“ A quality I always admire in William Neill’s work is the consistent sense of calmness, reverence, and quiet dignity expressed in both his photographs and his words. Like Neill’s other books, Light on the Landscape is more than just a collection of photographs and writings, it is also a refuge for the mind and […]

Finding Photos Near Home

You don’t have to travel far to find creative inspiration Text & Photography By William Neill Published April 13, 2020Spring Oak, Ahwahnee, California, 2011. A key element on our property is this magnificent spreading oak, which resides just outside our front door. We built the house where it is to feature the tree. I wait for […]

My Favorite Photographs of 2019

Greetings from the Sierra Nevada, Happy New Year! I hope your year ahead is happy, healthy, and artistically productive! I’ve always thought that tight editing was a prime skill for any photographer and that I was good at it. Well, this year, I’m proving that incorrect. I decided that since over the past year, I’ve […]

ANSEL ADAMS GALLERY EXHIBIT: LIGHT ON THE LANDSCAPE November 17th – January 4th

  PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT: LIGHT ON THE LANDSCAPE November 17th – January 4th Since 1983, when Ansel approved my work for sale in his gallery, I have been exhibiting my fine art prints there. This has been a great honor for me, with 15+ shows over those many years. I’ve chosen this exhibit’s title to be […]

Impressions of Light

Create Artistic Blurs In-Camera Tips for achieving a painterly effect with subtle camera movements     I have been a photographer for four decades. I started out with my first camera in 1974, a 35mm Pentax Spotmatic film camera. Over the years, I have most often photographed natural patterns and other details in the landscape. […]

LIGHT ON THE LANDSCAPE

I am happy to announce my next book! LIGHT ON THE LANDSCAPE: Photographs and Lessons from a Life in Photography. To be published by Rocky Nook in the spring of 2020. A collection of photographs and essays based on my On Landscape column for Outdoor Photographer Magazine. FROM THE PUBLISHER: “For more than two decades, […]

A Dance On The Beach

Published January 17, 2013 Updated July 27, 2016 I began teaching photography 40 years ago. So much has changed since then. Cameras. Software. Digital printing. It’s such an exciting time for photographers, but it can be difficult to keep up with all the rapidly changing technology. After a couple of decades of using film, large-format […]

Protecting Place

Eroded Navajo sandstone slot canyon, Antelope Canyon Tribal Park, Arizona 2002 Wista 4×5 Metal Field Camera NOTE: The original version of this essay was written and published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine in 2002 after a recent visit. I first visited Antelope Canyon in 1982, when only a very few photographers had discovered the remarkably-carved sandstone […]

Last Light – Revisit the key themes in your photography to add depth and quality to your portfolio

I was driving home at sunset a few months ago, as the last light of 2018 faded into darkness. I had recently posted my favorite images of 2018. I stopped to photograph at an open area of grassland where I could see the bands of sunset color. Using the magic of ICM (intentional camera motion), […]

Springtime in Paradise in Monochrome

Here is a collection of new images taken this spring, presented in monochrome.   Horsetail Fall and storm clouds, Yosemite National Park, California 2019 Sony ILCE-7RM2, FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS, 1/5000 second at f/18, ISO 400     Horsetail Fall, Yosemite National Park, California 2019 Sony ILCE-7RM2, FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS, 1/1600 second […]

Springtime in Paradise

During the last few weeks, I’ve visited Yosemite Valley several times and I’d like to share my new images with you. Having lived in or nearby the Valley for forty years, it would be all too easy to become jaded or bored photographing the small area for so long. Over the course of a year, […]

Whispers And Shouts

Whispers And Shouts Your subject selection and processing style can and should be affected by what you want to say Text & Photography By William Neill Published April 19, 2019 in Outdoor Photographer Magazine What do you want to say? Standing behind your camera, looking through the viewfinder, what inside there inspires you? Once you stop […]