Dave Morrow Photography: About Dave Morrow

About Dave Morrow

River Rafting Down the Lijiang River - Xingping, China.
Photo Credit: Paul Weeks 
Hello World!

    In a few words I'd consider myself a landscape photographer, workshop instructor & word slinger with a passion for travel, the truth, and all things strange.

Other than that I'm your average 29 year old, traveling, photographing, freak show. Here are some of my favorite pictures from 2012 & 2013.

You can follow along with my adventures, at least through pictures, by visiting my On the Road & Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery.

One of the other things that really brings me happiness is teaching others the art of photography. I teach courses on location as well as online, including shooting and post processing. If your interested you can find more at the Online Star Photography Post Processing ( Editing ) Group Workshops Page or Star Photography Summer Workshop Page.

A few of my star photography students woke up to shoot sunrise with me after a long night of shooting the stars at Mount Rainier. The lucky ones were still  warm and sleeping :)
A few of my star photography students woke up to shoot sunrise with me, after a long night of chasing stars.
It's always awesome to see the skills students have learned or photos they have created after attending a workshop or taking a tutorial. For that reason I've created created my Star Photography Student Uploads Gallery which is a great place to see these pictures or even upload some of your own.

Contacting Me

If you need to get in touch with me for one reason or another head on over to my Contact Page for more details.

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If you'd like to stay in touch with everything that's going on over here, drop your email in the box below and join my mailing list. I send out emails from time to time with new free / paid tutorials & products, as well as blog updates, and other cool stuff. You can off course opt out anytime you like:)

About this Website

Since starting Dave Morrow Photography in early 2012 I took it upon myself to run the entire thing as a one man show. For me this was the only way to ensure everything was working correctly, my customers, workshop attendees and daily visitors were always satisfied, and allowed me to know all the inter-workings of my business from top to bottom.

One of the tasks that came along with this was website design, meaning everything you see here was designed, coded, and implemented my me and only me. At first I didn't know a thing about any of these subjects, but over time I taught myself coding and everything else that goes along with running a .com business. That being said if you ever see anything I can improve on please get in touch and let me know. It's my goal to bring you nice photography, informative travel details, tips, tricks, and new information on a constant basis.

OK enough about me, there are a few more interesting links included below you may like, check them out and have fun.

Star Photography Resources

Due to the massive number of requests I put together a FREE Star Photography Tutorial as well as some really fun Star Photography Lightroom 4 & 5 Presets for you to try out.

My latest creation, www.LearnStarPhotography.com is now up and running! This new website is solely dedicated to Night Sky & Star Photography Education, Tutorials, Mentoring and Workshops, so after you're done here head on over and check it out!

I also provide monthly Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshops & In the Field Star Photography Group Workshops
Exploring Maui in the Westfalia Camper Van - Hawaii


 General Photography Resources

You can find all the tutorials contained on this website at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/LearnPhotography

Another great resource that's just been added is my Get Started Page which provides you with a full site map of all the interesting and informative information contained on this site.

Interested in learning about different cameras or lenses? My Camera & Lens Reviews are a great place to start. I've also listed the camera gear I use on the What's in My Camera Bag? section of this site. 

Maybe post processing and photo editing is more your thing, check out these great Post Processing Before & After shots and techniques.

There are also some other links provided on the right hand side of the page to help you learn the art of photography and/or post processing.
Teaching a group of students my star photography post processing workflow at Mount Rainier National Park. Photo Credit: Kathy Vickhttp://mskathyv.smugmug.comhttps://www.facebook.com/kathy.vick
Early Morning Star Photography Post Processing Session After a Night of Milky Way Photography on Mount Rainier, Credit: Kathy Vick


Software Discount Codes

Two of my favorites software packages are Topaz Labs, HDR Soft the Makers of Photomatix.  You can also use this same discount over at Stuck in Customs. If you would like a discount when purchasing at any of these links just use the coupon code DAVEMORROWPHOTO when checking out to receive 15% off:)

Another group of star photography workshop students that stayed up through the
night to shoot sunrise with me @ Mount Rainier.
Teaching a 1 on 1 workshop @ Palouse Falls, Washington
My last group of star photography workshop students for the summer. We had a nice sunrise at Tipsoo Lake to finish the thing off:)
Sunrise shoot with my workshop group after a night of star photography

Quotes I Live By

A few thoughts of mine about accolades/awards/bragging rights & anything else that may hinder your creative processes in life.

Allowing society to cripple your creativity with pre-defined awards ( bragging rights ) and place an established value on the beauty you create is giving away your path to the stars, to your dreams, and most of all your path to create something new, something beautiful, something that can not be defined by words, actions or ideas that the human mind has yet conceived. -Me ( Dave Morrow )

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride - Hunter S. Thompson

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.  - Jim Morrison
Exploring Iceland with www.thefella.com and www.gregannandale.com. They have names as well, but no one really cares;)Photo Credit: Meghan Kesecker
4X4 Exploring with Conor MacNeill & Greg Annandale in Landmannalaugar Iceland

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. - Jack Kerouac

All of life is a foreign country. - Jack Kerouac

Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives... and to the "good life", whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.  - Hunter S. Thompson

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. - Aldous Huxley

The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the dissatisfaction. - Allen Ginsberg

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can. - Henry Ford

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age. - Aldous Huxley

Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.  - Hunter S. Thompson

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust

My top secret camping location on the Oregon Coast
Camping Along the Central Oregon Coast

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. - Thomas Wolfe

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
- Chris McCandless

 Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you. - Aldous Huxley

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. - William Blake

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. - Khalil Gibran

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. - Henry David Thoreau

Maybe there is no Heaven. Or maybe this is all pure gibberish—a product of the demented imagination of a lazy drunken hillbilly with a heart full of hate who has found a way to live out where the real winds blow—to sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested . . . Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll. - Hunter S. Thompson
Riding bikes in Yangshuo China
Paul Weeks & I Riding Bikes & Exploring in Yangshuo China
Barely survived a night of sleeping/freezing on the great wall in -2 Degree Celsius temps. Got some nice Milky Way shots tho:)
Just After Sunrise & An Awesome Night of Milky Way Photography on the Great Wall of China


Music I Like 

( Favorites )

Dave Brubeck / Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond, Pink Floyd, Tiesto, Rancid, Dog Blood, BT, Bob Dylan, Benny Benassi, The Bouncing Souls, B.B King, Steevie Nicks / Fleetwood Mac, Joan Baez,  Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Lou Reed, Danzig, Pendulum, Pennywise, Pepper, Rage Against the Machine, Rise Against, Cat Stevens,  Roger Waters, Skrillex, Sublime, Thelonious Monk, The Velvet Underground, Jay Z, Dave Brubeck, Kaskade, Fedde Le Grand, Creedence Clearwater Revival, DeadMau5... too many to name:)

Books I Like ( Favorites ) ( More on my Goodreads Profile )

The Dark Tower Series, Doors of Perception, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Of Mice & Men, Travels with Charlie, Animal Farm, Brave New World, On the Road, The Dharma Bums, The Stand, The Kingkiller Chronicles, Every Hunter Thompson ever written, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Big Leap, a million more...

Stayin' Cool in Iceland
Glacier Climbing in Iceland
I hope you enjoy looking through the pictures, travel destinations, tutorials and other info included on this website. Thanks for stopping by.
Cheers, Dave

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  1. Many thanks for sharing your photos, they are awesome to say the least.

    I love your explanation of the techniques that you use too.

    It is rare to see a guy ready to share his techniques and love of photography with others. Your astrophotography pictures are awesome too!

    Again, many thanks.

    1. No problem, I am glad you are enjoying that stuff! Sharing with people and watching what they produce is a blast:) Always happy to help! Thanks again for stopping by, enjoying the pics, and commenting:)

  2. Wow! Awesome photos, Sir. I will explore and share to the max. Namaste.

    1. thanks for the msg! that is great to hear, glad you like them & thanks for sharing:)

  3. Hey Dave!!! Thank you very much for your sharing skills & photos. You and I have same tast of photography. I love taking nature photography. It is one of my favorite. You have some spectacular photos. I have been trying to get out of my house and explore myself of this WA state, but it is not that easy without companions. I just recently moved up here to seattle about 6 months ago. Maybe one day wherever you go shoot some photos, I should follow you and hopefully learn from you. Are you planning to travel anytime soon? Please hit me off when you do!!! Here is my e-mail, dlim322@hotmail.com :)

    Thank you once again.

    1. Hey whats up, you are welcome. Good to hear you find some useful info on my website. During these coming months I am not out and about in the area shooting to much due to the weather. I try to plan trips to other parts of the world during these months:) I do get out for photo-walks and such in Seattle from time to time when the light is nice & there is no rain. Shoot me an email if you would like to go out and shoot sometime when you are in the area, I will most likely be able to make it. As far as learning goes, I offer personal instruction classes which you can find on the righthand side of my website:)

      Thanks for stopping by, talk to you soon.

  4. Hi Dave,
    Came across your flickr page and thought I would drop you a line. I spent many a day out in Seattle and enjoyed seein your pics. I actually graduated from UW with a BS in Aero and Astro Engineering, so when I read your profile and noticed you were an engineer I thought that was cool. I am in the Air Force now and fly B-52's but also love photography. It is a fun distraction from things and brings me happiness. It would be fun to get to know you. You can check out some of my work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/30493166@N02/

    Take care and God bless!
    Jonathan Gunther

    1. awesome, great to hear, glad you like the pics:) Fortunately engineering is able to pay for me to travel and photograph the world(for now:)) I'll add you on flickr right now. Thanks for dropping me a line!

  5. Upon searching for astrophotography pictures I came across one of your photos and thought it was amazing. I followed a link to one of your galleries of various shots. And now I just read your bio above. I've ran into a number of individuals lately, like you, who inspire me to do more in my life. Your shots are incredible, I hope I can achieve the same success with my photography one day.

    1. Hey Daniel, glad you found my shots:) The trick is to travel as much as possible, I find this the best way to improve on your photography! I provide a bunch of learning material at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography as well. Thanks for leaving me a comment! Cheers

  6. Hello,
    I love your blog. You started about the same time I did. I started a 366 Project last year and I haven't stopped since. I've literally been shooting everyday since Jan 1 of last year. I do have a couple of questions for you. I tried to subscribe to your blog but I couldn't. The email subscription isn't working. Are you aware of that? Second question - I don't use Paypal. Is there another way to get your tutorials?

    Thanks and looking forward to more of your photography

    1. Hello,

      Nice man, sounds like a blast! Hmm interesting... I gain a bunch of new subscribers on it everyday, give it another run and see what happens:) I only work through PayPal, you can pay via credit card on there tho....

      Thanks for stopping over. Have a good one!

  7. You know I was really hesitant to get a Google+ account at all and when I made to move a few weeks ago, it were your milky way pictures that caught my eyes almost immediately. There is so much beauty in them, I don't really have words for it. I lived in a very densely populated area of Germany and even though I have travelled a bit through the United States, both east and west, I've never seen skies like this. I tried to capture the perseids last summer and broke my fish eye lens before it really started. This time I'm hoping to have a bit more luck amining not only for the shooting stars but also for the milky way (if possible) and found your tutorials and tips very helpful so far.

    Thanks and kind regards from Germany,


    1. Hi Viola,

      Thanks so much, that means a lot to me:) It's always awesome when some one takes the time to comment, so thank you! There are a few tricks to finding dark skies such as the map that I provide in my Free Star Photography Tutorial. Some places shown on that map are actually darker than others, even when they all look to be dark on the map. I found the best results come from exploring. Thanks again for the comment, you're awesome.

      Have a good one.

  8. Hi Dave,

    I have been following your work for almost a year now. Incredible stuff! I was wondering if you have fine tuned your 14-24mm 2.8 lens, or any other of your lens'? Just wondering what your thoughts are with that.

    Looking forward to your images from this upcoming new moon period.


    1. Hello,

      Wow, awesome to hear. That means alot:) I have not, I just sit it on there and fire away. If it wasn't sharp I might think about it, but it's so sharp that I don't want to mess anything up:)

      Thanks Tim & have a good one!

  9. WOW, a world of stuff here. I'll be back often. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Dennis, glad you are enjoying it and great to hear:) You're welcome, Enjoy!


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