We wanted to take some time to look at our 4th year of operations for Visual Wilderness. In many ways, this has been a defining year and one marked with change in the direction of our business. Here are some of the highlights from 2018…
Awesome Blog Posts
Our contributing photographers continued to create some fantastic blog posts. Below are some of the most popular ones from 2018 (in no particular order).
Newsletter and Web App Notifications
We have over 42,000 subscribers for our InFocus newsletter and over 7,000 subscribers get educational content via notifications from Visual Wilderness on their mobile and desktop devices. Not surprisingly, both of these free resources have superb engagement and a worldwide audience. Here is what some of the readers have to say…
InFocus Newsletter is the best source on the web for concise, well delivered and meaningful information on landscape and nature photography. The blog has an amazing wealth of information photographers can use at no cost and the ebooks are a tremendous value; the best I have been able to find. If you are looking for a place to find what you need to become a stronger photographer, InFocus Newsletter is the place. Very well done Varina and Jay.”
Visual Wilderness (InFocus Newsletter) is in the top three photography websites that I follow all the time. Thank you for the high quality work.
I have enjoyed Infocus Newsletter and have learn much that has enhanced my enjoyment and technical skills. Keep up the great work.
InFocus Newsletter helps me to learn about nature photography and improve my knowledge and thereby improve my skills as a photographer.
InFocus Newsletter is a wonderful inspiration and resource for me, I’m on a limited budget live away from large towns, I am a carer and thoroughly enjoy photography. It is truly a fantastic thing to be able to learn and be inspired by your InFocus Newsletter. All I can say is I love it and thank you.
I find your website and your InFocus Newsletter issues so inspiring. I have learning so much from you and you push me to want to get better with my photography. Thanks for all you do!
I teach with the U3A (University of the Third age) teaching the older people. Taking them through the transgression from film to digital is a big step. I find your wording is great, straight to the point. Thanks for your Infocus Newsletter.
For me the best parts are the InFocus Newsletter and the Video Tutorials. The article on how to take pictures of the stars motivated me to get out there and try it. I bought the video series on Essential Filters which I found informative. That led me to try out your new video series on the Histogram. InFocus Newsletter has been part of my educational process in my quest to improve my photography.
I really like the interesting articles in the InFocus Newsletter and the variety of tutorials in small bites which have helped me improve my photography.
InFocus Newsletter shows you Inspiration stories that stokes your creativity and gets you excited about getting out there and making great photos!
InFocus Newsletter is inspirational in every way, jaw dropping photos, quality advice and its free!
InFocus Newsletter is an exciting publication that appeals to both experienced photos as well as newbie… always clear and to the point.
InFocus Newsletter provides great inspiration, help and source of information in easy-to-understand language for beginners like me. You gave me that little push to always have my camera with me when I’m out and about. Keep up the great work!
I love InFocus Newsletter. You really inspire me to take better pictures. Continue the great work. Thanks
The site is a pleasure to view and read, and it’s full of useful and well-presented info. The photos, of course, are a great source of inspiration. We always look forward to receiving our InFocus Newsletter updates, and we saved each one for future reference.
I love the relaxed way you tell your stories in InFocus Newsletter, and your wonderful pictures.
InFocus Newsletter is one of the best free landscape photography resources available.
InFocus Newsletter helps me to continually learn from the experts in field of Nature Photography.
InFocus Newsletter is one of the best photography magazines out there. I really get a lot out of it and enjoy reading from beginning to end.
I have only recently started reading your InFocus Newsletter and looking at your Youtube Videos and I am really enjoying them and find them very helpful. Many Thanks!
I just enjoy reading Infocus Newsletter. It gives me encouragement to try new things.
I’ve been a photographer for a long time – more than 35 years. One might think that I have plenty of knowledge and I just need to apply that knowledge. With almost every issue of InFocus Newsletter, I learn something new. Or at the very least, I’m reminded of something that I should have remembered but has been forgotten. InFocus Newsletter is keeping my skills sharp while increasing my knowledge and challenging me to seek out new photographic experiences.
I thoroughly enjoy each Newsletter (InFocus Newsletter). They have all been interesting and informative. I love the photos I’ve seen and the text describing how the shot was made. I’ve especially enjoyed seeing and reading how the light has changed the photo, or how the different approach of Jay and Varina to the same location will result in photos that can be dramatically different.
I have been following InFocus Newsletter for about five years and have learned many great tips and tricks and have been inspired by many of your images. You have always been an very good instructors when I attended your seminars.
Absolutely love the honesty and integrity that shines through whenever I hear Jay or Varina speak. There isn’t any of the obvious marketing of products with InFocus Newsletter that is so pervasive in other instructional websites and magazines. You are excellent instructors, motivators and inspire me to try new things in better ways. Keep up the good work and thanks for all your efforts.
There’s always something included in InFocus Newsletter that I can use to improve my photographic creativity. There’s a lot to learn from reading your experiences, both good and bad. This magazine comes to me in an ‘awkward’ format, but I still love the sharing which is written like as though it was made within a family structure.
I have subscribed to several online magazines. InFocus Newsletter is very easy to read and understand. Because of Chemical poisoning from a career in traditional studio photography, I am finding the articles are helping me regain what I have lost – love of photography again & learning techniques in the digital age of photography. Many thanks for your enthusiasm.
The topics covered in InFocus Newsletter are very helpful for us photography enthusiasts and the courses offered are precise yet highly educative, informative.
Having Infocus Newsletter on my PC at my finger tips is a great help and if need be I can quickly check for tips whilst out in the field shooting.
My landscape photos have improved greatly from the help from InFocus Newsletter and this Visual Wilderness.
I got involved in photography a few years ago and you know how it is, sometimes you just don’t feel or want to go out and take photos. When I read InFocus Newsletter like yours it gives me that extra motivation to go out and try something new.
InFocus Newsletter provides simple, easy to read and follow articles that both beginner and Intermediate advanced photographers can benefit from.
I love the easy to follow and understand information that Infocus Newsletter provide. It’s helped me tremendously as I am constantly trying to improve on the photos I take. Your post processing tips are awesome. Delivery to my email makes it very easy to read, whether I’m in the office or traveling.
As someone who is hopping to build a photography business I am always looking for new tips and tricks to improve my skills and expand my knowledge. I find all the articles inspiring and helpful. Thank you Infocus Newsletter for providing a free tool to help me grow my skills.
InFocus Newsletter is an excellent source of information and inspiration, from two of my favorite photographers.
VW Streaming Service
This was the first full year of a streaming service offering for our customers. We have an excellent subscriber retention rate and continue to provide new content throughout the year. In addition, we introduced more than eight new nature photography video tutorials that were available for free for streaming subscribers. Here are the last three video courses…
New Nature Photography Video Tutorials
In 2018, we expanded our video tutorial offering by becoming a multi-vendor marketplace for nature photographers. We now offer video courses from several contributing photographers on all aspects of landscape photography. Here are some of the most popular video courses from this past year…
Our latest video courses were based on fine-tuning your start-to-finish workflow for some of the most important aspects of photography. For example, we created Illuminated & Working with Light which focuses on giving landscape photographers a complete workflow for capturing and processing different types of light.
These video courses, with a razor-sharp focus on different aspects of photography, were our best sellers in 2018.
What is Coming in 2019?
In the first half of 2019, Visual Wilderness celebrates its 5th birthday. Throughout this coming year, we plan to create more in-depth video courses on several aspects of landscape photography. In addition, producing more on-location video courses that feature workshop-style lessons is also part of our 2019 plan.
We also have a few secret projects in works. Psst… keep this last one to yourself.
Happy Holidays from Visual Wilderness Team!!