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 […]

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 […]

My Favorite Photographs of 2018

NOTE: Five new images have been added at the bottom of this post after the initial upload. The Impressions of Light images were taken during the last light of 2018. Greetings from the Sierra Nevada. It is that time of year again when we all look back at the events of last year and look […]

Focus Your Fall Portfolio

Working with a theme can help you create a unique collection of images By William Neill | September 25, 2015 |     With autumn photography season here, I want to share some ideas that may help you develop an excellent portfolio for this fall season. I have found it useful, for myself and for teaching my […]

My First “On Landscape” Column for Outdoor Photographer in 1997

    NOTE: This article is reposted from the original essay in 2012… Today, I had a request from my long-time friend and master photographer Michael Frye to post the essay in which I tell the story of making my favorite image, Dawn, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canada 1995. Here it is as sent to Outdoor […]

Focus Your Fall Portfolio

Focus Your Fall Portfolio Below is an essay  I wrote last year for my On Landscape column published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine. I would love to hear feedback on your favorite images, and share links to any “epic day” images you wish to share! With autumn photography approaching soon, I want to share some ideas that may […]

Yosemite Autumn Explorations

During late October and early November, I spent seven days in Yosemite Valley working with private students.  We explored many of my favorite locations along the Merced River and in the many meadows around the Valley. During these sessions, I worked closely with each student on refining their compositions, handling various lighting conditions and dealing with […]

Aspen Explorations

Last week, I spent three days in Lee Vining working with a private student.  We explored the local canyons where the aspen were showing good color, as well as photographing at Mono Lake for two sunrises.  Here is a small portfolio from our sessions. Please let me know your thoughts and favs, and if you […]

Antarctic Dreams – a developing portfolio Part Two

As many of you might have noticed, I returned three weeks ago from an amazing adventure:  Antarctica By Air – A Unique Luminous Landscape Photographic Workshop with Michael Reichmann and Kevin Raber. Here is a set of ten new images.  In spite of all the energy I have been putting into editing and processing in the past three weeks, I […]

Antarctic Dreams – a developing portfolio

Antarctic Dreams – a developing portfolio I recently returned from an amazing adventure:  Antarctica By Air – A Unique Luminous Landscape Photographic Workshop with Michael Reichmann. Only three weeks before departure, I was asked to replace an instructor who was unable to go.  Lucky me.  We photographed for five days, and I made 10,000 frames.  I know […]

My Favorite Photographs of 2013

Happy New Year!  I have finally put together my favorite photographs from 2013.  It is always helpful to take the occasional assessment of our own creative progress. The annual ritual of posting a “best of” has now gone crazily viral.  You might be interested in reading an essay I wrote on the subject several years ago in my On […]

Best of the Year

Will you be posting your Best Of 2013 online? I am still working on mine, hoping to finish this week… Here is my Best of 2011: http://www.williamneill.com/blog/index.php/2011/12/william-neills-top-forty-images-for-2011-11/ For some thoughts on the subject, here is my essay from Outdoor Photographer Magazine in 2010: Many years ago, when I was involved with Ansel Adams’ workshops, I was […]

We had a very successful weekend during +Sierra Art Trails (https://www.facebook.com/SierraArtTrails). It is the greatest honor to share my art with visitors. I especially enjoyed that my favorite and best-selling image found two good homes with local art collectors. This Limited Edition print is nearing the end of the edition! Thanks to all that came […]

Yosemite Autumn 2012 Collection / Private Workshops

If you have dreamed of photographing Yosemite Valley during the best autumn color, now is time to reserve a private Yosemite workshop with me. I welcome single students, as well small groups for 1 or 2 day sessions. The dates for prime fall color run from the last two weeks of October, and the first […]

William Neill: Passages of Light at The Ansel Adams Gallery

  Announcement: I have a solo exhibit of my photographs at The Ansel Adams Gallery later this month! Many of my new images will be included, as well as some of my classic Yosemite images. It is always an honor to have my work shown there.  My photography career began there when I took the […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

  Black oak forest, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2012 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/8 second at f/16, ISO 100 Copyright © 2012 William Neill   Happy Thanksgiving! Today I am thankful for all of my friends and family. I have so much love from my wife Sadhna and my two […]

Yosemite Autumn

Greetings from the Sierra! I have been slowly catching up with post-processing new images taken this autumn in Yosemite. What glorious light we found!  Here is a set of my favorites, and I’d love to hear which one(s) you like the most.  Thanks! Enjoy, Bill With the winter season in Yosemite approaching, great photographic opportunities […]

Emotion – The Magic Element

 …this essay was recently added to my collection of essays at The Luminous Landscape website as posted recently here in my blog, but am now including the full essay here…  Enjoy, and please share any of your own stories about how emotion has “appeared” in your own images.   Mudcracks, Zion National Park, Utah  1983 Camera: […]