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Ian Plant
Jan 17, 2023
In The Photo Critique
Hi everyone, we're pleased to announce our next Photo Critique challenge. For this month, our theme is: creative use of shadows. Famous Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki once said: "Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides." Seems like a great idea for a creative photo assignment! Although it is often said that photographers “chase the light,” what we really should be doing is chasing the contrast between light and shadow. It is at the edge of light where the true magic happens. Of course, not all scenes work well with mixed lighting and shadows, such as waterfall scenes where harsh light and heavy shadows can create too much compositional disorder. For many scenes, however, shadows can greatly enhance a composition. So the next time you are out chasing the light, take some time to pay attention to the darkness as well—it may mean the difference between a good photograph and a great one. We'd love to see your images that use shadows in an artistic way. Our deadline for this photo challenge is February 5. We'll be going live with our photo critique on February 9 at 5 p.m. EST. Rick and I will be picking our favorites from the photos submitted to this critique forum and offering suggestions for improvement. You can register for the webinar by clicking here. If you can't join us live, don't worry, we'll record the session and post the replay here on Photo Wonders and on Photo Masters. For more information about The Photo Critique and how to submit images, please click here. We're looking forward to seeing your amazing photos!
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Ian Plant
Jan 06, 2023
In The Photo Critique
Hi everyone, in case you missed our live critique webinar, here is the replay video. Special thanks to our sponsor Platypod for providing a prize to our winner. Congratulations to Reena Walkling, our winner for this episode! And a very special thanks to everyone who submitted their wonderful photos for consideration. We'll be posting information on our next critique theme and webinar, stay tuned!
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Ian Plant
Dec 26, 2022
In The Photo Critique
Hi everyone, just a reminder that we are going live with The Photo Critique January 5 at 4 p.m. Central Time. Rick and I will be picking our favorites from the photos submitted to this critique forum and offering suggestions for improvement. If you can't make the live event, don't worry, we will be recording it and sharing the video after. Remember, our theme for this critique session is Best of 2022. You can register for the live event here. Just to get everyone in the spirit, here's one of my best from 2022, taken from inside an "ice cave" along the south shore of Lake Superior. I'm hoping that the Lake freezes over enough this winter season to be able to get back out there!
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Ian Plant
Dec 20, 2022
In The Photo Critique
Hi everyone! For our first episode of the new and improved Photo Critique, our new live video photo critique program, we have a simple theme. Show us your best of 2022! And we mean your very best; please submit your absolute favorite photo taken this past year. We'll critique some of our favorite photos during our live video event, and we'll pick our very favorite image as the winner. The submission deadline is January 3, 2023. And what does the winner get, in addition to glory? A Platypod Extreme, from our amazing sponsor Platypod! You can learn more about the Extreme from my review on Photo Masters. If you would like for your photo to be considered for our live critique, please create a forum post and select "The Photo Critique" as the category. You'll have to create a free account with us to post to our forum, but that's easy to do, just follow the online prompts which will guide you through the process. We can't promise we will include every photo in our monthly critiques, but we will do our very best. Every episode will be live, but we'll also record it for those of you who can't make the live show. We'll post information on each upcoming Photo Critique webinar on this forum, and we'll also post taped episodes here as well. We are looking forward to seeing all of your amazing submissions, and in the meantime, please feel free to give some friendly feedback to others. The Photo Critique LIVE! Our live episode will be on January 5 at 4 p.m. Central Time. You can register here. If you can't make the live event, no worries, we will record it and post it to this forum. Thanks!
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Ian Plant
Nov 01, 2022
In The Photo Critique
Hi everyone, once a month Rick and I are going to do a live webinar where we critique photos submitted by our community. If you would like for your photo to be considered for our live critique, please create a forum post and select "The Photo Critique" as the category. You'll have to create a free account with us to post to our forum, but that's easy to do, just follow the online prompts which will guide you through the process. We can't promise we will include every photo in our monthly critiques, but we will do our very best. Every episode will be live, but we'll also record it for those of you who can't make the live show. We'll post information on each upcoming Photo Critique webinar on this forum, and we'll also post taped episodes here as well. We are looking forward to seeing all of your amazing submissions, and in the meantime, please feel free to give some friendly feedback to others. Thanks!
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Ian Plant
Feb 12, 2022
In Submit Your Wonders
Hi everyone, we're so glad you decided to join us in building this resource of amazing photo locations and subjects around the world. Submitting your own Wonder for consideration is easy. Please submit your Wonders to our community Forum. (Don't submit them to the comments section of this post!) When asked for a category, choose "Submit Your Wonders." You'll have to create a free account with us to post to our forum, but that's easy to do, just follow the online prompts which will guide you through the process. All of our Wonders posts follow the same basic format, organizing information into several basic categories: Why a Wonder, Where, When, Photography, Learn More, and then finally the copyright notice. So, when submitting your Wonder, do it exactly as we do it. Also—and this is important—please don’t use the first person when writing your submission (as in: "I think this place is a Wonder because..."). Here's a good example of the basic format that we use: https://www.photowonders.com/post/sumatran-orangutans These categories should be fairly self-explanatory, but below you can find more information on each: Why a Wonder: This is the teaser hook that draws readers in. You should include some inspirational information, explaining exactly why your Wonder is special. Please note that we prefer that the Wonders are specific, rather than general; so, for example, don't submit a Wonder for "Canada;" that's an entire country that has thousands of Wonders! It's probably best to avoid submitting a Wonder for an entire park as well (for example, there are multiple photo wonders in Death Valley National Park, so we wouldn't want a Wonder that is general for the entire park). Where: Be as specific as you can, as it helps people more easily find the Wonder (and it helps us when we plot a point on the map). You don't need to include directions, postal addresses, GPS coordinates, or anything like that. But, some general location information is helpful, for example listing the closest town or city to the Wonder, or mentioning what park it is in. When: This category is to describe the best times to visit or photograph the Wonder. If it's the same anytime of year, then say so. Photography: This section should describe generally the photography experience. There's no need to go into great detail here about where to go or equipment needed, but some general advice about the experience is helpful. Learn more: This is the place to include links to any helpful online resources about the Wonder. Please don't abuse outgoing links to promote unrelated products and services. Copyright notice: Show us how you'd like your copyright displayed. It's okay to include an outgoing link to your personal website or online photography portfolio. Here is some other useful information about our submission process, including our terms and conditions: Guidelines for image submission: Please upload jpeg images no larger than 2000px on the longest side. And please only upload your own photos, copyright theft will not be tolerated. Discreet watermarks are okay. Also: we need a horizontal image as your opening image, because that’s the only option for a nicely-cropped opening image on our site. Since this is the first image people will see, make sure it really stands out! What happens if your submission is promoted to the Wonders list? Not every submission will be promoted to our official list, but if it is, we'll let you know so you can spread the good news! Our editors reserve the right to edit your text before we post. We will lightly edit to fix any typos and to conform to our house style, if necessary. You retain all copyrights to your work. If your submission is promoted, we're only going to use your photos and text to create a Wonders post, and to promote that post through our mailing list and social media accounts. We won't use your photos or text for any other purposes. Submission implies consent to these terms and conditions. We're looking forward to seeing your Photo Wonders! Ian Plant and Rick Sammon Photo Wonders Founders
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Ian Plant
Feb 12, 2022
In Submit Your Wonders
We want everyone to get the most out of this community, so we ask that you please read and follow these guidelines: Respect each other Keep posts relevant to the forum topic No spamming If you are including photos in your posts, please upload jpeg files no larger than 1500px on the longest side. Please don't upload any video files. Please don't include outgoing links to promote products or services. Anyone violating these rules can be terminated as a member at the sole discretion of the site admins. Thanks!
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