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Slow Down and Wander Around

Autumn leaves find a resting place in a small frozen pool covered in iridescent film. 

Soon after the new NPN site launched, Youssef Ismail posted a discussion topic about “slow photography” and an interesting discussion ensued. I found myself agreeing with many of the points and practices shared by others in the thread, primarily because my own photography practice has evolved in this direction over the last few years.

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Creating Order in Chaos: A Guide to Photographing Forests

Recently I released my first gallery consisting solely of forest images. I spent a week in Olympic National Forest this spring, each day wandering through the trees to find scenes that could capture its fairytale-like essence. Forests have a natural tendency to be chaotic and Olympic National Park, being so full of life everywhere, was no exception.

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Finding Inspiration in Your Fall Photography

“Aspens and the Blue Light”, Oct. 21, 2013, Eastern Sierra, California. Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens, 105mm, ISO 100, f/18, .5 sec. Inspiration to help you make creative and engaging Fall photos

Autumn is the time of year when those of us in the Northern hemisphere flock to beautiful locations to photograph the vivid and changing foliage.

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Of Audiences and Best Sellers

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. – Ansel Adams

Introduction

The concept of audience is one of the most difficult ones to come to terms with for artists and photographers. In fact, finding and defining an audience is one of the most difficult aspects of doing art.

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Toward a Personal Style

Text and photography copyright © Michael Gordon. All rights reserved.

Most anyone with a small amount of training can successfully operate a camera and make technically proficient photographs. And now, more than anything before, digital cameras have reduced – if not eliminated – the technical barriers to producing high-quality imagery.

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Crafting Creative Compositions: An Alliterative Guide to Advanced Artistic Achievement

Text and photography copyright © Ian Plant. All rights reserved.

Many self-proclaimed “fine art” critics turn their noses up at color natural landscape photography, claiming that it is more “eco-porn” than art. They view landscape photography as relatively unsophisticated, suitable maybe for post cards and calendars, but not for display in distinguished galleries and museums.

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How to Critique Photographs Constructively

Text and photography © Alain Briot. All rights reserved.

He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest.    Theodor Adorno

1 – Introduction: Finding and expressing our vision involves having our work critiqued in order to know where we are at and how others respond to our images.

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