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

I’m a photographer based in Southeast Michigan. Here’s a photo of me from a few winters back:

I’m obsessed with all things related to photography, from macro photography to street 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 our surroundings. 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 have a track-record when it comes to helping others improve their images. I am:


  • An award-winning photographer with over fifteen years of experience (I’m not as young as I look!)
  • The Managing Editor of Digital Photography School, one of the most popular photography publications on the internet
  • A photography instructor at the 2024 5DayDeal Photography Virtual Summit (alongside world-class educators like Serge Ramelli)
  • I’ve published literally hundreds of photography articles, studied photography for thousands of hours, and taken over 1,000,000 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, when I was 13 years old.

My first serious 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 in the Midwest, anyway!).

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 beautiful subjects that were in my home garden, such as flowers. I couldn’t afford a fancy new model, so I purchased an old, used 60mm Nikon model off of eBay. The lens wasn’t in the best shape, but I didn’t care; I was instantly hooked on macro photography, 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:

Whatever your goals, and whatever your photography experience, I look forward to having you as part of the community!

My FREE eBook Reveals:

The Six Secrets for Consistently SHARP Photos