The Joys of Starting Something New

After years of photographing wildlife on land, and learning more about conservation and storytelling through photography, Ashleigh Scully decided to try her hand at underwater photography. Though it came with a multitude of challenges – unexpected and otherwise – she found joy in starting something new, venturing down a new path with her work.

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Your Subject is Not Your Subject

Good photography is a process of making an effective photograph that is often counterintuitive. To excel at photography, one must learn to see the world the way the camera sees it, use limitations as artistic opportunities, and include other visual elements that work together with the subject to engage the viewer with the story being told.

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Hank discusses the importance of simplicity in photography, paired with the differences between the way the camera captures a scene versus how the human eye perceives that same scene. He emphasizes that the power of photography lies in its ability to express feeling and perception, rather than serving solely as a document of a moment in time. He notes that it is the artist’s job to clearly communicate their intended message through their photograph, rather than leaving it up to the viewer to search for the meaning.

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A Reason for the Photograph to Exist

Spencer Cox of Photography Life discusses reasons for photographs to exist, including the cost of a photograph and how to best unify a message for your art.


2022 Yearly Editors Picks

The 2022 Editors Picks for the Nature Photographers Network, including Nature Photographer of the Year.

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Mental Preparation

John Pedersen walks through the mental preparation he takes prior to every photographic trip, answering with why you may wish to do the same.

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Reasons for Making Photographs

John speaks on the importance of looking introspectively at why you have chosen to use photography as the tool for your personal expression.