About Jim Harmer


Short Bio: Jim Harmer is a well-known internet entrepreneur, and Youtube creator who has built up dozens of successful sites and attracted tens of millions of pageviews.  He is a co-owner of the entrepreneurship and internet business site IncomeSchool.com where he teaches others how to create successful online businesses.

In 2019, Jim Harmer sold Improve Photography to a new team who will take the site to a new level and provide a better experience for visitors and customers.  This change ensures the future of the site as the best place to learn photography online.

Jim founded Improve Photography in 2010 and owned the site for nearly a decade.  From 2012 to 2016, he hosted the runaway success Improve Photography Podcast each week, and over 1 million photographers from around the world followed him on social media.  Jim has been ranked in the top 10 most popular photographers in the world.  His landscape and portrait photography work has been published in some of the world's largest publications.  Jim is a prolific blogger, running a network of passive income blogs in a variety of niches other than photography.

Here's a little from Jim on how the site was created…

In 2009, I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and then began law school in Florida.  All day long during law school, I read cases where the litigants were willing to ruin one another's lives for money, or I'd go to the courtroom when I worked at the prosecutor's office and pour over the disgusting details of criminal prosecutions.  I found that the only things that helped me see the good things in life were (1) my wife and kids, and (2) going out at night to do landscape photography.

The first photo I ever got published.

I soon realized that photography was what made me HAPPY, so after graduating from law school and passing the bar, I gave up my career in law and chose to pursue photography full time.

I have been blessed to see so many people enjoy my photography.  My photos have been purchased by fine art buyers and businesses, and have been published by well known publishers such as Reader's Digest, Nikon USA, Time, as well as other magazines and newspapers.

I love all different kinds of photography, but I still consider myself a landscape photographer.  There's just nothing like waking up at 4AM to get in position for the morning light in the mountains.  At the same time, I do a lot with lighting and studio photography, and I enjoy that too.  Because I enjoy so many different types of photography, I haven't pigeon-holed this website into just landscape or just portrait photography.  I write about it all!

There are HUNDREDS of photography articles on ImprovePhotography.com, and I don't want you to miss out on my best bits if you're new, so I wrote this list of “The Best of ImprovePhotography.com“.

On A personal Note….

I live in Star, Idaho, USA.  I have an AMAZINGLY supportive wife, Emily, and three children: Ruger (8 years old), and Cole (6 years), and Faith (1 year).  I distinctly remember telling Emily one night during law school that I was considering not practicing as an attorney, but instead continuing my work as a professional photographer.  I think a lot of people wouldn't have understood that, but as a testament to Emily's character, she supported me 100% and has made it all possible.  What a woman!

Aside from my photography, I love playing tennis, sneaking in a game of airsoft on Saturday mornings, renovating my house, and playing with my kids.  I'm a Christian and spend a significant amount of my time involved with my church.

In 2019, Jim Harmer sold Improve Photography to a great new team who will take the site to a new level.

Oh!  And I hold the world record for the longest distance ever traveled while shooting tiddlywinks!  No, I'm not kidding.  I went 11 miles and 2.5 inches.

83 thoughts on “About Jim Harmer”

  1. Discovered your site today thanks to a tweet from ClickinMom… I’m just coming up for air after spending HOURS on here. I’ll be back for more!! HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS SITE EXISTED BEFORE TODAY?! Thanks for all this valuable info – it’s incredible!!

  2. move over Ken Rockwell there is a new guy in town, much better and informative. hasnt sold out to the big companies!!! one moment he says to pass up the Fuji X100 then does a 180.. Fuji and the rest have him in there pockets….

  3. Jim, this is amazing work and I love how you have set things up on your site. I can’t believe I have not heard about you until now. It looks like you could give Scott Kelby a run for his money, as the largest computer book author in the world? Anyway, anyone who is a graduate of the incredible Communication Dept. at BYU-Idaho, is a friend of mine.
    Caryn Esplin
    BYU-Idaho Visual Comm Chair, Comm Dept.

  4. Jim, I too just stumbled on this site. This is fantastic. Please keep up the good work and trust that TONS of people will find this utterly invaluable. You’re doing a great job buddy!

  5. Just found this today.
    I am getting back into photography and digital is great. It’s different from film but I think I like it better.
    This site makes it even greater and answers many questions us old guys have.

  6. JIm, great site. I’ve been doing photography for many years, but still find a great deal of useful info here. Thank you.

    What record do you hold in the Guinness Book?

  7. my husband just finished the taking the bar and has been working now for a month. He has been in school 7 years and we have been married 7 years and were broke but man it’s nice to have him done. We didn’t know anything but a life built around school and it’s so nice to be done and get on with life. Good luck with everything! Your impressive going to law school and making time for this, I bet it helps keep you sane though.

  8. I purchased on of your books and it pointed me to this web site. I hope I can get inspiration to take better photos and actually learn the different terminology.

  9. Hi Jim,

    I bought two of your books online and thought they were both excellent.

    You have a lot of useful tips and I’m happy with both of the purchases.

  10. Jim – thanks for your site. I don’t know how I found it but I enjoy it! Someone mentioned Ken Rockwell in an earlier post and that made me have to write – I’m not a fan of his site at all. The two sites (this one and his) can’t compare. You have a far superior product! I am currently in Pakistan (US Gov’t employee) but just purchased a home near Boise in October 2011. My family is there now as I serve over here. I would love to have the opportunity to meet up with you someday. Thanks again for your wonderful website!

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