Grand Teton panoramic and photography challenges

Grand Teton panoramic. Every month I have a tips class in East Mesa.  About 10-15 people at all different photography levels come together.  I usually go over a photography related topic and give tips, pointers or suggestions.  However, my favorite part of the classes are the photography challenges and goal setting.  It’s been super cool seeing people challenge themselves and follow through with their goals.  I’ve seen wedding albums, portfolios, prints, business cards, smugmug sites, new fan pages on facebook, panoramic, time lapse videos and checks indicating that we are all up for the challenge of growing with our passion.  When you commit to a goal or a challenge with a group of people it feels more powerful somehow.  I have to be accountable at my next class, it’s really the execution, consistency and persistence that gets us closer to where we want to be in this profession.

I have been just as inspired by all of those that attend my classes.  Lately, I can’t seem to get enough!  My camera is helping me tell the story of my next chapter in life.  I’ve had a desire for many years to travel the world, so maybe I will.  Why not?  If I do make it to all 7 continents, you can count on my camera being my most intimate companion!

So there it is below!  A Grand Teton Panoramic.  Something moves inside of you when you stitch a panoramic together.  It’s a cool perspective and I wanted to share this with some of my fellow photographers and students.   Please send a link to your panoramic if you’ve put one together lately, I would love to see it!


Arizona Sunset Dust Storm

Arizona Sunset Dust Storm. I thought this would be an impossible picture to take! I was 20 minutes away from what I knew would be an outstanding location for the evenings sunset and the sky was already changing colors. It’s illegal and highly inadvisable to drive like a lunatic to capture natures beauty. It’s the adrenaline rush of getting the shot at the right moment. It’s speeding ticket worthy and doesn’t have the same simplicity and Zen like qualities as the picture taken. Caught it just in time and found a new shooting spot on the way back too. Keep coming around, I may share it with you guys soon!




Tips for Great Photography Part One!

Tips for Great Photography by Stacy LeClair

1.  Finding the right location-  Finding the right locations is imperative to a great shot!  Although many photographers don’t like to reveal this fact, it is true! Find a beautiful place and it’s hard not to take a good picture.

2.  Working with good lighting (studio, sunrise, sunset, storm lighting)-  Now that a great photographer has found a great location, they patiently wait for the light to illuminate their subject nicely.  With the combination of awesome lighting and a great location the results are rather stunning!

3.  Using a tripod for sharp images and less camera shake- A great photographer will know the importance of a sharp image.  Camera shake can cause a beautiful scene to look blurry or distorted.  Even with all the technical advances and image stabilization a tripod is still one of the most important tools for great photographers.  Start using one regularly and notice the difference!

4.  Extensive knowledge about their equipment-  How long does it take you to adjust your camera settings when the light is changing quickly?  A great photographer knows how to operate their settings accurately and efficiently when it’s necessary.  They end up with the shot!

5.  Working well with software and establishing a good workflow-  Software is used as an enhancement for an already well composed shot.  Great photographers use their software tastefully and artistically.