Author William Neill

William Neill, an American photographer and resident of Yosemite National Park area since 1977, is a renowned nature and landscape photographer. Neill's award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally. Neill has received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography.

Neill's assignment and published credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, National Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Sierra and Outside magazines. Also, he writes a regular column, On Landscape, for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Feature articles about his work have appeared in Life, Outdoor Photographer, and Communication Arts. His corporate clients have included Sony Japan, Canon USA, Nike, Nikon, and The Nature Company.

He is the photographic author of many books, including The Sense of Wonder, The Tree, By Nature's Design, The Color of Nature, Traces of Time, Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness, Landscapes Of The Spirit, William Neill – Photographer, a Retrospective, and Light on the Landscape.

Favorite Photographs of 2022

I have been a photographer since I purchased my first camera in 1974. I am extremely grateful to still be immersed in the creative process and in the extraordinary beauty in nature I find all around me. My 2022 collection… Continue Reading →

New Book: The Photographer’s Portfolio Development Workshop

The Photographer’s Portfolio Development Workshop I am happy to announce that the eBook version of my next book has been published by Rocky Nook. The lessons were originally written for my online course many years ago. I am so… Continue Reading →

The Art of Dune

“I can’t verbalize the internal meaning of pictures whatsoever. Some of my friends can at very mystical levels, but I prefer to say that, if I feel something strongly, I would make a photograph, that would be the equivalent of… Continue Reading →

Emotion – The Magic Element

Excerpt from Light on the Landscape Photographs and Lessons from a Life in Photography      Mudcracks, Zion National Park, Utah  1983 Camera: Wista 45,  Lens: Rodenstock Sironar-N 210mm f/5.6 The Magic Element: Emotion Let You Heart Show the Way An… Continue Reading →

My Favorite Photographs of 2021

I am happy to be sharing with you my “best of” collection of photographs for 2021. I’d love to hear from you about which ones are your favs in the comments on my blog. Click on the first image will… Continue Reading →

Best of the Year

I am currently pulling together my “best of” collection of photographs for 2021. Here is an essay I wrote many years ago about the advantages of annually assessing your images. I hope to post my selection by New Years Day… Continue Reading →

Autumn in Paradise, New Work in Yosemite 2021


Holiday Print Offer!

 I am writing to let you know about my holiday fine print sale for you, my loyal email subscribers. I have selected four of my favorite new photographs taken this year, to offer you an exclusive discount off of my… Continue Reading →

Yosemite: Sanctuary in Stone

  Yosemite: Sanctuary in Stone   2022 marks 45 years I’ve been photographing Yosemite. I am beginning work on a new book project is targeted for Fall 2022. To be self-published! I intend to focus more on new work, and… Continue Reading →

Landscapes of the Spirit

Landscapes of the Spirit © 1996 William Neill, edited 2021 INTRODUCTION         The beauty of nature motivates and inspires my photography. It nourishes my artistic sensibility and restores my spiritual balance. In landscapes of silent rock, reflecting water,… Continue Reading →

The Photographer’s Portfolio Development Workshop

I am happy to announce my next book, to be published by Rocky Nook next spring. I’m just beginning to edit the lessons, which were originally used for my online course many years ago. I am so excited to… Continue Reading →


In my neighborhood, we have pine and oak trees surrounding us and there are many manzanita shrubs too. Now is the time that the manzanita bark peels off, and when that first happens the bark underneath is green. So during… Continue Reading →

Digitizing 4×5 Film

Digitizing 4×5 Film For a new book project, and to start digitizing my extensive film library, I’ve been copying my 4×5 transparencies using Lewis Kemper’s KLIC2Copy Film to Digital Copier with my 61MP Sony A7R4. To maximize the resolution, I… Continue Reading →

Natural Landscape Photography Awards

Greetings from the Sierra Nevada! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. I’d like to let you know that I will be judging the first inaugural Natural Landscape Photography Awards along with a group of some of the best landscape photographers… Continue Reading →

Springtime in Paradise – Meditations in Monochrome

Greetings from the Sierra Nevada! Here is a collection of new images taken this spring in Yosemite Valley, presented in monochrome. I photographed for seven days in Yosemite Valley, starting April 21 and ending with a wonderful session on May… Continue Reading →

The Art of Water Flowing: Spring 2021

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” Loren Eiseley from The Immense Journey: An Imaginative Naturalist Explores the Mysteries of Man and Nature   I have been experiencing an overwhelming bounty of new images from only… Continue Reading →

The Grand and Intimate Yosemite Valley – Part Three

  Dawn’s early light at Inspiration Point April 26, 2021 at 6:44 AM Excerpts from my essay in Light on the Landscape. Whispers and Shouts WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR IMAGES TO SAY? “Standing behind your camera, looking through the… Continue Reading →

The Grand and Intimate Yosemite Valley – Part Two

I continue to process new images made in Yosemite Valley from the last three weeks. Here are a few more for your viewing pleasure! Please CLICK on each image to see a larger preview, and let me know your favs… Continue Reading →

The Grand and Intimate Yosemite Valley

I have been posting quite a few images of dramatic landscapes of late, for which I make no excuses! However, I have been teaching private sessions in the last two weeks, and we have spent most of our time finding… Continue Reading →

Always Learning

Morning Mist | Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California | 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/90 second at f/16, ISO 100 Always Learning Study the work of photographers who inspire you to develop your own style… Continue Reading →

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