CreativeLive Event: Make Artistic Statements, Enhance Your Creative Vision, and Preview Photography As Art

You may have heard that Friday I will be giving a class over at CreativeLive starting at 9am PST. You can sign up to watch the live class for free, or you can pre-order on-demand access for $59, a savings of $20.

I will be concentrating on several key areas:

1. Navigating an Ever Changing World

How images were collected in the past has changed and the world has become closer in terms of access thanks to the advances in travel and technology. As a result, change seems to accelerate and keeping in step becomes a necessary skill. I will share how I research, plan, and execute as well as review and edit for projects. With over 100 book titles, television shows, exhibits, presentations – how does one manage it all and how do projects transition from an idea to achievement?  In this segment, I will review my processes for efficiency, economy and how I chart the course to a successful outcome.

2. Ways Technology has Improved my Work

The truth is that technology has been giving artists new ways to share their work for a very long time. Tools and art have evolved together, becoming intertwined.  Cameras, software, lenses, even drones – they are all tools for the photographer, the artist, the storyteller. I will share how I have incorporated technology to enhance and redefine my work.

3. Preview to Photography as Art

“Photography as Art” is a groundbreaking seminar created for individuals who want to spark their imagination and discover how to make artistic statements through photography. I will share an excerpt from this seminar created for the creative professional to see and make art in exciting new ways. With art history as a reference point, I explore avenues to maintain inspiration, foster personal style, and discover ways to distinguish your own photography from others.

4. Live Critique

At the end of the program, I will critique viewer-submitted photographs.  These photo critiques provide viewers a great opportunity to look through the eyes of a professional photographer and learn by constructive feedback on what makes an image stronger.

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Color of the Year – 2017


Green is the theme for 2017, or so says color arbiter Pantone. The Pantone Institute of Color holds a clandestine meeting twice a year to determine a hue to represent the year, and to drive design. I can’t argue with that, having lived in the verdant Pacific Northwest all my life.

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Two Spots Remain for the Abstract Astoria Workshop 8/11

The weathered remains of wood pilings recall an earlier era when pilings were widely used to contain the vast rafts of timber harvested from the Northwest's old growth forests. Today, less than ten percent of the old growth remains. The old pilings remind me of platoons of soldiers from forgotten wars. Oregon, USA

Oregon is home to one of the most scenic and beautiful coastlines in America. Two spots remain to travel with Art, where you will not only explore the location but also your creativity as he describes new ways to visualize and compose your images from a conceptual perspective that will make your captures unique and personal. On top of experiencing this stunning locale, you will take away techniques that will enhance and personalize your photographic endeavors to come.

Sign up here to join this nearly full workshop!

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Technique: Photographing the Magic Hour

You’ve probably heard many photographers talk about getting shots during the “magic hour”, other people may call this “at sunset”. Learn how to get the best sunset photos, shot on location in Baja.

Want more composition tips? I am offering several more composition tips through my Photography as Art seminars this year throughout the U.S.

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Technique: Effective Symmetrical Compositions

Reflections often offer perfectly symmetrical compositions. Shot on Location in the Pantanal, Brazil.

Want more composition tips? I am offering several more composition tips through my Photography as Art seminars this year throughout the U.S.

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2015 Year in Review

Some years are publishing years, some are traveling, 2015 was for reshaping the business—a necessity in the ever-changing photography industry. I closed my downtown Seattle gallery and launched this website, focusing my core business online and allowing me the ability to concentrate on other projects, of which there are many.

TV: Tales by Light aired in Australia & New Zealand

All the filming that I did in 2014 with Abraham Joffe and the Untitled Film Works crew—in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Alaska, and here in Seattle—finally came to fruition. Tales by Light is a joint Canon Australia and National Geographic Channel production & I hope it comes to the US soon!

As for Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge, it continues to air in broadcast markets worldwide.

Travel & Photography: The year was bookended by East Africa

While travel slowed somewhat in 2015, I still managed trips to Tanzania (twice), Kenya, Yellowstone National Park (twice), Antarctica, India, Bali, Japan, Iceland, Washington State, Alaska, Svalbard, California, and Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. The final expedition of the year was to the Danakil Basin of Ethiopia.


Presentations, Gallery Shows, and Articles

I lectured at, among other places, Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Fine Art, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Portland’s OMSI, and at #OPTIC2015 in New York. Human Canvas took over the Rotella Gallery in Soho for the month of November. DPreview.com published several well-received articles on my experiences photographing emperor penguins, humpback whales, and Iceland.

Books: A year of foreign editions

 

The Art of the Photograph in Spanish

El Arte de la Fotografia

 

Earth Is My Witness in French and German by National Geographic

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Vanishing Act in USA, German & French

VANISHING ACT Photographs by Art Wolfe, text by Barbara Sleeper In this revised edition, legendary wildlife photographer Art Wolfe turns to one of nature's most fundamental survival techniques: the vanishing act. His portraits show animals and insects disappearing into their surroundings, using deceptions, disguises, lures, and decoys to confuse the eye of both predator and prey. Spotting each cryptic animal amid Wolfe's clever compositions is both a fun and an informative challenge. At a time when many species are performing permanent vanishing acts due to habitat loss and human encroachment, this book showcases the beauty and evolutionary extremes of animal behavior and artfully illustrates the tenacious will to stay alive in an eat-or-be-eaten world. Softcover: 224 pages Publisher: Cameron + Company; Revised edition (Oct 14, 2014) Language: English Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.5 inches Preorder: http://store.artwolfe.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=526 Book will be signed and shipped October 14, 2014. (Cover design and release date subject to change)Meisterhaft getarntL'art du camouflage001

Awards & Honoraria

Earth Is My Witness garnered several publishing awards, including an IBPA Benjamin Franklin and an Independent Publisher. As for moi, I was named honorary chair of Washington Wild.

Top Blog Posts of 2015

Why I Do What I Do
Pretty in Pink: Springtime in Japan
Yes on 1401: Save Animals Facing Extinction (YES- it passed in November!)
Technique: Creating Graphic Images
Revealing Africa’s Major Elephant Ivory Poaching Hotspots
Travels To The Edge Music in the Japan Episode
Fall in Wyoming
Technique: Creating Abstract Images
International Cheetah Day
Colors of the Year 2016

Now on to 2016: new books! Museum shows in Europe! Exciting travel and learning opportunities!

 

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Early Bird Special on New Photography as Art Seminar

Gas spilled in a creek, Borneo, Malaysia

This all new seminar has been created for photographers who are inspired to go beyond capturing a natural history moment and would rather pursue their creativity and make compelling artistic statements.

In this three part series Art will establish unequivocally that the photograph stands toe to toe with painting, sculpture, and the other prominent forms of art.

This is an intentional journey to discover a new way of seeing and making art through the photographic medium. This full day seminar has been carefully crafted using hundreds of photographs that support the concepts Art is presenting.

Photography as Art Seminar: Seattle

February 28, 2016

Sign up before Jan 8th to get the early bird price of $200.

 

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Aerial of braided rivers, Iceland

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Inspiration: Autumn


On this first day of Autumn I thought I’d share a few photos of the season as inspiration for you to go out and shoot your own photos of fall color in all its various forms!

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New CreativeLive Class with Art Wolfe!

July is Outdoor Photography Month at CreativeLive!

I take you on a photo tour of incredible destinations and explain my artistic workflow in “Maximizing the Potential of Remote Locations: Arctic to Antarctic“.

Do you want to travel to any of the remote locations I mention? Check out the Events page.

Also, through July 31st get 30% off all online courses at CreativeLive!

 

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Technique Episode #3: Creating Graphic Images

When lining up a background for a subject, make sure to give it a clean background to create a more graphic image. In this example I am trying to shoot a Chinstrap penguin in Antarctica where the snowy backdrop isn’t working to make the white belly of my subject pop.

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