Reflections Blog Improvements

Hello,

The layout and organization of my Reflections Blog was improved over the Holidays.

1 – The blog is now formatted as a dynamic site, meaning the page size will adjust automatically to fit the size of the digital device you are using.

2 – The essays were reorganized in specific categories.  Each essay appears now in a single category while before the same essay appeared in multiple categories.

3 – The menu at the top of the home page features direct links to the Mastery Workshops on DVD/USB Updates site as well as to my Videos Site, Field Workshops, Podcast and eBooks page.

4 – The Mastery Workshops Updates site was also updated to a dynamic web page.

If you are a Mastery Workshop on USB/DVD Owner and have not registered for the Mastery Updates Site yet you can do so now by visiting this link.  If you are a Mastery Workshop owner but you have not checked the Mastery Updates for your Mastery Workshop in some time, now is the perfect time to do so.

Finally, if you did not visit my blog for some time this is the ideal opportunity to take a look and read some of my essays.  Blog essays are usually not published anywhere else.

Thank you for your interest in my work.

Alain Briot

http://beautiful-landscape.com
alain@beautiful-landscape.com

Mastery Workshops Special Offer Holidays 2017

The Holidays 2017 Mastery Workshops on USB/DVD Super Special Offer is live.

This offer will save you 20 to 40% and more off my regular pricing. Several gifts and new products are part of this offer.

Check out all the details on the Special Offer Page:

http://www.beautiful-landscape.com/MDVDs-Collection-2017-SPO.html

Get the new Master Files Examples Collection #2 at a huge discount
when you order one of the Mastery Workshops.
Click here to download the table of contents

Get the new Podcast Collection FREE when you place your order.
Click here to download the free table of contents

 

Alain Briot
beautiful-landscape.com

2017 Zion Fine Art Photography Summit movie

This movie features artwork by 2017 Zion Summit Participants.

The 2018 Summit takes place in Moab Utah with Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe as instructors and field photography sessions in Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, the San Juan River, the Needles district, the bluff area and Monument Valley.

A detailed description of this exciting learning event and photographic expedition is available at this link:http://www.beautiful-landscape.com/Workshop-Summit-18-Moab.html

Blue Dawn at White Sands: How it was done

This photograph was taken at dawn, at the blue hour that precedes sunrise.

The sky was clear and still not tinted red by the sun.  The light on the dunes was only from the blue sky. The white sand dunes, being neutral in color, took on the color of the sky.  While the sand was white it looked blue to the camera.

My eyes did not see the blue color because human eyesight neutralizes colors.  To me the dunes looked white.  To the camera they were blue because digital sensors, and film to some extent, capture color the way it is.  Unlike human sight they do not neutralize colors.

During processing I altered the color slightly to create harmonious blue tones and make the scene aesthetically pleasing.  However the color was there to start with.

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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 and Marketing Fine Art Photography. All 3 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
November 2017

Eclipse

Eclipse

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

http://www.beautiful-landscape.com

alain@beautiful-landscape.com

The 2017 Zion Fine Art Summit

The 2017 Zion
Fine Art Photography Summit

You can register for this event now by clicking here

Zion-sunrise-collage-pano-crop-700 Sunrise, Zion National Park

Introduction
Each year for the past 15 years we have offered an event called the Fine Art Photography Summit.

This event used to be organized jointly by Uwe Steinmueller and myself. When Uwe passed away in 2014 I continued organizing the Summit with my wife Natalie.

The goal of the Summit is to offer an event that covers all the different aspects of fine art photography: field work, image processing, one on one work, printing and print reviews. The goal of the Summit is also to give you the opportunity to photograph some of the most photogenic locations and learn from different guest instructors each year.

To achieve these goals the Summit features both field photography sessions and classroom presentations. We capture photographs during the field photography sessions, at sunrise, sunset and during daytime, and we study, process and review these images during the classroom sessions.

The classroom sessions include instructional presentations given by myself and by Jeff Schewe who is the 2017 Guest Instructor. Classroom sessions also include time for personal work as well as time for one on one work. During the one on one sessions Jeff and I work with you personally and help you with specific aspects of your work. This gives you an opportunity to get personalized help and to focus on what matters to you.

The Summit takes place in a different location each year. Over the years the Summit has taken us to Death Valley, Arches, Canyonlands, Navajoland, Antelope Canyon and many other locations. This year we have chosen Zion National Park as our location. The Summit classroom sessions will take place in the Zion Holiday Inn at the entrance of the park. The hotel will be our base for this event. From there we will explore the park daily to photograph the best locations at sunrise, sunset and during daytime.

The Summit is an educational, creative and fun event. Participants include both new and previous attendees. This creates a learning and sharing environment in which study, creativity, fun and camaraderie are essential components.

Zion-IMG_2769-Pano-700Classroom Session during the 2015 Death Valley Summit

The Instructors
The summit is taught by Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe. Jeff is our guest instructor for 2017. Jeff is one of the most knowledgeable persons about Photoshop and Lightroom. I can guarantee that he will answer each and every question you may have about Photoshop and Lightroom.

My personal focus is fine art photography and my presentations will teach you how to create fine art photographs. Specifically, I will show you techniques that will take your work beyond documentation and into the realm of art, working with Lightroom, Photoshop and other software packages.

The advantage of having two instructors is that you are exposed to two very different ways of creating fine art photographs. These differences are obvious when you look at the workflows that Jeff and I use. While our goal is the same, namely to create fine art images, the way we reach this goal is very different. We use different workflows, different tools and we have a different philosophical approach to art.

This is a huge advantage for you because it proves the point that there are many ways to create art. Being exposed to this diversity opens the way to finding your own personal style. You can pick and choose what you like and don’t like and create your own personal approach to fine art photography.

Alain and Jeff teaching during the 2016 Summit

 

Our Schedule
The Summit schedule is carefully organized. Natalie takes care of all the logistics and scheduling. Having a dedicated person taking care of logistics insures that everything runs smoothly and that our photography and instruction time is maximized.

The Summit takes place November 3rd to 6th 2017 in Zion, Utah. The Summit is followed by a three-day Photographic Vision Field Workshop to Bryce Canyon, Escalante-Grand Staircase and Capitol Reef on November 7th to 9th. The full schedule and Field Workshop itinerary is available at this link:
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com/Workshop-Summit-17-Zion.html

About Zion
Zion National Park is one of the Jewels of the Southwest. The park consists of two main areas: Zion Canyon and Zion High Country. This layout has the advantage of offering roadside access to both the canyon bottom and the canyon rims, a combination unique in the Southwest. In comparison Grand Canyon only offers roadside access to the canyon rim. To access the bottom you have to hike a mile down into the earth. Similarly Canyon de Chelly only offers roadside access to the canyon rim. To access the bottom you have to hire a Navajo guide and four wheel drive into the canyon.

Having easy access to both floor and the rims of Zion canyon multiplies the photographic opportunities this National Park offers us. Because these two areas are totally different they allow you to create a greater variety of images. These include views of Zion’s Canyon towering walls, photographs of the river and the narrows from the canyon bottom and views of the high country where the variety of sandstone formations offer endless opportunities for creative photography.

About the Summit Vision Field Workshop
The day after the Summit ends we start on the second part of this event: the Summit Vision Field Workshop. The Vision Field Workshop is your opportunity to practice and develop the skills you learned during the Summit. It is called the Vision Field Workshop because the goal is to focus on finding a personal vision for your work.

The Summit Vision Field Workshop is popular because it allows you to maximize the value of your trip by visiting and photographing additional locations. This year we will visit three different National Parks and National Monuments: Bryce Canyon, Escalante-Grand Staircase and Capitol Reef National Parks.

All three parks offer superb photographic opportunities and all three are little visited meaning that we can expect to see few and at time no other photographers. Please note that if you are joining us and you want to attend both the Summit and the Vision Field workshops you need to act quickly because the field workshops are nearly sold out. The combination Summit + Vision Field Workshops always sells out first because participants want to maximize their time by taking advantage of the photographic opportunities offered by both.

Bryce Canyon, one of the locations we will photograph during the Summit Vision Field Workshop

 

Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument
A second location we will photograph during the Summit Vision Field Workshop

 

Jeff and Natalie during the 2016 Summit Vision Field Workshop to Navajoland

 

Link to the Summit description and registration page
The full Summit description, pricing and registration information are available at this link:
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com/Workshop-Summit-17-Zion.html

This link also features biographies for Jeff and myself, a detailed itinerary and additional important information about the Summit.

Free Raffle
We always have a diversity of gifts that we raffle to Summit participants at the end of the event. These include books signed by Jeff and Alain, free gifts, Epson inkjet paper and even the Epson printer we use to print participants work during the Summit.

Last year we raffled the Epson Printer we used to print participants work during the Summit.
The raffle was won by Roz (between Jeff and Alain) who returned home with a free printer,
an extra set of ink cartridges and boxes of Epson inkjet paper.

Questions
If you have any questions not answered here or on the Summit description page simply email me at alain@beautiful-landscape.com

Thank you.

Alain Briot


Testimonial from Stefano, 2016 Summit participant

The Zion Narrows

 

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All rights reserved worldwide

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One on One Consulting and Mentoring Program

My Consulting & Mentoring Programs

 

I offer two options for Consulting and Mentoring:

First, One on One Consulting over the phone:
http://beautiful-landscape.com/Workshop-1-on-1-details.html

Second, One on 1One Consulting In my studio:
http://beautiful-landscape.com/Workshop-1-on-1.html

After the first consulting call with a student I always pause and ask myself if I want to continue working with each student.  My decision to continue or not is based on the student’s motivation, on the quality of their work and on whether their work is marketable or not. I know you are committed, that you strive for high quality, and that your work is sellable. This is why I am making this recommendation.

Let me know if you want to join the consulting program.  The money you spend on consulting will be more than recouped through sales that would otherwise not happen and with the satisfaction of selling your work to people who appreciate it and are willing to pay adequate prices for it.

I must also point out that just revising your price list, which is what we did during the first session, is not enough to guarantee success.  While important, a price list is not a marketing vehicle and will not, by itself, generate sales, as I mentioned during our call.

We can go session by session if you want to focus on printing, processing or have specific questions about selling your work that I can answer quickly.  However, if you want me to prepare a marketing plan for you, you need to enroll in the 7 sessions program.  The reason being that we need to do follow up calls to implement and fine tune the program.  It’s not something that can be done in 1 session.  If you enroll within a month, then we can count the session we just did as part of the 7, leaving 6 to be billed.  After 30 days too much time has gone by and it is best to start all over again.

Needless to say, I strongly recommend the Marketing Plan approach.  It’s what you need and what will give you the most return both in terms of income and of personal satisfaction.  The other approach is ‘touch and go’ and not as effective because it goes from one thing to another without having a pre-defined goal.  The marketing plan on the other hand starts with a specific goal then charts the way to reach this goal.  This is why we need 7 sessions.  If you go that way we will focus on setting specific goals during the next session, work out a marketing plan, set deadlines, then use the remaining 5 sessions to implement and fine tune this plan.

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 Amazon.com and as eBooks on my website.

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
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com
928-252-2466

Four categories of photographers selling their work

Four categories of photographers selling their work

Selling your photographs is a serious decision. How you approach this decision depends on your personal goals.  I have been studying and teaching he sale of fine art photography for a long time.  One thing I found is that most photographers fit in one of four different categories. Below is a description of these categories.

The goal of this essay is to help you chart your path in regards to selling your photography.

1 – You are considering selling your photographs
If you are considering selling your images I strongly encourage you to attend the Fine Art Photography Marketing and Business Seminar even if you are not selling right now.  The reason is that acquiring the knowledge necessary to sell your work professionally and profitably is needed before you start selling, not after.  After you can only try to fix problems.  Before you can save yourself many mistakes, headaches and frustrations and be profitable much faster.  The discount package for the workshop + the seminar is also a good reason.  We have many students who do both so attending the seminar will allow you to make friend with workshop participants right away.

2 – You are starting to sell your photographs
You may have been selling for a few months, a year or two years, and you are trying to ‘learn the ropes’ and figure out how to build your business.  The main question at this point is to realistically assess your level of success.  Are you making a profit or not?  Is your income justifying the hard work and long hours you are spending to sell your work? Are you happy with your present situation or are you frustrated, or worse angry, because of what you have to go through?  If the answer to these questions is yes the answer is to attend the Fine Art Photography Marketing and Business Seminar because you will get solid answers and solutions right away instead of trying to find the answers by yourself which can take years, if you find them at all.

3 – You have been selling your work for a number of years
You have been selling for a number of years and you have your system.  It may not work as well as you’d like, but it works well enough to continue.  You would not mind finding a way to make it truly worthwhile though, more profitable, so that you reach the next step, make more money and kick butt.

Again the important thing here is to realistically asses your level of success in regards to your original goals.  However this is not enough.  Another important step is to take a good look at your dreams.  Most photographers dream of achieving more than they have but settle for less because they do not believe they can do better.  Fact is you can do better, but you have to know how. There is a much higher potential for success than you believe, you just need to know how to get there.

4 – You have stopped selling your work
Photographers rarely stop selling because they reached their financial goals.  Just about all those who quit do so because of problems.  You may have quit because selling your work was frustrating, or you did not have enough sales, or problems piled up, or adversity of one kind or another overwhelmed you.  However you have this longing feeling that somehow you did not give it your all and that there may be a way to make it work.   In other words, you would give it a second try if you knew how to make it work.  You still want to achieve your dreams.  You know that there is only one way to do so.

I designed the Fine Art Photography Marketing and Business Seminar to help you regardless of which of these four main areas you are in.  Success is possible, but you have to know what to do to be successful.  Quite simply, the goal of the seminar is to teach you what that is.

Take a look at the Fine Art Photography Marketing and Business Seminar description to find out how this will be done.

Alain Briot
Arizona

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 Amazon.com and as eBooks on my website.

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
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com
928-252-2466