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The Mono Lake and Eastern Sierra Workshop is now sold out.
The only 2010 workshops we have seats for are the Fine Art Summit in November and the Route 66 workshop in December.
If you plan on attending one or both of these events we recommend registering now before they are sold out too. Registering early is also important in order to secure hotel rooms. By registering late you fun the chance of not being able to get the room you want, or not get a room at all.
September 10th - Blurb is now a 2010 Arches and Canyonlands Summit Sponsor
We will be creating a Blurb book featuring photographs taken by all the 2010 Summit Participants. The Blurb book is one of the exciting aspects of the Summit and a great opportunity to have your work published.
A few seats remain available for the 2010 Summit and we also have discounts for 2 registrations this month. Detailed information is available on the 2010 Summit Page.
September 7th -New essay:Composition Top 15
A new essay exploring what I consider to be the 15 most important aspects of photography is now available at this link
September 4th - New book Special Offer
A brand new book is available for immediate order, together with a unique special offer for this book and for my two previous books. This is a limited time offer because we only have 50 copies available. All the details of this new book and special offer are available at this link. Additionally, the first orders will be entered in a drawing for a unique photography prize. Details of this drawing will be available soon. All orders placed now are automatically entered in this drawing.
September 2nd - September Print of the Month
I selected one of my favorite photographs for the September Print of the Month. Click on this link to discover which one.
Marketing Mastery Workshop on DVD Special Offer
A special offer is available for the Marketing Mastery Workshop on DVD. During this special offer you receive 20% off the regular price.
You also receive my upcoming book: Marketing Fine Art Photography, in PDF version, free, right away.
You also get free updates to the DVD for as long as you own it, a chance to win a free 1 on 1 consulting session and much more.
Do act now because this offer is strictly limited to the first 20 orders. All the details are on this page.
The August 2010 Print of the Month is now available at this link.
July 21st : "Complete your collection," Mastery Workshops on DVD Special Offer
An exciting special offer for our Mastery Workshops on DVD series is being announced today. This promotion enables you to order any of the 4 Mastery Workshops on DVD at the lowest price these uniquely extensive tutorials will ever be offered. And, if you already own one or several of these tutorials, you can complete your collection also at the lowest cost possible. Only 20 orders will be accepted, so don't delay, check it out and take advantage of this offer now at this link.
Due to a cancellation we have 1 opening for the Fall 2010 Antelope Canyon Workshop. Here is the link. Grab this seat while it is available as this workshop is in high demand.
My 3rd book, Marketing Fine Art Photography, is coming soon. All the details including table of contents, full size cover, etc. are available right now at this link.
A pre-announcement list for this new book is available. Joining this list is simple: all you need to do to is email me at email@example.com with the words "Marketing Fine Art" in the subject line.
As a pre-announcement list member you will be the first to be notified when the book is available and you will have the opportunity to benefit from special offers available only to pre-announcement list members. You will also receive the table of contents over return email when you join the list.
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The cost of the White Sands Folio, which is released in an edition of 50 Folios only, increased to $475 today. Only 10 folios remain available.
A panoramic photograph of Courthouse Wash in Arches National Park is now featured on this page. Arches National Park is one of the locations we will be photographing during the 2010 Fine Art Printing Summit this fall.
The next two registrations placed this month (July) will receive $180 off the Summit registration fee. These two seats will go fast, so if you plan to attend the summit register right away. This is your opportunity to not only save some money but also participate in our flagship, instruction-oriented, all-your-questions-will-be-answered yearly event. All the details are here.
The July Print of the Month is now available. Follow this link to see which image I selected for this month.
A new photograph from Canyon de Chelly is now featured on this home page. This photograph is a collage of 3 separate P45 captures. The full image could not be created with a single lens because of the extremely wide field of view. The image was optimized through the use of adjustment layers in Photoshop.
The most important aspect of my layers-optimization approach is a very carefully designed workflow that I have been refining since I started working with Photoshop in 1994. This process is now central to my work and I could not achieve the results I am looking for without it and without using layers. Layers give me the level of control and precision that I need. This file features over 30 layers organized in 5 different categories.
Adobe is now one of the 2010 Fine Art Printing Summit sponsors. This means we will have gifts from Adobe that will be raffled during the Summit. The Summit raffle is free for all Summit registered participants and everyone has a chance to win one of the gifts donated by our sponsors. If you have not looked at attending the Summit yet, or if you are thinking about doing so, you need to visit the 2010 Fine Art Summit page. Our guest presenter this year is printer extraordinaire and Nash Editions Co-Founder Mac Holbert. Find all out the exciting details about this event on the Summit Page.
Sean Reid, who publishes Reid Reviews, a paid site, just published a new essay on his workflow that I found very interesting. Titled From Soup to Nuts this essay deals not only with the technical aspects of workflow but also with the personal, and also the anecdotal aspects of this important aspect of photography. Sean's site is a paid subscription site, and in my view well worth it. You can read sample essays, and subscribe, at http://www.reidreviews.com
I am in the process of optimizing a large number of photographs taken earlier this year, photographs that I did not have time to work on because I was completing my third book. Some of these will be used as illustrations and section headers in the final printed version of the book.
Marketing Mastery DVD + Book Special offer
Right now, we have a special offer for the marketing Mastery Workshop on DVD + my new book on Marketing Fine Art Photography. You can discover all the details of this very unique special offer at this link.
A page dedicated to my 3rd book, Marketing Fine Art Photography, is now available at this link.
The table of contents, and the cover of the book, are also available in PDF format. To receive those all you need to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the words "Marketing Fine Art" in the subject line. You will receive the table of contents for this new book in PDF format immediately after you email me.
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Today is the Summer Solstice, an important day for landscape photographers because it marks the longest day of the year.
Several new online galleries are now available in the Portfolio Galleries Section. New photographs have also been added to previously available galleries.
These new photographs were taken earlier this year. I did not have the opportunity to process them until now because I was finishing my third book. Now that the book is in the editing stage I am able to work on new images.
A number of photographs were taken at several car shows that I attended this year. There are quite a few opportunities to photograph cars in Arizona, especially in the spring, and I visit several of these venues each year.
Here is the list of the online galleries that are either new or have been updated:
- Scottsdale Automobile Museum
- NHRA Phoenix 2010
- Wheels of Wellness Show
- 2010 "best of" gallery
- Arches and Canyonlands
This page now features a photograph taken in Canyonlands National Park during our Arches and Canyonlands workshop 2 weeks ago.
This month we are offering 2 seats at a unique price for the 2010 Fine Art Photography Summit: the next 2 registrations for the 2010 Summit will get $200 off the regular registration price. If you have been thinking of registering, this is the opportunity to do so and save money. The Summit will not be offered at a lower price, ever. You do have to be one of the 2 first to call or email to get the $200 off, so don't delay and do it now. You can read the detailed summit description at this link.
The 2010 Summit guest speaker is Mac Holbert, co-founder of Nash Editions and printer extraordinaire. If you are having problems printing your work,or if you want to reach the next step towards printing excellence, either Mac has the answer or no one does. Uwe Steinmueller, myself and Mac Holbert will each give 3 new presentations on raw conversion, image optimizations using layers in CS5, printing and marketing. The Summit location is Moab, Utah. Moab is a photographers paradise with Arches and Canyonlands National Parks next door and countless fantastic other locations. You will not have a problem finding world class subjects to photograph!
After The Summit, Natalie and I offer a 3 days field workshop to little known areas of Navajoland. Join us to photograph locations we discovered during the 7 years we lived in Canyon de Chelly. This is going to be a fantastic finale to the Summit. You are guaranteed to come back with tons of great images, plus the knowledge to make world class prints!
The June Print of the month is available. I just added a detailed description of the photograph I selected for June.
The 16 Tips Wallpaper Set is now available in the Free Newsletter Subscription area. If you are not subscribed yet you can do so by clicking on the "subscribe " link at the top of this page.
The Portfolio Galleries section has been updated. New photographs were added to 2010 Galleries and older galleries were modified so they match the look of the site. Some of these had not been changed since the site had been updated to a Gray background several years ago. If you have not looked at these galleries recently, take a look now by visiting this link.
The June print of the month will be announced tomorrow, June 6th. I have been hard at work on my next book, Mastering Fine Art Photography Marketing, completing the final version of the manuscript, and this is the reason for this delay.
Incidentally, a pre-announcement list for this book is available. Joining this list is easy. Simply email me at email@example.com with the words "Marketing Fine Art" in the subject line. Your name will be immediately added to the pre-announcement list and you will have the opportunity to benefit from unique special offers as soon as the book is available. You will also receive free sample chapters of this new book in PDF format.
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A new essay, never published so far, is available. Titled Rethinking Talent this essay focuses on the different aspects of talent. It is part of a larger series of essays about the nature of art.
The June print of the month will be announced shortly. Until it is announced the May Print of the Month, the White Sands Folio, remains available.
Only 2 White Sands Folios left at the Print of the Month Price
We have only two White Sands Folios left at the introductory special Offer Price. This offer ends June 1st, only a couple days away. The detailed description is at this link.
The first photograph from our Arches and Canyonlands workshop was published today. It was taken at Sunset in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park. This workshop was very successful because of the vast diversity of landscapes and light quality offered in Arches and Canyonlands and because of the wonderful participants who attended the workshop.
If you missed this event, and if you are eager to photograph Arches, Canyonlands and the Moab, Utah, Area (and if you are not, you should!) please know that we will be back in the same area this November for the 2010 Fine Art Photography Summit. The Summit is our yearly event, now in its 8th year. The Summit is taught by Uwe Steinmueller and myself. Mac Holbert, of Nash Editions fame, is our guest speaker this year.
You can read a detailed description of the Summit, and register, at this link.
Fine Art Photography Top 16 Free monitor wallpaper
My Fine Art Photography Top 16 is now available as a wallpaper for your computer monitor or iPad. This free download comes in 7 different monitor resolutions (from 30" to 12"), plus iPad resolution (1024x768). Below is a small jpeg of this wallpaper. You can download it now at this link.
A new essay titled Fine Art Top 15 is now available on Reflections. Reflections is the title of my new blog. It currently features over 20 short essays and new essays are being added regularly. If you have not visited Reflections yet, take a minute and do so now. I am sure that you will enjoy it.
The White Sands Folio now ships with a PDF version compatible with Mac, PCs and iPad. This version is free with all Folio purchases. If you already placed your order, you will receive a link to download your iPad version shortly. If you have not placed your order we decided to offer 5 more Folios at the Special Offer price because of the new PDF version announcement.
Spring 2011 Antelope Canyon Workshop
The Spring 2011 Antelope Canyon Workshop was announced today. If you have been waiting to sign up for this unique workshop you can find all the information, including dates and registration, at this link.
White Sands Folio
An update to the White Sands Folio will be announced shortly. Stay tuned.
Due to a cancellation we have 1 opening for the Arches and Canyonlands Workshop this month. If you can take this seat you will be participating in a unique workshop at a phenomenally photogenic location. This workshop focuses on color and composition, and we will be studying both the technique and the art of Fine Art Landscape Photography. You can read the full description, and register, at this link.
White Sands Folio Update
We have 2 White Sands Folios left at the Special Offer price. I am also about to announce an exciting addition to this offer. All orders, past, current and future, will benefit from this addition.
The May Print of the Month is the White Sands Folio. Visit this link to discover this unique print collecting opportunity. This just-released Folio, which consists of a beautiful collection of prints and texts, is offered at a very attractive price but only for the first 5 orders.
Due to a cancellation we have 1 opening available for the June 2010 Zion, Bryce, Escalante and Capitol Reef workshop. If you can take this seat you need to rush to the phone or email and get a hold of us as it will not last long: firstname.lastname@example.org -- 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466.
Announcing my 3rd book: Marketing Fine Art Photography
This is the very first announcement of my 3rd book, Marketing Fine Art Photography. As the title implies this book focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to market fine art photography both successfully and profitably.
The book is scheduled for publication this Summer. At this time I have opened a pre-registration list as I do with all major releases for book, tutorials, workshops and portfolios. Joining this list is easy. Simply email me at email@example.com with the words "Marketing Fine Art" in the subject line. Your name will be immediately added to the pre-announcement list and you will have the opportunity to benefit from unique special offers as soon as the book is available. You will also receive free sample chapters of this new book in PDF format.
Spring 2011 Workshops Announced
We just announced the Spring 2011 Death Valley and Navajoland Workshops. If you missed getting a seat in these two workshops this year, or if you have been waiting for this announcement to sign up, this is your chance to do so now.
Our workshops fill up quickly and several seats in these two new workshops have already been taken by participants who were on our wait list.
You can read the detailed descriptions of all our workshops on our Workshop Page.
April Print of the Month
The April Print of the Month is available. Visit this link to see which print I selected for April.
New posts have been added to Reflections. Of particular interest are several posts about Apple's new iPad.
A new component was added to this site in the form of Reflections, a "blog", for lack of a better term, in which I will post reflections on Photographic art, technique, marketing and success. Reflections shares the same RSS Feed as this site.
Several entries are already available and you can post comments as you please.
The fall 2010 Antelope Workshop is sold out. We still have 1 seat in the Zion, Escalante, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef workshop, 2 seats in the Mono Lake and Eastern Sierra Workshop and 4 seats in the Route 66 Workshop.
We do not plan to add new workshops for 2010, so if you plan to attend one our unique workshops this year you need to register now or wait until next year. The links to the detailed description of these workshops is on this page.
Spring 2010 Antelope Canyon Workshop opening
Due to a cancellation we have one opening available for the Spring 2010 Antelope Canyon Workshop
The 2010 Fine Art Summit is open for registration
Uwe Steinmueller and myself are proud to announce the 2010 Fine Art Summit. Our guest speaker this year is Mac Holbert. Our focus is print quality and the creation of Fine Art Photographs. the summit covers field photography, image conversion and optimization, and Fine Art Printing. The full description, as well as registration information, is at this link.
The March print of the Month is available. This month's selection is one of the 30 photographs featured on the new Adjustment Layers Mastery Workshop on DVD.
Death Valley Workshop Opening
Due to a cancellation we have 1 seat available for the Death Valley Workshop this spring. All the details are at this link. If you can join us, let us know ASAP.
First updates posted to the Adjustment Layers DVD updates area.
This area is accessible to all Adjustment Layers workshop on DVD owners, using the link, username and password that were emailed to you when you placed your order.
The adjustment Layers Mastery Workshop on DVD is available.
All the details of this new, and never before offered, tutorial are at this link including a video sampler, the table of contents and more.
Adjustment Layers DVD
|White Sands Folio
Adjustment Layers DVD
|White Sands Folio
New photographs added to the 2009 Online Portfolio
Holidays Special Offers
Don't miss these unique special offers available only for the Holidays !
December Print of the Month announced
We are pleased to announce a very unique special offer onall the Fine Art Photographs in the Print of the Month Collection. Click on this link to find out all the details.
New Podcast: Photography as Art
What makes a photograph Fine Art? What makes a photograph not be Fine Art? In new episode in their popular podcast series, Alain and Natalie Briot discuss what makes a photograph a Fine Art Photograph.
Only 2 seats left for the Spring 2010 Navajoland Workshop
If this workshop has your name on it, you need to register now or it may go to someone else. The fastest way to register is to call us at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 now. We are in Arizona and we look forward to talking to you.
Only 1 seat left for the Spring 2010 Arches & Canyonlands Workshop - Update: sold out
2009 Mastery Seminars Audio Recordings update
The Equipment page was also updated today
I am about half way through your new book and very impressed.
You have done a great job with it and I am finding the concepts very helpful.
Thank you for writing such a great book. I am really enjoying it.
Your photo of the stars rotating around Polaris is wonderful.
My Interview with Peter Urban is now available from my Biography Page
The November Print of the Month is available
New Podcast Episode
This new podcast is a discussion between Natalie and I on the subject of teaching photography as art during our workshops.
In this 1 hr conversation we talk about the dual focus we place on Fine Art Photography --technical and artistic-- and about how we implement this focus during the workshops.
also go over what takes place during a workshop, including the extensive teaching content which includes syllabus, exercises, handouts, print reviews, lectures, presentations and much more.
This podcast is provided in mp3 format and will play in your browser, in Apple iTunes, and on any mp3 player.
I attended Alain's "slot canyon" workshop last year and found the instruction and results extremely beneficial. Natalie and Alain have a personal connection with all their students and provided insightful instruction. I will definitely attend more workshops with them in the future!
New Thoughts & Photographs essay
A new essay consiting of an interview with Luis Argerich is now available in the context of the Thoughts & Photographs essay series.
You can see the entire collection of essays in this series (over 100 different essays) at this link.
New home Page photograph: Mono Lake
Sometimes things work just exactly the way you want. On the morning this photograph was taken we had an open sky in the East, giving us beautiful sunrise light, clouds in the West, providing an interesting sky, a light dusting of snow on the mountains (difficult to see on the jpeg but visible on the Fine Art Print), no wind, providing us with wonderful reflections because of the still water, clean air meaning that the sky and the reflections of the sky are pure blue, and red hills behind the lake due to the grasses on the hills having turned yellow.
Plus, I had found the perfect location for this shot while the light was not at its peak yet, a good thing because the scene as you see it in this image lasted only a minute or two at the most, not enough time to relocate myself and re-set my tripod and equipment had I not been there when it happened. After that the sun was too strong to hold the delicate highlights in the Tufa without having them overly bright, thereby distracting from the overall scene. Before that the light was too soft and did not express my vision of this scene as well as in this image.
New Photographs were posted to the Workshop Participants Photographs page and to the Photographs of Alain and Natalie page.
New "Surviving the Recession" Podcast episode by Alain and Natalie
A new podcast episode from Alain and Natalie Briot was published today.
This new episode consists of a discussion between Alain and Natalie on the subject of how to prosper (not just survive) during the current recession.
In this 1 hr conversation Alain and Natalie discuss the changes they made in order to continue running a successful photography business during the recession.
Alain and Natalie also make recommendations to help you not only survive the recession, but also enjoy yourself and benefit from this recession.
This podcast is provided in mp3 format and will play in iTunes as well as in any mp3 player.
Workshops openings update:
Zion Summit: 1 seat left for field workshop
White Sands and Bosque del Apache: 1 seat left
Death Valley Spring: 1 seat left
Navajoland Spring: 3 seats left
The October 2009 Print of the Month is available
Only 2 seats left for the Spring 2010 Death Valley Workshop
We received the first testimonials for my new book (below).
It is not too late to take advantage of the special offer for the book at this link
Thank you for writing the book "Mastering Photographic Composition,
Creativity and Personal Style". For me it is a must read, no other book goes into such detail about how to go from idea to finished print.
What struck me most in the book is that you explain your workflow in a very detailed way. From the start, the idea (creating art) to the finished product (the print).
It has caused me to look at the scene in a complete different way as I was used to. You're an equal excellent photographer, master printer and a writer.
Emmanuel, over email
I got my copy of your second book last week. I really like the chapter about how to develop your own style and inner self as a photographer. I have both of your books. They are fantastic and full of great ideas.
Iris, on Facebook
Dam!!!!! you have done it again. Just as I feel comfortable in work along comes another set of ideas of goals or thoughts which inspire me to reexamine what I am trying to create. Have just started book but enjoy the (dry) humor such as "I buy the best cards, lenses and equipment I can find". Hope to work my way through in the next week or two.
Your book and the excellent print arrived yesterday. I was amazed by the
rich contents of the book and I am sure that it will be my invaluable
guide for many years to come. Just want to say a big thank you for sharing your expert experience with us.
TK, Hong Kong
Your book has arrived today and it's in perfect condition. I feel bad for paying so little for the book - you should charge at least 10x more! I took a quick glimpse and I'm amazed with all the information that you put up together and all the things that you reveal that I'm sure most photographers wouldn't dare to!
I really enjoy your new book, “Photographic Composition, Creativity and Personal Style.” I have probably read approximately 30 or so books on the subject of Landscape Photography (I enjoy reading). Your “Mastering Landscape Photography” is the most insightful for me. The discussion of your journey as an artist captured my imagination and helped point me in a direction that was both liberating as well as daunting…development of a personal style.
That is why your second book resonated with me. The subject of a personal style may be the most important topic that isn’t covered, and if covered only indirectly, in photography books that I have read so far (and I have read a bunch). You really handle it well. The challenge of defining abstract concepts in a practical and rational manner must have been as introspective as it was probably incredibly time consuming. I am most appreciative.
New Video Photography Review
A new Online Photography review is available. This new review focuses on a photograph created by Johnny Eades. You can see this review, as well as all the previous ones, at this link. You can also submit your own photographs for review at the same link.
Only 1 seat left for the Spring 2010 Antelope Canyon Workshop. If you want to join us, for this unique and exciting workshop in one of the most photogenic locations anywhere, you need to register now. All the details are at this link.
New Book Special Offer extended
Because of the vacations, many newsletter subscribers could not take advantage of the special offer when it was first announced. We therefore decided to extend it to September so that you can order the book as planned.
You can place your order immediately at this link. My new book is in stock and ships right away.
September Print of the month
The September 2009 Print of the Month is available. Visit this link to discover which image I selected for this month.
The print of the month is priced $100 lower for one month. Price will go up by $100 after September 30th. You can save $100 by purchasing this Fine Art Print now.
New book news
The Special offer for my new book is ongoing -- it is not too late to take advantage of our special offer.
If you placed your order before today, it has either been shipped or it will be shipped this week. Because of the high volume of orders, we are shipping orders in the order they are received.
Portfolios and 1 on one consulting
New Photographs have been added to the Blackstone Online Porfolio.
A new portfolio featuring Photographic locations near our studio is now available. This portfolio is of particular interest if you are planning to do one on one consulting work with us.
We do have a special offer for one on one consulting at this link together with a detailed description of our consulting program. We are also accepting one on one registrations for Fall 2009 now.
My new Book is available - order yours now
My new book, Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity and Personal Style, is available.
You can place your order now by clicking here now
At 370 pages it is the longest book I have written so far. It has 120 pages more than my first book which is 250 pages long.
We have several special offers available. You can see them all on the book special offer page.
Order now because this offer will end soon. Prices will go up 20% to 30% afterwards.
All orders qualify for entry into our Beauty, Passion and Inspiration Drawing
And, you receive $102 off the Fine Art Summit registration when you order the book!
New essay on Personal Projects
A new essay by Eva Polak, with an introduction by myself, is available in the Thoughts and Photographs series. I am working on personal project with many of you, so be sure to read this interesting essay to read since it describes Eva's approach to her own project.
I have won first place in a juried photography show in Creede, Colorado.
Much of the credit I owe to you and Natalie for your guidance, inspiration and positive criticism.
My deepest thanks to both of you.
I am very proud of this. It means a lot to me.
Here is the link to the winning photograph:
Best regards and many thanks,
San Antonio, Texas
New Blackstone online Gallery
Natalie and I joined the Blackstone Country Club this summer and, feeling inspired by the decor of this beautiful location, I decided to do some photography there. You can enjoy looking at the results so far in this new online gallery. I will be adding new images as I continue to photograph there in the coming days and weeks, so come back often to see my next images.
New online photography Review
A new online photography review, featuring a photograph by Peter Puna, is now available at this link. You can also see many other photography reviews at the same link.
I have just finished watching your review and re-working of my image and I really have to thank you for your comments and insights. This is one of my most popular photographs, but you have shown that popularity is not necessarily a measure of perfection. You have opened my eyes just that much more, and for that I am truly grateful.
You can see my review of Peter's work by clicking here
August Print of the Month available
The August 2009 Print of the Month is available. Click on this link to find out which image I selected this month. As with all print of the months, this image is priced $100 lower than previous Prints of the Month.
As with all other purchases made from this site, this new release qualifies for entry in our Beauty, Passion and Inspiration drawing. You can find out what this is all about here.
Print of the Month Prices Increase
The price for 16"x20" mat size Prints of the Month increased by $100 today. The price of 24"x30" mat size prints remains the same.
The prices for my work increase regularly, guaranteeing collectors a regular increase in the value of their investment.
The August 2009 Print of the Month will be announced tomorrow. As with all new prints of the month it will be offered $100 below the print of the month price for one month only.
The current Print of the Month is available for $100 less for one more day. Tomorrow it will go up $100, either framed or unframed.
Mediterannée Online Portfolio
A new online portfolio titled Mediterannée, after the French region of the same name, is now available. Click here to visit and come back often as new images are currently being added to this portfolio.
New Beauty, Passion and Inspiration drawing announced
Better Digital Camera interview, July 2009
New podcast episode: Landscape Blurs
A new podcast episode focusing on one of my favorite techniques, Landscape Blurs, is now available. This episode consists of a discussion between myself, Natalie and Venus Kondos.
My essay describing how to create your own Landscape Blurs photographs is also available for free download as a PDF file. To download this essay simply log on to the Free Newsletter Subscriber page, using the link and password you received when you subscribed.
If you are not subscribed to my free newsletter yet you can subscribe now for free using the link at the top of this page. Th link and password allowing you to download the free essay will be emailed to you immediately after you subscribe.
Alain's interview in Better Digital Camera
Nick Rains interviewed me earlier this year and this interview is published in the magazine Better Digital Camera this month. Better Digital Camera is an Australian photography magazine, so if you are in Austratlia grab a copy. You may be able to find it elsewhere in the world, and the link to the magazine's website is here.
The essay features a gallery of my work, including the magazine cover. Several photographs are printed full page or double-page spreads, which does justice to the high resolution of my images.
July 2009 Artist Statement
A new artist statement, describing my current approach to creating Fine Art Photography, is now available at this link. If you have been wondering what Fine Art Photography consists of, here is my answer to the question.
San Juan 2009 Online Gallery
Earlier this month we led an exclusive workshop on the San Juan River in Southern Utah. A gallery of photographs from this workshop is now available. Additional photographs will be added shortly. Click here now to visit this new online gallery.
Video Interview of Alain Briot by Peter Urban
Peter Urban interviewed me in a 2 parts interview this spring. Part 1 is now available on tv.smibs.com. Part 2 will be available shortly on the same site.
New Online Video Photography Review
This new video review features a photograph by Max Hertelendy. You can watch this review, as well as all the previews reviews, at this link.
Beauty, Passion and Inspiration Drawing
The winner of the first Beauty, Passion and Inspiration drawing is John Motzi from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. You can see the details of this unique drawing at this link.
A new drawing will be announced shortly. In the meantime every order placed now is automatically entered in the next drawing.
Natalie and I wish a safe and happy 4th of July to everyone!
July Print of the Month
The July Print of the Month is titled Moonlight Wash Reflections. You can read more about it and place your order at this link.
All purchases qualify for our Beauty, Passion and Inspiration Drawing
Beauty, Passion and Inspiration drawing
Our first Beauty, Passion and Inspiration drawing is now completed. The winner will be announced shortly.
A new drawing will be announced shortly. Every order placed after July 1st will automatically be entered in this new drawing.
New Book Final Table of contents available in PDF format
The final table of contents for the book, in PDF format, is available on the Book's Latest News Page. Other important news regarding this new book are available on the same page.
The book's publication date is still scheduled for August 15th.
The pre-announcement list for this new book remains open. Be sure to sign up for the pre-announcement list now so you are among those who are first notified. Several special offers limited to the first 40 orders will be announced to the pre-release list members the minute the book is available. Joining the list is easy: simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with Mastering Photographic Composition in the subject line. There is no obligation to buy, you will simply be first to be notified and you will have the unique opportunity to benefit from these exciting special offers.
New Home Page Photograph
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Your June 2009 Print of the Month Is just stunning.
Dan Holik, Maryland
in email following Dan's order for the June Print of the Month
The table of contents of my second book Mastering Composition, Creativity andPersonal Style is now available.
An update to the publishing date of the book is also available. Both table of contents and update are available on the book's Latest news Page
Workshop Testimonial from Steve Ehrich
Steve attended our Antelope Canyon Workshop this May and sent us his testimonial yesterday:
June 6, 2009
An unsolicited recommendation
It was my pleasure to attend the Antelope Canyon workshop in Page, Arizona in May 2009. This recommendation is a result of my reflections of the workshop while returning to Texas.
Instruction: The materials and information brought to the workshop were of the highest quality and provided information at many levels. Alain’s portfolios of Navajoland and his shots of Canyons around Page provided a benchmark that was most valuable in assessing our work and provided ideas for personal improvement. Natalie spoke to the issues of light, color and composition which provided both salient information and a jumping off point for discussions. No question was too vague or difficult for discussion. Questions were answered on many levels providing opportunities for further questions and discussions. The length of portfolio review and instruction seemed just the correct amount of time. The organization of time for the entire workshop was well balanced and productive.
Students at the Workshop: I was most impressed with the quality of students attending the workshop. All were pleasant, capable photographers who demonstrated a willingness to help others. This help was demonstrated by helping this old man over some of the harder walks to photo sites, discussing shooting angles, processing tips in P.S., and their personal shooting experiences which could be useful. One would assume that much of this helpfulness had to come from the personalities of Natalie and Alain Briot.
Photographic Opportunities: The workshop provided seven sites for shooting landscapes each based on light, number of others in the area and length of travel and walking to site. I had never been to northern Arizona so this, to me, was a most interesting and productive part of the workshop. Alain and Natalie were most helpful in providing ideas, information while allowing students to shoot as their artistic instincts directed. At one point in a shoot I was having difficulty framing a shot and Alain suggested how he would view that shot. This experience was very helpful without being pedantic or stiff. Over the course of five days I took about 500 images which will provide me with a solid base for work on a portfolio.
Bang for the Buck: This workshop was my third (first with Alain and Natalie Briot) and without questions the best of the three. I am so impressed with the quality and instruction I have decided to attend the
Fine Art Printing Summit in November, 2009.
Quality at this level is hard to find, and all aspects of the workshop were well beyond expectations.
Fort Worth, Texas
You can see photographs taken by Steve during the workshop, as well as by other workshop participants, on the Student Gallery. If you attended one of our workshops send us some of your photographs and we will add them to the gallery.