Over the past handful of months, the NFT art movement has exploded. Artists accustomed to selling pieces for hundreds of dollars have now sold their work for millions. Artists ranging from Fine Art Photographers to Digital Creators have frantically transitioned some of their best works to NFT Marketplaces, in an attempt to grab a piece of this crypto-laced pie. This frantic sprint with NFTs has left artists, critics, and investors alike, clamoring, all with the same claim that this is the future of art. Over the past 20 years, dramatic technological advances have become an everyday phenomenon, and have paved…


Thumbnail reading “Selective Capture Sharpening: Techniques for sharp, noise-free landscape photography images”
Thumbnail reading “Selective Capture Sharpening: Techniques for sharp, noise-free landscape photography images”

When looking at images created by renowned professional photographers there are usually a handful of things they have in common, two of those things are the superb sharpness and noise-free quality of the images. I recently wrote an article and created a video tutorial discussing the sharpening workflow, and more specifically the Capture Sharpening portion of that workflow. If you are unfamiliar with the sharpening workflow, or Capture Sharpening, I’ll leave a link to the article and video here for anyone that needs a quick refresher. In that tutorial, I briefly mentioned that in some cases it is advantageous to…


Thumbnail reading, “Sharpening for Landscape Photography”.
Thumbnail reading, “Sharpening for Landscape Photography”.
The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening Your Landscape Photography Images

The sharpening of an image is a critical part of the post-processing workflow when it comes to creating high-quality works of art. The problem with learning how to sharpen your images is that there is so much misinformation and misleading techniques about how it should be done. In this article, I’m going to take a clear, simplified approach to sharpening in an effort to clear up the confusion that is often surrounding the topic. First, we’ll walk through an overview of the sharpening workflow, and then we’ll dive further into one, critical aspect of that workflow. This article will work…


The National Parks of the United States are home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. The argument could be made that the collection of National Parks in Southern Utah is the crown jewel of the parks system. Bryce Canyon, part of the Southern Utah National Parks, is home to some of the most unique landscapes you will ever see, and an absolute bucket list landscape photography location. I was fortunate enough to visit Bryce this past winter and experience the incredible landscape with a rare blanket of snow. An experience I won’t soon forget. …


All photography, and in particular Landscape photography, is about capturing the interaction of light with the world around us. At the heart of this light interaction is color. In my opinion, there is no greater element to photography than capturing and portraying color. The process of capturing color, processing color information, and ultimately outputting color for some form of display, is a long and complicated process. One important aspect of managing color when progressing from the processing stage to the output stage is color clipping. Color clipping occurs when there are colors and color variations in an image that are…


In the past few years, we’ve seen a popularity boom in mirrorless cameras. Enter the ultimate camera debate, Mirrorless or DSLR?

In the past few years, we’ve seen tremendous advances in digital camera technology that would've been unimaginable only ten years ago. Sensors ranging upwards of 100 megapixels, shutter bursts of 30 fps shooting high-resolution RAW images, and the list goes on. While these technological advances are impressive, one of the more notable changes in camera technology has been the emergence of the mirrorless camera. In a lot of ways, the mirrorless camera is not a far departure from the traditional DSLR, but there are a few things that separate the two. Having been a DSLR user and now a mirrorless…


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. …

Matt Ashley

Fine Art Landscape Photographer in Charlotte, NC mattgashley.com

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