Varina Patel

Owner/Landscape Photographer

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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

This is a really well structured and explained course

I thank you for your knowledge and practical walk through of the location and thought process with the final shots. This is a really well structured and explained course (Behind the Lens). It has given me the confidence to go out and explore and push myself further than I have ever expected to achieve.

Peter Lord
NSW, Australia

Passionate hobbyists should follow Jay and Varina Patel

Passionate hobbyists interested in learning the technical aspects of photography in a simple and understanding way should follow Jay and Varina Patel.
Jaikumar Menon
Mumbai, India

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

Every single case study was excellent

Great course! I am loving the narrower scope but more in-depth approach and both the “in the field” workflow and “the photo I didn’t take” explanations. Every single case study was excellent. (Behind the Lens Course)

Regina Velasquez

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

What a refreshing approach in an ever changing industry!

I have been an outdoor photographer for 25 years and really enjoy tuning in to Varina and Jay’s tutorials, they are leading the way with their technical knowledge and philosophy on composition, what a refreshing approach in an ever changing industry!

Guy Vickers
New Plymouth, New Zealand

Jay was very clear and to the point

Jay was very clear and to the point in In Sharp Focus Webinar. I learned a lot from him today and come to realize how much I don’t know.
Bob
Salida, Calif

Varina is an exceptional teacher

Varina is an exceptional teacher (I’ve experienced hundreds over the years and she is among the very best, if not at the top). These case studies are an exceptional complement to the fieldwork teachings where both Varina and Jay excel with their skills and explanations. The Ultimate Landscape Photography Course is a MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE for anyone wanting to get into or improve their skills in this field.

Ron Brit
Manitoba, Canada

Terrific clear, simple, engaging style

Jay and Varina Patel’s Ultimate Landscape Photography Course has been a great resource to help me in my journey towards taking great photos. Their presentations are in the terrific clear, simple, engaging style that they use in their workshops. Their content is comprehensive and includes handy tips and information that I haven’t seen elsewhere on the net.

Simon Patterson
Western Australia

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.
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Landscape Photo of Wanka Tree in New Zealand by Varina Patel

Top 10 Tips to grow your Nature Photography Business

Professional Wilderness Photographer Varina Patel gives 10 easy to follow tips to super charge your nature photography business.
February 11, 2024/by Varina Patel
Landscape photography from Pearl Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming by Jay Patel

Camera Lens Choices Every Nature Photographer Needs To Know

Capture the beauty of nature with the perfect lens - A guide to choosing the best camera lenses for your nature photography needs.
April 15, 2023/by Jay Patel
Nature Photography from Mana Island, Fiji by Varina Patel

Mastering Low Contrast Light in Nature Photography

Here are some easy to follow ideas by Varina Patel to help you master low contrast light for nature photography.
December 19, 2022/by Varina Patel
Landscape photography with sharp focus from Death Valley by Varina Patel

A simple Framework to Critique Photos like a Pro

Discover a simple technique to critique photos like a pro and how to use it dramatically improve your own nature photography.
January 17, 2022/by Varina Patel
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How to Select Correct Depth of Field in Nature Photography

Getting depth of field in nature photography can be quite challenging. Here are some invaluable tips from Varina Patel.
December 20, 2021/by Varina Patel
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Why do Photography Filters have Different Shapes?

Learn why photography filters come in square, rectangular, and round shapes from Pro photographer Varina Patel
October 1, 2021/by Varina Patel
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Landscape Photography Tips for capturing Dramatic Sunbeams

Dramatic sunbeams in nature are hard to find and harder to photograph. Here are some landscape photography tips by Varina Patel.
August 16, 2021/by Varina Patel
Landscape photography from graveyard Flats, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada by Jay Patel

How many photos do you take at a Nature Photography Location?

How many photos do you come away with from a nature photography location? Here is what Varina Patel has to say about this.
August 2, 2021/by Varina Patel
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Are photographers still debating JPEG vs RAW Image Format?

“My wife keeps telling me that my final images are not ‘real’ because they were shot in RAW image format" - Here is Varina's take on it.
July 2, 2021/by Varina Patel
Landscape photography from Red Sand Beach, Maui by Varina Patel

5 Steps for Mastering Nature Photography Workflow

Pro photographer Varina Patel shares 5 essential ideas to develop a rock solid nature photography workflow for any occasion.
June 17, 2021/by Varina Patel
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Why I Keep Returning to Iconic Landscape Photography Locations

Here is why Varina Patel does not avoid iconic landscape photography locations even if they have been photographed too often.
June 7, 2021/by Varina Patel
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What Shutter Speed should I use for Nature Photography?

Lessons from Varina Patel on how to go about selecting the right shutter speed in nature photography to capture stunning photos.
April 16, 2021/by Varina Patel
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There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.

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