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"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy


"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."  -  Author Unknown


"A man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too."  – Luther Standing Bear


"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."Imogen Cunningham


"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  - Ansel Adams


"When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else."  - Joseph Campbell


"You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you." – Rwandan Proverb


"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."  -  Pablo Picasso


"We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic."  -  Susan Jeffers


"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor."  -  Paul Hawken


"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."  -  Linus Pauling


Article -- How to Choose a Tripod

Ask any professional photographer the one piece of equipment they love (and detest) the most. More times than not the answer will be his tripod. It is often a love/hate relationship between a photographer and his most steady friend. A tripod is the one thing a photographer needs more than anything else to make great photos, but some days the cumbersomeness of a tripod can be the bane of his existence. However, tripod technology is making great strides and there are many acceptable choices for photographers these days. 

The Tripod as a System

Unless a tripod comes with the exact combination of leg and head options that a photographer is looking for, it is best not purchase a tripod ‘kit’. It is preferable to

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Introducing NCPW’s newest partner – Nik Software

Nik Software has some of the hottest plug-ins for Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture.  Amateurs and professionals alike turn to Nik for their digital image processing needs.  Whatever solution you need, Nik has it. The Nik website is extremely helpful and Nik even provides daily instructional webinars and tutorials for each of the products they produce.  We at NCPW are very excited to add such a fine company to our list of partners and we encourage you to take a look at their line up of phenomenal products below.  For more information go to  


Define 2.0 – Noise Reduction Software

 Define 2.0 gives you unprecedented control over exactly how much and

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The workshop season has begun!

What a great trip!  The Savannah & Jekyll Island, Georgia workshop turned out fantastically.  The weather was amazing, the azaleas were in full bloom and the participants captured amazing photos….and most of all – they had FUN!  It was such a great group and everyone learned something and spent a week sharing their photography passion with others.  Savannah is such a rich and varied environment for photography that everyone captured images they expected to capture and even some they didn’t.  From landscape, to beachscape, to cityscape and beyond – this workshop satisfied and even challenged those who participated.  Thanks to everyone who chose Natural Connections Photo Workshops for their photography experience.  We were extremely happy to welcome you to the Natural Connections family!


Announcing another exciting sponsor - Lensbaby.  

Three lenses - The Composer™, The Muse™, and
The Control Freak™ - feature the Lensbaby Optic Swap System

Three Lensbaby lenses – The Composer™, The Muse™ and The Control Freak™, – make up their newest line of products.  Each features the new Lensbaby Optic Swap system. With the Composer, Lensbaby introduces a completely new lens, based on a ball and socket configuration that delivers smooth selective focus photography with unparalleled ease of use and greater precision.

All Lensbaby lenses provide photographers with a new way to

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Announcing an exciting new partnership

Natural Connections Photo Workshops has a new sponsor – Lowepro.  For over 40 years, Lowepro has been revolutionizing the industry with innovative carrying solutions for the imaging world that combine quality, comfort and durability. Photography is a passion for Lowepro. Designing, producing and distributing innovative, protective, durable and stylish bags for photographers—from professionals to weekend enthusiasts—is what drives this reputable company. Since 1967, Lowepro has been a leader in protective carrying solutions for photographic and electronic equipment.  Lowepro distributes their products in more than 100 countries and regions around the world.  In the photography world, theirs is a household name.  Join us in welcoming Lowepro into the Natural Connections PhotoWorkshops’ family. 

You can learn more about Lowepro and their products at