12 Great Quotes By Photographer William Neill

Enjoy this selection of quotes by photographer William Neill.

“I learned that being in nature could not only be fun but also restorative and healing.”

“Living here has been an inspirational education, a mentorship taught by the landscape itself … What I’ve learned is that Yosemite, beyond its role as a nature preserve and place of recreation, is a sanctuary for the spirit.”

“I refer to nature’s beauty as my ballast in the storms of life. Seeing the beauty that surrounds me, and surrounds everyone, every day reminds me there is so much that is good in our world and gives me hope that the arc of history moves towards peace and kindness and beauty.”

“Seeing nature and looking for photographs is a daily practice for me.”

“I can see how “hunting” for images is a term that makes sense for how most of us find photographs. I prefer the idea of being a receptor for inspiration, for seeing what moves me.”

“You can best honor the landscape by becoming the best artist you can be, showing your own point of view and not regurgitating other’s point of view.”

“As for a responsibility of a landscape photographer to the audience, just be authentic to your vision. Share your knowledge of place and technique.”

“Be an activist for your favorite landscapes. If you are inclined towards environmental issues, use your images to educate others about what might be damaged or lost. As an artist, use your vision to share what you love so that they might love it, so that they might help them portray and preserve endangered landscapes themselves.”

“Historically, using beautiful landscape photographs have helped convince the powers that be to regulate and protect their use. We needed to strike a fine balance between protecting places and loving a place to death.”

“I’ve written that it can be helpful for some to “write their story” but it is not required. It is more important for you the artist to understand what you want to say and know how to say it. One way to do this is to write it out to help clarify your reasons to photograph for yourself and for the viewer.”

“By creating photographs where the content or orientation is not obvious, an intimate and enigmatic feeling can come through. I would rather make an image that asks a question than one that answers one, one that intrigues and arouses curiosity in the viewer.”

“My favorite photograph quote was written by Minor White, “When you approach something to photograph it, first be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence. Then don’t leave until you have captured its essence.”

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William Neill’s Book The Photographer’s Portfolio Development Workshop

Preoccupied with tools and techniques, few photographers speak to thematic development, which is exactly what William Neill does in his book The Photographer’s Portfolio Development Workshop.

The lessons it offers were originally designed for his BetterPhoto online course (offered for eight years but no longer available) and have now been updated and have helped thousands deepen their visual voice.

One look at the sections in its table of contents will show you the journey it offers you.

Find Your Focus

Think In Themes

Edit On A Technical And Aesthetic Level

Build Upon A Theme

Add Depth To Your Portfolio

Refine Your Theme

Where You Can Go From Here

Put It All Together

I judge books not by their covers but by their tables of contents. This one is well worth the time taken to get to know it. At 100 highly illustrated pages, making the time for this book is not a big commitment, but it will likely help you make a bigger commitment to your photography.

Get 40% off with the discount code – WNEILL40.

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Enjoy William Neill In Conversation With Richard Bernabe On Beyond The Lens

“In this episode (Beyond The Lens), Richard ventured into the mind of William Neill to find out what inspires him, what gives his work such emotional depth, his passions, persistence and creativity, and more. William touches upon his time working in American landscape photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams’ gallery, sharing what inspired him to photograph Yosemite. He explains why he puts experiencing a place above the results.”

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How To Add Color To Highlights With Curves In Photoshop

“How to add colored reflections and catchlights in Photoshop. Colin Smith shows you how to switch curves into colored mode to create the most powerful colors and add then to the highlights in an image. Using curves this way opens a world of possibilities in Photoshop.”

How To Use Photoshop’s Powerful Object Selection Tool To Quickly Edit Images

“In this video, you’ll learn to discover how to use Photoshop’s Object Selection tool to select objects and regions within a photograph quickly, as well as learn tips and shortcuts for customizing overlay options, choosing selection modes, using the Mask All Objects command, and setting Image Processing preferences.”

Explore The Emotional Possibilities Of 3 Different Tonal Keys In Images

Want more mood in your photographs? One way to do this is to limit images to a single tonal range and focus more on the emotional associations it offers.

Luminosity is often divided into three broad ranges; shadows, midtones, and highlights. If the tonalities in images are predominantly from one of these ranges, they are often described as low-key or high-key. (Curiously, the words medium or mid-key are less frequently used, but it is useful to make this distinction.) By constraining an image to one of these three, you can set a specific mood.

High keys are light and airy.

Medium keys are moderate and balanced.

Low-key images are dark and heavy.

Pursue this a little further by listing as many specific emotions that you feel are related to each of these, and you’ll get a sense of how many shades of expression you’ll be able to explore when you identify them. Read More

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The Landscape – National Juried Small Works Exhibition


The Landscape
National Juried Small Works Exhibition
Juror: John Paul Caponigro, Photographic Visual Artist


Exhibition Dates: November 26, 2022 – January 16, 2023
Reception: Saturday, November 26, 5-7 pm EST
Meet the Juror and Artists on Zoom: December 14, 7 pm EST – Register Here.

This is our tenth annual Small Works exhibition, and each work is affordably sized 13 inches or smaller for your Holiday gift list.

Our juror selected fifty-seven artworks by forty-six national artists working in photography, painting, and mixed media depicting the theme. These personal vistas of our land world include the expanse of outdoor scenery, varied environments and geography, and natural or man-made related landscape subjects.

About the Gallery Exhibition, The Landscape:
Landscape (noun): a picture representing a view of natural land scenery; the landforms of a region in the aggregate; a portion of territory that can be viewed at one time from one place.

Our national juried exhibition welcomes entries of traditional and alternative photography in color or black & white, photo-based works, paintings, mixed media, and small sculptural works depicting the theme, The Landscape. Our Juror will be looking for thought-provoking, creative works expressing the theme with representational or abstract interpretations showcasing the natural land world, the expanse of outdoor scenery, environments, geography, and natural or man-made related landscape subjects.

Aspects to consider: 

compelling abstraction, dramatic compositions, varied vantage points, detailed lines, shades, textures, rich tones, environmental concerns, and expressive scenes.

Aspects to avoid:
people, animals, sunrises, and sunsets unless the physical Landscape is the main focal point of the image or composition.

Discover more at the Alex Ferrone Gallery.