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EcoTank Photo review posted on Printerville

Over on Printerville, I just posted a review of Epson’s EcoTank Photo printers, the ET-8500 and ET-8550. From the review:

After working in-depth with the letter-size model, the ET-8500, for the past few months, I will say that these printers truly are the most exciting photo printers I have come across in a long time. They have excellent photo quality, flexible paper handling options and superb usability, with print costs that are a fraction of those found in specialized photo printers. The EcoTank Photo printers are not for everyone—you wouldn’t use one of these for gallery-ready prints, for example—but they are perfect if you want to get into printing your photos, and want great output with minimal hassle.

Open 2022 Workshops with Rick and Hudson

shot of the Milky Way along the Oregon Coast
Milky Way over Brookings, September 2021

After 20 months of cancelled workshops (2020 and most of 2021), Hudson Henry and I led four workshops this past fall. We were cautious and protective of our crew during the workshops — you can see our Covid-19 protocol for more — and, in the end, they were a lot of fun. It really was great to get back out into the field with a group of photographers; we shot the Milky Way (left) on the Oregon coast, wildlife and waterfalls in Yellowstone and the Tetons, and the amazing scenery throughout the Moab area.

In 2022, I’ll be assisting Hudson on seven photo workshops. The workshops slated for the first half of the year (Death Valley, Joshua Tree and the Palouse) sold out within hours, but we still have a few spots available in the workshops for the second half of the year, including:

I was recently a guest on Why I Love Leading Workshops, an episode of Hudson’s “Approaching the Scene” series on YouTube. We talked about the workshops we ran this year, showcasing some of the photos we took of the participants, and chatted a little bit of next year’s locations. If you’re curious about what it’s like to be on one of our photo workshops, this video is a good introduction.



Talking About Practicing with Derrick Story

Ben was recently a guest on Derrick Story’s The Digital Story podcast, talking about The Practicing Photographer and the overall concept of practicing. The episode, “Ben Long Says a Photo Practice Might Not Be What You Think,”

Photographer/Writer Ben Long joins the show this week to explain his ideas on how to grow as a photographer, as outlined in his new book, The Practicing Photographer. In the interview, I ask him how practice can be fun. He tells me I have it all wrong. And off we go! I’m pretty sure this is a half hour that you’re going to enjoy.

We’ve been friends with Derrick for decades; he’s a great photographer, podcaster and educator in his own right, and his questions about the book are insightful and fun.

Ben Chats About Practicing on the PhotoActive Podcast

Our good friends Jeff and Kirk recently had Ben on their bimonthly PhotoActive podcast to chat about Ben’s new book:

What does it mean to really practice your craft? In this episode we welcome back photographer and educator Ben Long to PhotoActive to talk about his wonderful new book The Practicing Photographer: Essays on Developing Your Photographic Practice. We talk about why practice involves more than grabbing your camera every once in a while, about getting out of creative ruts, and the value of studying other photographers’ works.

It’s a lively and entertaining discussion on the topic; we’ve always enjoyed speaking with the guys at PhotoActive — their podcast is one of the few good ones that cover photography. You can listen to the episode directly from the PhotoActive website, or through all of the major podcast apps.

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Our Books

Ben's latest book is here!

The goal of The Practicing Photographer is to help you think about practicing your photography in a more holistic way, from field to print, and in between.

The book is available now from the CDP store for $14 (print) — with free shipping. Or grab the ebook (in PDF and ePub versions) for just $10.

You can find complete information on The Practicing Photographer product page.

The 9th edition of the original, best-selling guide to all things digital, Complete Digital Photography gives you everything you'll need to know in order to create great digital photos, from choosing a camera, to getting the best shot, to post-processing.

Buy today in the CDP store for only $40 (more than $25 off the Amazon price!) for the printed version -- or get the ebook (PDF, ePub and Kindle versions) for only $20.

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Hudson Henry’s Panoramas Made Simple is a quick and easy guide to creating compelling, gorgeous panoramas—without having to buy extra gear.

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