New Representation: Graphic Encounter

Nat Coalson Art at Graphic EncounterIt’s not often that I allow outside entities to represent my work; this is a change. Recently, after several discussions with Ron Golbus and his team at Graphic Encounter, I’ve decided to partner with them to represent my photography and mixed media work for select projects.

Since 1970, Graphic Encounter has provided artworks for hotels, hospitality, healthcare, corporate offices and many other commercial projects, and I am thrilled that they are now representing my abstract photography, abstract mixed media and travel photography works. Graphic Encounter represents a very wide range of art styles, genres and installation types, check out their web site.

Big Changes and New Directions

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging much this year. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life, in addition to making some important decisions about my career.

On the personal front, I was married to my lovely wife Ruth in May 2012; we also had a blessing in Colorado in August of this year. Ruth is British and we are living in Leicester, England.

Regarding my career decisions: I have decided to take a break from teaching and writing about photography and software in order to concentrate fully on developing my art business. I have been producing fine art and wall décor for many years, and now I will be marketing my work to interior design firms for inclusion in commercial projects, especially the hospitality industry. I will develop new business simultaneously from within the UK and the USA.

As a result, I have also decided to change the focus of this blog. All the instructional material on photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc. will be moved to another web site (details will be provided as they become available).

Going forward, this blog, newly titled “Light+Color”, will now focus on art and interior design, especially including topics on using color and lighting.

Thank you for your support over these many years. I am very excited about these changes and hope you’ll continue the journey with me. Stay tuned for much more coming very soon!

All my best,
Nat has unveiled its brand new website

PRweb April 23, 2012, a leading source of news and information devoted entirely to the graphic design industry, has unveiled its brand new website. has been completely overhauled thanks to the input of Advisory Board members and will deliver cutting-edge graphic design news, blog posts, job openings, tutorials, and more.
One of the highlights of the new is its Job Board, where employers can post openings at no charge. Current openings from recruitment agencies like Aquent, VitaminT, and The Creative Group span the gamut of the graphic design industry and include visual designers, website designers, HTML designers, proofreaders, and Flash developers. Job seekers can peruse requirements and application instructions by visiting
A Graphic Design Firm Directory has also been added, where agencies, freelancers, and consultants alike are welcome to post. The Type Studio and G Squared Studios are just a few of the companies in the all-new Firm Directory. Each listing includes a description of the business as well as its primary services and specialties.
The Advisory Board at has been instrumental in directing the re-launch. VitaminT’s Susie Hall sits on’s Advisory Board. So does Co-Founder of Ilise Benun, with HOW Magazine, of the Creative Freelancer Conference, who is the author of such books as “The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing” and “The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money: How to Think About It, How to Talk About It, and How to Manage It.”
Debbie Millman and Von Glitschka can also be found on the Advisory Board. The former is the President of the Design Division of Sterling Brands and has been with the company for nearly 20 years, redesigning over 200 brands during her tenure. Glitschka is a principal at Glitschka Studios (, which works with ad agencies and corporate art departments.’s writing team is second-to-none and brings a wide variety of personal and professional experience to the table. Fine art photographer and mixed media fine artist Nat Coalson has written content for focusing on topics like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, digital photography, and histograms.
Neil Tortorella (, who has over 30 years of relevant experience, is a member of the site’s writing staff and has scribed about common rifts between web designers and graphic designers as well as proper website development. also recently welcomed Dave Bricker, a Professor of Graphic Design in Miami, as a Featured Contributor. will flourish with its stable of experts, and the site is always looking for new writers. Prospective writers with unique backgrounds are urged to visit and click on “Write for Us” in the upper right. There is still a long way to go and with a dedicated team of writers and advisory board members we are certain that there is going to be continual progress
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My next book

I’m writing a new book on Nature Photography as part of Wiley’s Photo Workshop series…. printed copies should hit the streets in early 2011.

A couple of great conventions

In the last few weeks I’ve had the great pleasure of attending and presenting at two superb photography events: Vermont Professional Photographers annual convention ( and the Moab Photo Symposium (

In Vermont I was on the jury panel of the PPA competition at the state level, and presented a full day workshop on workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop. In Moab, I did two small, hands-on digital printing workshops; one using Photoshop and on with Lightroom; plus a presentation to the full group about the overall digital photo workflows based on Lightroom with a bit of Photoshop.

While I was traveling between these trade shows I had little time to blog, tweet, chat etc but now that I’m back home in Colorado I wanted to thank the wonderful people who invited me to these important events promoting the art and craft of photography.

If you’re in the area (or OK with travel) I can recommend both of these events to any photographer serious about developing their skills and professional connections within the industry.

An enchanted drive

Driving home this afternoon I had the great pleasure to witness some of the most amazing light I’ve ever seen. Though I kicked myself several times for not having my camera with me, this regret was quickly replaced with a feeling of gratitude, and awe. Around every corner, the combination of light and shadow, cool and warm hues, soft, fuzzy areas against extreme detail was nothing less than enchanting. Hillsides covered with rippled, undulating snow blazed both orange in the sunlight and shocking blue in the shade of the open sky. Fingerling icicles, hanging from every pine bough, were backlit by the huge orb of the setting sun. The meandering curve of the road intertwined with snowy tracks made by people, machines and animals alike. And though I took no photographs, this experience reminded me why I practice photography: it’s not an art or a science, a career or a hobby — photography is a way of life, a way of seeing, and a way of being in this world. I’m very thankful for the experience.

Healthcare decor sale

I recently completed a job for SCW Art Consulting in Durango, CO. They commissioned five large prints of photographs I made in various places around Colorado. The prints will be installed in a new hospital being built in Lakewood, CO. My thanks to Sarah Giuliano and the team at SCW!

One Photographer's Keys to Happiness

During the past year I’ve undertaken a number of large-scale projects related to my photography and teaching. Much of the work is new to me; I’m on unfamiliar ground a lot of the time and have often struggled with the various processes involved.

As a result, I’ve intermittently been feeling overwhelmed, stressed-out, anxious… whatever label you give it, feeling like this sucks. I sometimes wonder if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, and begin to doubt my ability to succeed in reaching my goals.

Fortunately, thanks to my very strong support system of friends and family (and some great books), I’ve been able to repeatedly bring myself back down to earth and into a calmer state of mind, which in turn allows me to refocus, get back on track and keep working effectively on my projects.

Sometimes, when I can’t sleep at night, I find my mind running endlessly over my to-do lists – which seem to be ever-growing! When this happens, one of the new habits I’ve developed to counter it is to let my mind work over the following list I created to ease my anxiety. I figure if I’m going to obsess on something, it should be more like zen meditation, and I’ve found this has a very calming effect. In fact, sometimes it’s helped me get a good night’s sleep when nothing else worked! (more…)

Thanks to the Denver Digital Photo Club

Last night I made a Lightroom presentation to one of the more established photo clubs in the Denver area. It was a blast! Great turnout, lots of good questions and interaction and we all had a good time exploring the advantages of Lightroom in a digital photography workflow.

I brought all the remaining copies of my book that I had; unfortunately several people didn’t get one… I ran out. (You can get them on

Dick York founded Denver Digital Photo Club 6 years ago – a long time in terms of digital photography – and of clubs. They’ve been holding a monthly meeting every month all these years, and it showed… lots’ of camaraderie.

My thanks to Dick and the club members for a warm welcome and a nice evening. Cheers!

All heart…

OK, so maybe it’s a bit trite at this point. But I’m watching Jerry MacGuire and I think there are still some good bits of wisdom there.

In a phone conversation with my buddy Monte Trumbull , we were talking about how to reveal one’s own "voice" in a photograph. How to make a personal statement; how to produce photographs that speak for you.

I believe that making truly expressive photographs requires conscious thought combined with a personal, innate reaction to the subject. In other words, finding a way to respond to what’s happening, and distill the essence of that reaction within a rectangle. This is not easy but is essential to produce an expressive photograph – no matter what the subject.

Try this: when looking through the viewfinder, identify your instinctual, emotional connection with the subject. Be clear about what you like and what you don’t like, and be clear about why. The more you can identify with your photographs, the better they will become.

From Jerry MacGuire: "If this [points to heart] is empty, this [points to head] doesn’t matter".

Respond to your subject with your heart and let the rest flow.

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