Mike Hagen – Visual Adventures – April 2015 Newsletter

In This Newsletter

– Greetings
– New Books
– Stuff I Like This Month
– Studio Tips: Seven Things I Learned by Photographing 500 People
– Digital Tidbits: Don’t Forget These 3 Things in the Lightroom Develop Module
– Digital Tidbits: New Software Options in 2015
– Workshop and Business Updates

Leavenworth triptych

I took my kids on an adventure trip last week to Leavenworth, WA and Wenatchee, WA. Here are a few B&W images from our hikes and bike trips.


The photo industry is in a constant state of change. New products from companies like Light are released every day while other companies such as Photoflex, Tamrac and Metz are bought, sold or shut down. It’s tough to keep up with the current trends and it’s even tougher to make a living in this crazy photo world.

For photographers like us who love taking pictures, the important thing is to always be working at improving your craft. Often times, it isn’t owning the latest-greatest invention that makes our photographs better, rather it’s the hours and hours of practice that we put in that improves our photography. My encouragement to you this month is to not worry so much about the newest trends or the coolest new lens, but to focus on becoming a better photographer through practice.

Use the articles in this month’s newsletter as inspiration to get out and improve your photography. Use the article on photographing 500 people for a church directory to inspire you to photograph your child’s baseball team or your friend’s charity organization. Use the articles on software and Lightroom to inspire you to take your post-processing to the next level.

The key is to keep on shooting so that you continue improving.

Quick update on our 2015 photo trips

Iceland 2015 is sold out. We’ll be back again in 2016 with another trip to Iceland.

Galapagos 2015September 12-19, 2015 still has spots available.

Tanzania 2015November 4-15, 2015 still has spots available.

On a related note, check out the new article just published on photographing in the Galapagos. Here’s a link to the Nikonian eZine: Download Nikon eZine 58

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