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Sunday, July 1, 2007

New Tech Learning

Seeking inspiration, and a dash of knowledge

As far as podcasts on the technical aspects of landscape photography, there are many that will help you with topics, from composition to working in Photoshop. One of the best sources is The Radiant Vista Podcast (www.radiantvista.com), in part because one of the hosts, Craig Tanner, tends to blend technique and aesthetics. Besides audio podcasts, Radiant Vista offers PDFs and video tutorials that show the viewer image examples and computer screenshots that illustrate a process or technique. There are many podcasts on the use of software such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, or Apple’s Aperture. Many are video-based so you can see the applications themselves in action. The Photocast Network.

The BetterPhoto.com website, a great source for online education, also broadcasts interviews with photographers such as Tony Sweet and Brenda Tharp. The BetterPhoto Radio Show (www.betterphoto.com/radioshows.asp) also covers many subjects such as digital capture and digital darkroom techniques, travel, macro and composition.

I also use podcasts related to the environment and nature to continue my education on the source of my inspiration. I studied environmental issues in college and I want to stay current. My favorite source is National Public Radio, especially their Environment podcast: www.npr.org/templates/topics/topic.php?topicId=1025. Other related podcasts can be found at www.sierraclub.typepad.com/sierra_club_radio and www.grist.org.

Creating good photographs is a multilayered process that involves both passion for, and knowledge of, the subject. It also involves an ongoing dedication to the craft in terms of learning technique and keeping up with the rapidly changing advances in equipment. The bottom line, however, is always seen in the photographs.

If you think your images could be more exciting, meaningful or creative, then consider expanding your sources of inspiration. One never knows when ideas and concepts we pick up will surface into our creative work, but if we don’t continue to educate ourselves, we will certainly miss opportunities.

Note: I access podcasts via iTunes, where it’s easy to subscribe and unsubscribe to any podcast. Whenever I open iTunes, it updates those podcasts that I’ve signed up for with the latest editions. The links provided here will take you to the site’s home page where you can access and subscribe directly from the web. Visit www.williamneill.com.



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