FINE ART LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY BLOGS

Welcome to the Randy Bott Photography Blog. Here you will find all things photography related such as trip reports, photography tools, printing, post processing and other photography related tips. Some you may find useful, others you may wonder why I wrote them. Either way, enjoy the blog posts and if you have any questions, please reach out through my Contact page and I will get back to as soon as I can.

BACKPACKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Seattle, Washington
BACKPACKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY-HOW TO START

The longer I’ve been a fine art nature and landscape photographer, the more I hear the same statement. “All the good places are overrun with photographers and Instagrammers”...

Seattle, Washington
SOMETHING DIFFERENT | "OIL PAINTED" FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY PRINTS

As my photography journey continues and I learn about more photographers, certain things always stand out. Landscape photographers want to shoot the same hero shots (nothing wrong with this...

GICLEE PRINTS
Seattle, Washington
WHAT IS A GICLEE PRINT?

The first thing to learn is how to pronounce Giclee. Giclee is French and is pronounce Zhe-klay and means "to spray". In short, it uses high end inkjet printers to create fine art prints...

TRYPTIC FINE ART PRINTS FOR YOUR HOME GALLERY
Seattle, Washington
TRYPTIC PRINTS FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE GALLERY

As a landscape photographer, separating yourself from the others can be difficult. The “Hero Shot” is the same one we all get and for good reason...

FINE ART PRINTS FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS
Seattle, Washington
PURCHASING FINE ART PRINTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

How often do you struggle with gifts for the holidays? I’m guessing every year. Even though Christmas is the same time every year, we wait until the last minute to purchase gifts for loved ones...

THE PALOUSE, TUSCANY OF AMERICA
Seattle, Washington
WHAT AND WHERE EXACTLY IS THE PALOUSE?

One of the perks of being a landscape photographer is that I get to travel around and “discover” new places. One of my favorite places in the Pacific Northwest is the Palouse, located in the southeast corner of Washington State...

INVESTING IN BLACK AND WHITE PRINTS FOR YOUR HOME GALLERY
Seattle, Washington
ADVANTAGES OF BLACK AND WHITE FINE ART PRINTS

Adding new fine art prints to a home or office gallery, black and white images are a great way to offset the color. The problem with a color image is it must match the interior decorating where black and white goes with almost any decor...

PANORAMIC FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
Seattle, Washington
WHAT IS A PANORAMIC FINE ART PRINT?

Panoramic photographs come in all shapes and sizes. But to be more specific, a panorama photograph starts when it's twice as wide as it is tall. Therefore 2:1 ratio to start...

LIMITED EDITION FALL COLOR PRINTS FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE GALLERY
Seattle, Washington
CHOOSING FALL COLOR FINE ART PRINTS

Now that fall is here, Instagram or Facebook feeds are full of fall color images. Think how nice it would be to have some of those images at home. The air is colder, days are shorter and curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate sure seems nice...

WHERE TO PHOTOGRAPH FALL COLOR IN COLORADO
Seattle, Washington
SOME OF THE BEST PLACES TO PHOTOGRAPH FALL COLOR IN COLORADO

This year I finally made a road trip to photograph fall color somewhere else besides the Tumwater Canyon in Eastern Washington. I called up a friend and asked him if I should go to Iceland again or to Colorado to photograph the fall color...

WHY YOUR PREMIUM FINE ART PRINT LOOKS DIFFERENT ON YOUR COMPUTER
Seattle, Washington
WHY DOES YOUR PRINT NOT MATCH THE IMAGE ON YOUR MONITOR?

Have you noticed that when you get your new premium fine art print it does not look like it does on your compute monitor? Well, there are a couple reasons for this...

INFRARED ART FOR YOUR HOME GALLERY
Seattle, Washington
SURREAL INFRARED LIMITED EDITION PHOTOGRAPHS

As your are building an art gallery inside your home or office, having something different can be challenging. Most people seem to have similar art and for good reason...

PURCHASING LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
Seattle, Washington
WHY PURCHASE LIMITED EDITON FINE ART PRINTS? ART AS AN INVESTMENT

The best reason is value. Limited edition fine art prints will increase in value as the art nears the end of the run...

CHOOSING PREMIUM FINE ART NATURE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR YOUR HOME
Seattle, Washington
CHOOSING FINE ART LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUR HOME

Choosing art for your home can be a bit daunting. What would look good with my decor, what size fine art print should I buy? For the decor, that can be hard since so many colors look good together whether they are the same or contrast each other...

WHAT MAKES A GOOD BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO
Seattle, Washington
BLACK AND WHITE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

As I have gotten more into black and white photography, I have learned many things. The biggest one is that most black and white photos are different levels of grey...

HOW TO LIGHT YOUR PREMIUM FINE ART PRINTS
Seattle, Washington
BEST WAYS TO PROPERLY LIGHT YOUR FINE ART PRINTS

Now that you have purchased a fine art prints and hung it on the wall, how should you add light to make the prints stand out? You could stand there and shine a flashlight on the art but your arm will get tired and the batteries may die...

WHY YOUR PRINTS ARE DARK
Seattle, Washington
WHY ARE YOUR PRINTS DARKER ON PAPER THAN YOUR SCREEN

A few years back I purchased a printer so I can see my photos in print. It's easier for me to find editing issues when I print my work. I guess I'm old school that way...

WHAT IS AN ACRYLIC PRINT?
Seattle, Washington
WHAT IS AN ACRYLIC PRINT

Acrylic Prints seem to be the best way to print fine art photographs these days. What is an acrylic print? In simple terms, it is a photograph printed on a piece of acrylic (plexiglass)...

PRINTING ON HAHNEMUHLE BARYTA 315 GSM PAPER
Seattle, Washington
WHY I CHOSE HAHNEMUHLE BARYTA 315 GSM

A couple years back I was at the Kenmore Camera Expo and I saw printers on sale. I wasn’t sure if I wanted one but then I thought about all the images I have taken...

PRINTING ON ALUMINUM METAL
Seattle, Washington
WHY CHOOSE METAL FOR FINE ART PRINTS

Metal prints are made by applying the image onto an aluminum substrate. The process starts by printing the image on a transfer paper such as Fujiflex Crystal Archive, printing directly onto the metal, or using dye sublimation inks...