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On Landscape

On Landscape

Ansel Adams Award Winner William Neill offers instruction and inspiration in On Landscape.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Daily Lessons

When you have a camera with you, photographic opportunities just seem to arise

Last summer, I had to make a quick trip to the San Francisco Bay area. I didn’t take my camera since I was picking up family at the airport and thought I might not have enough space for my camera bag. We headed home at sunset and watched the most amazing rainbow, with great clouds, strong colors and a full 180 degrees for most of the 20 minutes it lasted! It was thrilling enough at the time that I didn’t dwell on not having my camera, but later, as I replayed visions of the scene in my mind, a bit of frustration surfaced.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

New Tech Learning

Seeking inspiration, and a dash of knowledge

As a photographer interested in the creative process, I try to keep my eyes and mind open to diverse sources of inspiration. Most of these sources are visual in the form of books and browsing the web. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts,and am finding that they’re an exciting source of both information and ideas.

Friday, June 1, 2007

My Vacation

Take a break from "serious photography" and you might get a serious photograph

From inside our tent, the incessant flapping of the tent fly told me that the spring winds were coming up today. It was still dark outside, and I was glad that we were going home and would miss out on the pending sandstorm. My family still slept and dawn was about to come. For the past three mornings, I arose to photograph the Death Valley sunrise. The trip had been fun for the family, plus I was very pleased with some new work I had made.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Using The Frame

Your best images come when you see the photograph as a whole

Creating a strong composition with a camera means framing, with the camera’s viewfinder, a section of the environment in which the photographer stands. The possible options for composing any given subject are vast and include choices such as camera position or lens focal length. One error many beginning photographers make is to photograph at the first place they stop. They simply see a subject, click the camera and move on. This approach is rarely successful.

Monday, January 1, 2007

New Life For Older Images

Don't let digital technology overshadow your film archive

Sometimes it seems that the world moves too fast. When did all my photographs become an underused reference library? It wasn’t that long ago that my 4x5 chromes and 35mm slides, mostly in repro dupe form, were actively being sent out to clients. I’ve spent hundreds of hours cataloging my images, with captions and keywords and bar coding, to make them easily accessible and ready to submit.

Friday, December 1, 2006

What The Road Passes By

There's more to a landscape than an iconic vantage point

what the road passes byWhen I first started making photographs, I was an avid backpacker. I was energized by my explorations and the beauty I saw and wanted to share my treks with friends and family. As with anyone starting out, my photographs were beginning efforts. My subjects were the mountains of Glacier National Park, which are full of photographic potential, but my enthusiasm for my subject matter far outweighed my ability to convey the emotions of my experiences in the images.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Always Take The Next Step

Progressing as a photographer and artist means striving to see things in a new way

I’m always looking for the next step for my photography, asking myself, "Where can I take it from here?" I’m a big Tiger Woods fan, and one thing I admire in him is his constant desire to improve, no matter what level of greatness he has achieved. He seems to genuinely take pleasure in his hard work and training. The question, specifically for landscape photographers, is how can we take our own technique and creative vision to a higher level?

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Sharing Your Vision

From gallery-quality prints to self-published books, you have options for displaying your images

Let's suppose you've worked hard to build a beautiful portfolio. Well, it's time to reap your rewards. There are few things more rewarding to a photographer than seeing an elegant presentation featuring one's own art! I'll be practical and list different types of presentations to help illustrate your options. Among your choices are a book, a slideshow and prints for an art show or an exhibition. The presentation you select can be an important starting point for marketing your photography and developing a career.

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