Ben Erlandson is creating Natural Photography in Beautiful Places
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patron

Hi, everyone!

I am excited to be a part of the Patreon community as a photographer.  My overarching goal for engaging with the Patreon community is to build a level of patronage that allows me to commit all of my time to natural photography across an increasingly wide range of this beautiful planet we are so lucky to call home.



Pragmatically, I would love to establish a large enough patron base that I can afford to:
  • maintain my current photography equipment and purchase new equipment as appropriate
  • pay my office/studio rent
  • afford to travel (in my low-budget style) to more beautiful locations more often for longer periods of time
  • cover my food costs with earnings from photography
  • cover costs for materials, shipping, and fees required for juried competitions and traveling gallery shows
  • focus entirely on photography and writing (photoessays, essays, and books)



Thanks to business travel with previous jobs, I've recently been able to capture photos in places across North America and Europe.  I've got several long-term projects in various stages of maturation, including TimeSpace and the "it-needs-a-catchy-name"  Ecological Experiential Documentation.

I appreciate your support of my work.  Help me afford to do what I love, and you will be well rewarded!  I look forward to ongoing creative relationships with all of my patrons!


Tiers
Thank You!
$1 or more per month
Join the Community!

This is your way of saying "YES! I support the arts and your work as a photographer."

And for this, I give you my sincere thanks. :)

Snapshot!
$3 or more per month
Step up and take a snapshot!


As a patron at the Snapshot! tier, you get:


  • Access to the Snapshot! patron feed, including behind-the-scenes snapshots of my photography projects -- all of these posts will be "first exclusive" to this feed well before being posted on my website blog and shared out to other social media channels
  • The opportunity to connect with other patrons of my work
Deep Focus
$10 or more per month
Help me maintain Deep Focus upon my craft.


As a patron at the Deep Focus tier, you get:


  • Access to the Deep Focus patron feed, including videos from the field, where I'll talk about how my projects are going -- all of these posts will be "first exclusive" to this feed well before being posted on my website blog and shared out to other social media channels
  • The opportunity to connect with other patrons of my work
  • A permanent Deep Focus coupon code for 10% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Golden Hour
$20 or more per month
Help me spend more Golden Hours behind my lens, bringing beauty to you.


As a patron at the Golden Hour tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • Once a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Golden Hour patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Golden Hour coupon code for 20% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Digital Revolution
$25 or more per month
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with the digital photography revolution, but as they say, the best camera you've got is the one in your hand.  And I have to say, my latest phone has a damn good camera.  I continue to be impressed with the snapshots I get with my smartphone.


As a patron at the Digital Revolution tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • A free eBook copy of my monthly Permagram magazine series
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Digital Revolution coupon code for 25% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Perfect Sunrise
$40 or more per month
Help me find the time to more often be in the right place at the right time to capture that Perfect Sunrise.


As a patron at the Perfect Sunrise tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • TWICE a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Perfect Sunrise patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Perfect Sunrise coupon code for 30% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Find The Edges
$50 or more per month
Once a photographer wiser than myself gave me a great piece of advice about landscape photography.  He said: "Find the edges.  Edges between land and water, water and air, air and land.  That's where the action is."


Help me spend more time finding the edges of the world and capturing them for everyone to enjoy.


As a patron at the Find The Edges tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • A free eBook copy of my monthly Permagram magazine series
  • Once a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Find The Edges patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • My annual "notes from the field" - including a handwritten letter and 3-5 of my favorite snapshots from the year
Long Exposure
$80 or more per month
Help me take more opportunities to set up and execute those dreamy, fantastic Long Exposure captures.


As a patron at the Long Exposure tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • TWICE a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Long Exposure patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • Once a year, I'll send you a 12" x 18" metal print, ready to hang on the wall.  This makes an excellent gift for you or someone you love -- I will happily ship it to your loved one if you prefer
  • My annual "notes from the field" - including a handwritten letter and 3-5 of my favorite snapshots from the year
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Long Exposure coupon code for 40% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Breathtaking Sunset
$100 or more per month
Who doesn't love a Breathtaking Sunset?  Help me get the shot you can put on your wall and share with your friends.


As a patron at the Breathtaking Sunset tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • Once a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Breathtaking Sunset patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • Once a year, I'll send you a 16" x 24" metal print, ready to hang on the wall.  This makes an excellent gift for you or someone you love -- I will happily ship it to your loved one if you prefer
  • My annual "notes from the field" - including a handwritten letter and 3-5 of my favorite snapshots from the year
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Breathtaking Sunset coupon code for 40% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Junior Apprentice
$150 or more per month
Are you an aspiring photographer who wants to improve your craft?  


Maybe you're just getting started with that new DSLR, and you'd like some support with learning how to catch light and hone your eye for composition.


For the Junior Apprentice, I will provide:


  • One regularly scheduled one-hour mentor meeting per month - via Google Hangouts or something similar.  This will include real time conversation and screen sharing to review and critique your photography.
  • A private upload folder for your monthly image review portfolio
  • Regular field assignments and PDF learning aids to help you practice better photography.
  • Optional shout-outs of your demonstrated progress on my Patreon and Twitter feeds, if you choose.


Our primary focus will be natural landscape photography, wildlife, architectural, and/or urban exploration photography.

Perfect Light
$200 or more per month
There are no words to accurately describe the feeling you get when you realize you've found the perfect light and you've got your best gear with you.  Luckily, though, as they say, a picture is worth one thousand words (sorry, couldn't resist!).


Help me put myself in a position to find that Perfect Light in more places, more often.


As a patron at the Perfect Light tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • Once a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Perfect Light patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • Once a year, I'll send you a 20" x 30" metal print, ready to hang on the wall.  This makes an excellent gift for you or someone you love -- I will happily ship it to your loved one if you prefer
  • My annual "notes from the field" - including a handwritten letter and 3-5 of my favorite snapshots from the year
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Perfect Light coupon code for 40% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Advanced Apprentice
$250 or more per month
So, you've been practicing your photography, but maybe you've hit some kind of slump?


You've had your DSLR for a while, you're starting to get the hang of it, and you're shooting manual and RAW.  You're using Lightroom (or something) and getting the hang of it.


But, you're still not happy with your progress and you need someone to critique your work.  Well, we ALL do!  :)  You'd like some more support with learning how to catch light and hone your eye for composition.


For the Advanced Apprentice, I will provide:


  • TWO regularly scheduled one-hour mentor meetings per month - via Google Hangouts or something similar.  This will include real-time conversation and screen sharing to review and critique your photography.
  • A private upload folder for your monthly image review portfolio
  • Regular field assignments and PDF learning aids to help you practice better photography.
  • Occasional impromptu video mentor meetings as needed for special projects or photography opportunities
  • Optional shout-outs of your demonstrated progress on my Patreon and Twitter feeds, if you choose.


Our primary focus will be natural landscape photography, wildlife, architectural, and/or urban exploration photography.

Frozen Moments
$300 or more per month
Frozen Moments.  This is the essence of what we photographers do.  We capture light in space at a particular moment in time, and we freeze it for others to savor forever.

Support my endeavors to find, capture, and share these Frozen Moments every day.


As a patron at the Frozen Moments tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • Once a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Frozen Moments patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • TWICE a year, I'll send you a 20" x 30" metal print, ready to hang on the wall.  This makes an excellent gift for you or someone you love -- I will happily ship it to your loved one if you prefer
  • I'll send you the annual "year in review" photo book, signed by me with a personal note -- this is a privately curated photo book collection that will not be published, exclusive only to Frozen Moments patrons
  • My annual "notes from the field" - including a handwritten letter and 3-5 of my favorite snapshots from the year
  • Bi-monthly conversations with me via Google Hangouts or some other videoconference -- exclusive to Frozen Moments patrons
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Frozen Moments coupon code for 40% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Hi, everyone!

I am excited to be a part of the Patreon community as a photographer.  My overarching goal for engaging with the Patreon community is to build a level of patronage that allows me to commit all of my time to natural photography across an increasingly wide range of this beautiful planet we are so lucky to call home.



Pragmatically, I would love to establish a large enough patron base that I can afford to:
  • maintain my current photography equipment and purchase new equipment as appropriate
  • pay my office/studio rent
  • afford to travel (in my low-budget style) to more beautiful locations more often for longer periods of time
  • cover my food costs with earnings from photography
  • cover costs for materials, shipping, and fees required for juried competitions and traveling gallery shows
  • focus entirely on photography and writing (photoessays, essays, and books)



Thanks to business travel with previous jobs, I've recently been able to capture photos in places across North America and Europe.  I've got several long-term projects in various stages of maturation, including TimeSpace and the "it-needs-a-catchy-name"  Ecological Experiential Documentation.

I appreciate your support of my work.  Help me afford to do what I love, and you will be well rewarded!  I look forward to ongoing creative relationships with all of my patrons!


Recent posts by Ben Erlandson

Tiers
Thank You!
$1 or more per month
Join the Community!

This is your way of saying "YES! I support the arts and your work as a photographer."

And for this, I give you my sincere thanks. :)

Snapshot!
$3 or more per month
Step up and take a snapshot!


As a patron at the Snapshot! tier, you get:


  • Access to the Snapshot! patron feed, including behind-the-scenes snapshots of my photography projects -- all of these posts will be "first exclusive" to this feed well before being posted on my website blog and shared out to other social media channels
  • The opportunity to connect with other patrons of my work
Deep Focus
$10 or more per month
Help me maintain Deep Focus upon my craft.


As a patron at the Deep Focus tier, you get:


  • Access to the Deep Focus patron feed, including videos from the field, where I'll talk about how my projects are going -- all of these posts will be "first exclusive" to this feed well before being posted on my website blog and shared out to other social media channels
  • The opportunity to connect with other patrons of my work
  • A permanent Deep Focus coupon code for 10% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Golden Hour
$20 or more per month
Help me spend more Golden Hours behind my lens, bringing beauty to you.


As a patron at the Golden Hour tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • Once a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Golden Hour patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Golden Hour coupon code for 20% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Digital Revolution
$25 or more per month
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with the digital photography revolution, but as they say, the best camera you've got is the one in your hand.  And I have to say, my latest phone has a damn good camera.  I continue to be impressed with the snapshots I get with my smartphone.


As a patron at the Digital Revolution tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • A free eBook copy of my monthly Permagram magazine series
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Digital Revolution coupon code for 25% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Perfect Sunrise
$40 or more per month
Help me find the time to more often be in the right place at the right time to capture that Perfect Sunrise.


As a patron at the Perfect Sunrise tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • TWICE a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Perfect Sunrise patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Perfect Sunrise coupon code for 30% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Find The Edges
$50 or more per month
Once a photographer wiser than myself gave me a great piece of advice about landscape photography.  He said: "Find the edges.  Edges between land and water, water and air, air and land.  That's where the action is."


Help me spend more time finding the edges of the world and capturing them for everyone to enjoy.


As a patron at the Find The Edges tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • A free eBook copy of my monthly Permagram magazine series
  • Once a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Find The Edges patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • My annual "notes from the field" - including a handwritten letter and 3-5 of my favorite snapshots from the year
Long Exposure
$80 or more per month
Help me take more opportunities to set up and execute those dreamy, fantastic Long Exposure captures.


As a patron at the Long Exposure tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • TWICE a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Long Exposure patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • Once a year, I'll send you a 12" x 18" metal print, ready to hang on the wall.  This makes an excellent gift for you or someone you love -- I will happily ship it to your loved one if you prefer
  • My annual "notes from the field" - including a handwritten letter and 3-5 of my favorite snapshots from the year
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Long Exposure coupon code for 40% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Breathtaking Sunset
$100 or more per month
Who doesn't love a Breathtaking Sunset?  Help me get the shot you can put on your wall and share with your friends.


As a patron at the Breathtaking Sunset tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • Once a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Breathtaking Sunset patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • Once a year, I'll send you a 16" x 24" metal print, ready to hang on the wall.  This makes an excellent gift for you or someone you love -- I will happily ship it to your loved one if you prefer
  • My annual "notes from the field" - including a handwritten letter and 3-5 of my favorite snapshots from the year
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Breathtaking Sunset coupon code for 40% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Junior Apprentice
$150 or more per month
Are you an aspiring photographer who wants to improve your craft?  


Maybe you're just getting started with that new DSLR, and you'd like some support with learning how to catch light and hone your eye for composition.


For the Junior Apprentice, I will provide:


  • One regularly scheduled one-hour mentor meeting per month - via Google Hangouts or something similar.  This will include real time conversation and screen sharing to review and critique your photography.
  • A private upload folder for your monthly image review portfolio
  • Regular field assignments and PDF learning aids to help you practice better photography.
  • Optional shout-outs of your demonstrated progress on my Patreon and Twitter feeds, if you choose.


Our primary focus will be natural landscape photography, wildlife, architectural, and/or urban exploration photography.

Perfect Light
$200 or more per month
There are no words to accurately describe the feeling you get when you realize you've found the perfect light and you've got your best gear with you.  Luckily, though, as they say, a picture is worth one thousand words (sorry, couldn't resist!).


Help me put myself in a position to find that Perfect Light in more places, more often.


As a patron at the Perfect Light tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • Once a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Perfect Light patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • Once a year, I'll send you a 20" x 30" metal print, ready to hang on the wall.  This makes an excellent gift for you or someone you love -- I will happily ship it to your loved one if you prefer
  • My annual "notes from the field" - including a handwritten letter and 3-5 of my favorite snapshots from the year
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Perfect Light coupon code for 40% discounts on prints and downloads from my website
Advanced Apprentice
$250 or more per month
So, you've been practicing your photography, but maybe you've hit some kind of slump?


You've had your DSLR for a while, you're starting to get the hang of it, and you're shooting manual and RAW.  You're using Lightroom (or something) and getting the hang of it.


But, you're still not happy with your progress and you need someone to critique your work.  Well, we ALL do!  :)  You'd like some more support with learning how to catch light and hone your eye for composition.


For the Advanced Apprentice, I will provide:


  • TWO regularly scheduled one-hour mentor meetings per month - via Google Hangouts or something similar.  This will include real-time conversation and screen sharing to review and critique your photography.
  • A private upload folder for your monthly image review portfolio
  • Regular field assignments and PDF learning aids to help you practice better photography.
  • Occasional impromptu video mentor meetings as needed for special projects or photography opportunities
  • Optional shout-outs of your demonstrated progress on my Patreon and Twitter feeds, if you choose.


Our primary focus will be natural landscape photography, wildlife, architectural, and/or urban exploration photography.

Frozen Moments
$300 or more per month
Frozen Moments.  This is the essence of what we photographers do.  We capture light in space at a particular moment in time, and we freeze it for others to savor forever.

Support my endeavors to find, capture, and share these Frozen Moments every day.


As a patron at the Frozen Moments tier, you get access to the Deep Focus patron feed, community connections, and:


  • Once a year, I'll send out a limited edition signed and numbered matted 8" x 12" or 8" x 10" print, exclusive to Frozen Moments patrons -- this limited print will never be made available anywhere else
  • TWICE a year, I'll send you a 20" x 30" metal print, ready to hang on the wall.  This makes an excellent gift for you or someone you love -- I will happily ship it to your loved one if you prefer
  • I'll send you the annual "year in review" photo book, signed by me with a personal note -- this is a privately curated photo book collection that will not be published, exclusive only to Frozen Moments patrons
  • My annual "notes from the field" - including a handwritten letter and 3-5 of my favorite snapshots from the year
  • Bi-monthly conversations with me via Google Hangouts or some other videoconference -- exclusive to Frozen Moments patrons
  • Access to Photographer Polls
  • A permanent Frozen Moments coupon code for 40% discounts on prints and downloads from my website