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Take the Photograph: In Defense of Getting the Cliché Shot

I originally wrote this piece as a caption on of one of my Instagram photographs, on this image of sunrise at Canyonlands National Park. It ended up being one of my most commented on images, and it resonated with a lot people. I realized I needed to write up a blog post on that same subject so I can expand upon why you should still take a photograph that someone else might consider a cliché. It’s something I feel strongly about, and I wanted to make sure this idea could reach as many people as possible, so that no [...]

By |March 26th, 2019|

Beat the Cold: 15 Tips to Capture Magical Winter Photographs

In honor of my latest winter photography trip (see my previous blog here and stay tuned for part 2 next Monday!) I wanted to write up 15 tips I have learned while out in the cold photographing winters over the past few years. I’ll go over essential gear tips, how to get your technique down to take the perfect shot, and how to compose and edit those shots to capture a scene that is downright winter wonderland magical. Don’t let the cold keep you from taking beautiful photographs! Gear 1. [...]

By |February 11th, 2019|

12 Ways to Improve Your Photography This Year

It’s the first post of the New Year! It’s a new year and a new you. Let’s make this year the year you learn the most about photography, the year you go out and shoot the most number of days, and the year you grow your skillset and confidence. Here are 12 ways to improve your photography this year: 1. Shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. This is the most obvious tip, but it merits being stated first. I improved massively in my first year of “serious” photography when I went [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|

2019 Calendars for Sale!

2019 calendars for officially sale!!! ⠀ Last year's 2018 PNW calendar was so lovely and you all enjoyed it so much, I am excited to bring you all new images for a new 2019 PNW calendar: https://rebeccahelen.com/wordpress/product/2019-pnw-calendar/ But wait! There's more! This year, I went a little crazy - I traveled so much I didn't just do a PNW calendar, but I also have a US States calendar, featuring Oregon, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Tennessee, and South Carolina. I'm really excited for them - last year's turned out so well, I hope you [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|

10 Highly Effective Tips for Fall Photography

In the last blog, I wrote about ideal places to shoot autumn color in Oregon. In today's guide, I'll be giving you my top 10 highly effective techniques for fall photography. Before we start the main list, here's a quick bonus tip that I didn't cover in my last blog (since it was location-specific): finding fall color can depend a LOT on elevation. Temperature drops with gains in elevation, so what color you are seeing near your house might be very different from you intended adventure destination. Do some research (my favorite tip haha) before you head out and [...]

By |October 9th, 2018|

Shooting Silk: Capturing Captivating Waterfall Images

Hands down, my favorite photography is waterfall chasing. Waterfalls are just so powerful, so captivating, so attention-grabbing. I was lucky enough to grow up and live in the Pacific Northwest, where waterfalls seem to be around every river bend, every drop in forest elevation, and off every mountain side. The Portland area alone in Oregon is blessed with the Columbia River Gorge, where an entire corridor of waterfalls await to be explored (note: at the time of this writing, September 2018, many trails remain closed in the Gorge due to the Eagle Creek fire of 2017. Please respect trail [...]

By |September 19th, 2018|
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