up for it don’t have to fight with so many photographers.)
  • Is it acceptable to yell at the Griswolds for standing under Delicate Arch for a family portrait just as the sky turns pink and the arch begins to glow? (Absolutely not!  While annoying, they have just as much right to be there as you do.)
  • And finally my favorite…If I had a nice camera and lens like yours I could take really good pictures, too. (Okay, so that’s not a question but seriously, do people really believe it’s all about the gear?  Ugh!)

Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s hear some great questions!  Please email your questions to me at bret (at) bretedge (dot) com.  If you’re wondering why I typed my email like that it’s because if I don’t, the spambots will launch a massive attack on my inbox.  I’d hate to miss any of your awesome questions.

Help Design The iFotoGuide Website – Please!

I was excited to receive the first mock-ups today for the new and improved iFotoGuide website launching later this month.  Problem is, I have a decision making disorder.  It takes half an hour for me to order a meal at the Cheesecake Factory because the menu is actually a book.  Literally.  If you’ve been there, you know what I mean.  Now I’m presented with four designs for our website and I’m paranoid I’ll choose the wrong one.  So, I’m counting on you to help us choose a design.  No pressure, though.  A website is only a company’s most important piece of marketing propaganda.  You know, the first contact most customers will have with us, where they’ll get all their information about our apps and the photographers we’re partnered with.  The website pretty much is iFotoGuide.  So yeah, no pressure.  Ugh!

Without further ado, here are the designs.  The elements are all interchangeable.  So, if you like the logo from one but the site design from another I am able to ask the designer to mix and match at will.  If you don’t like any of the logos and you have an idea for a better one, let’s hear it.  We really respect and appreciate your input.  I need to keep the project moving along so I can only accept your input until 9:00 PM on Thursday, Jan. 7.  There you have it folks.  Let ‘er rip!