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Reaching your goals in 2016

Whether you think you can or think you cannot you are correct.
Henry Ford

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1 – Introduction – New Year Resolutions

We all make resolutions at the start of the year.  However, for many these resolutions disappear into the ether around the end of January.  Quite often, thirty days is what it takes for old habits to return, for resolutions to be forgotten and for goals not to be achieved.  This is in part why I am publishing this essay at the end of January.  This is the time when many of us need help achieving the goals we set for the year.

So how do you do it?  How do you achieve your goals? How do you stick to your resolutions for the long-term, the whole year, and not just for a month?  Here are a few tips that have work for me and I believe will work for you as well.

2 – Focus on your vision

Vision is your guiding light.  Vision is what you see that others cannot see.  Only you know what your vision is and why it matters to you.  When setting your new year resolutions, let your vision guide you.  By doing so you will set goals that are meaningful in the context of your entire life, not just in the context of this year alone.  These will be goals that matter to you and that are worth committing to.  They will be goals that make the hard work needed to reach them worth it.  They may be new goals or they may be goals you have been meaning to achieve for a long time.  Either way reaching these goals will help make your life meaningful and build your self-worth.

3 – Set specific goals

Setting specific goals is half the battle because a goal set is a goal that is already partially reached.  This is because setting a specific goal forces you to define the path you will follow to reach this goal.  Once that path is set, all you have to do is follow it.

4 – Set specific deadlines

Setting goals is important but without deadlines nothing gets done.  Deadlines set a line in the sand, so to speak, a time by which things must get done.  Again, be specific when setting your deadlines.  For example say: I will have 12 fine art prints matted and framed by June 30th.  Or, I will have my folio project that includes 12 prints, an artist statement, a biography printed, packaged and ready to show by July 1st, 2016.

5 – Start with what is hard, reward yourself with what is easy

Make a list of what you have to do each day, then give a letter to each task.  A for the most important and difficult tasks, B for the second most important tasks, C for the less important tasks and D for the easiest tasks.  Start your day by working on the A tasks, the most important and difficult ones.  When those are all done, move to the B tasks.  Don’t move to the B tasks until all A tasks are done.  Do this for all the tasks on your list.  By the time you get to the Ds you will find them so easy that they will feel more like rewards than actual tasks.

6 – Define success in your own terms

Success is different for all of us.  Therefore you need to define what success is for you.  Don’t define success as others see it.  Define it as you see it.

What constitutes success for you is most likely different from what constitutes success for others. Your goals, your desires and overall what you consider to be success in a specific endeavor is unique to you.  Don’t worry about it.  Whether what you want is more or less or different from what other people want is irrelevant because you and them are different people in different situations focused on different goals.

7 – Be realistic

Only realistic goals get done.  Overly ambitious goals are discouraging because they are so lofty that we feel we will never reach them.  Unrealistic deadlines have the same effect.  When deadlines are set too far in the future they make us feel we have all the time in the world so we never get started.  When deadlines are too short they make us feel we wont’ have time to get things done.  Either way we get discouraged before we even begin working on our goals.

A realistic goal is a goal you know you can achieve with the time and resources you have available to you.  Only you know what is realistic.  Just like success is individually defined, what is realistic is individually defined as well.  What is realistic for you is different from what is realistic for others.  When you set realistic goals you give yourself the opportunity to succeed.  When you set unrealistic goals you set yourself up for failure.

To be effective deadlines also have to be realistic.  For example, a good rule of thumb for finishing a photography folio project is 6 months until completion. This time frame works well for me and for my students.

8 – Set Mini-Goals

An effective technique if you tend to put things off or if you feel overwhelmed is to set mini goals.  A mini goal is a goal that is so easy to reach that there is no doubt we will reach it.  Mini goals can be set for any activity.  If your goal is to exercise you can set a mini goal to do one push up, or do one ab crunch, or run for one minute, and so on.

Applied to photography examples a mini goal can be going out to take one photograph, or completing a project that features three photos of the same tree near your house, or reading one page of that book on photography you bought but never opened.  If you show or sell your work a mini goal can be to select one photo for your next show, or mat one print, or put a price tag on one photo, or find one show you can do this year, or apply for one show or even sell one photo.

Because these goals are so low they are not frightening and getting started is easy.  They are so minimal that success is guaranteed.  In fact they are so easy that once you get started you cannot help but exceed the goal.  The result is that you become an overachiever right away!

9 – Quantify

Even though you defined success in your own terms, it is challenging to achieve a goal that is not quantified.  To achieve your goals you need to define them precisely.  The first step is to quantify these goals.  This means putting numbers on what you want to achieve.  How many fine art photographs that you will be proud to show to everyone do you want to create this year?  How many projects do you want to complete?  How many locations do you want to photograph? How many workshops do you want to attend?  The list goes on; these are just examples.

10 – Check your progress regularly (daily, weekly or monthly)

Mark Twain said that bad habits must be pushed out of the house one step at a time.  They cannot be kicked out because if you do that they will return. Instead, they have to be persuaded to leave, making it clear that they are unwelcome so they do not come back.  This is done little by little by making sure at regular intervals that we are on our way to betterment, whatever the endeavor might be.

Whatever resolutions you took, whatever goals you set, make it a habit to ask yourself regularly what you did so far to reach these goals and resolutions.  Do this each day for daily goals.  Do it each week for weekly goals.  Then at the end of the month do a monthly check during which you list all that you did this month in regard to reaching a specific goal or following through on a specific resolution.

Doing so makes you accountable for following through.  The goals you set are no longer abstract ideas.  They are now live actions that you are working on daily and for which you must show weekly and monthly progress.  Accountability is the keyword here.  Making ourselves accountable for the goals we set means we feel responsible to achieve these goals.  Goals and resolutions are no longer a ‘maybe’ proposition.  Instead they become a ‘must,’ something we have to get done.

11 – Be creative, not competitive. 

Competition means trying to outdo someone else.  Creativity means finding unique ways of reaching our personal goals.  When you operate on the basis of competition you focus on others.  When you operate on the basis of creativity you focus on yourself.  Eventually what matters most is you.  Reaching your personal goals has nothing to do with how well, or poorly as the case might be, others are doing.  Reaching your goals is not a matter of outdoing others.  Reaching your goals is a matter of outdoing yourself.  The way to achieve this is through creative thinking, by making the necessary breakthrough, the leap of faith that will allow you to make the changes you need in order to reach the goals you set for this year.

12 – Don’t worry

There will be obstacles along the way but those can be dealt with in due time, whenever they show up.  The problem with worrying about things that have not happened yet is that it means worrying about things that are vague and undefined.  Most of our fears never materialize. However, in the process of worrying about what would happen if they did, we waste our time and damage our health.  Nobody dies of hard work but many die of worry.  The expression ‘worried to death’ attests to this.  Don’t join the list by worrying unnecessarily about things that might happen.  Just move forward by working on your goals and deal with problems when, and if, they show up.

13 – Focus on the positive

Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.  The mind finds ways of obtaining what we think about.  Therefore think about what you want and you will get what you want.  If you think about what you don’t want, you will get what you don’t want. In other words, as Henry Ford put it, whether you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.  Therefore think that you can.  Think of concrete ways of reaching your goals and you will be on your way to making things happen.

14 – Get help from people who are where you want to be

Don’t reinvent the wheel. The wheel has been invented and all you need to do is learn how to use it. To do this get advice from those who have been there themselves.  Only those who have been where you want to go can help you get there in a practical, efficient and successful manner.  They are realistic about it and they know exactly what it takes to get there.  Their advice will get you there faster than you ever will on your own.

15 – Don’t do trial and error

The trial and error process is wasteful of both time and money.  If you are like me, your time is precious.  Certainly, money is important as well.  However, for many of us time is more valuable than money because we can make more money but we can’t make more time.  Therefore, if we can afford to, using money to reach our goals is the most efficient approach.

16 – Focus on both soft skills and hard skills

Both set of skills are important and necessary for success.  Don’t focus on one or the other exclusively.  Instead, set goals that foster the acquisition and the development of both.  If you are not familiar with these two skills, read my essay titled Soft Skills and Hard Skills because it describes what they are in detail.

17 – Conclusion

Nobody is perfect, myself included.  However, we can all improve our success by following the simple steps listed in this essay. If we do so we will be on our way to keep our 2016 resolutions. Eventually, it boils down to a simple approach: focusing on our vision, defining success in our own terms, quantifying what represents success, not letting negativity get in our way and going for it.

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About Alain Briot
I create fine art photographs, teach workshops and offer DVD tutorials on composition, image conversion, optimization, printing and marketing. I am the author of Mastering Landscape Photography, Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity and Personal Style, How Photographs are Sold and Marketing Fine Art Photography.  All 4 books are available as printed books on Amazon.com and as eBooks on my website at this link: http://beautiful-landscape.com/Ebooks-Books-1-2-3.html

You can find more information about my work, writings and tutorials as well as subscribe to my Free Monthly Newsletter on my website. To subscribe simply go to http://www.beautiful-landscape.com and click on the Subscribe link at the top of the page. You will receive 40 free essays in eBook format immediately after subscribing.

I welcome your comments on this essay as well as on my other essays. You can reach me directly by emailing me at alain@beautiful-landscape.com.

Alain Briot
Arizona
January 2016

Navajoland Workshop 2016 with Alain and Natalie Briot

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Navajoland Workshop
— May 6th to 10th, 2016 —


An exclusive five day field workshop to Navajoland with Alain and Natalie Briot

Opened to 12 participants only

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Workshop focus: Personal Style, Light and Inspiration


This workshop is open to photographers of all levels of experience, using film or digital.

Shadows, Monument Valley

I wanted to thank you and Natalie for a great Navajoland workshop. The pace of the workshop was perfectly engaging as well as challenging. I came away KNOWING I will be a better photographer and I look forward to honing my skills  using the  Printing Mastery Workshop on DVD.

Thank you again,

Gary Hamilton
Texas

Announcing an exciting Northern Arizona workshop to NavajoLand with Alain Briot and Natalie Briot
Alain Briot, famous large format landscape photographer and Natalie Briot, Painter and Certified Art Teacher “team up” to offer you a unique and feature-packed workshop. Alain and Natalie have lived seven years in Chinle, at the mouth of Canyon de Chelly National Monument and are now taking you to the places they know intimately, the places they have explored inside and out for many years.Visit NavajoLand with two of the most knowledgeable instructors for this location, bring back photographs you will treasure for years to come, and improve your photography skills in record time.

Hello, Alain Briot here. I am pleased to announce some extremely exciting news: Natalie and I are offering a unique, feature-packed workshop filled with exciting and unique photographic opportunities. This workshop will take you to one of our favorite photographic locations: NavajoLand.

About Alain and Natalie Briot
I specialize in creating large format, fine art landscape photographs and I have been photographing since 1980 in Europe and since 1983 in the United States. I have 6 years of experience teaching photography and communication courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. I have 20 years of experience photographing the Southwest and NavajoLand, the fascinating region we will explore during this workshop.

Natalie is a certified Art Teacher. She
has been teaching since 1992, first in Houghton, Michigan, then in Chinle, in the heart of NavajoLand, starting in 1995. Natalie loves teaching and specializes in helping her students fulfill their vision through visual exercises. Natalie is extremely patient and attentive to her students’ needs.

We will take you to each of the locations shown in the photographs on this page so you can bring back your own photographs from these amazing places! Here are some of the locations we will be visiting:
– Canyon de Chelly
– Thunderbird trading post
– Monument Valley
– Round Rock
– Church Rock
– Much more!

Clearing Storm over Canyon de Chelly

The four unique and exciting aspects of this workshop:

1- You will be working under the guidance of not one but two instructors: Alain, professional large format photographer and Natalie, painter and Certified Art Teacher.
You will be working with two professional instructors who both have intimate knowledge of NavajoLand and of each location where we will be taking you. Having two instructors for a small group is a huge benefit. It means that you will literally get one-on-one attention. This will result in much faster skill improvements than if you were working either on your own or as part of a large group.

Natalie and I also have a widely different teaching style. I focus upon taking photographs, finding the best light and the best composition possible and then framing the scene, calculating the exposure and so on. Natalie, on the other hand, takes a more relaxed and less driven approach, focusing on helping you build visual skills one at a time and completing your Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises in a constructive manner. As I said before (and I cannot say it enough) Natalie is very patient and very dedicated.

Working with both of us, and being exposed to our two teaching approaches, will be a pleasurable and effective experience for you. While I will focus on technical photographic aspects as well as on composition and finding the best photograph, Natalie will focus on helping you with your exercises, with answering questions and with providing additional information on a variety of topics.

2-We will take you to some lesser known locations which we discovered after years of exploration.
We found many little known, or completely unknown locations during the many years we spend living in Chinle and exploring NavajoLand. We will be taking you to some of these locations, selecting those that do not require extensive hiking. Of course, knowing me and my work you know that I will choose locations that offer the most exciting photographic opportunities! Of course, visiting these locations is dependent on the weather and on road conditions. We may adapt our itinerary depending on these unpredictable variables.

Spiderock in Snowstorm

3-You will be practicing Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises daily
In my 9-part article series on Aesthetics in Photography I introduce my Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises. This concept is based on approaching photography as an activity in which visual training is necessary. This approach is based on conducting specific exercises designed to allow you to practice your photographic skills.

While my articles describe these exercises and provide you with the theory behind them, my workshops are designed to go much farther by providing an environment where you can apply the skills you learned in my articles under the guidance of Natalie and I. Natalie is very personable, very patient and very attentive to everyone needs. I know you will love working with her.

Of course, you can get as little or as much instruction and input as you want. If you prefer to focus on your own work you will have all the time needed to create your images. Just let us know and we will work with you to provide a learning environment tailored to your needs.

4-You will enjoy a visit led by instructors intimately familiar with Navajo Culture
This is a definite advantage for you and the guarantee of an enjoyable visit. As you know Natalie and I have lived in Chinle for 7 years from 1995 to 2002 (we moved from Chinle to Peoria, Arizona, in January 2003). We know the way of life of the Navajos, we are familiar with their customs and their beliefs, and we know how to interact with them. Furthermore, we have been doing business with Navajos since 1995 and have been exploring NavajoLand since 1983, for myself, and since childhood for Natalie who has lived in Arizona nearly all her life.

This intimate knowledge means that we will be able to provide you with a unique introduction to Navajo culture. You will, no doubt, have many questions about the Navajo way of life and about NavajoLand. We will be able to answer these questions, based on our long experience living and working in Chinle. We will also be able to provide you with an insider view of the Navajo Culture and with information about life in NavajoLand that you will not find in guide books.

5- Do not let this unique opportunity pass you by!
As you can imagine seats in this unique workshop are going to be in high demand so to be fair with everyone reservations will be made on a first come first served basis.

Don’t delay. If this workshop is for you, if you have been thinking about building up your portfolio, becoming more serious about your photography, or simply want to visit locations which offer exciting photographic possibilities don’t hesitate: sign up now.

Round Rock and Clouds

7-Your Itinerary
The itinerary for this workshop was designed with two goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements and exciting photographic opportunities. We will start and conclude this workshop in Chinle where Natalie and I will welcome you.
Detailed account of your itinerary:

Friday, May 6yh, 2016 
We will be meet you in Chinle, at Tsegi Overlook, one of the most beautiful overlooks of Canyon de Chelly, before sunset. You will receive both a map and directions to Chinle, and to Tsegi overlook, approximately two weeks before the workshop.

We will stay in Chinle on Friday night.

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 
Saturday will be one of the most exciting days in this workshop as we will spend all day exploring & photographing Canyon de Chelly. We will start by getting up before sunrise and driving to the rim of Canyon de Chelly for a sunrise shoot. After breakfast, we will explore the many different aspects of Canyon de Chelly. I will give a presentation on photographic skills and you will start practicing Photographic Skill Enhancement Exercises. These exercises will be conducted throughout the day, preferably when the light is flat so as not to take time away from your personal photography.

We will stay in Chinle again on Saturday night.

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 
We will get up before sunrise, and do another sunrise shoot on the rim of Canyon de Chelly. After breakfast we will be on our way to Monument Valley. On the way to Monument Valley we will photograph Round Rock, Los Gigantes Buttes, the Baby Rocks, and other exciting scenery along the way. Our photographic subjects will be selected based on the light quality as well as our schedule. I will give a second presentation on photographic skills and you will practicing additional Photographic Skill Enhancement Exercises on Sunday.

Lodging on Sunday night will be at the Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley or at the Holiday Inn in Kayenta. Kayenta is roughly 30 miles one way from Monument Valley.

Sunset at Spiderock

Monday, May 9th, 2016 
Again, we will get up before sunrise and drive the short (6 miles) distance to the Monument Valley Visitor Center to photograph the Valley and the Mitten buttes at the sun rises over the eastern gray to use Emily Dickinson’s famous words. This is one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen and although I have been there many times I never tire of it nor stop creating photographs which continue to enchant me. I know you will love it to! We will photograph from two different locations along the rim of Monument Valley. We will drive into Monument Valley after sunrise and I will give a third presentation on photographic skills.

After breakfast we will continue our exploration of Monument Valley and the surrounding area. We will also drive towards Mexican Hat, Utah, to photograph some little known sites including Valley of the Gods and the Goosenecks of the San Juan River. We will choose our location for sunset based on the weather and on photographic possibilities.

Lodging on Sunday night will be at the Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley or at the Holiday Inn in Kayenta.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 
We will rise early again to photograph sunrise over Monument Valley from a different overlook than the night before. We will then have breakfast in Gouldings. After breakfast we will part ways to give you plenty of time to start heading back towards your home destination.

8-Important things to keep in mind:
– Bring clothing suited for a variety of temperatures, from cold mornings to warm afternoons. Also be prepared for potential rain and for active weather. To quote David Muench: “bad weather equals good photographs.”

– Food, lodging and transportation are not included. Some of you may want to camp, some stay in a hotel, some may want to eat with the group while other may prefer to be on their own. This arrangement provides for maximum flexibility while keeping the cost of this workshop to a minimum. It will gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

– We will email you directions to Chinle as well as a list of hotels in Chinle and Monument Valley when you register. You will then receive an email with the Friday evening meeting place and a detailed workshop schedule approximately 2 weeks before the workshop.

– We will be photographing from 4000 to 6000 feet elevation on average. Normally the only problem you can expect is a slight shortness of breath. However the higher elevation is something to keep in mind if you live at sea level or you are prone to encountering physical difficulties at higher elevations.

– A passenger car is suitable for this workshop since we will not drive on 4 wheel drive roads during the workshop. However, if you rent a car, we recommend you rent an SUV as it is more suited to this kind of activity.

-We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, friends, significant others and non-photographers need to be registered as full-time participants to join any aspect of this workshop. This includes meetings, print reviews, lectures, meals and all other aspects of this workshop. No exceptions. For further details read our Workshop FAQ.

– We do not carry cell phones. We will use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other during the workshop, when we are on location and when we are driving. If you become separated from the group we will call you on your walkie-talkie to find out where you are (provided you are within a 2 or 3 mile range). For these reasons we ask that you bring a walkie-talkie, such as a Motorola Talkabout or equivalent, to the workshop. Please set your walkie-talkie to channel 4-5.

Sunrise from White House Overlook, Canyon de Chelly

9 – Registration:
There are four ways you can register for this workshop:

1 – Use the paypal button below:

1 – Use the paypal button below:
Spring 2016
Navajoland
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Spring 2016 Navajoland Workshop
$1395 only

2 – Call Alain and Natalie toll free at 800-949-7983 (or 928-252-2466 )
3 – Download, fill and return the emailable Workshop Registration Form 
4- Email Alain at alain@beautiful-landscape.com

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. A receipt will be mailed to you the day after your registration has been processed. You can charge the registration fee in one instalment or in 3 equal installments placed to your card a month apart starting when you register. Just let us know your preference when you sign up.

Registrations are on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you act now because our workshops sell out quickly.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry. We are pleased to assist you with any questions. You can also call Alain or Natalie Briot at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 .

10-Instructor Availability
We will be helping you and photographing with you from sunrise to sunset, with a break for breakfast and lunch, during the entire duration of the workshop.

11-Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. If you cancel participation in this workshop your registration fees may be transferred towards registration in another Beaux Arts Photography workshop under certain conditions. Transfer of fees to another workshop is not automatic and is decided solely by Beaux Arts Photography as a courtesy. We reserve the right to decide whether to transfer your fees to another workshop or not. You must register for another workshop within one year from the starting date of the workshop you originally registered for. If you need more time we may be able to extend the transfer time beyond 1 year. Participants transferring from another workshop will be registered for this other workshop in excess of the regular number of participants. We can only accept two transfers per workhop. We cannot transfer your registration to the Summit. If you decide to attend a higher priced workshop, or if the workshop fee has increased, the difference in cost between the two workshops will be charged to your credit card when you notify us that you want to sign up for this other workshop. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have payment in full. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time.Workshop fees can only be transferred to another workshop and cannot be used towards purchase of a product such as mats, portfolio cases, CD or DVD tutorials, prints, portfolios, or other. Workshop fees cannot be transferred towards purchase of the Mastery Workshop DVDs. We cannot transfer consulting fees towards workshop registration. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund. By registering for this workshop you agree to this policy.

12-Liability Limitation
Beaux Arts Photography, Beautiful-Landscape.com, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

Meeting times, meeting places and itinerary are subject to changes dictated by the weather, the road conditions and other imponderable variables that are part of doing landscape photography. We do not carry cell phones. You are responsible for being at the meeting place at the designated time and have your photographic equipment with you.

By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and release Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, and Natalie Briot will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. I also acknowledge that Alain and Natalie Briot have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime and that workshop policies are subject to change at any time .


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Antelope Canyon Worskhop 2016

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Extended Antelope Canyon Worskhop
April 8th to 12th, 2016

This is a unique 5 days Slot Canyons Workshop

An exclusive field workshop with two of the Southwest’s finest landscape photography instructors
This workshop is opened to all photographers regardless of camera format or level of experience

 

Open to 12 photographers maximum

 

2 Seats Left

Workshop Focus: Light and Composition

Antelope Light Dance

 

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the workshop.
It was a great group of people who participated, your location choices were excellent
and I greatly appreciated your concise but very pertinent guidance and comments.
I learned a great deal.
Nothing was forced, there was no intimidation (except self-imposed), and everyone shared
unreservedly of their knowledge, work examples, and suggestions for better photography.
It was a wonderful mini-community that evolved in that short time.

John Sorce, Antelope Canyon participant


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Announcing an exciting, photographic-instruction oriented Northern Arizona workshop with professional photographer and instructor Alain Briot and art instructor Natalie Briot!
We are pleased to announce some extremely exciting news: Natalie and I are offering a workshop that is feature packed, filled with several one of a kind photographic opportunities, and designed to help you improve your photography in a short time!

Your itinerary:

This weekend workshop will take place in Page Arizona. The itinerary for the workshop was designed by Natalie and I with two goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements and exciting photographic opportunities. We will meet you in Page on Friday evening and we will travel together, caravan style, to the different photographic locations we have on our schedule.Here is a detailed account of our itinerary:

 

Friday, April 8th, 2016 
We will meet you in Page on Friday evening 2 hours before sunset approximately. We will email you the exact meeting time and location approximately two weeks before the workshop. This location will be close to Page. We will photograph sunset that evening from a location near Page.

Saturday, April 9th, 2016 
We will begin our day at the famed Horseshoe Bend. This is one of the most hidden treasures of the area and sunrise there can be an unforgettable experience. Morning and mid-day will be spent in Upper Antelope Canyon. This jewel of the Southwest is one of the most sought after photography locations. It will be your turn to create your images of this photographic wonderland. Later on that afternoon we will conduct a print review (bring some of your work, between 4 and 10 prints, 8×10 or larger). In the evening we will photograph sunset over Lake Powell from one of the best overlooks around.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 

We will be up early to photograph sunrise over some beautiful Sandstone formations. After Breakfast we will explore and photograph a little known slot canyon (not Antelope Canyon). This will be one of the highlights of the workshop since this slot canyon is little known and rarely photographed. Sunset will be at a little known overlook with fantastic views of the Canyon Country.

Monday, April 11th, 2016 

We will be up early to photograph sunrise over Lake Powell from a different location than on Saturday evening. After Breakfast we will spend several hours photographing Lower Antelope Canyon. After lunch we will conduct print reviews and afterwards we will continue exploring the sandstone formations near Page and photograph sunset from one of the locations we will be exploring.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 

We will photograph sunrise from a new overlook. The workshop ends after breakfast to give everyone plenty of time to drive home.

Sand Waves

About Antelope Canyon
Photographers love Antelope Canyon because it is one of the most photogenic natural sites anywhere in the world. Antelope Canyon actually consists of two separate canyons, about 5 miles apart from each other: Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope. Most workshops take you to either to the Upper or the Lower part of Antelope Canyon, as these two canyons are called.
But, doing so means that you only get to see half of this wonder of the world! Well, not anymore. We have decided to take you to both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in the same workshop!

That way you can really say you saw it all (and photographed it as well)!Plus, since we will be in Page, land of incredible rock formations and scenery, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you some of our other favorite photographic locations. So, we decided to also take you to Horseshoe Bend, one of the most amazing overlooks over the Colorado River, for sunrise. We will also take you to a remote location where you will find Hoodoos, whimsical rock formations that are particularly photogenic, for sunset. You will also have the opportunity to photograph Lake Powell at Sunrise and at Sunset from two fantastic overlooks. Lake Powell is world-famous for the incredible sandstone formations and for the unique colors the rocks take at sunrise and sunset. Finally, we will be taking you to some of the lesser known areas, some known only to Natalie and I, including slot canyons and other locations that we discovered on our own over the many years we have been exploring this area.

This is truly a unique photographic workshop from which you will return with a great collection of images to add to your portfolio!Furthermore, you will be practicing Photographic Skill Exercises daily. We will have handouts for you and will be explaining these exercises in details. We will then work individually with each of you to help you with your exercises. Read on as there is more details about our Photographic Skill Exercises below.We will take you to each of the locations shown on this page so you can create your own photographs of these incredible places.

You will be able to photograph both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, the little known slot canyon mentioned above, plus Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, The Hoodoos and several little known locations with Alain and Natalie Briot.

Light Shaft in Keyhole Arch, Antelope Canyon.

 

Workshop focus and Photographic Skill Exercises
The focus of this workshop is Light and Composition. You will be practicing photographic skills exercises daily to strengthen your knowledge of light and composition during the workshop. You will receive handouts with a description of each exercise and we will go over the exercises with you, explaining to you both the theory and the practical side of each exercise. You will then be asked to conduct these exercises on your own. Make sure to bring a folder where you can store your handouts, a notepad to take notes during the workshop, and several pens and pencils.

Don’t let this unique opportunity pass you by!
Seats in this unique workshop are in high demand. To be fair reservations are taken on a first come first served basis.

If you have been thinking about building up your portfolio, if you have been thinking about becoming more serious about your photography, if you want to photograph some of the most beautiful photographic locations while receiving photographic instruction, don’t hesitate another second: sign up now. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Horseshoe Bend with Flowers

Registration:
There are four ways you can register for this workshop:
1 – Use the paypal button below:
Spring 2016
Antelope Canyon
Workshop

Spring 2016 Antelope Canyon Workshop
$1395 only

2 – Call Alain and Natalie toll free at 800-949-7983 (or 928-252-2466 )
3 – Download, fill and return the emailable Workshop Registration Form 
4- Email Alain at alain@beautiful-landscape.com

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. A receipt will be mailed to you the day after your registration has been processed. You can charge the registration fee in one instalment or in 3 equal installments placed to your card a month apart starting when you register. Just let us know your preference when you sign up.

Registrations are on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you act now because our workshops sell out quickly.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry. We are pleased to assist you with any questions. You can also call Alain or Natalie Briot at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 .

Sunset over Lake Powell.

Things to keep in mind:
– Bring clothing suited for a variety of temperatures, from cold mornings to warm afternoons. Also be prepared for potential rain and for active weather. To quote David Muench: “bad weather equals good photographs.”

– Food, lodging and transportation are not included. Some of you may want to camp, some stay in a hotel, some may want to eat with the group while other may prefer to be on their own. This arrangement provides for maximum flexibility while keeping the cost of this workshop to a minimum. It will gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

– We will email you directions to Page as well as a list of hotels in Page when you register. You will then receive an email with the Friday evening meeting place and a detailed workshop schedule approximately 2 weeks before the workshop.

– We will be photographing from 4000 to 6000 feet elevation on average. Normally the only problem you can expect is a slight shortness of breath. However the higher elevation is something to keep in mind if you live at sea level or you are prone to encountering physical difficulties at higher elevations.

– You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to Page and back and for your lodging arrangements. We will email you a list of accommodations in Page when you register. The closest major airport is Phoenix, Arizona. Page is located approximately 5 hours North of Phoenix, Arizona.

– A passenger car is suitable for this workshop since we will not drive on 4 wheel drive roads during the workshop. However, if you rent a car, we recommend you rent an SUV as it is more suited to this kind of activity.

-We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, friends, significant others and non-photographers need to be registered as full-time participants to join any aspect of this workshop. This includes meetings, print reviews, lectures, meals and all other aspects of this workshop. No exceptions. For further details read our Workshop FAQ.

– We do not carry cell phones. We will use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other during the workshop, when we are on location and when we are driving. If you become separated from the group we will call you on your walkie-talkie to find out where you are (provided you are within a 2 or 3 mile range). For these reasons we ask that you bring a walkie-talkie, such as a Motorola Talkabout or equivalent, to the workshop. Please set your walkie-talkie to channel 4-5.

Print Review
A personal print review will be conducted during this workshop. This print review will focus on composition, print quality, image optimization, personal approach to photography, and more. Make sure to bring 6 prints of your work, 8×10″ or larger print size, to share with the group. Our print reviews are friendly and helpful and will allow you to present your work, ask questions, and receive answers and feedback from both the group and the instructors. This is a print review, not a print critique. Our goal is to help you improve your skill and build your confidence level regarding your photographic skills. If you participated to one of our workshops previously we strongly recommend you bring photographs created during this other workshop.

Horseshoe Bend Panorama
Digital collage composed of 5 digital captures stitched together

Instructor Availability
We will be helping you and photographing with you from sunrise to sunset with a break for breakfast and lunch during the entire duration of the workshop.

Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. If you cancel participation in this workshop your registration fees may be transferred towards registration in another Beaux Arts Photography workshop under certain conditions. Transfer of fees to another workshop is not automatic and is decided solely by Beaux Arts Photography as a courtesy. We reserve the right to decide whether to transfer your fees to another workshop or not. You must register for another workshop within one year from the starting date of the workshop you originally registered for. Participants transferring from another workshop will be registered for this other workshop in excess of the regular number of participants. We can only accept two transfers per workhop. We cannot transfer your registration to the Summit. If you decide to attend a higher priced workshop, or if the workshop fee has increased, the difference in cost between the two workshops will be charged to your credit card when you notify us that you want to sign up for this other workshop. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have payment in full. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time.Workshop fees can only be transferred to another workshop and cannot be used towards purchase of a product such as mats, portfolio cases, CD or DVD tutorials, prints, portfolios, or other. Workshop fees cannot be transferred towards purchase of the Mastery Workshop DVDs. We cannot transfer consulting fees towards workshop registration. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund.

Liability Limitation
Beaux Arts Photography, Beautiful-Landscape.com, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

Meeting times, meeting places and itinerary are subject to changes dictated by the weather, the road conditions and other imponderable variables that are part of doing landscape photography. We do not carry cell phones. You are responsible for being at the meeting place at the designated time and have your photographic equipment with you.

By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and release Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, and Natalie Briot will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. I also acknowledge that Alain and Natalie Briot have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime and that workshop policies are subject to change at any time .

Not sure if you want to attend this workshop?See more photographs of the locations
we will photograph during this workshop
by clicking here now

Text and photographs Copyright © Alain Briot 2016

Mono Lake Sunset, Eastern Sierra Nevada, California

December 17, 2015 Art, Composition, Workshops No Comments

Dichroic colors at Sunset at Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra Nevada of California:

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This is a single frame image captured on a Phase One medium format digital back using Hasselblad SWCM-CF camera with the fixed 38mm Zeiss Biogon lens.

Alain Briot
www.beautiful-landscape.com

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2015 Print of the Season — limited edition of 15

December 5, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

The 2015 Print of the Season.  Offered in a Limited Edition of 15 to celebrate 2015.  Discover all the details at this link: http://www.beautiful-landscape.com/Print-of-the-Season-2015.html

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Shipping is Free for all USA orders

2015 Print of the Season
Limited edition of 15
16×20 Matted: $695
Free USA shippingYou save $200 compared to regular pricing for a print of this size.

2015 Print of the Season
Limited edition of 15
16×20 Framed: $895
Free USA shippingYou save $200 compared to regular pricing for a print of this size.

 

The Photograph
The second Alain Briot Holiday Season Print Collection is titled Badwater Reflections.

This print is only offered during the 2015 Holiday Season. Availability ends on December 31st or whenever the edition is sold out.

This is the second print in the collection called The Alain Briot Holiday Season Limited Edition Print Collection. There are 15 prints to celebrate 2015. This collection was started last year. In 2014 there were 14 prints. There will be 16 prints in 2016, 17 in 2017 and so on.


The Image
This photograph was created this year during the 2015 Fine Art Photography Summit in Death Valley National Park, California. Heavy rains had filled the Badwater basin with water, creating a unique opportunity for photographs of reflections. I spent several hours there in the late afternoon photographing the mountains reflected in this temporary lake. The salt pans, the patterns created by the salt on the floor of the basin, provided additional interest by creating interesting and endlessly varied designs.

The key moment happened not as sunset but 10 minutes or so after the sun had gone done. I waited after because there were clouds in the sky and I there was a possibility that they would turn pink after sunset. This does not always happen because it depends on many factors that are impossible to predict. Sometimes you wait and nothing happens. Sometimes you leave early thinking it won’t happen and it does happen which is obviously frustrating. The best situation is when you wait and it does happen, which is what took place here. The colors were there for a very short time because what gives the pink color to the clouds are the very last rays of the sun before everything turns black. Fortunately I was ready, with camera on tripod and the right lens selected, and I was able to get several images before darkness set in and we had to hike back.

Framing and matting
This limited edition print is available matted or matted and framed.

If you purchase it matted, it is matted museum-style in a mat hinged to the backing board. The print is attached to the mat with plastic corners, which means that no tape touches the print. The print is not dry mounting because dry mounting is not reversible. This mounting technique is therefore totally archival because the print can be removed from the mat simply by lifting it off. This also means that the print will not wrinkle or warp depending on the humidity level because it has room to expand freely not being attached with tape. This 100% archival mounting is used by museums worldwide and is preferred to all other types of matting and mounting.

If you purchase it matted and framed, the frame is a handmade Mahogany Finish Frame. The moulding is truly magnificent and does emphasize the beauty of this image. The photograph I took of the moulding shows closely how beautiful this presentation is. However, this piece looks much better in reality than a web photograph can show! You just won’t believe your eyes when you receive yours. All the framing materials used are Museum Quality, archival supplies. All my work is guaranteed for life in regard to fading and damage caused by framing materials.

Framed pieces are delivered in a stunning mahogany finish frame.

A Unique Special offer
This photograph is priced at a special print of the season pricing. Look at the table below and compare it to my regular prices to find out exactly how much you are saving through this incredible offer!

Shipping
Shipping costs for US orders are included in the Print of the Month price. US orders are shipped via US Priority Mail insured and trackable. International orders are shipped via US Airmail insured. Shipping costs for international orders are calculated separately.

Packing
Each package is professionally packed and insured for its full value by us. We guarantee that you will receive your matted or framed photograph in perfect condition. If you receive your photograph damaged simply contact us and then return the damaged photograph to us. We will ship you a new piece right away upon receipt of your return piece at no extra cost.

One month, 100% Money Back Guarantee
All purchases are covered by my unique 100% Take one month to decide money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason just return it (in original condition) for a refund or credit. Take one month to decide. And, if your photograph fades, we will replace it at no charge!

Place your order now at this link:
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com/Print-of-the-Season-2015.html

2015 Cyber Week Special Offers

December 4, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments
2015 Cyber Week Special Offers

During Cyber Week we are offering discounts on our products until Sunday evening.  The following offers are available:

1 – Up to 40% off the Mastery Workshops on DVD series
This applies to all 8 Mastery Workshops on DVD, including the Printing, Adjustment Layers, Personal Style, Vision, Introductory Marketing, Advanced Marketing,Technical Composition and Artistic Composition Mastery Workshops on DVD (see illustration below)


2 – Multiple discounts are offered on my eBooks
The only place where you can purchase my ebooks are on my site

3 – Printed books are available without companion prints for the first time.
Shipping is free for all orders shipped to the United States.  All the books are signed.  Discounts are availalble if you purchase several books at the same time.

All my books are available as eBooks or Printed Books

Printed Books are Signed

The 8 Mastery Workshops on DVD
Up to 40% off now

Alain and Natalie Briot

800-949-7983 (US)

928-252-2466 (international)

alain@beautiful-landscape.com

www.beautiful-landscape.com

Selling your work like a pro – becoming part of the 20%

Selling your work like a pro: becoming part of the 20%

1 – Introduction
I am often asked for recommendations by students who want to sell their work and generate income from the sale of their photographs.  Usually these questions come from photographers who have tried to sell their work and have been unsuccessful and are wondering what to do next.

2 – Recommendations
My first recommendations is to revise your price list.  Most photographers get it all wrong, to put it bluntly, when it comes to pricing their work.  My second recommendation is to learn salesmanship.  There are 2 types of sales: the first one generates a few % of my income, the second one generates 95% to 99 % of my income.  Most photographers only make the first type of sales which means they miss out, or lose if you prefer, 95 to 99% of their potential income.

My third recommendation is to work on your marketing plan.  Many photographers start selling in restaurants, bars or other public places in addition to their website. Those are the starting points of most artists.  Unfortunately they are not enough to generate regular or significant sales.

To achieve regular significant sales you need to have a professional marketing plan tailored for your work, a plan designed to meet your financial goals and fit in your schedule.  This is something that has to be worked out in order to become successful.  Without a marketing plan you are left hoping for the best which is how most artists do it.  This does not work and this is why most artists make very little, if any, money from the sale of their work.

3 – Becoming part of the 20%
The goal is to become part of the 20%.  In any business, be it photography or any other product or service, 20% of the businesses take home 80% of the income.  The other 80% share the 20% of the income that is left.  In other words they get the crumbs while the top 20% share the pie, so to speak.

To make real money you need to be part of these 20%.  This is true whether you want to do this part-time or full-time, and whether you want to do this now or later.

You need to learn, study and practice marketing to become part of these 20%.  If you try to reinvent the wheel (meaning try to learn how to market your work on your own), it is virtually impossible to join the 20% because you have no idea what successful businesses are doing marketing-wise. They play close to the chest and what you see from the outside is not representative of what takes place behind the scene.  In fact what you see is often misleading because while you may see their marketing materials, you have no idea  what their marketing plan is.

The purpose of studying marketing and salesmanship is to give you this knowledge, bridge the gap between you and the 20 percenters and let you see what is really going on behind the doors so to speak.  The goal is to learn what the 20% are doing that you are not privy to so that you can become one of them.

4 – The 2016 Alain Briot Marketing Seminar
I will be teaching a Fine Art Photography Marketing Seminar in Spring 2016. This will be a 2 day event and it will take place in Peoria, Arizona.  Peoria is 30 minutes north of the Phoenix airport.

I will be teaching marketing techniques not featured in my Marketing Books. These are techniques I started using after I wrote the book (the book was written in 2009 a long time ago by current marketing standards).

This event is by invitation and places will be limited. I did not teach a marketing seminar for several years so I expect this one to fill out immediately.

If you are interested send me an email at: alain@beautiful-landscape.com with Marketing Seminar in the subject line. A discounted special offer will be available for the first registration.

I will email you detailed information about this Seminar upon receipt of your email.  This information will have a list of all the subjects I will cover during the Seminar.

Alain Briot
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com
alain@beautiful-landscape.com
928-252-2466

Workshop Exercises

Workshop Exercises

Natalie and I teach instruction-focused workshops.  During each workshop we give you Skills Enhancement Exercises to complete.   These exercises cover a wide variety of topics and their goal is to help you develop and refine your skills in every aspect of fine art photography.

These exercises vary from workshop to workshop and are therefore unique to each workshop.  We design these exercises to meet the specific goals of each workshop. For example, if the focus of the Workshop is Light, Composition, Creativity and Personal Style, the Skills Enhancement Exercises for this workshop will focus specifically on these 4 areas.

These exercises will then include the following:

1 – Learning about the different types of natural light and how to use them
2 – Studying and using the different types of compositions
3 – learning how to use a handheld viewfinder to compose your photogrpahs (this viewfinder is given to you during the workshop)
4 – Energizing your creativity
5 – Developing a personal style.

All these exercises are presented during the workshop through lectures given by Natalie and myself.  We also give you printed handouts for each set of exercises as well as a syllabus for the course and a detailed itinerary (you get a lot of documents to study with during our workshops)!

That way you do not need to take notes unless you want to. The handouts have everything on them. You then practice these exercises during the workshop under the guidance of Natalie and myself. We are here to help you and to offer suggestions and guidance.

Finally, most participants and students scontinue practicing with these exercises and using the handouts after the workshop.

Right now we still have seats available for our Spring 2016 workshop, but they is filling out quickly because participants are filling out their 2016 workshop schedules.  YOu can see which workshops still have open seats on teh Workshops Description page:

http://beautiful-landscape.com/Workshop-home.html

Alain Briot
Author of
– Mastering Landscape Photography
– Mastering Composition, Creativity and Personal Style
– Marketing Fine Art Photography
– How Photographs are Sold

http://www.beautiful-landscape.com

2016 Advanced Marketing Seminar Announcement

October 18, 2015 Marketing, Workshops No Comments
2016 Advanced Marketing Seminar Announcement

I will be teaching an Advanced Fine Art Photography Marketing Seminar in Spring 2016. This will be a 2 day event and it will take place in Phoenix, Arizona.

I will be teaching marketing techniques not featured in my Marketing Books. These are techniques I started using after I wrote the book (the book was written in 2009 a long time ago by current marketing standards).

This event is by invitation and places will be limited. I did not teach a marketing seminar for several years so I expect this one to fill out immediately.

If you are interested send me an email at: alain@beautiful-landscape.com with Marketing Seminar in the subject line. A discounted special offer will be available for the first registration.

I will email you detailed information about this Seminar upon receipt of your email.  This information will have a list of all the subjects I will cover during the Seminar.

New Workshops

October 12, 2015 Art, Composition, Workshops No Comments

My new workshop ad.  Click on the images to visit the workshops listing page on my website.
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