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All of our newsletters are free. We send out the newsletter via email once per month to people who have subscribed to our list. You can also see each month's newsletter right here at this page. Every month we cover topics on camera gear, photo technique, flash methods, field technique, book reviews and artistic approach. Mike strongly encourages others to simply "Get Out And Learn" by also giving a monthly GOAL assignment. We also talk about Mike's photo workshop schedule, book publications and Mike's thoughts on just about everything else that relates to photography. Our goal is to help make you a better photographer!




Newsletter Archives by Month

June 2012 Newsletter
- Greetings & New Website – Visual Adventures
- Photoact
- Stuff I Like This Month
- Magazine Review: c’t Digital Photography
- Prize Giveaway: c’t Photography Subscription and iTTL CLS Flash Book
- Digital Tidbits: 14-bit Raw or 12-bit Raw
- Book Review: The Art of Black and White Photography
- Workshop and Business Updates

April 2012 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Nikon D800 and D4 Setup Guides
- New Workshops Posted and New Books Are Selling Well
- Stuff I Like This Month
- March GOAL Assignment: Walking Zoom
- April GOAL Assignment: Window Light Portraits and Book Giveaway
- Product Review: Joby Gorilla Pod
- Digital Tidbits: How to Fix a Red Face in Nikon Capture NX2
- Workshop and Business Updates

March 2012 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Two New Books Shipping This Month
- Book Giveaway
- Stuff I Like This Month
- >February GOAL Assignment: Purposeful Distortion
- March GOAL Assignment: Walking Zoom
- Digital Tidbits: What Camera Settings Affect RAW?
- Book Review: Ten Photo Assignments to develop your photographic skills
- Workshop and Business Updates

February 2012 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Thousands of Images, Now What?
- The Nikon Creative Lighting System - 2nd Edition
- Stuff I Like This Month
- January GOAL Assignment: Fill the Frame
- February GOAL Assignment: Purposeful Distortion
- Tether Tools Wallee iPad Mounting System
- Photo Techniques: Should I Take my Big Camera on Vacation?
- Product Review: Cardsharp Folding Pocketknife
- Workshop and Business Updates

January 2012 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Thousands of Images, Now What?
- Stuff I Like This Month
- January GOAL Assignment: Fill the Frame
- Book Review: Sketching Light by Joe McNally
- Digital Tidbits: Evernote Service as a Photography Tool
- Photo Techniques: Dealing With Camera Condensation on Cold Days
- Workshop and Business Updates

October 2011 Newsletter
- Nikon 1
- New 2012 Workshops
- Stuff I Like This Month
- September GOAL Assignment: Serenity
- October GOAL Assignment: Clouds
- Photo Techniques: What to do About Filters?

September 2011 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Art of Travel Photography Workshop
- Stuff I Like This Month
- August GOAL Assignment: The Doors
- July GOAL Assignment: Serenity
- Photo Techniques: How to Capture Great Images in Flat Light
- Book Review: The Passionate Photographer, Ten Steps Towards Becoming Great


August 2011 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Stuff I Like This Month
- July GOAL Assignment: From Afar
- August GOAL Assignment: The Doors
- CEO Interview: Foto Bridge
- Photo Techniques: How to Capture Great Images without Annoying Your Non-Photographer Travel Companions
- Workshop and Business Updates



July 2011 Newsletter
- Greetings and Galapagos
- Stuff I Like This Month
- June GOAL Assignment Winner
- July GOAL Assignment: From Afar
- Sick Shooting: Photography While Under the Weather
- Workshop and Business Updates



June 2011 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Blog articles
- Book and Hat Giveaway
- May GOAL Assignment: Shooting in P Mode
- June GOAL Assignment: Photograph Landmarks from Different New Perspectives
- Quick Gear Review: Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f3.5 - 5.6
- Digital Tidbits: Ten Ways to Adjust Photo Colors in Software
- Workshop and Business Updates



May 2011 Newsletter
- Greetings
- April GOAL Assignment: Point of View Photography
- May GOAL Assignment: Shooting in P Mode
- Photo Techniques: Shooting in P Mode
- Photo Techniques: How Does VR Respond with Back Button Focusing?
- Photo Techniques: White Balance for Blue Hour Photography
- Book Review: Remote Exposure, A Guide to Hiking and Climbing Photography
- Workshop and Business Updates


April 2011 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Chair Affair
- Nikon D7000 BIN file uploaded
- SWPJC: Inspiration to Tell Stories
- March GOAL Assignment: Triptychs
- April GOAL Assignment: Point of View Photography
- Product Review: Tether Tools Aero Platform
- Product Review: Phase Oneís Capture Pilot for iPad
- Photo Techniques: Back Button Focus
- Workshop and Business Updates


March 2011 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Book Review: Exploring North American Landscapes by Marc Muench
- February GOAL Assignment: The Defining Characteristic
- March GOAL Assignment: Triptychs
- Photo Techniques: Shooting a Play
- Digital Tidbits: Getting the Red Out
- Workshop and Business Updates


February 2011 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Nikon D7000 and SB-700
- January GOAL Assignment: Shoot in Black and White to See Shape and Form
- February GOAL Assignment: The Defining Characteristic
- Photo Techniques: Do I Need a Center Column?
- Digital Tidbits: Preparing a Photo for a Wall Mural
- Workshop and Business Updates


January 2011 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Nikon D7000 Book Published
- December GOAL Assignment: Pan-Blurs
- January GOAL Assignment: Shoot in Black and White to See Shape and Form
- Photo Techniques: Shooting a Photo Directory
- Workshop Updates


December 2010 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Think Tank Bag Giveaway Winner
- Nikon D7000 Book Through Wiley Publishing
- Nikon D7000 Setup Guide Posted
- PetaPixel, a New Favorite Blog
- GOAL on Flickr
- November GOAL Assignment: Less is More
- December GOAL Assignment: Pan Blurs
- Photo Techniques: Donít Put Your Camera Away Until Youíre Home
- Workshop Updates


November 2010 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Free Camera Bag Giveaway for November
- October GOAL Assignment: Shoot at Night with Ambient Light
- November GOAL Assignment: Less is More
- Digital Tidbits: Panorama Merge to Single Image HDR
- Workshop Updates


October 2010 Newsletter
- Greetings
- New Book Published: The Wild Side of Photography
- July GOAL Assignment Review: 50 Photos Within Ten Feet
- October GOAL Assignment: Shoot at Night with Ambient Light
- Camera Bag Review: Gura Gear Kiboko
- Digital Tidbits: Nik HDR Efex Pro and the Austrian Alps
- Workshop Updates


July 2010 Newsletter
- Greetings
- June GOAL Assignment: Light Throughout the Day
- July GOAL Assignment: 50 Photos Within 10 Feet
- Digital Tidbits: Lightroom 3 Great Features
- Book Review: Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers
- Workshop Updates


June 2010 Newsletter
- Greetings
- May GOAL Assignment: Everyday Art
- June GOAL Assignment: Light Throughout the Day
- Digital Tidbits: Creating Animated Photos in Photoshop
- Book Review: Mastering HD Video with Your DSLR
- Workshop Updates


May 2010 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Photographic Inspiration
- April GOAL Assignment: Wide Angle Lenses
- May GOAL Assignment: Everyday Art
- Photo Techniques: Creating Catchlights
- Workshop Updates


April 2010 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Whereís Mike?
- Nikon Creative Lighting System: 3rd Printing
- Magazine Article for Travelers to Africa
- New Travel Photography Books are Published
- April GOAL Assignment: Wide Angle Lenses
- Product Review: Scott eVest Evolution Travel Jacket
- Product Review: Lexar Pro Dual Card Reader
- Product Review: OWC Mercury Elite AL Pro eSATA Disk Drive
- Photo Techniques: Focus Point vs. Depth of Field
- Workshop Updates


January 2010 Newsletter
- Greetings
- New Book
- Nikon Firmware Update
- December GOAL Assignment: Holiday Event Photos
- January GOAL Assignment: Thoroughly Explore a Subject
- Photo Techniques: Use the Sun to Create a Strong Backlight
- Workshop Updates


December 2009 Newsletter
- Greetings
- October/November GOAL Assignment: Incorporate Video into Your Photography
- December GOAL Assignment: Holiday Event Photos
- Photo Techniques: Big Foregrounds
- Workshop Updates


October 2009 Newsletter
- Greetings
- September GOAL Assignment: Point and Shoot Challenge
- October GOAL Assignment: Incorporate Video into Your Photography
- Photo Techniques: The Logistics of Photographing in Denali National Park
- Digital Tidbits: Nikon D300s Ė One Month On
- Workshop Updates


September 2009 Newsletter
- Greetings & Updates
- San Diego Trip Learning Experience
- German Edition of Flash Book
- July GOAL Assignment: Starbursts
- September GOAL Assignment: Point and Shoot Challenge
- Digital Tidbits: Nikon D300s Initial Impressions
- Photo Techniques: Donít Settle for Only One Angle
- Workshop Updates

July 2009 Newsletter
- Greetings & Updates
- Setup Guides
- Book Feedback
- June GOAL Assignment: Exercise Your Depth of Field
- July GOAL Assignment: Starbursts and Sunbursts
- Maha Imedion Battery Report
- Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 Review
- Workshop Updates

June 2009 Newsletter
- Greetings & Updates
- Books Are Shipping
- Book Giveaway Results
- Blog Up and Running
- Alaska Report
- May GOAL Assignment: Capture the Small Things
- June GOAL Assignment: Exercise Your Depth of Field
- Book Review: The DAM Book
- Workshop Updates

May 2009 Newsletter
- Greetings
- New Blog
- Capture NX 2 Book Shipping
- Bad Experience with SanDisk RescuePRO Software
- Joe McNally's New Book: The Hot Shoe Diaries
- Book Giveaway
- April GOAL Assignment: Warm and Cool
- May GOAL Assignment: Capture the Small Things
- Workshop Updates

April 2009 Newsletter
- Greetings
- March GOAL Assignment: Low Key Images
- April GOAL Assignment: Warm and Cool
- Photo Techniques: What Lenses to Buy?
- Digital Tidbits: Applying Star Ratings and Labels to your Photographs
- Workshop Updates

March 2009 Newsletter
- Greetings
- February GOAL Assignment: High Key Photographs
- March GOAL Assignment: Low Key Photographs
- Digital Tidbits: New MacBook Pro for Photographers
- Interview: Speedlight ProKit
- Workshop Updates

February 2009 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Hood River Workshop
- Camera for Sale
- D90 Setup Guide Posted
- Think Tank Discount
- New Firmware for Nikon D3 and D700
- Blue Hour Photography
- January GOAL Assignment: Blue Backgrounds
- February GOAL Assignment: High Key Images
- Photo Techniques: Composition for Animal Photography
- Digital Tidbits: Tethered Shooting
- Workshop Updates

January 2009 Newsletter
- Greetings
- New Books for the New Year
- New Workshops Posted
- November/December GOAL Assignment: Patterns
- January GOAL Assignment: Blue Backgrounds
- Photo Techniques: Africa Photo Safari Report
- Workshop Updates

November 2008 Newsletter
- Greetings
- New Books
- Headed to Africa
- New Workshops Posted
- September GOAL Assignment: Keep your horizon level
- November GOAL Assignment: Patterns
- Digital Tidbits: Christmas shopping guide

September 2008 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Nikon D700 Setup Guide and Setup Files Posted
- August GOAL Assignment: Stick Your Neck Out
- September GOAL Assignment: Keep Your Horizon Level
- Digital Tidbits: Nikon D90 Preview
- Workshop Updates

August 2008 Newsletter
- Greetings
- Greetings
- July GOAL Assignment: Vanishing Point
- August GOAL Assignment: Stick Your Neck Out
- Digital Tidbits: New Nikon D700 Camera
- Digital Tidbits: New Nikon SB-900 Flash
- Workshop Updates

July 2008 Newsletter
- Greetings
- June GOAL Assignment Answers: Capturing the Moment
- July GOAL Assignment: Vanishing Point
- Digital Tidbits: Nikon Capture NX2 Ė Favorite Features
- Workshop Updates

June 2008 Newsletter
- Greetings
- May GOAL Assignment Answers: Expand the Dynamic Range
- June GOAL Assignment: Capturing the Moment
- Digital Tidbits: Uploading setup files to your Nikon D300
- Workshop Updates

May 2008 Newsletter
- Greeting
- April GOAL Assignment: Minimize the Icons
- May GOAL Assignment: Expand the Dynamic Range
- New Book: Photoshop CS3 Restoration and Retouching Bible by Mark Fitzgerald
- Digital Tidbits: Convert your Camera to Infrared
- Workshop and Business Updates

April 2008 Newsletter
- Greeting
- March GOAL Assignment: Photograph People Working
- April GOAL Assignment: Minimize the Icons
- Digital Tidbits: New Photoshop B&W Conversion Tool
- Digital Tidbits: A quick test drive with the Nikon D3
- Workshop and Business Updates

March 2008 Newsletter
- Greeting
- Mission Trip to Alaska
- February GOAL Assignment: Shoot With the Eyes of a Child
- Photographic Techniques: Creating Light Trails Indoors
- Digital Tidbits: Setting Up the Nikon D300 for Early Morning Landscapes
- Workshop and Business Updates

February 2008 Newsletter
- Intro
- January GOAL Assignment: Show off Your Images
- February GOAL Assignement: Shoot with the Eyes of a Child
- Travel Information: New Battery Restrictions and Camera Checks Through TSA
- Book Review: The HDRI Handbook by Christian Bloch
- Workshop and Business Updates

January 2008 Newsletter
- Intro
- December GOAL Assignment: Embrace the Noise
- January GOAL Assignment: Show off Your Images
- Digital Tidbits: How to Configure Images for the Web
- Digital Tidbits: How to convert your images between color spaces
- Workshop and Business Updates

December 2007 Newsletter
- Intro
- November GOAL Assignment: Light painting
- December GOAL Assignment: Embrace the Noise
- Book Review: Adobe Photoshop CS3, One-on-One
- Digital Tidbits: Nikon D300 Digital SLR
- Workshop and Business Updates

November 2007 Newsletter
- Intro
- October GOAL Assignment: Shoot with an Agenda
- November GOAL Assignment: Light painting
- Book Review: Photoshop Lightroom Adventure
- Digital Tidbits: Printing Online - Use sRGB Color Space

October 2007 Newsletter
- Intro
- September GOAL Assignment: Shooting the Sun
- October GOAL Assignment: Shoot with an Agenda
- Camera Techniques: Night Sports Photography - Donít be Afraid of High ISOs
- Digital Tidbits: Nikon View NX Impressions
- Workshop and Business Updates

September 2007 Newsletter
- Intro
- August GOAL Assignment: Shooting After the Sun Sets
- September GOAL Assignment: Shooting the Sun
- New Cameras: Nikon D3 and D300
- Digital Tidbits: Microcoft Sync Toy
- Photo Techniques: Taking Pictures in Extreme Environments
- Workshop and Business Updates

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2005 - 2007





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