Short Bio: Jim Harmer is a well-known photographer and blogger living in Star, Idaho.  Millions of photographers around the world read his photography blog, ImprovePhotography.com.  He also hosts the runaway success Improve Photography Podcast each week and runs a network of other photography podcasts.  Over 1 million photographers from around the world follow him on social media to see his photos from travels around the globe as he holds completely free photography workshops with readers.  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“.

I spend most of my time on Improve Photography Plus, the website where you can get all of the Improve Photography products (over $2,000 value), for just $19.95 per month.  I started doing the classes in July 2011 and they became AMAZINGLY popular.

One of the coolest things I get to do on Improve Photography is lead FREE photo workshops all around the world.  I don't charge a dime (just pay your own travel expenses) and anyone is welcome to join.  To come on one of my free workshops, check the schedule here.

View My Portfolio

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.

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.



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  6. I found your facebook page and have been following (and learning a lot!). I love seeing your pictures and have a serious itch to get out and try some of my own. I am in Yakima, Washington and there isn’t much pretty around here. Thanks to you, I have been seeing a lot more that I have overlooked my whole life.
    Thank you and if you are ever in the area, I would love to pick your brain and learn more if possible!

  7. Where do I find the link to Amazon on your site? I want to go thru your site so you can receive a percentage / support all of your efforts.

    Thanks and keep up the good work. I enjoy your online classes and podcasts…

    Chris Emerson
    Rhode Island

  8. Your website changed the way I approached photography. I have been photographing from September 4th 2013 – coming up to 3 months now. I stumbled across your site and podcast, subscribed and listened to all the current episodes and working my way through episodes from a year ago. I have learnt something from EVERY SINGLE ONE.

    By the way, I’m so glad you got rid of the announcer voice…

    I learn from other resources too but your resource remains consistent and something I look forward to every week. I recently installed Lightroom and took a crash course in photo editing to the point I am now making professional quality images. Friends and family blown away by the quality (and I have been told they’re secretly betting on when they think I’ll give up the dayjob).

    I am developing my own personal style to be that of a streetscapist to capitalise on where I live: London, specifically East London which some call the most culturally diverse region in the Western hemisphere with certain parts of the area encouraging street artists (and of course where Banksy did most of his work before he moved on to New York).

    Looking forward to continue learning on your site!

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    @Murray Sullivan – We have several links to our email right on the page for the presets package.

  10. dear,
    i really love your work
    congratulation ..
    one question I saw on obe of your websites a picture of a fun shirt you wear the black one with f/5.6 in white
    where do you find it
    regards. Bertrand

  11. Jim, Thank you for what you do. Your encouragement helps me a lot when others say I can’t make it in photography! I know I can! Again, thanks for being a voice for the newcomers!

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  13. Great website Jim! I’m enjoying all the articles, lots of good info and insight! I’m new to DSLR photography, and I’m wondering your “success rate”, meaning how many shots do you take and how many make the cut?

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  15. I like your podcast. Your interview skills are really good. We get a lot of info and you ask questions that I would ask. I also heard your podcast about Elena Shumilova. There is also one more lady who is good at natural photography. Her name is Lisa Holloway. Her website is http://ljhollowayphotography.com/
    If would be great if you could interview her. And another person is called Meg Bitton.

  16. Hey Jim,

    i listen to your podcast regularly as I drive my tractor trailer up and down I-81. I have recently discovered and acknowledged my love for photography as it is my happy place away from work. I’m hoping one day I will be able to make it full time as a photographer as you have.

    Thanks so much for your podcast, your upbeat attitude and your inspiration. One of these days I’ll make it to one of your workshops or travel get together shoots.

  17. Jim

    I have a question about the instructor feedback on the online courses. It says for example that instructor access for 30 days is Jan 7 – Feb 8? So if I purchase today, how does instructor access work. Is it just that I can buy anytime, but only get access during the dates listed, or will I have access to instructor access in a future month also? Thanks, Frank

  18. Hi – love the podcast – you gave some advice a while back to someone asking about calibrating laptop screens, and I think you may have missed an important point –
    Some laptops, including all apple books, have ambient light sensors that adjust the screen dynamically based on the conditions to try to keep it looking good. This is usually good, but for photographers calibrating screens it makes it impossible. Turn these features off when you are calibrating!

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