We want to take some time to wish you happy holidays and say thank you for another great year.
What began as just another year at Visual Wilderness produced some significant changes in how we do business. Here are some highlights from 2017:
The biggest change at Visual Wilderness came this past Fall when we launched our membership service. We were unsure how this would go, but it proved to be highly effective. Starting at ONLY $19.95/month, Visual Wilderness Members get unlimited access to ALL current and future video courses.
Expanded Product Offerings
The second biggest change this year was that we transformed Visual Wilderness into a multi-vendor site; we now offer landscape educational material from our highly-talented contributing photographers. Here are some of the most popular offerings from our contributing photographers in 2017.
Varina and I added more video courses to Visual Wilderness this year then any previous year. Wide Angle Lenses, Creating Impact Vol-2, and Getting it Right in Camera Vol-2 were brand new video courses in our 2017 collection. We also updated our two most popular video courses: In Sharp Focus and Hyperfocal Distance Course.
Landscape Photography Blog
Contributors’ articles were more popular then ever. Be end of 2017, we had over 660 articles with various contributing authors. We also had the opportunity to share stories and technical articles from a number of talented guest authors. Here are a some of the articles from our Visual Wilderness blog in 2017.
Travel photography from Erta Ale Volcano can be challenging. Here is how how Clint Burkinshaw was able to capture this unique location.
Here are few practical landscape photography tips to keep you inspired and creative from pro photographer Peter Coskun.
Here are some highly effective tips from pro photographer Jay Patel to get your landscape photography in sharp focus.
Pro photographer Jay Patel shares some common myths about social media as it relates to your nature photography business.
Here is how you can use Photoshop Layers & Masks to bring out brilliant colors and details in nature photography by Jay Patel.
Professional landscape photographer Peter Coskun explains the essential camera gear and other items he has in his camera bag.
Free InFocus Newsletter
Our InFocus Newsletter continues its incredible growth. With over 38,000 subscribers, we received some incredible feedback from our readers. Here is what people are saying.
Passionate hobbyists should follow Jay and Varina Patel
Having my own personal instructor!
I am looking forward to completing the Creating Impact Course. You and Varina do an excellent job of teaching key photographing techniques. Watching your video’s is like having my own personal instructor!
I have benefited immensely from your instruction
I have benefited immensely from your instruction on hyper-focal distance, and on stacking, photos to attain sharp focus throughout the scene. Your enthusiasm for your work is contagious. I appreciate the influence of your vitality in my photography.
You do a terrific job of explaining things clearly
I just wanted to let you know that I’m working my way through the Ultimate Landscape Photography Course and loving it! You do a terrific job of explaining things clearly, and you have a great onscreen presence and rapport with each other. Really enjoying it – looks like I’ll have to get Behind the Lens next… And I look forward to more after that!
Mastering Exposure Webinar did an excellent job of explaining
The Mastering Exposure Webinar did an excellent job of explaining the importance of the different types of histograms, and when different types of bracketing/blending would be beneficial.
I learn a lot from them
Both Jay and Ugo are clear and informative in their instruction. I learn a lot from them whenever they host a webinar.
The very best possible way to teach
I retired from forty years of teaching elementary and middle school math/science students. As a former Indiana Teacher of the Year and and inducted member into the NATIONAL TEACHERS HALL OF FAME, I know what makes great teachers, and believe me, you and Varina Patel are excellent at what you do because you take complex topics and make them so simple to understand. Better yet, you teach your lessons directly from the field, on site—the very best possible way to teach.
The material is presented in easy-to-digest
I have been using filters for many years and still learned a number of helpful tidbits of information I didn’t already know or hadn’t thought about from the Essential Filters Course. The material is presented in easy-to-digest segments of video that you can sit down and watch all of back-to-back, or if you only have a few minutes you can watch them one at a time. The way the segments are divided makes it easy to go back and find specifics you want to review.
Every single case study was excellent
Great course! I am loving the narrower scope but more in-depth approach and both the “in the field” workflow and “the photo I didn’t take” explanations. Every single case study was excellent. (Behind the Lens Course)
I learn better with your focused approach
I have used both your free and paid video tutorials. What I really like about your approach over some of the many others I have read, is that you concentrate on one small topic (such as hyperfocal distance). I found that I was more likely to go out and practice and thus retain what I learned better than when attacking a much broader topic.
Finally, we want to say "thank you" to all of our talented contributing photographers on Visual Wilderness. Here are a few examples of some of their inspiring articles and stories.
Once again, we want to take this time to thank you and wish you all a Creative and Inspiring 2018!