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5 years, 4 months ago 4

Charles Stanley’s new book is titled “I Love To Tell The Story” and it is a marvelous coffee table book of his work.  Photography really is all about telling the story, the story you want to tell.  For many years I was probably best known as a photographer for showing music/image shows whenever I would go out to speak.  I’ve done slide synchs, (that’s what we called them in the old film days),  for Fortune Five Hundred Companies, and local photography clubs.  It never ceases to amaze me how much people enjoy some images set to the right music.  Over the years I’ve worked with a number of production companies to help  produce major shows, once using 48 slide projectors!!!  It’s been fun and very gratifying to see the reaction of the audience.  Now I want to share that fun with others.  In February (20-23), Jim Begley and I will teach a small group of students all the ins and outs of planning, and producing a image/music presentation.  We will cover the following:


Developing an idea for a image/music show.


Shooting and editing for a image/music show.


Developing mood with the right music.


Construction of the show, dissolve timing, and image placement.


Polishing the production with titles and effects.


How to introduce and present the final product!


Each student at this workshop (limited to 12 people)  will produce their own show before the end of the workshop!  On Saturday night we will get to see all the shows!  One evening all the attendees will be my guest at my home in Corbin, for my famous Pork Bar B Q!!


If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to produce these shows this is your chance!  Jim and I will teach how to do them on both the MAC and PC platforms with Pro Show Gold and Keynote.


Be sure and email me at   billfortney    if you are interested in joining us.  It will beheld in Corbin, KY   and the price for the seminar is $499.  ( 6 spots remain open. )




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I’m speaking this weekend at the Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, TN,  2:30 – 3:30 Saturday, and  10:30 -11:30 Sunday, please come out and join us!

5 years, 4 months ago 2

fence |fens|noun1 a barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape.


 “Mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape.”   Let me encourage you to knock down the fences in your life. What is marking the boundaries in your life, what is preventing you from escaping?  Who would want to control access to a fulfilling life?  You have an enemy, he is real, he is the author of lies, and evil.   Let’s get down to brass tacks, if their is a God, and there is, then it makes complete sense that there is a Satan.  Think about it, a man goes into an elementary school and kills dozens of people in cold blood, can anyone really believe that real evil does not exist in this world.  Trust me on this one, there is someone out there that wants to fence you in and hold you back from what God wants you to have!


The amazing thing is how many people think that the existence of evil is not a reality in spite of the world we live in and the atrocities we all witness, they beleive somehow with the right government  program and we can make the world all better.  No wonder so many are wandering in the wilderness!  There is a magic bullet, and he died to save the world, when will we turn to the right source so that all our fencess can be torn down??!!  Anything else, is only mending fences…….




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5 years, 4 months ago 0

When you’re out of the office for a week and come back, it all hits, dozens of phone messages on the home machine, emails that slipped through the cracks, a huge stack of mail, but hey, you’re home!!! My next assignment is speaking Saturday and Sunday at the Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge TN, hope to see some of you there!   The following weekend I will be at Imaging USA in Atlanta, once again if you’re at the show drop by the Nikon boot and say Hi!


If I may, let me share some random things about the next few months.


IMPORTANT  Class Info:  Jim and I have two workshops coming up in the next few weeks  and one in June:


February 20-24   Slide Show Production Workshop.   Learn how to produce your own dynamic music and image shows on the MAC or PC!  Learn all the nuts and bolts, and you will each produce your own show while we are together!  In addition the group will be my guest at the Fortney home for my famous home made Bar B Q  !Limited to 12.  $499.   5 spots available.  In Corbin, KY.


March 6-10  Old Car City & the Southeast Railroad Museum.  Two killer locations for HDR work, and extensive HDR training from Jim and Bill.  $499   Limited to 20, 6 spots available.


June 8-16  Palouse / Olympic National Park with Matt Kloskowski, Jim, and I.  Wonderful tour and workshop of the beautiful Palouse region, and one of the most spectacular National Parks, Olympic  $1,295.  SOLD OUT but we are taking waiting list applicants, expect a few spots to open up!


Classes are filling fast so if you might want to join us, please contact me ASAP!


Suggestions for Winter Education while waiting for another shooting season to begin:


Check out the following:


The Nikon School  The Nikon School is one of the oldest and best on site training programs for a good weekend of learning.  It is now broken down into several possible sessions;


Nikon School :  Session One.  Which covers such subjects as Composition, People photography, Travel photography, Life events like birthdays, celebrations, parties etc,  and a better understanding of the basic camera conttrols!


Nikon School: Session Two:  Color, Light & Technology.  Int his class you will learn How to recognize and use great light, get up to speed on your flash photography, Shooting RAW, how and why, and finally image editing and Post processing


Nikon School:  HD-SLR Video 3 Day Workshops.  Taught buy some of my best friends at Nikon, learn how to plan, storyboard, and produce wonderful videos with the advanced features in the new DSLRs!  Learn camera movement techniques, audio recording, selecting the right accessories, and capturing great interviews, and lastly how to edit your videos!  A great two day class.


Photo Editing with Capture NX2.  A great class on this terrific program with Nikon NPS field manager Scott Diussa,  A must class for those wanting to get the most out this great post processing program.


Underwater Photography.  Want to go diving in a spetacular location and learn form the best, how to shoot underwater, this is the ticket!  Held in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles!


Kelby Training  –    Simply the best place to do on line courses, on photography, post processing, video,  nature, widlife, close-up, commercial, fine art, travel, every imaginable subject!  The best bargain in online training in the world!  The best photographers and teachers offering the classes you want and need!!!


So use these cold winter months to get ready for Spring shooting!!!




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5 years, 4 months ago 3

I will be in airports all day today, getting in home around 10:00 p.m. this evening. Days in airports could be the biggest waste of time in your life, but it doesn’t have to be.  One bad thing about our lives today, is they are jam packed with have-to-do lists!  When you’re stuck in an airport you have to find things to do until your plane leaves.  It offers up time for thinking about more important things than the to do list!  A few years ago, actually a decade or more ago, I read a great book called The Second Half.  It dealt with what a man does with the first half of his life and what he should do with the second half.  The books premise was that many of us, maybe most of us, spend the first half of our lives trying to get ahead, establish ourselves professionally, make money, buy things, and have fun!  Somewhere around middle age you realize that while none of those things are intrinsically bad, they are not what is the best we can do.


The second half is best spent thinking outwardly towards others and less inwardly about self.  It’s probably pretty hard for a young man to do this, it takes a measure of maturity that doesn’t usually come along early in our lives.  At sixty six, and very soon to be sixty seven, I am definately in the last quarter of life.  I want to spend more time looking outwardly!  This is how I plan to do it;


1.  Stay in the Word of God and learn from Him.  I know nothing that is suggested for my life there will be anything less than the best.


2.  Stay on my knees in prayer and fellowship with Him.  I know that I will never get off track if I’m listening to Him in my spirit!


3.  Giving my very best to Sherelene, my adult children and my grandchildren.  Putting others first.


4.  Asking the age old questions in everything I do;  What would Jesus do, and and I doing unto others as I would have them do unto me!


5.  Finding the joy in life, and appreciating all the incredible gifts from my God!!!  


6. Develop a “Thankful Heart”!  Spend some time everyday considering just how fortunate I am and how much God has shown His love to me.


7.  Know how blessed I am with such wonderful friends, and be sure and be that kind of friend right back!


So in 10 or 11 hours I will be home, plenty enoguh time to pray about this list!




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