On location techniques that will have you creating professional quality panoramas without spending thousands on specialized equipment.

The panorama, one of the most impressive and awe-inspiring ways to present a landscape. There’s nothing quite like a photograph that seemingly wraps around a sprawling landscape while being shown in one plane, all in front of you. The awe-inspiring nature of this type of photography has led the majority of world-renowned landscape photographers to produce a collection of panoramics (most notably, Peter Lik). While the thought of capturing world-class panoramas may seem daunting, I’m going to walk through a few tips that will dramatically improve the way you create panoramas. These tips will help you produce professional-quality panoramas, without…


I often find myself creating articles and videos pertaining to tips, tutorials, gear reviews, and the more technical aspects of Landscape Photography, so today I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to talk about the more important side of Landscape Photography, the part about the power and meaning behind a photograph.

In the fast paced, rat race of a modern world it’s easy to find yourself face down, nose pressed against an iPhone, while the world passes by. What have you missed while you were entranced by the small pocket-sized screen? That’s the thing about missing things…


What Sony has done in the last few years in the realm of mirrorless cameras is nothing short of incredible. From the lightweight camera bodies to the professional quality lenses, in my opinion, Sony has taken hold of the mirrorless camera category. Sony has positioned themselves to lead innovation in digital cameras with a line of mirrorless cameras that can perform at a professional level for both stills and video. Call me biased, but this is the reason I use the Sony Mirrorless System and plan on doing so for quite some time. Earlier this week, Sony made a groundbreaking…


Being a North Carolina Landscape Photographer you might think that I don’t often photograph snow, and you’d be correct. I wish I had the opportunity to photograph it more, as it can transform an ordinary scene into something magical. While snow can bring on some fantasy like photographs, it can also be a real challenge. This past week, western North Carolina was inundated with snow and I made sure to take full advantage of it. …


To argue that there is one way to setup your camera to take the best possible landscape photograph would be silly. Conditions are always changing and no scene is ever the same as another. However, I would argue that there are certain things you can do with your camera to give yourself the best chance of capturing a noteworthy image. Below I’m going to walk through a few keys to a good landscape image, and the settings needed to achieve these keys. I’ll use the image below as an example and reference for these few keys.

Light rays on a small tree in the middle of a waterfall.
Light rays on a small tree in the middle of a waterfall.
This image isn’t perfect, but it captures a few keys in creating a high quality landscape image.

The first key, and…


Auto mode on your camera is so easy. You turn the camera on, press the shutter, and boom — you’ve got a picture. You have a picture based on the settings that your camera saw fit to achieve the proper exposure, aka brightness of the image. But what if you were taking a picture of a bird? Perhaps you need a fast shutter speed to freeze the flap of its wings, but your camera can’t read your mind and know that, it’s just focused on the proper exposure. Leaving you with a correctly exposed bird with blurry wings. Or maybe…


It’s difficult to imagine landscape photography without waterfalls. Every professional landscape photographer has a number of high quality waterfall images in their portfolio. And honestly, if you’re new to photography these images often seem unachievable. The water is so smooth and the colors are so vibrant, among other things. I can’t take you through an entire waterfall workshop in a blog post, but I can give you these five tips that will dramatically improve your waterfall photography.

1. Slow down with a Tripod

Ever walked up to a waterfall, pulled out your camera (set on Auto of course), and taken a picture? Only to look at…


Here I’ll dive into every statistic, penny earned, and piece of knowledge gained.

I’m not going to talk about how I made $11,000 writing in a month. I’m not going to reveal the secret sauce to $100,000 a year in passive income. I’m not going to brag about what I’ve achieved. All I want to do is present a few facts and thoughts about my experience writing on Medium for two months.

I’ll start by explaining the nature of my blog. I mainly use this blog as a place to share my thoughts about various photography techniques and gear. I love explaining an editing technique in the hopes that it will help people…


I live in Charlotte, NC and the last day I went into work was March 12th, 2020. As I am writing this it is April 23rd, 2020. 42 days since my last day at work. It seems like a lifetime ago. It seems like time is on pause. It seems like this has to end soon. But will it? Will anything ever be the same?

My regular day job before Covid-19 was in data analytics. Photography and filmmaking was a passionate hobby of mine. However, it isn’t anymore. It’s something that I am determined to turn into a career, and…


Have you ever seen an impossibly dream-like landscape photo? One with a slow burning, glowing sunset. That’s really the best way to describe it, the image looks as if it’s glowing. You might be thinking, “wow, I wish I was that good and could take a picture like that.” Sure, great photographers are capable of creating fantastic compositions and take advantage of great light, but a lot of the magic occurs in the post processing. Post processing is really where a photographer will accentuate and achieve that glowing look.

This glow added to a photo is known as the Orton…

Matt Ashley

Fine Art Landscape Photographer in Charlotte, NC mattgashley.com

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