We wanted to take some time to look at our 5th year of operations for Visual Wilderness and wish you all a very happy holidays. Here are some of the highlights from this past year.
More About Our Contributing Photographers
In spite of their best efforts to portray themselves as super heroes on social media, all our contributing landscape photographers are humans that have lives beyond photography. Some of them more than others. ;) Here are interesting tidbits from our contributors:
- Joshua Snow – I built a camper van, spent 220+ nights on the road, was able to travel a few times internationally, and forgot how to take photos in the process.
- Christine Hauber – I competed in the National Senior Olympics and I am not even old! A few years ago they dropped the “senior” age to 50. Although I did not win any of my swimming events, I was happy that I did not come in last.
- Kate Silvia – I started learning to paint! I never knew I could do this and it’s kinda blowing me away. Just goes to show… try new things… all the time! You never know what you might be capable of!
- Chrissy Donadi – I had a baby in January so this has been the first year of my adult life with absolutely no travel. I remained in the same state for 365 days and have been a stay-at-home parent. After more sleep deprivation than photographing in Iceland during the months of almost 24 hours daylight, my husband and I are considering our first year as parents of a mini human somewhat successful.
- Varina Patel – In 2019, I discovered that I had MS… and named it Grover. Bad Grover!! Go away Grover. So I decided to add water colors to keep my fingers active and combat the effects of MS.
- Gaurav Mittal – 2019 was very challenging for me health-wise. Facing a very serious cervical spondylosis issue, I have been through multiple surgeries and numerous nerve block procedures. While I did not do anything outside of photography this year, I did learn something new about myself… a steel-like determination to not give up.
- Lace Andersen – I became a full time photographer, got laid off, and started photographing people, weddings, and families etc. Outside of photography… I have been avidly going to yoga 4-5 days a week in hopes of touching my toes one day soon. Until then, there will be no yoga selfies.
- Jay Patel – This year I decided to stop running and take up long-distance biking. Why? So I can make sure my knees don’t need replacing when I grow up. Which by the way, I don’t plan on doing as soon as I figure out how to stop time.
- Ugo Cei – This year I started shooting film again with a large format view camera and learned how to develop it at home. I also started studying Japanese and was able to use what I learned during my first trip to Japan. I will keep studying the language in preparation for my upcoming fall colors tour of 2020. Finally, I learned how to dance… no, really!!
Most Popular Blog Posts
Oh yes… and our contributing photographers continued to create some fantastic blog posts. Below are some of the most popular with landscape photographers from all over the world in 2019 (in no particular order).
VW Streaming Service
This was the second full year of a landscape photography 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 several new nature photography video tutorials that were available for free for streaming subscribers. Here are is what the customers are saying about our video tutorials:
Love how Alan approaches enhancing each image
I learned a tremendous amount – all the techniques Alan Shapiro covered: profiles, color checker, calibration, new curves, crushing the blacks, sketching w/virtual copies, range masking and more. Love how Alan approaches enhancing each image… as a new, individual artistic journey. Looking forward to learning more! Read more “Love how Alan approaches enhancing each image”Barbara ReinerNew Haven, CT
In Sharp Focus Webinar very good
In Sharp Focus Webinar very good. Sometimes it felt like drinking from a firehouse, but good information.Kendrick NeubeckerGlenwood Springs, Colorado
Eager for further on line classes with Alan Shapiro
I enjoyed the class immensely and am eager for further on line classes with Alan Shapiro on Visual Wilderness.Sue Reyman
great content from a very knowledgeable instructor
In Sharp Focus Webinar contained great content from a very knowledgeable instructor.Paul PetersCobble Hill, British Columbia, Canada
Passionate hobbyists should follow Jay and Varina Patel
Passionate hobbyists interested in learning the technical aspects of photography in a simple and understanding way should follow Jay and Varina Patel.Jaikumar MenonMumbai, India
Alan brings inanimate objects to life
I love Alan Shapiro‘s energy and enthusiasm for his subject. He brings inanimate objects to life and exposes their soul.Alison TinsonUnited Kingdom
I’m successfully using Hyperfocal Distance all the time now!
I spent gobs of time trying to wrap my head around Hyperfocal Distance, but for whatever reason, I just never found the right teachers until I saw your class on the subject. I’ve watched it… twice now, and guess what? I’m successfully using Hyperfocal Distance all the time now! It’s literally like you guys opened a curtain and let the sun in. Read more “I’m successfully using Hyperfocal Distance all the time now!”Kirk PetersonTennessee, USA
Terrific clear, simple, engaging style
Jay and Varina Patel’s Ultimate Landscape Photography Course has been a great resource to help me in my journey towards taking great photos. Their presentations are in the terrific clear, simple, engaging style that they… use in their workshops. Their content is comprehensive and includes handy tips and information that I haven’t seen elsewhere on the net. Read more “Terrific clear, simple, engaging style”Simon PattersonWestern Australia
I can confidently say excellent job!
This (Visual Wilderness video courses) is exactly what I didn’t realize I’ve been looking for over the past few years: the videos, case studies, raw files, and explanations are what set this so far apart… from anything else I’ve found. I have just started the course, but I can confidently say excellent job! Read more “I can confidently say excellent job!”Mark PetryDowningtown, Pennsylvania
Kate was a personable & well-informed
Thank you so much Kate Silva for the valuable information you provided in the Creative Post Processing online class! Questions from participants were answered fully, lots of examples were provided, the pace was perfect &… Kate was a personable & well-informed & the information was provided in a logical order. Thank you! I will certainly consider registering for another Visual Wilderness Online Class. Read more “Kate was a personable & well-informed”Teresa Walker
New Nature Photography Video Tutorials
In 2019, 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. These video courses, with a razor-sharp focus on different aspects of landscape and nature photography and are sold in over 70 countries around the world.
Newsletter and Web App Notifications
We have over 46,000 subscribers for our InFocus newsletter and over 18,000 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...
I use it to improve my photographic creativity
There’s always something included in InFocus Nature Photography 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. Read more “I use it to improve my photographic creativity”JackNew Zealand
Excellent source of information and inspiration
InFocus Newsletter is an excellent source of information and inspiration, from two of my favorite photographers.AlexWalnut Creek, CA
Appeals to both experienced photos as well as newbie
InFocus Newsletter is an exciting publication that appeals to both experienced photos as well as newbie… always clear and to the point.RoyKentucky, USA
It gives me encouragement
I just enjoy reading Infocus Newsletter. It gives me encouragement to try new things.BrianDarling, South Africa
InFocus Newsletter has been part of my educational process
For me the best parts are the InFocus Nature Photography 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 Photographic Filters which I found informative. That led me to try out your new video series on the Histogram Exposed Tutorial. InFocus Nature Photography Newsletter has been part of my educational process in my quest to improve my photography. Read more “InFocus Newsletter has been part of my educational process”KarenCalifornia, USA
High quality work
Visual Wilderness (InFocus Nature Photography Newsletter) is in the top three photography websites that I follow all the time. Thank you for the high quality work.RichardCentral PA, USA
Helpful for us photography enthusiasts
The topics covered in InFocus Newsletter are very helpful for us photography enthusiasts and the courses offered are precise yet highly educative, informative.JaiKumarOman
InFocus Newsletter improves my skills as a photographer
InFocus Nature Photography Newsletter helps me to learn about nature photography and improve my knowledge and thereby improve my skills as a photographer.WayneSt. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
What is Coming in 2020?
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 2020 plan.
Happy Holidays from the Visual Wilderness Team!!