Hi! I'm jaymes dempsey, founder of jaymes dempsey photography.

I’m a photographer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here’s a photo of me from last winter:

I’m obsessed with all things related to photography, from street photography to macro photography (and everything in between). 

But here’s the truth:

I didn’t create this site for myself; I created it for you.

Let me explain:

Jaymes Dempsey photography as a Learning resource

My goal is to help you master photography–so that you can create consistently gorgeous images.

That’s why I created this site. It’s meant to be a learning resource for anyone who wants to improve their photography, but doesn’t want to spend thousands of hours fumbling around in the dark.


I love photography! I think it’s a great way to be creative, to connect with others, and to connect with nature. And I want to help others do the same. 

Here, I offer (or will soon be offering) dozens of tutorials on photography of all types, including:

  • photography fundamentals
  • lighting
  • composition
  • macro photography
  • bird photography
  • street photography
  • Lightroom post-processing
  • Luminar post-processing
  • And much, much more!

All of the articles on my website are completely free and fully accessible, and my aim is to keep it that way.

I also have a free newsletter, where I send you all sorts of secrets for improving your photography.

You can sign up here:

But Why me?

There are a lot of resources out there–so why should you spend time listening to me go on about photography?

I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I am:

  • An award-winning photographer with over ten years of experience (I’m not as young as I look!)
  • A regular contributor to several of the most popular photography publications on the internet, including Digital Photography School, PhotoWorkout, ShotKit, and PhotoTraces
  • I’ve published literally hundreds of photography articles, studied photography for thousands of hours, and taken over 300,000 images

In other words:

If you’re looking to improve your photos, I’m your guy.

My story

I got started as a photographer way back in 2007.

My first camera was a Nikon D70, lent to me by a local event photographer (thanks, Phil!). After months of research, I went all-in on a 70-300mm lens. I wanted to photograph birds, but I soon realized that even 300mm wasn’t long enough for frame-filling bird images (not where I lived, anyways!).

That’s when I bought my first macro lens. I figured that if I couldn’t photograph distant subjects, I could get interesting photos of near, close subjects, such as flowers. That’s when my obsession with macro photography was born–I was hooked, and for years, that was pretty much the only lens I used.

Since then, I’ve expanded into other genres of photography, including landscape, still life, street, architecture, and portrait. I’ve also rediscovered my love for bird photography (though I had to make a few equipment upgrades along the way!).

If you have any questions about anything on this site, don’t hesitate to contact me through my form (here).

And for regular updates, as well as photography tips, tricks, and advice, sign up for my newsletter:


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