Ann Collins: Photographer & Writer


Ann has dabbled in photography since she purchased her first 35mm camera while a sophomore at the University of California, Irvine. Her first published images resulted from an intercollegiate sailing regatta she photographed.

Ann’s photography interests evolved from sailing to travel when she toured national parks in the American West one summer and studied French in France during another. In the years since then, Ann’s travels have taken her, literally, around the world. She worked in Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, the Caribbean, Colorado, and Japan. Her photos—35mm slides—became her souvenirs.

From time to time, Ann sold more of her photos, which illustrated a variety of articles that she wrote. Her work has appeared in Westways, MotorHome, Highlights for Children, San Diego Family Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner’s Sunday travel section, and other publications. In late 2006, Ann embraced digital photography and the scenic world of landscapes, seascapes, and nature. In September 2008, Arizona Highways magazine published “Northern Exposures,” a feature article she wrote about her experience as a participant on an Arizona Highways Photo Workshop to Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. Five of her images accompanied the article. The workshop was great fun and a wonderful chance to learn more about photography while shooting iconic locations in the American West.

Ann enjoys the group learning experience of workshops, camera clubs, and critique groups. The best photographic education she has found, however, has been to take lots and lots of digital photos. Of course the job doesn’t end there. Processing the photos in the digital darkroom of her computer has taken Ann even further in her photography career. She expects the learning experience to continue for many years.

Ann recently--in 2016--changed from Olympus cameras to the Canon 5D Mark III for more resolution and therefore bigger prints. She processes her images with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik plug-ins, and Photomatix.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a self-portrait of Ann.

Odds & Ends

There are so many beautiful places to visit and photograph in the United States! Though Ann has stayed close to home for most of 2016, in the fall of 2015, she flew to New England for a photo workshop on Cape Cod followed by fall color shooting in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. For a Southern California girl, the vividly colorful change of seasons was an awe-inspiring experience. Every yellow, orange, and crimson-colored tree seemed worthy of a photograph. Hopefully, she will get to witness more Eastern fall color in the future.

Earlier in 2015, Ann drove to Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park in time for a winter storm that dropped six inches of snow on the hoodoos by sunrise. The contrast of white against reddish-orange rock formations made for some special photography opportunities. Two of Ann’s photos from that day will be featured in the 2017 Sierra Club calendars (wall and engagement). Her travels continued north through the Wasatch Range and even included some skiing at Deer Valley and Park City.

Speaking of the Sierra Club calendars, Ann was super proud to have two of her images appear in the 2015 Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar. February featured the full moon rising over the Borrego Badlands in Southern California’s Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The month of May displayed the Little Pigeon River on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains.

In late spring 2014, Ann took a road trip to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. She familiarized herself with the area by first attending a photo workshop then spending the next few weeks photographing on her own and working her way south along the Oregon and Northern California coast. Such beautiful areas!

Some of Ann’s La Jolla images are now bringing the out-of-doors inside at the Chateau La Jolla Inn, an upscale retirement home near the coast in La Jolla, California. While dining, residents and visitors look upon photos of local sights.

In the fall of 2010, Ann attended a Black-and-White Master Print workshop with instructor George DeWolfe at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The class spent most of their time in the photo lab behind computers, but one afternoon they went shooting in the red rocks area near Abiquiu. Having decided to drive to the workshop from San Diego, Ann took every advantage to see and photograph the Southwest. Stops included the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, fall color in northern NM and southern CO, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park--a fantastic trip!

Ann’s speaking engagements have included the following presentations: Photo Workshops: How to Choose the Right One for You; How to Create Panoramic Photos; The Digital Darkroom: Tips & Tricks; and Photography on the Road: Adventures, Workshops, and Lessons Learned.


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