We Are The Explorers

There are some people to whom the world calls more strongly. These are the people who are driven to explore their surroundings, and to find creativity in hidden places. They’re not afraid to rise with the sun, or find out what else is over the horizon. They can be anyone, the man who lives next door, the woman who works with you, but they all share one thing in common; a desire to see what’s never been seen, and create something more lasting than memories. Even though it may seem that the world has already been discovered, there are those who keep the spirit of adventure alive whether they’re walking in the park, or forging new frontiers. We call them the Explorers.

The Photo Frontier is the place to meet like-minded people, share stories and photos, to inspire and be inspired, and to learn new skills and techniques for living a creative life.

Join Today and you'll get our complete video series Landscape Photography From Planning To Print for FREE!

In this 15 part video series, you will learn the art of landscape photography from planning to print as you join us on location in the fabled landscape of Moab, UT. This landscape photography course is like nothing that you have ever seen before. We will share every step along the way from the planning process all the way through to the final print. The goal of this odyssey is to empower you to plan your own adventure, whether it be Moab or the other side of the world, and have knowledge and skills to make beautiful photographs while you are there.

What It Means To Join The Fellowship of Explorers

By joining us on our journey, you’ll gain access to all our past, present, and future adventures. You’ll be a part of a community of like-minded, creative people who are here to help, encourage, and inspire you, and for whom you can do the same in return.

You’ll gain access to our full library of videos, pictures, stories, and tutorials covering all aspects of photography from the 'how' to the 'why', and you can share your own adventures as well in the exclusive community, “Explorers the Frontier”.

Explorers Get Access to:

  • Creative Lessons

    Every few months you’ll receive your own mini adventure we call Creative Paths. These guided journeys take you through multiple lessons to expand your creative horizons.

  • Location Videos

    1x Monthly - Our video series delving into the motivation behind our quest for creative image making.

  • Photo Expeditions

    Monthly - Global Fellowship Expedition which explorers around the world are invited to participate in order to make inspiring photographs focused on a common theme.

  • Image Processing

    1x Weekly - Our video series detailing the “How To” behind creating stunning images.

  • Community

    Access our private Facebook community called Explorers of the Frontier to ask questions, share ideas and images, encourage, and inspire each other’s creative journey.

  • Digital Journal

    2x Monthly - Our digital journal which highlights the work of fellow ‘Explorers of the Frontier’ and shares creative discoveries from the Frontier itself.

Your Adventure Begins Now!

Become An Explorer Today

Who Are The Explorers?

The Founders

The Founders
The Photo Frontier was founded by Justin Balog (left) and Armando Martinez (right) in order to create a unique photographic experience and creative community - free from negative criticism, and full of positive inspiration.

Photography is so much more than the photograph. For 30 years, photography has enriched my life by introducing me to new friends and experiences. When Armando and I set out to create The Photo Frontier, we started with the idea of Fellowship and Creative Experience. That's what photography has always been for us and that is exactly what we want The Photo Frontier to be for you. - Justin Balog

Justin & Armando

Justin Balog

Justin has been sharing his photography and knowledge online since 2001, and has been recognized for this efforts in bringing mobile photography into the mainstream. He’s literally written the book on mobile photography, and his groundbreaking tutorial has helped over one million people improve their own photographic skills.

Armando Martinez

For the past 12 years, Armando has run his own retouching and photography studio after getting started in image processing by working for Low Rider magazine. He’s been working with Adobe Photoshop since v2, and is today a recognized leader in all Adobe products, and enjoys sharing his knowledge and skill with a wide audience.

Artisans In Residence

As a way of expanding your creative frontiers, you'll also have the opportunity to learn photography and glean creative insight from the artists participating in our Artisan in Residence program. Not only will you learn from lessons about their unique brand of photography, you'll also be able to ask them questions directly in our private 'Explorers of the Frontier' Facebook community.

Meet Your Fellow Explorers

  • Mike Andrews
    This has potential to spur my photography onto the next level, then the next level, then the next level. For that I am grateful.
    Mike Andrews
  • Bryon Lippincott
    I have been involved in a lot of photography groups and communities, The Photofrontier community is by far the most friendly and positive community I have ever been a part of. It has also inspired me to get me out of my chair and behind the lens, working to improve my photography on a consistent basis. The training they provide is top of the line, as is the community they have built.
    Bryon Lippincott
  • Mark Garbowski
    Sometimes it feels like witnessing sunrise or climbing a mountain, but it can also feel like a rodeo, or attending a Lightroom seminar. But most importantly it's a box filled with inspiration. One big element of that are the Creative Paths, which are detailed instructions for suggested areas to study and engage, but my favorite are the Monthly Expeditions, where everyone tries to capture an image on a common theme, and then we share our results. One of these Expeditions earlier this year inspired me to go out on my most enjoyable photo outing in a couple of years.
    Mark Garbowski
  • Sue Kaltenbach Ryan
    I’ve had a blast this year with Armando, Justin, and The Photo Frontier. Justin and Armando have a completely approachable way of teaching and sharing their knowledge in a fun (and funny!) way. Not only have my technical and ‘seeing' skills improved, but the guys have helped me understand that playfulness is a key ingredient in the creative process. *Group hug!*
    Sue Kaltenbach Ryan
  • Bob Lussier
    I love The Photo Frontier. Justin and Armando's passion for photography is inspiring and their processing skills are educational. Add into the mix a community of "fired up" photographers walking their own creative paths, and you have a Perfect Storm of inspiration and creativity.
    Bob Lussier
  • Lisa Kappler
    I'm always looking for different ways to approach my photography and I thought the Fellowship Expeditions would not only be fun, but a good challenge to expand my creative processes. So here I am! 2015 has been a good year creatively speaking and I think things will only get better going forward. Thank you again Photo Frontier!
    Lisa Kappler

Join the Fellowship, and Start Living the Creative Life Today.

Creativity thrives on inspiration, and it needs to be fed regularly. That’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with other enthusiastic, creative people.

For less than $.50 per day you can join one of the fastest growing photographic communities online, and receive regular inspiration as well as access our full library of videos, pictures, stories, and tutorials on how you can incorporate creativity into your daily life, and pursue photography wherever it might take you.

When you become a member of the Fellowship of Explorers you not only receive access to everything we’ve already published, you’ll continue to receive new content as it’s made for as long as you have your membership. The value of the information and support you’ll receive from the fellowship is far greater than anything else out there, and will set you up for a lifetime of creative adventures.



Lightroom Develop Course

1 Creative Path

3 Photo Processing Lessons

1 Photo Story