This photograph was created during the 2012 Eclipse of the Sun.

The photograph was taken from the Island in the Sky viewpoing in Canyonlands National Park, not that it matters since you cannot tell from the photo where it was taken.

I used a 250mm lens on my medium format digital camera. The image was cropped during processing. #eclipse #canyonlands


Alain Briot

White Sands Sand Storm: How it was done

White Sands Sand Storm: How it was done

White Sands Sand Storm: How it was done

This photograph was created during a blowing sandstorm at White Sands National Monument during the workshop Natalie and I lead there.  We are leading this workshop this year by the way, here is the link to the description page.

The challenge was being able to photograph during a blowing sandstorm. The photograph does not show the fierceness of the storm, it only shows its beauty. However, it was fierce.  The sand was blowing everywhere and we could barely see in front of us.  On the photo this translates as a slight beige hue which comes from the light being tinted by the sand color.

The advantage of photographing during the storm was that all the footprints had been erased and the sand ripples were constantly changing.  They were in motion in fact. If I had done a video instead of a photograph you would have seen the sand ripples moving in front of my feet.

This photograph was originally captured as an horizontal image. It was just easier to hold the camera horizontally than vertically.  A tripod was unthinkable because it would not have stood up to the force of the wind.

However I wanted a vertical image so I stretched the original capture vertically to achieve this goal. This elongated the sand ripples in the foreground, producing an effect much closer to what I experienced.  The image now makes me feel the way I felt when I saw the sand ripples move in front of me, the blowing sand whipping my legs and covering my clothing with a fine mist.  The camera captured the scene, the change in image format made a photograph express what I saw and felt.

Alain Briot



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 and Marketing Fine Art Photography. All 3 books are available as printed books on and as eBooks on my website at this link:

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 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 Briot
January 2017

After the Rain-how it was done

After the Rain : How this image was created


This image is a collage of 2 photographs. The camera I used wasn’t wide enough to capture all I wanted in 1 shot.

I could have used a wide angle attachment but it is huge and carrying it defeats the purpose of having a small lightweight camera. Collaging is easier. I like the technique so much that over 50% of my work consists of collaged images.

The image was taken during a walk in my neighborhood. The tree is just down the path from my house. It’s not that remarkable. What makes it attractive is the reflection. I’ve seen it with reflections before but this time the water pool was larger than I’ve seen it before and that what made me see this image.  Plus, there were no leaves making it more effective as a graphic element.

Our eyes change and we see things differently. I like to carry a lightweight camera because having to go get your larger camera, tripod, etc makes it more difficult to capture things intuitively and spontaneously.

Regarding tripods, lenses, etc. who wants to take all that for a stroll down the neighborhood path! This photograph would not exists if I didn’t have a simple lightweight camera. I wasn’t going to take my medium format digital camera to do this ! A small lightweight camera opens another way of seeing and capturing what you see.

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Alain Briot

Workshop Exercises

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:

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

Artistic Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB

Artistic Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB

July 24th

The Artistic Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB will be announced this weekend. If you are on the pre-announcement list expect a personal email tomorrow. If you are not on the list you can still add your name to the pre-announcement list and take advantage of the goodies that come with it! Just email me with the words Artistic Mastery in the subject line.

This new tutorial features features all the composition I have pertaining to Artistic composition is seeing. All the material is new. None of this information is available in my other tutorials or books. The contents are extensive with:

– over 2000 pages in ebook format
– over 150 separate ebooks
– 40 + hours of audio and video tutorials, Master Files, Composition Templates
– a unique gift that will allow you to compose your photographs like no one else
– a signed fine art print
– and more.

Email me now to get on the pre-announcement list: with the words Artistic Mastery in the subject line.

Alain Briot

Personal Vision Mastery Workshop on DVD

Personal Vision Mastery Workshop on DVD

We are putting the final touches to the Personal Vision Mastery Workshop on DVD (also available on USB flash card). We plan to officially announce it and start shipping in a week or so. If you haven’t joined the pre-announcement list yet you can still do so by emailing me at We will have a special offer for 20% and more.

You can see a pre-release description of this new tutorial at this link.

And you can read excerpts from my story at this link. My entire story is featured in the Vision Mastery Workshop on DVD in the context of my body of work. The reasons why your story is important are explained on the DVD.


Mastery Workshops on DVD Special Offer Summer 2014

Mastery Workshops on DVD Special Offer Summer 2014

The Summer 2014 Mastery Workshops on DVD Special Offer is in full swing. students have taken advantage of the huge savings this offer gives you.
If this offer has your name on it, don’t miss it! It is not too late to do so, but it will be soon.

This limited time offer  saves you 20% and more off the regular pricing of the Mastery Workshops on DVD tutorials series.  This offer applies to all seven  Mastery Workshops photography tutorials:

1 – Adjustment Layers Mastery Workshop on DVD
2 – Introductory Marketing Mastery Workshop on DVD
3 – Printing Mastery Workshop on DVD
4 – Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD
5 – Advanced Marketing Mastery Workshop on DVD
6 – Personal Style Mastery Workshop on DVD
7 – Personal Vision Mastery Workshop on DVD

The detailed description of all 7 Mastery Workshops on DVDs, with the unique benefit offered by each, is available at this link:

You can also learn about the upcoming Personal Vision Mastery Workshop on DVD here. This upcoming tutorial is the continuation of the Personal Style Mastery Workshop on on DVD.

The Mastery Workshop tutorials are also available on USB Flash Drives, and you can pay in  installments if you like. Just let us know if you want to use these options.
800-949-7983 (US and Canada)
928-252-2466 (International)

Thank you for your interest in our tutorials.

Alain and Natalie Briot

Is printing your own work worth the effort?

I received this question from a reader recently:

Is it really worth the cost and time in the learning curve to print my own vs just using a professional printing house to get started?

Here is my answer:

Absolutely. The reason why I go into the trouble of printing all my work myself is because of two very important reasons:

A – I can do a better job than any lab.  That’s because of my experience printing my work. No one knows my work and what I want to express in my prints better than me.  I also know that I do not want the generic look that most lab operators give to prints.  What this means is that there is no such thing as a single version of a print.  There are as many versions as there are lab operators.  What I want is my version!

B – The value of my prints is in large part due to the fact I make my prints myself.  Who wants an Ansel Adams printed by someone other than Adams?  Not me.  Same with my clients and collectors.  They don’t want an Alain Briot printed by a lab operator.  They want an Alain Briot printed by Alain Briot.  The value is in having a print made by me, not a print made by someone called ‘staff’.

The same reasons apply to you.  You can learn how to print your work to my standards with my Printing Mastery Workshop on DVD.  I explain which papers I use and every other aspect of the process in these tutorials.  This tutorials are similar to attending my 2 days Printing Mastery Seminar except you don’t need to travel, you don’t have to remember everything in 2 days which is almost impossible, and you can study at your own pace, anywhere you like. Here is the link:

Alain Briot
March 2014