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Autumn in Maine Photo by Nat Coalson

Autumn is Around the Corner

Greetings, friends! Following a wonderful summer full of photography, travel, family and friends, I am gearing up for the fall season... one of the busiest times of year for photographers.

I have lots of news for you... In this issue you'll find articles on my new abstract photography, the extension of my solo exhibition at Denver Photo Art Gallery, info about my upcoming fall photo workshop and Lightroom class, a discount on private instruction and more.

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About the header image: I made this photo during the peak of fall color in Maine. During a one-second exposure on a tripod, I twirled the camera around the axis of the lens. The color washes were created by leaves on the trees and the clear blue sky; the dark lines are tree branches. No special effects were applied during post-processing; I only made slight adjustments in Lightroom to bring out the tone and color. The painterly effect was achieved entirely within the camera.

Focusing on Abstract

As you may know, for many years I have been intrigued by -- and passionate about -- abstract photography. True abstraction is characterized by the incomprehension of the subject matter by the viewer of a picture. "What it's a picture of" doesn't particularly matter -- an abstract photograph creates its visual appeal and intellectual interest entirely through the harmony of shapes, colors and textures. Abstract imagery can convey a wide range of moods and themes, and is especially well suited for decorating modern public spaces such as hotels, restaurants and offices.

The photo at right, like most of my abstract imagery, is a "straight" photograph; that is, no special effects or other significant digital alteration was used to create the effect. I always strive to create my photographs within the camera and prefer to not rely on heavy post-processing to make the final picture. (This image was made on a recent trip to the Cotswolds region of England and depicts the view through a textured window out to the surrounding buildings and foliage.)

Achieving true abstraction in photography is difficult because, in many cases, people can easily identify the subject matter of a photo. I find abstract photography both challenging and rewarding and I have worked to develop a specialization in this photographic niche. Though I still enjoy and will continue to do travel, scenic and nature photography, over the coming months you may notice a distinct shift in my focus toward my abstract body of work. I welcome your comments!

Visit my abstract galleries at

Special discount on private instruction

During the month of September I am running a special offer on remote training.

Buy a block of three hours and get one hour FREE!

In this very popular method of instruction, I connect to your computer using the free TeamViewer remote screen-sharing software and we converse on the telephone (or via Skype).

During our sessions, I can provide constructive critique of your photos and offer suggestions for improvement. We can also cover fundamentals of camera operation such as depth of field, precision focusing and camera settings, and (of course), comprehensive instruction on Lightroom, Photoshop and other imaging software -- including web sites.

A typical remote session lasts one hour, but I've done individual sessions up to three hours. Using this method I have successfully trained photographers around the globe and I am happy to provide references.

To get your free hour of private instruction, you must purchase a minimum of three hours at the regular rate of $75 per hour. You can then use your lesson time when it's convenient for you, and however you see fit... and you can even give remote private instruction as a gift. This offer is valid for sessions purchased and paid in full through September 30, 2011 and you can use your time through September 2012.

Contact me today to book your first session!

Branching Out

For the past year I've been working on plans for expanding my art and photo business and I'm pleased to announce a new U.K. office and new representation in the U.S.! Both developments represent significant advances for my work, especially for my abstract fine art.

Effective Fall 2011, I am now operating part of the year from the U.K. (England, to be specific). This will allow me to better serve my clients in Europe and to expand into exciting new markets. I'll be updating all the contact information on my web site as details become final; for now please contact me directly if you have any questions about this expansion.

I'm also happy to announce that my work is now being represented in the U.S. by Jean-Anne Alexander at StepUp Communications, based in Las Vegas. Jean-Anne has extensive experience in the fine art market and will be working on art installation projects for my corporate clients. She can be reached at

Upcoming Workshops

Fall in the Grand Tetons
My good friend and pro nature photographer Bret Edge and I are co-leading another exciting workshop in Jackson Hole this fall!

Autumn is the best time of year to visit and photograph this incredibly beautiful and unique part of the Rockies. During this three-day workshop you will have ample opportunities to photograph the iconic locations and majestic wildlife in and around Grand Teton National Park. You will have plenty of one-on-one instruction in the field, and we'll conduct several classroom sessions to help you perfect your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop. All participants get a free copy of my latest book, Nature Photography Photo Workshop.

There are only a few spots remaining so register today!

Lightroom Intermediate Class
Join me for a full day of Lightroom in Denver on Saturday, October 15.

We'll cover topics to take your expertise in Lightroom to the next level, including batch processing, synchronizing settings, using virtual copies for a wide range of uses, advanced Develop adjustments, printing in Lightroom and much more.

This is my last Lightroom class in the United States until mid-2012. Details and registration are at

See more workshops and classes >

Solo Exhibition Extended

I've had a show running at Denver Photo Art Gallery throughout July and August. Through the generosity of the gallery, I'm pleased to announce that the show is being extended until the second week in September. This means another First Friday opening! If you haven't been into the Denver Photo Art Gallery, here is your best opportunity... the final First Friday opening for my show is Friday, September 2 from 5:30-9pm. This is a fun, social way to share art with your friends! The show ends September 17.

Now through September 17 I am offering all the remaining prints at the Gallery with a 20% DISCOUNT off regular price! Visit the gallery or call for more info.

Denver Photo Art Gallery
833 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
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