Join Me Again at the Night Photo Summit!


I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be teaching at the second annual Night Photo Summit next month!

The Night Photo Summit is produced by the folks who created the National Parks at Night workshop series. I gave a presentation at their first summit last year, and that was a really fun event, so I’m excited to be invited back! This online conference is devoted exclusively to night photography, and I’ll be joining over 25 other distinguished instructors, including Art Wolfe, Lance Keimig, Tim Cooper, Colleen Miniuk, Adam Woodworth, Jess Santos, Kevin Adams, Chris Nicholson, Royce Bair, and many more.


My Top Photographs of 2021

The votes are all in and counted, and here are my top photographs of 2021!

We had a great response this year: 562 people looked through my initial selection of 45 images and voted for their favorites. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through these photographs and voice your opinions! I also really appreciate the kind words so many people posted in the comments or sent by email. I wish I could respond to everyone, but please know that I’ve read them all and am very grateful for all your support.


My Best Images of 2021: the Nominees

Happy New Year!

It’s become a New Year’s tradition on this blog to pick my best images from the past year, and once again I’m inviting you to help me make these difficult choices. I’ve posted 45 of my best photographs from 2021 below, in chronological order. After you look through these, please use the form at the bottom of this post to list your ten favorites.

Please don’t post your votes in the comments, or send them by email, because they won’t be counted! Use the form at the bottom of this post instead.


Merry Christmas!

Half Dome and El Capitan, winter, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Half Dome and El Capitan as a snowstorm cleared last week

Last week’s storms seemed like early Christmas presents. We need lots of rain and snow to bring us out of our prolonged drought, so any precipitation is a gift. And for me, seeing snow fall in Yosemite Valley, and being able to photograph two clearing storms, made it even more special.

As we approach the holidays, I’m very grateful to live here and do what I do, and to be able to share those experiences with all of you. To those who celebrate the day, Claudia and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful holiday, full of peace, joy, the love of family and friends, and special moments to remember.

— Michael Frye


Last Chance to Get My Lightroom Courses Before Prices Go Up!

Sunrise from Tunnel View after a spring snowstorm, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Sunrise from Tunnel View after a spring snowstorm, Yosemite (2015). In my Landscapes in Lightroom: Advanced Techniques course I show how to subtly enhance the inherent qualities of light in photographs like this.

If you’ve been thinking about getting one of my Lightroom courses, today’s the day, because the prices will be going up at midnight tonight Pacific Time. And until midnight you can still get 15% off the current price for Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide, and Landscapes in Lightroom: Advanced Techniques (or the complete set that includes both) by using the code MASKING15.

Also, if you purchase any of my Lightroom courses you’ll be able to attend the live Lightroom processing webinar I’ll be giving on January 8th, and submit images for possible inclusion in this webinar.


Live Lightroom Processing Demo

Dogwood blossoms and sunset reflections, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Dogwood blossoms and sunset reflections, Yosemite. I used the Color Range and two Brush components in Lightroom’s Masking Panel to select and lighten just the dogwood blossoms in this photograph.

On Saturday, January 8th (10:30 a.m. Pacific Time) I’ll be hosting a live webinar where I’ll pick two or three images from members of our Education Center and show how I would process them in Lightroom – with special emphasis on using the new Masking Panel.

This webinar will only be open to members of our Education Center. If you’re not a member yet, you can become a member by purchasing one of my Lightroom courses. My latest course, Lightroom’s Masking Panel: In Depth, is only $15 until midnight on Friday, when the price goes up to $20. And my other two courses (Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide and Landscapes in Lightroom: Advanced Techniques) are also on sale for 15% off until Friday (click “Have a Coupon?” and enter the code MASKING15 to get the discount).