A Guide to Photographing Nature’s Smaller Scenes


We wrote our ebook, at 174 pages with over 250 photographs, to help photographers develop field practices and a mindset that helps to see and discover these scenes, as well as learn the techniques to capture them in the field. Please see the preview below for a full table of contents and sample pages from the PDF ebook.  

Beyond the Grand Landscape includes: 

  • Twelve key creative concepts and field practices to help you discover and photograph a diverse array of small scenes
  • Exercises to facilitate your learning and application of the concepts in the ebook
  • Field techniques for creating natural abstracts, macro, flowers, and foliage photographs using a simple kit of equipment
  • Foundations of photographic composition and technical fundamentals
  • A discussion of the importance of light, weather, and atmospheric conditions in photographing small scenes and how you can these conditions to your advantage
  • A discussion of mood and its importance in establishing an emotional connection to viewers
  • Interviews with inspiration and photographs from four talented photographers, each with a deep portfolio of intimate landscapes and small scenes (Justin Reznick, Alex Mody, Robin Black, and Greg Russell)
  • A showcase of twelve of our images, including a discussion on composition, light, mood, our thought process while in the field and post-processing choices for each
  • Photo processing fundamentals and essential techniques, including examples of three of our photos from start to finish
  • More than 250 images to demonstrate these concepts in a practical and immediately applicable manner.

Among artistic disciplines, and even among other photography disciplines, landscape photographers are faced with an enormous challenge: the scenes we photograph are real and are not created with any input from the photographer. Instead, we have seek them out. There is no blank canvas to start, but rather a rich tapestry of existing materials that the photographer has to make sense of and showcase in a way that reflects their artistic vision.

Beyond the Grand Landscape is about removing restrictions and expanding the domain of the subject matter that you photograph -  to move beyond grand landscapes photographed during the golden hour and to include smaller scenes and intimate details that are everywhere and available to photograph in all types of light throughout the day.  


6 Ebook Bundle - $64.95

Includes six ebooks: Forever Light, Desert Paradise, Beyond the Grand Landscape, Black & White Photography, Iceland: Black + White, and 5 Photos.

What Our Customers Are Saying (See More Reviews Here):

I want to thank you for your Beyond the Grand Landscape book. I am a serious amateur nature photographer with a preference for the intimacy of the small scene. While there are a few books on macro-photography or flower photography, there has been nothing that confirmed my interest or extended what I already know until I found your book. It is comprehensive, informative, well-illustrated, and above all, very practical. Thank you for putting it together.
— Judy
I am becoming very excited about intimate landscapes and smaller scenes. At the risk of bragging... I want you to know I took the two of the best shots I have ever taken after reading your Beyond the Grand Landscape ebook. The photos in the ebook are fantastic (not surprising) and the prose is excellent. Thanks so much for your help.
— Susan
I also have your fabulous Beyond the Grand Landscape ebook. It’s a great resource that I will likely refer to over and over to remind myself to expand my photographic vision, and simply to be more focused on nature’s beauty even when not photographing it.
— John

SAMPLE PAGES FROM beyond the grand landscape


Selected Images from Beyond the Grand Landscape