Bill Fortney

Bill Fortney

Bill is one of America's premier photographer's specializing in Landscape, close-up, nature, Americana, and travel. In his 44 year career, Bill has been a High School teacher and football coach, AP rep, Medical photographer, and Marketing Public Relations person. Bill was an official photographer for the Washington Redskins during his sports photography years. In 1991 he and his wife Sherelene founded the Great American Photography Weekends and for 12 years he ran the field events for the company, leading over 250 events in every major national park and in Africa, Europe, Canada, and the Galapagos Islands. Bill is the author of five photography books, including his newest - America From 500 Feet II. His original America From 500 Feet book done with his son Wesley is the largest selling aerial landscape book, on America, of all time. Now retired after 11 years with Nikon Professional Services, Bill teaches workshops through his company His Light Workshops. Once called in a newspaper article "The Will Rogers of Photography", Bill is a committed Christian, and much sought after speaker, presenter, and workshop leader.

Learn how to capture pieces of history and take a walk through time. Join Bill Fortney in Nelson, Nevada, a fantastic ghost town that is just chock-full of Americana. What's Americana? Well, you'll learn about that and a whole lot more as Bill takes you through one of his favorite places to photograph. You'll learn about all of Bill's gear for this type of project, his philosophical approach to the subject matter, and then he walks you through each photographic setup as he makes a photograph. Bill wraps up the class with a look at his post-processing workflow for different types of images.

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Learn how to capture pieces of history and take a walk through time. Join Bill Fortney in Nelson, Nevada, a fantastic ghost town that is just chock-full of Americana. What's Americana? Well, you'll learn about that and a whole lot more as Bill takes you through one of his favorite places to photograph. You'll learn about all of Bill's gear for this type of project, his philosophical approach to the subject matter, and then he walks you through each photographic setup as he makes a photograph. Bill wraps up the class with a look at his post-processing workflow for different types of images.

Pull on your boots and join Bill Fortney, a world renowned nature and landscape photographer, as he takes you on a journey through Olympic National Park on the majestic coast of the Pacific Northwest. From dramatic close-ups to breathtaking landscapes, and from sun-up to sun-down, Bill will walk you through each step of his process to get the shot, all the while discussing the gear he is using and sharing many valuable tips along the way.

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Pull on your boots and join Bill Fortney, a world renowned nature and landscape photographer, as he takes you on a journey through Olympic National Park on the majestic coast of the Pacific Northwest. From dramatic close-ups to breathtaking landscapes, and from sun-up to sun-down, Bill will walk you through each step of his process to get the shot, all the while discussing the gear he is using and sharing many valuable tips along the way.

Join outdoor photographer and author Bill Fortney for an immersive trip through vintage auto Americana as he explores over 6 miles of trails filled with old cars, trucks, and the many other things that can be found at Old Car City, located about 45 minutes outside Atlanta, GA. There are classic treasures at every turn and Bill walks you through his gear, philosophy, and techniques for shooting on this kind of special self-assignment. From wide environmental portraits of a rusting DeSoto to up-close and personal gritty macros of decaying hood ornaments, Bill digs deep and shares from his wealth of tips and tricks to inspire you to get out to your nearest junkyard and have your own photographic adventure.

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Join outdoor photographer and author Bill Fortney for an immersive trip through vintage auto Americana as he explores over 6 miles of trails filled with old cars, trucks, and the many other things that can be found at Old Car City, located about 45 minutes outside Atlanta, GA. There are classic treasures at every turn and Bill walks you through his gear, philosophy, and techniques for shooting on this kind of special self-assignment. From wide environmental portraits of a rusting DeSoto to up-close and personal gritty macros of decaying hood ornaments, Bill digs deep and shares from his wealth of tips and tricks to inspire you to get out to your nearest junkyard and have your own photographic adventure.

Combine the art and the craft of photography together to see your subjects in a whole new ways. Professional photographer Bill Fortney walks through how to recognize form, line, color, light, and design in the world around you and use that to compose breathtaking images. Discover what it takes to create artistic photographs that really tell a story.

This class is perfect for a beginner photographer looking to find inspiration and develop photographic eyes to visualize art in the world around them.

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Combine the art and the craft of photography together to see your subjects in a whole new ways. Professional photographer Bill Fortney walks through how to recognize form, line, color, light, and design in the world around you and use that to compose breathtaking images. Discover what it takes to create artistic photographs that really tell a story.

This class is perfect for a beginner photographer looking to find inspiration and develop photographic eyes to visualize art in the world around them.

After teaching the basics of macro photography, Bill Fortney returns to get more in-deph with the techniques he demonstrated in Close Up: An Introduction to Macro Photography. Go in the studio with Bill as he shows you the set-up process and camera settings for several clever and easy-to-do macro shots - all it really takes is patience and discipline. Bill goes over his equipment and how each piece plays its part in a given shot. Plus, you'll pick up some great tips that Bill has learned during his career from his own experiences and from other photographers along the way.

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After teaching the basics of macro photography, Bill Fortney returns to get more in-deph with the techniques he demonstrated in Close Up: An Introduction to Macro Photography. Go in the studio with Bill as he shows you the set-up process and camera settings for several clever and easy-to-do macro shots - all it really takes is patience and discipline. Bill goes over his equipment and how each piece plays its part in a given shot. Plus, you'll pick up some great tips that Bill has learned during his career from his own experiences and from other photographers along the way.

Professional photographer Bill Fortney takes you through the basics of macro photography including the equipment to use and best practices.

This class is perfect for a beginner or intermediate looking to learn about or brush up on macro photography.

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Professional photographer Bill Fortney takes you through the basics of macro photography including the equipment to use and best practices.

This class is perfect for a beginner or intermediate looking to learn about or brush up on macro photography.

Bill gives his reasons for choosing camera bodies, lenses, filters, accessories and more. He explains why his experience has led him to choose the equipment he has in his bag and he explains to his viewers how to get the most out of their camera gear.

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Bill gives his reasons for choosing camera bodies, lenses, filters, accessories and more. He explains why his experience has led him to choose the equipment he has in his bag and he explains to his viewers how to get the most out of their camera gear.

While grand landscape photography captures the beauty of a large scene, intimate landscape photography focuses on small, unique parts of that landscape and extracts from the overall scene. During this course, Bill recommends equipment for getting started with landscape photography. He talks about image composition, the importance of texture, and how he uses lines of direction when composing his photos. In later lessons, Bill takes viewers into his digital darkroom to talk about his favorite processing techniques and software. Follow along as Bill teaches photographers how to find, compose, and create wonderful, intimate landscape photographs.

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While grand landscape photography captures the beauty of a large scene, intimate landscape photography focuses on small, unique parts of that landscape and extracts from the overall scene. During this course, Bill recommends equipment for getting started with landscape photography. He talks about image composition, the importance of texture, and how he uses lines of direction when composing his photos. In later lessons, Bill takes viewers into his digital darkroom to talk about his favorite processing techniques and software. Follow along as Bill teaches photographers how to find, compose, and create wonderful, intimate landscape photographs.