Jay Patel

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Jay and Varina’s style of teaching is so amazing

Your and Varina’s style of teaching is so amazing. You bring the workshop to my home in lucid and easy to understand style. I have subscribed to many including PPSOP, Lynda…But your team is the best! I have recommended The Complete Ultimate Collection to all my friends.

Sunil Udupa
Mumbai, India

In Sharp Focus Webinar was informative

In Sharp Focus Webinar was informative and gave me a better understanding and appreciation of some sharpening techniques available in software I use, but that I haven’t utilized before.

Paul
Norman, Oklahoma

Thank you Varina for explaining hyper focal distance

I am thrilled that this weekend I got to put to use what I have learned so far. Thank you Varina for explaining hyper focal distance, it even worked with my little Olympus OMD M5 with the kit 12-50mm lens. Thank you both for explaining how to use layers.

Robert Forrister
Makanda, Illinois

Excellent Class for a New Student

The Creative Sharpening Class by Jay Patel enlightened me as to the different approaches to sharpening various aspects of a landscape scene. It would be an excellent class for a new student of Lightroom as well as someone experienced who can be reminded by the very good illustrations of the various tools and the interactive potential of these tools in Lightroom. I went back over part of this tutorial several time. It is excellent.

Larry Wilkinson
Michigan, United States

Easy to follow and replicate for your students

Once again, a wonderful course (Getting it Right in Camera) that you have created here, in stunning locations, and by means of your intuitive style of teaching all the concepts and techniques can be properly digested. The case studies provide invaluable insights in how you work your cameras and the thought processes behind creating those wonderful images – easy to follow and replicate for your students.

Frank Weitzer
Germany

You guys do a fabulous job teaching

You guys do a fabulous job teaching the Essential Filters Course  in a fairly easy and straightforward manner that we can comprehend quickly. I have already learned a lot about different tips and tricks just by watching some of your video courses. Kudos to both of you and I deeply appreciate it.

Jeffery Wong
California

Great stuff!

I’m enjoying your Creating Impact Course video tutorials and case studies. They’ve really helped clarify a number of areas that have always been a big vague for me – like hyperfocal distance! I’ve also really appreciated seeing your thought process when deciding how to photograph a location and the steps you work through in post processing. Great stuff! :)

Ruth Smith
Tasmania, Australia

I learn better with your focused approach

I have used both your free and paid video tutorials. What I really like about your approach over some of the many others I have read, is that you concentrate on one small topic (such as hyperfocal distance). I found that I was more likely to go out and practice and thus retain what I learned better than when attacking a much broader topic.

John
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Jay and Varina explain photography really well

I have been enjoying your videos from Hyperfocal Distance and The Ultimate Landscape Photography Courses. And I must say you – Jay and Varina – explain photography really well. And I love the humour that you guys bring.

Jamie Blair
New South Wales, Australia

I thoroughly enjoyed the video courses

I thoroughly enjoyed the video courses by Varina and Jay Patel. Their clear presentation style and real life examples of their teaching enabled me to rapidly understand and put into practice what they were teaching. Their style is quite personal as if you were on site with them. Excellent photography in the examples supports the learning experience. Histograms were always a bit of a mystery. Seeing how to use them to improve my “in-camera” results will enable me to get the results I see in the field.

Michael Franklin
Ottawa, Canada

Mastering Simplification in Nature Photography

Learn to organize & simplify your nature photography compositions to create images with strong visual impact with Jay & Varina Patel.
$39.95
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Creating Impact with Nature Photography

Learn to go beyond the basic rules to build stronger nature photography compositions with visual impact with Jay & Varina Patel.
$39.95
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Creative Photography with Shutter Speed

Learn to use shutter speed to go beyond your own expectations as you visualize & capture expressive photos with our creative photography tutorial.
$39.95
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Hyperfocal Distance for Landscape Photography

Feel confident using hyperfocal distance for landscape photography to get in close with a wide angle lens and get everything in sharp focus.
$39.95
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Creative Photography with Aperture

Learn to use your aperture setting with our creative photography tutorial and fill your portfolio with original, imaginative and expressive images.
$39.95
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Telephoto Lenses for Nature Photography

Learn to freeze motion, eliminate blur, catch wildlife in action, be creative, and capture awe-inspiring photos with your telephoto lenses.
$39.95
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Creative Photography with Lensbaby

Experiment... take risks... break the rules... make mistakes... have fun... and capture striking photos with Lensbaby.
$39.95
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Essential Photography Filters

How to create stunning images using photography filters... when to use them, why we carry them, and when it's best to put them away.
$39.95

Vibrant Colors in Nature Photography

Learn to make the most of your camera settings, gear, and creative decisions to capture the rich, vibrant colors you see in nature.
$39.95

Illuminated Course

Mastering light in landscape photography and coming way with brilliant photos, no matter what.
$39.95
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Macro Photography Lenses

Learn to overcome the big challenges of shooting small subjects with your macro photography lens.
$39.95
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Nature Photography In Sharp Focus

Learn how to handle difficult focusing situations… discover the best practices and camera settings for sharp focus… and find out how you can get creative with focus, too!
$39.95
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Wide Angle Lenses

Make the most of your wide angle lens to capture grand vistas with incredible depth and detail.
$39.95
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Getting it Right in Camera

Go beyond technical skills and capture stunning photos right in camera—regardless of the conditions.
$39.95
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Bracketing Exposed

Push beyond the limitations of your camera, and gain control of your highlights and shadows with this complete guide to exposure bracketing for high dynamic range photography.
$39.95
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Histograms Exposed

No more guesswork… no more hoping for the best… no more poorly exposed photographs. It’s time to take control of your camera.
$39.95

Mastering Manual Exposure in Nature Photography

Put your knowledge of the exposure triangle into practice. Learn to manually expose your photograph using your camera’s spot meter.
$39.95

Jay Patel on Digital Photo Mentor

In this interview I talk about my biggest photography failure and what I would have done differently if I had to do it all over again.
August 29, 2014/by Jay Patel
Landscape Photo from Catlins, New Zealand by Jay Patel

Capturing changing conditons

Our visual world changes right before our eyes, providing us with an abundance of different shots.
July 7, 2014/by Jay Patel

Behind the Lens Course – Pre Release Annoucement

Learn how to approach a scene and how to navigate the range of options available to you in order to produce a finished image that matches your artistic vision.
June 23, 2014/by Jay Patel

Losing a grip on your photo gear

When you’re focused on getting that PERFECT shot, there may be consequences to your preoccupation.
June 18, 2014/by Jay Patel

Exposure Is a Creative Choice

Just as we control focus, aperture, shutter speed, and other camera settings, sometimes we must creatively control exposure as well.
May 21, 2014/by Jay Patel

Photographing Banff

In August 2013, Jay and I spent a few days in the Canadian…
January 13, 2014/by Jay Patel
Landscape photography from Redwood Forest National Park, California by Jay Patel

Selling From the Heart

As photographers we all have our favorite fine art prints displaying our own unique artistic styles but do they always sell?
December 13, 2013/by Jay Patel

Photography Workflow: Lovers

Sometimes, photos that seem incredibly simple at first glance are actually more complicated than you'd think.
December 9, 2013/by Jay Patel
Fountain of Youth, Iceland

Shooting in the Mist

Landscape Photography Fieldwork: How to avoid getting water drops on your lens when shooting near a waterfalls or while it is raining.
July 24, 2013/by Jay Patel

Focus as a Creative Choice

While it may be technically feasible to get everything is sharply in focus it is always necessary? Or artistically pleasing?
April 22, 2013/by Jay Patel

Before and After: Grand Tetons

This was the view outside our tent when we went camping deep…
February 13, 2013/by Jay Patel
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How much time do you spend in Photoshop?

Some photos require just a moment or two in Photoshop, while others requires more time. On average, I spend between 5-15 minutes per photo.
November 12, 2012/by Jay Patel

I could start off like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s success were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up this way...

I am a Program Manager, Website Designer, Photographer, Avid Biker who loves to experiment… take risks… break the rules… have fun… in pursuit of inspiration and creativity. I have 15+ years of program management experience with highly complex hardware & software development cycles.

....and one more thing. I love nature photography and my work has been sold and published worldwide.

WHAT I DO FOR WORK

Over past few years I have starred in, filmed, produced and edited over 100+ on location videos for educational & commercial usage. Here is a small sample:

The best job in the world!