Choosing a Dress - Varina Patel

Getting Ready to Shoot Autumn

Shooting in autumn is so much fun - I love the inevitable explosion of red and gold as the maples shift into their fall foliage.

How Can I Simplify an Image?

Simplifying an photo can be difficult, but it starts with choosing a simple subject. Here are some easy to follow tips from Varina Patel.
Big Island - Hawai'i, USA

Peeling Back the Layers

I start by taking a look at my finished color image and thinking about what I want to accomplish with my conversion to black and white.
Breaking Wave

Color or Monochrome?

When I decide to convert an image to monotone, it's usually because…
The Coming Storm

A Complicated Blend: The Coming Storm

Sometimes, I can finish post-production work in just a few…
west_virginia_0091 copy

Hey, Dad... Is This Close Enough?

My dad used to tell me to "get in close" when I was taking…
Death Valley National Park, CA

Photographing Reflected Light

The word reflection is usually used in reference to reflections…
Aspen Leaf on Marble

Aspen Leaf on Marble

Marble, Colorado is a tiny town that boasts a pretty darn…
Calf Creek Falls, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah (UT), USA

Mirror, Mirror

If you are willing to cross Calf Creek at the end of the…
The Log Bridge - Varina Patel

Leading the Eye

When I am planning a composition, I am constantly thinking about…