Fine Art Landscape and Wilderness Photography Blog

Welcome to the official blog for Scott Smorra Fine Art Wilderness Photography. I periodically post new articles about how to purchase fine art landscape photography and also tips and tricks to help photographers create compelling images.

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World Wide Wonder - Gallery Show / Print Exhibition - June to September 2022

On June 25, 2022 my "World Wide Wonder" gallery show / print exhibition was hung at the Providence Portland Community Gallery in Portland, Oregon. After a couple of delays, the prints are finally up on the wall! The show features a collection 19 expressive photographs I've created during my journeys throughout the world...

Image Licensing Services | Photo Usage Rights for Print and Digital Use

Have you been searching online for images to use in your latest project? Before you right-click save a photo you found on the web, there are a few important things to know about image licensing. In this concise blog article, I will provide an overview of image licensing and explain how I license my own images for both print and digital applications...

Waterfall Corridor Timed Vehicle Access Permits | Oregon Columbia River Gorge

Interested in visiting the Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Corridor in Oregon during the summer of 2022? Starting May 24th 2022, you will need a timed vehicle access permit to drive the Historic Columbia River Highway between the Bridal Veil / Angels Rest offramp (Exit 28) and Ainsworth State Park (Exit 35)...

Photography Student Questions and Answers

Are you a photography student working on a school project about interesting photographers? I'm frequently contacted by students (grade school, high school, and college/university) who want to learn more about my photography...

2021 Year in Review | Best Landscape Photos

At the end of every year, I like to spend some time reflecting on my photography. I focus on celebrating the wins and pondering new strategies for the upcoming year. 2021 was another year filled with surprises (I'm looking at you pandemic!), but I'm quite pleased with what I was able to achieve...

Best-Selling Prints in 2021 | Top 10 Best-Seller Photos

As 2021 comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to look back to see which fine art prints were my best sellers for the year. Some of the top selling prints may surprise you! The images featured below represent my Top 10 Best Selling landscape and nature photography prints in 2021 and each is available for purchase as a limited-edition fine art print...

Portland Japanese Garden | A Photography Guide

Are you interested in photographing the Portland Japanese Garden? Do you enjoy seeing beautiful pictures of nature? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this article is for you. The article begins with a brief history of the Garden, then discusses photography logistics for landscape / nature photographers and concludes with a collection of tips to help you create compelling photographs in the Garden...

Backpacking the Kalalau Trail | Hiking Information, Permits

Interested in backpacking the Kalalau Trail on the NaPali Coast of Kaua’i? If you are an experienced hiker with plenty of determination, this trail offers one of the world’s most beautiful and unique backpacking experiences...

How To Travel to Maui Hawaii During COVID-19 | Spoiler: It's Complicated!

In May 2021, I traveled to the island of Maui, Hawaii for a landscape and nature photography trip. Visiting Maui this year was quite different from my previous trips and I thought it would be helpful to write up a blog article about my experience...

Certificates of Authenticity for Fine Art Photography

Have you ever wondered how Certificates of Authenticity (COAs) are used in the world of fine art photography? In this article, you will learn about COAs and provenance and how they are used to validate the authenticity of Scott Smorra Photography limited edition fine art prints...

I was recently a guest on episode 54 of the "We Talk Photo" podcast with John Pedersen and Jack Graham. This podcast was launched in 2019 and has featured interviews with a wide variety of landscape and nature photographers...

How to Properly Light Fine Art Photography | Artwork Illumination Basics

Before hanging a new piece of artwork on the wall, it is important to take a few minutes to think about how best to illuminate it. Proper lighting allows the viewer to fully appreciate the colors and details in a fine art photography print and can completely transform the viewing experience...

2020 Year in Review | Best Landscape Photos

2020! What a year it’s been! Back in January, I was not expecting a year filled with a viral pandemic, catastrophic wildfires and major social unrest. Despite all of the challenges, I was able to spend a significant amount of time focusing on both the art and marketing sides of photography...

How to Photograph the NEOWISE Comet

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is the brightest comet to grace the Northern Hemisphere since the Hale/Bopp comet in 1996-1997. After seeing dozes of stunning images from the photography community, I knew I wanted to see the comet with my own eyes...

How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies in Winter

In February 2020, I had the opportunity to spend a week creating landscape photographs in Banff and Jasper National Parks with my good friend and talented photographer, Jordan Ek. These parks are amazing anytime of year, but in winter they transform into a winter wonderland that is perfectly suited for landscape and nature photography...