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Photography has become . You can now take professional looking photos on a smartphone. And people with very little skill are getting praised for their “work.”

But this doesn’t mean that photography is dead. It also doesn’t mean that as a photographer, your actually and professional work won’t get found. It just means that you will have to work extra hard to get your work in front of eyeballs.

But while you’re fretting away about how to get your work out there, you shouldn’t forget the real reason you got into photography in the first place. You practice photography for the love of capture.

If you’re spending all your time on marketing and social media, you're not capturing even one pixel. And you may be tempted to say, “shuck it” and just go for a hike in the woods without your camera.

This is probably the worst thing you could do for your career. Here are some adventure sports that pair well with your camera. And once you’re done reading this, you will have no excuse but to get those shots.

1. Fly Fishing

If you’re a nature photographer who loves rivers, you’re not getting the full experience without a fly rod in your hand. While fly fishing an expensive sport, once you have your materials, it’s almost free to enjoy.

I recommend you get some fly fishing lessons before you buy your rod and reel. And if you want to about the sport before you head out, you should research the fish you’ll be catching and releasing.

2. Backpacking

If you want to find the most spectacular views on the planet, you have to work hard to get them. This means donning a backpack and hiking for miles.

But some people do this for fun. To a lot of people backpacking 40 miles in a weekend seems insane. But to those of us who thrive in the wilderness, it’s a breath of fresh air.

3. Mountain Biking

While you may want to pack your less valuable camera for this sport, you can get to some rugged places faster than on foot with a mountain bike. And you’ll get the exhilaration of traversing technical single-track on the way.

Be sure to wear a helmet. You never know when a rock is going to jump out and grab your tire.

4. /snowboarding

There is nothing like the heavenly silence of the backcountry. You’re surrounded by miles of craggy mountains and white frosting. And the rest of the world doesn’t exist.

This is the addicting sport of /snowboarding. Ride a helicopter to the most remote places on the planet, snap a few shots, then ride some of the steepest terrains in the world.

If you’re an adrenaline junky, you won’t want to miss out on /snowboarding.

Any adventure sport that launches you out into the wilderness will give you ample opportunity to shoot some incredible photos. And the major refresh from chilling in God’s country is just the frosting and cherry on top.

So, get out there and make the most of your time in the wilderness. You’ll see your life completely transformed by the majesty of Nature.

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Artists are often told they need "exposure" before they can make any money off their art. And why not? You're working on your "passion" aren't you?

But the problem is, you've been working on your passion the entirety of your adult life. You're a creator and you would die if you didn't create.

But just because being creative is akin to breathing for you, it doesn't mean that your work and your art aren't worth actual money. It also doesn't meant that you aren't worth actual money either. In fact, you're priceless.

The road to turning your art into money is rough. You need to get your stuff in front of eye-balls. And those eyeballs are inundated with a lot of other information.

Today I'm going to talk about how it's absolutely possible to make money off your art.

1. It's Still About Who You Know

Many writers and artists like myself would prefer to become hermits. We have our friends but they tend to have nothing to do with our work.

If you want to sell your art, you can't be a hermit.

It's time to leave the shell that is your studio or office and get out there to network. Other artists are networking and the five degrees of separation will have you near enough to someone who will either buy your art or sell you art in no time.

2. Just Do It

It's time to take the advice of Nike and get your butt in gear. The internet is the easiest place to make a living and there is now no excuse for anyone with a computer and an internet connection not to be making money.

Just realize it's going to take work. How much work? Hours a week.

You have to be willing to take time away from your art to sell your art.

Set up a shop with either Etsy, Shopify, or eBay. Then start marketing.

Start a blog. Create a dozen social media accounts. Blast the world with your art.

3. Go International

Twenty years ago it would have been much more difficult to break into the international market without serious connections. But today with advancements like translation software and instant communication technologies, you can contact dealers on the other side of the world who might showcase your art.

If you don't want to contact artists directly, there's always an online marketplace. Places like Amazon's art page and Artfinder.com are some of the best places to get your art in front of eyeballs.

And once you've sold your piece, it's important to find an international shipping service. Depending on the kind of art you are shipping, you would need a service that could handle fragile pieces of art. You might be shipping glass or thin canvas. Don't be afraid to charge what the shipping is actually worth. If you find a dealer who is serious about your work, they will be willing to pay the shipping cost.

Either way you should definitely start selling your work right now. If you wait any longer, you'll be in even more danger of becoming a hermit and selling nothing ever.

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Wood engraving is an art that inspires awe. In particular, the need to think in negative space is what makes it so challenging.

Add in the need for fine motor skills and extreme control and it's a marvel to behold the artist at work.

But if you're looking for inspiration for your own projects or for a project you want to commission, plenty of examples exist.

1. La Vague: a Wood Engraving by Rene Quillivic

The sea compels most artists once they encounter it. And Rene Quillivic was not stranger to its allure.

The tumultuous sea in La Vague might represent the daily struggle in life. Or it might represent the human spirit in the face of the storm.

Whatever it means, it's a beautiful woodcut example.

2. William Blake's Pastoral Engravings

William Blake is best known for his poetry born in the Romantic Period. But the man dabbled in various other art forms including wood engraving.

The Romantic era preferred the pastoral scenes over common classical and tamed gardens. And his wood engravings reflect this preference for chaos over order.

3. Lance Larson's Western Wood Gunstock Carvings

Gun collectors love ornate gunstocks. From revolvers with ivory handles to wooden stocks on hunting rifles, it's always a treat to come across some fine artistry on a gun.

But Lance's wood engraving is unique. It typically features leaves and some sort of weave reminiscent of Celtic tradition.

4. Woodblock Prints Of Old Russia

Lubki, as they're called in Russia, were the main printing methods used in graphic art and literature until 1917 in Russia.

The process of using wood engraving to create print blocks created some incredible prints over the years. Masters in the fine arts of painting and drawing also used their talents to design simple and beautiful carvings and prints.

5. Snake Woodcut by MC Escher

M.C. Escher is well-known for his hypnotic and paradoxical prints. And they are strange indeed.

Yet, like all great artists, he worked in many different mediums. And the Snake Woodcut is one of his famous engravings in wood. This cut is reminiscent of the Celtic trinity symbol and ironically Escher used three interlocking snakes winding through interwoven circles.

6. Eric Ravilious' Illustrations

The stark contrast in wood print illustrations can make a print haunting. And the illustrations by Eric Ravilious in the Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert white from 1937 are no different.

Although these prints were meant to create a sense of the natural, they haunt the viewer with a sense of the supernatural as well.

7. Ray Morimura's Famous Prints

The Japanese have a unique art style matched by no other culture. Ray Morimura's work taps into the deep history and culture of Japan.

The depth of his works exceeds most any other engraver's skill. And his portfolio is large with numerous incredible works.

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