Workshop Participant Gallery by Elaine Nakamura & Steve Reeves

A gallery of images by Vietnam workshop participants Elaine Nakamura & Steve Reeves.

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Would you like a chance to win an Art Wolfe Open Edition Print!

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Would you like a chance to win an Art Wolfe Open Edition Print? Sure you Do!

This is how: forward us your friends! Have someone you know sign up for any one of the Art Wolfe Spring Tours and we will enter your name in a drawing for a 16 x 20 signed, unframed, Art Wolfe print of your choice! Limited to the open edition gallery of images only – This gives you over 200 image choices. We will announce 1 winner from each of the cities at the end of the tour on June 14th.

Simply have the person signing up mention your first and last name when registering online. If you get more than one person to sign up, you get more than one entry in the drawing.

And don’t forget the special pricing discount ends this weekend!

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Update – More Reasons to Sign Up for the Spring Tour

Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy

Time is running out! You still have until May 1 to sign-up for the Art Wolfe Spring Tour photography workshops and receive the early sign-up discount price of $195, but after May 1st it will be $295.

And here’s some good news: Lowepro and X-Rite have generously donated door prizes to be given away at each city!

Lowepro is providing the Pro Runner 350 AW pack. This is Art’s personal pack of choice, it allows him to carry all of his necessary photo equipment in addition to his 15″ laptop. It’s below the maximum legal carry-on size so you never have to part with your valuable gear on the airplane, and the harness system is supportive and comfortable to allow you to wear this pack for hikes and travel while on location.

X-Rite has contributed the ColorChecker Passport, a great tool for managing and controlling color. This compact color chart is designed to be taken into the field and photographed. The included software integrates with Adobe’s Creative Suite and lets you quickly and consistently edit your color to get perfectly mastered images time after time. Another great tool.

With more reasons and a discounted price for the remainder of this month why wouldn’t you sign up?

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Art Wolfe Creative Eye Workshop begins Tomorrow!

cairns, Port Angeles, Washingto ©Art Wolfe

Tomorrow (April 20,2010 11am-1pm PST) on creativeLIVE.com Art will begin teaching his Creative Eye Workshop. If you have ever wondered how a simple set of stacked rocks like these can become visually stronger like the image below, you need to join this live workshop series. The best part is that it is free! Yes free! In addition, if you are in the Seattle area you can watch the event in person at the Art Wolfe Studio in SoDo. The address is:
1944 First Avenue South
Seattle WA 98134

Want a chance to win a free copy of Art Wolfe’s book Edge of Earth|Corner of Sky? Retweet this workshop to be entered into a random drawing. Add #EOECOS to all of your tweets.

cairns, Port Angeles, Washingto ©Art Wolfe

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Myanmar Workshop Participant Gallery

Chris Martin participated in the recent Vietnam & Cambodia workshop with Art Wolfe. If you are interested in Chris’ photography, please contact him through his website & blog:

Blog:  www.chrismartinphotography.wordpress.com

Website: www.chrisphoto.ca

“I have long admired Art Wolfe’s photography and the artistic strengths he brings to his images.  Joining his photo tour to Myanmar, I expected to visit amazing locations and make some great photographs within the settings as chosen by Art and his assistant Gavriel.  The reality far exceeded these expectations as Art and Gavriel’s skill in connecting with people, coupled with our guide’s expert knowledge of the places we visited, made every day exceptional.  The beautiful images made all came while having a great time travelling together, eating delicious food, traveling easily (whether by van, boat, plane or hot air balloon) and staying in very comfortable accommodations.

What I did not anticipate, and what made this tour outstanding, was the openness with which Art shared his keen eye for composition, color and the extra elements added (or subtracted) that can elevate an image into something special.  Both Art and Gavriel openly shared their methods of approaching every scene, the images they visualized making and then the steps they took to create them.  The conversations while on location and constructive critiques of images made by the group, has made a tangible difference in my photography.  Further, the clarity of my own vision has jumped forward as a direct result of Art’s mentorship.  To share in Art’s thought process from imagining an idea through to realizing it as an image is an incredible opportunity for any photographer.  I am already planning for my next tour with Art Wolfe’s team.”

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Vanishing Act – Can You See the Crab?

Candy Crab on soft coral, New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Come back next week when we will give you a new Vanishing Act image along with the location of the candy crab in this one.

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Can you see the Common Snipe?

Can’t find it? We will show you later this week.

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Spring Seminar Tour 2010

THE ART OF COMPOSITION

Drawing form 36 years of international travel, Art will delve into a vast range of subjects; from discovering the subject to elements of design and even new works such as time lapses. Imagery of nature, wildlife and the world’s varied landscapes will round out the curriculum to provide the most comprehensive and imaginitave class available. For more information visit our workshop website. Don’t delay, our first two events in Toronto, Canada – May 20 and New York, NY – May 22 are filling fast.

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Photoshop Tips and Tricks

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My friend Scott Stulberg will teach a class on how to use Photoshop plugins, layer masks, and other retouching techniques to enhance your photographs, whether you wish to extract a more realistic effect or play with extreme effects. The class runs August 29-30, 2009.
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Working on your own computer in class and a Wacom graphics tablet, you learn how to:

* Correct color casts
* Add beautiful blurs
* Selectively sharpen
* Dodge and burn
* Convert photos to rich black and whites
* Create painting effects
* Tone down noise
* Master layer masks
* Use blend modes
* Retouch Portraits – make the eyes pop, whiten teeth, soften wrinkles, smooth the skin and more.
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The class will also focus on many of the best third-party filters available for Photoshop and cover creating useful actions to speed up your workflow. We will provide trial versions of the software.

Scott brings unmatched enthusiasm to his classes. He regularly teaches at the UCLA extension, leads photo trips for Julia Dean, and is represented by Getty and Corbis.
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If you want a broad introduction to enhancing photographs in Photoshop, I recommend two day intensive class. It will be fun.

Check out Tips, Tricks, and Photoshop Magic in Learning on artwolfe.com for more information. And, to see the range of Scott’s photography, visit his website, www.asa100.com.
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Art’s Comments on June Photo Submissions

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The June photos were all about atmospheric conditions and showed a marked increase in quality of work, making it harder to decide which were my favorites. Nearly all the images were unique and engaging and made me feel like I was standing next to the photographer. The images all demonstrated fresh, new approaches with high technical quality. Three photos in particular inspired me this month:

(To see all photos submitted in June 2009 on Flickr, click here.)

Forest Rain

Forest Rain by Shane Rucker

Photographing rain is no easy task, but this photographer nailed it! The image is artistic and “feels” wet.

Sunbeams

Sunbeams by Stuart May

The rising mist captures the quiet beauty and timelessness of the forest.

Light Becomes Art at Balance Rock

Light Becomes Art at Balance Rock by Stephen Bennett

Whatever the photographer did here (car headlights?), it worked. This image captures the ethereal essence of the subject and conveys a rooted, yet other-worldly feeling.

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