Video 3: My Exact 4-step Process For Building Your Own Photo Recipes

What kind of photo do you most wish you could take?
Waterfalls? Abstracts? Grand landscapes?

Let me know in the comments below!

20 replies
  1. Kavita Beazley
    Kavita Beazley says:

    Hi Josh,
    Great video! I am already going back and analyzing the landscape photos i took on my trip to Alaska last year! Granted i took them with my Pixel 3 and a GoSky monocular (attached to my Pixel 3 for the telescopic effect) but nonetheless i was able to determine what i could do better if i had taken my DSLR instead…hopefully i can go back there again soon…:)
    Keep these great informational videos. To answer your question, i am interested in any kind of landscape/seascape/cityscape/streetscapes photos…definitely epic grand landscapes like those in Alaska are worth the shot!
    Looking forward to the next video in this series/course.
    Kavita Beazley

  2. Joe Newman
    Joe Newman says:

    Loved the video
    would love to have your take on skyscapes including sunsets?
    thanks for the epic recipe

    • Josh Cripps
      Josh Cripps says:

      Hey Joe,

      I LOVE shooting sunsets. For me personally I tend to use them as the “icing on the cake” for compositions that focus on the landscape. But there’s no reason you can’t make a sky-heavy comp if you have a wonderful sky that draws you in more than the landscape. As my friend and mentor, John Barclay, says: shoot what makes your heart sing!


  3. Karla
    Karla says:

    It’s hard to narrow it to one especially since most of my opportunity is on vacation. Maybe I’ll limit to two and a half: a grand landscape with a sub category of a grand nightscape and if I could choose another I would say an epic orca image or two would be nice. 🙂

  4. Sridhar. S Iyer
    Sridhar. S Iyer says:

    Dear Josh
    you are my discovery of the year 2020, “teacher of the year”!
    Like your approach of “teaching as you apply”! ,
    continue your unique style, I am convinced that your method a lot more learners than other forms of didactics
    Sam Iyer

  5. David
    David says:

    Great job. As you say, this inductive approach is broadly applicable, though I think it would be harder to apply with such dynamic topics as street photography.

    I’m relatively new to photography and love trying everything, so don’t have a “most want” image. I’ve been taking a lot of nature (especially bird) shots, so perhaps will review my work in some subarea to see what feels right to me.

  6. Bill
    Bill says:

    My one photo to take would be a shot of the Milky Way over Canyonlands National Park……..someday maybe, when travel is safe to do again.

  7. Phillip
    Phillip says:

    Sand dune abstract.

    I have to say that this series of videos is much easier to watch, and listen to, than the single 2 hour video, that has the audio at +1.5 or +1.75 speed.
    Great content!

  8. Michael Krueger
    Michael Krueger says:

    Thanks for the video, really great work. – My favorites are: 1) grand landscapes (including waterfalls) 2) Wildlife (specifically Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises). I would be interested in taking your grand landscape course.

    • Josh Cripps
      Josh Cripps says:

      Hi Michael,

      I’m so happy you are enjoying this video series! Sounds like you have very diverse interests as a photographer. Makes photography a lot more fun IMO when you enjoy shooting lots of different subjects.

      I’ll send you a couple of emails about the grand landscapes course. Please let me know if you have any questions,


  9. ROB
    ROB says:

    Hi Josh, great episode. One of my favourite scenes to photograph is waterfalls so this video really connected with me. Ironically my favourate photos I took of waterfalls follow a similar recipe to the one you demonstrated… only I never knew why I liked those more than others I had taken. Now I’m going to look through my grand vista shots to see what makes up the ones I like.

    Great job, thanks


  10. Nanette Canterbury
    Nanette Canterbury says:

    Hi Josh, I think you have successfully set yourself apart from the other bazillion pro photographers who are doing on line photography classes. I really think you have a winning “Recipe” for your photography course. You are a good educator, talented public speaker, and of course you know your craft.

    Right now I can’t purchase your course because I want to wait and see how this economic shutdown plays out. It is astonishing to watch a global economy shut down in 7 weeks and unemployment of 25% upwards. Even during the Great Depression it took 3 years to reach 25% unemployment.

    To answer your question, my priority are all kinds of landscapes that I use for my Watercolor. Going forward, I plan on spending lots of time improving my Watercolor skills, since I have been learning photography for 7 years now.

    Be safe / Nanette

    • Josh Cripps
      Josh Cripps says:

      Hi Nanette,

      Nice to hear from you! I really appreciate your comments and feedback. These are indeed astonishing and strange times, and it’s challenging to adapt to them.

      That’s so cool about your watercolors, and I hope you create some beautiful work. I’d love to try my hand at painting as well in the future.

      My best wishes,



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