Entries by Matt Meisenheimer

Avoid These ‘Easy-to-Avoid’ Beginner Mistakes

We were all beginners at some point. Many of us still are. The journey into nature photography is a learning process in itself, as well as a creative process. I have worked with many photographers of all skill types during my time leading Backcountry Journeys Photography Tours & Workshops, and I tend to see beginner […]

Advanced Tips on Composition

As a landscape photographer, composition is everything. It is the glue that holds our photos together and it is what separates a great shot from a mediocre shot. Our compositions tell a story. They are our artistic expression of the natural world. But what exactly is composition? This is a constant conversation among photographers, but […]

Canon EOS R5: Most Exciting Release for 2020?

For those of you who follow the blog or have joined me on a Backcountry Journeys workshop, you know that I am a Nikon shooter. But, leading workshops have allowed me to use almost every popular camera from the major manufacturers. I’ve used Nikon’s mirrorless and DSLR cameras, all of Sony’s top models, and Canon […]

Top 5 Filters for Landscape Photography

Filters used to be an accessory that every photographer owned, regardless of genre and style. But the digital age rushed onto the scene rendering many filters obsolete, mainly due to the fact that many desired filter effects have become easily replicated in digital processing applications like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. However, filters that produce […]

Hit a Creative Brick Wall? Tips for Breaking out of a Rut

Creativity is an important aspect of outdoor photography. Take two photographers shooting the same exact scene as an example. The two might be equipped with different gear, they most likely will approach the scene differently in terms of composition, and each might even use different camera settings. And that’s only considering a few of the […]

Tips for Creating Great Seascape Images

At Backcountry Journeys, we offer many workshops that include coastal and ocean photography, better known to us landscapers as ‘seascapes’. Two of our most popular workshops are the fast-approaching Olympic National Park, and Coastal Oregon and California’s Redwoods. The two workshops feature some of the best coastlines that you can photograph anywhere. We also recently […]

Canadian Rockies: A Personal Report & Notes on Planning

I recently took a personal trip to the Canadian Rockies, specifically Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta.  Both parks, as well as the extended surrounding areas, are some of the best destinations in the world for landscape photography, in my opinion. Great in all seasons as well. I have never visited in spring, but […]

Canon & Nikon Releases

Quarter one of 2020 has been busy in the camera industry as there have been several new releases to get excited about! (click here for my thoughts on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III). It has certainly been a busy time for Backcountry Journeys, as well, as we have released a number of exciting new […]

Focus Stacking: A Useful Technique For Landscape Photography

Focus stacking is one of the most important intermediate photography skills that you can learn. It will increase your creativity in the field and allow you to create more depth in your images. It is a fairly simple technique, but it does require the use of post-processing applications. Focus stacking for landscape photography was adopted from […]

What’s in My Camera Pack? Secrets from a Pro

Many of us spend a lot of time traveling and visiting beautiful places around the world. It is essential that we pack light, but at the same time, ensure that we have all the accessories needed for every possible scenario. Obviously, a camera, some lenses, and a tripod should always come along on any photo […]