In Search of Creativity by Alister Benn

The Ultimate Guide to Discovering Your Personal Photographic StyleI am certain that a detailed survey of every reader of this article would demonstrate very clearly one main thing: We are all unique. We may share many things in common with each other; race, nationality, ethnicity, profession, interests or temperament to name a few, but the special mix of your personality and everything that has ever happened in your life, combines to make you absolutely unique on this planet. Nobody does being you, better than you!

I don’t know about you, but I find that quite satisfying! I’m the best in the world at being Alister Benn. (Smug face!)

In this article it is my goal to highlight the importance of expression and individuality in contemporary photography.

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Guest article by Joel Wolfson

Beyond Realism: From Real to Surreal in 10 StepsAbout the author: Joel is published internationally and his roster of notable clients include Newsweek, Elle, Seventeen, Houghton Mifflin, and corporate clients such as Apple, AT&T, 3M, United Airlines and Pillsbury. His technical articles on digital imaging have been translated for use in more than 30 countries. Yet he is best known for his artistic images and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe.

Normally I go to great lengths to capture and present my subject as I saw it. This approach is based on realism when communicating the experience; whether the awe of a beautiful landscape, the intrigue of ancient architecture, or conveying the essence of a person in a portrait.

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Guest Article by Alister Benn

7 Essential Tips for Winter PhotographyFire and Ice, Scotland

Making the Most of Winter

If we look at seasonal advertising, TV marketing and movies as an indicator – the world is crazy about snow. As kids we pressed our faces up against the windows, watching as the giant fluffy flakes drifted down and transformed our mundane reality into a winter wonderland – the home of Jack Frost, Snowmen and adventures of our imagination.

One of the eternal joys of making a living as a photographer, is I can continue to explore the world with that sense of wonder and express those emotions in my images.

With a few straightforward tips and techniques we can make sure we max out our opportunities in these snowy months and make some images that really capture the magic of the winter landscape.

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Guest article by Whytake.com

Authors: Alister Benn & Rafael Rojas

Alister Benn and Rafael Rojas are both award winning landscape photographers, experienced guides, instructors and authors of inspiring educational material. By combining their strengths and co-producing the Whytake.com e-modules they have created material that is progressive, innovative and unique in the field of nature photography education.

They are co-authors of – Digital Black and White Landscape Photography

2Light, airy, calm, barren, minimalistic, reflective

One-hundred years ago, making photographs in black and white was a technical limitation; today it is a creative choice. It is somewhat ironic that after a century of scientific development to deliver cameras capable of capturing the world full of rich textures and colors, so many of us have returned to making images in mono. Why would that be?

The 21st century has been a whirlwind of development in both camera/sensor technology and the processing power of our home computers. It is not too bold to suggest that most of our smart phones today are packed with more possibilities than our DSLR’s were a decade ago.

But, as always, contemporary tools are also full of quick fixes and automation, leaving us with both a gift and a curse. The gifts are obvious; speed, efficiency, convenience and not least, being able to bypass a lot of study and craft. However, the flip side of this is that we so often find ourselves handing our images over to the computer and failing to truly understand why it is we are making them in the first place.

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