More Highlights From Iceland 2012


Here are a few more alumni images from Digital Photo Destinations / Focus On Nature’s 2012 Iceland Adventure.
Seth Resnick and I had a great time with a great group of people in Iceland last week. We visited old favorites (Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Jokulsarlon, Rekjanes) and some new favorites (Snaefellsnes, Landmanalaugar). 4-Wheel drives to the highlands, Zodiac cruises, and glacier walks took it up a notch. Every one of us learned a lot and improved our photography.
We’re now planning a northern lights, super-jeep, and ice cave adventure.
Be the first to hear about our March 2013 Iceland workshop.
Email jpc@digitalphotodestinations.com.

Yves Perrault

Charlotte Bailey Rush

Duane Miller

Kathy Beal

David Cho Yee Young

Graham Smith

Richard Moreau

Olaf Willoughby

Carla DeDominicis

Michael J Quinn

Michael McGinnis

Highlights From Iceland 2012


Here are a few first alumni images from Digital Photo Destinations / Focus On Nature’s 2012 Iceland Adventure. I can’t wait to see what they make by the end of the week!
Seth Resnick and I have been having a great time with a great group of people in Iceland this week. We visited old favorites (Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Jokulsarlon, Rekjanes) and some new favorites (Snaefellsnes, Landmanalaugar). 4-Wheel drives to the highlands, Zodiac cruises, and glacier walks took it up a notch.
We’re planning an aurora and ice cave adventure now.
Be the first to hear about our 2013 Iceland workshop.
Email jpc@digitalphotodestinations.com.

Yves Perreault

Richard Moreau

Duane Miller

Carla DeDominicis

Michael McGinnis

Olaf Willoughby

Charlotte Bailey Rush

David Cho Yee Young

Kathy Beal

Save 10% On Dane Creek Folio Covers


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Looking for a simple, affordable, yet elegant solution to presenting a set of your loose prints? Neil Enns of Dane Creek has a solution.
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Find out more about Dane Creek here.
Learn more about Neil here.
(Neil is also a member of my Next Step Alumni.)

Exploring Motion – Andrew Nixon


In my Maine Islands digital photography workshop, Andrew Nixon explored creating a dynamic tension between the still and the moving. He typically uses long exposures of moving subjects. But he tried a few new twists on his standard practices, like moving the camera. While he explored other ideas and tried many new things, he always returned to the same theme which gave his images a distinctive quality that stood out from his peers.
What themes make your images distinctive?
What experiments will help you explore and develop this further?
Find out more about Andrew Nixon here.
Read more in my creativity lessons.
Find out more about my Maine Islands digital photography workshop here.
Learn more in my digital photography workshops.

Next Step Alumni Exhibit – Indianapolis – 5/20 – 6/24

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Renaissance Fine Art & Design Gallery and John Paul Caponigro’s Next Step Alumni present a beautiful collection of their work May 20 – June 24, 2011. You are cordially invited to view this diverse work at the Renaissance Fine Art & Design Gallery, One South Range Line Road Carmel, IN. The opening for the exhibit will be Friday, May 20 at 5 pm. Many alumni will be on hand to discuss their work personally with you.
The exhibit and book contain the work of 22 artists, all from John Paul’s Next Step Alumni group, who met the rigorous criteria for the exhibition: each artist produced a cohesive body of work, an artist’s statement, a biography, a book, and a website.
The work, as diverse as the individuals, includes journalism, editorial, still life, floral, nude, landscape and abstraction, and is bound together by their community, their creativity, and the fearlessness in their search of their individual next steps.
View the exhibit catalog above.
Find out more about the exhibit here.
Find individual member’s books here.
Find out more about my Next Step Alumni here.
 

Answer Your Own Call – Barry Boulton


During my Arches digital photography workshop, Barry Boulton expected to make pristine landscapes untouched by man. But during our initial reviews of his work, he was struck by the realization that a majority of his images either had people in them or showed signs of their being there. So he pursued the idea to see how far he could go with it. It worked for him – consistently.
Very often we don’t recognize that we’ve already started to do the work we’re called to do. All we have to do is recognize the call and then answer it. You can learn a lot about your voice if you only look closely and find the patterns that exist between the images you’ve already created.
What themes and patterns can you identify in your work? Which ones are you most excited to pursue further?
Find out more about my Arches digital photography workshop.
Learn more in my digital photography workshops.

Include Others, Include Yourself


Images by Scott Helgeson, Barry Boulton, and Michael Quinn.
During my Arches digital photography workshop participants struggled with displaying the scale of an immense landscape. Often, they chose to include people in their images to indicate human scale for comparison. Sometimes, they included each other. On occasion, they included themselves.
Including people in their images had many consequences. New issues and concerns arose. Sometimes the people in their images were posed and sometimes they were not. Qualities shifted. Including people made their images seem less timeless and more contemporary.
How can including people or man-made artifacts in your photographs enhance them?
What other dimensions would this bring to your images?
Find out more about my Arches digital photography workshop.
Learn more in my digital photography workshops.

Use The Stages In A Journey To Structure A Body of Work – Michael Quinn


Michael Quinn used the stages in a journey to structure a body of work during my Arches digital photography workshop. The structure of a journey gave him a creative challenge that generated new ideas and helped focus his efforts. At the end of the workshop, he found that he had created more keeper images in a short time than he had previously. The structure also helped him identify ideas for new images still to be made – ways to expand his creative journey. What’s more, because the images related to one another, he can put the images to many more uses – a slideshow, an exhibit, a book, etc.
What creative challenge could you set for yourself to generate new ideas and increase your productivity?
See more of Michael Quinn’s work here.
Find out more about my Next Step Alumni here.
Find out about my Next Step Alumni’s exhibition here.
Learn more in my digital photography workshops.

Use Words To Tune Into Hidden Dimensions – Craig Colvin


In my Death Valley digital photography workshop, Craig Colvin discovered the power of words and of metaphor. When he made images he’d find the words that described the relationships in the image before making the exposures. Solitude. Community. Birth. Loss. He found that by using the power of words he saw things differently and he saw new things. A few simple words, the right words, unlocked hidden potentials within the subject and within himself.
How can words help unlock your creativity?
How many ways can you think of to integrate them into your creative process?
Read more in my creativity lessons.
Find out more about my Death Valley digital photography workshop.
Learn more in my digital photography workshops.