Captivating Photography Journal

Published bi-monthly, a journal focused on helping photographers, designers, and visual storytellers unlock the full potential of photography.

The Excio Captivating Photography Journal is not your typical photo magazine.

We don’t offer gear reviews or technical lessons as there are numerous other sources available for those.

And forget about ads.

Instead, each issue is packed with exclusive thought-provoking articles and interviews that explore what makes photos truly captivating.

We are also continuously researching the latest neuroscience to uncover why certain images stand out, and we’ll show you how to use those insights to captivate your audience.

This journal is a must-read for photographers, offering a wealth of knowledge to broaden your horizons. And every issue now features one or more articles specifically for image users.

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Some of the articles inside Issue 4

Within the pages of the Excio Captivating Photography Journal, you’ll discover what we consider to be the most engaging articles and most captivating photography from our members. But you won’t find branded content or advertorials. All content comes from a talented group of thoughtful and passionate individuals who are on a mission to help you unlock the full value of photography.

The life and challenges of a professional photographer

Beta Bajgard is a stills photographer for the long-running Irish TV drama 'Fair City'. In this excluisve interview she takes us behind the scenes of her work life as a photographer.

The nature of photography with Jerred Zegelis

Jerred is a professional nature photographer passionate about capturing and using nature photography for a greater good.

Ellis Basin, Mt Arthur range

Peter Laurenson takes us on a breathtaking journey to Ellis Basin in the Mt. Arthur Range and shares some secret spots for those who wish to go on an adventure!

What makes a captivating photo?

We discuss what makes photographs captivating. Not from a technical point of view but instead, trying to see what draws us to photos that may not necessarily follow the standard rules.

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Photographing Deep Space Objects

Peter Haworth shows us how to build the time machine in your backyard. He graciously shares his in-depth knowledge on capturing the elusive and breathtaking Deep Space Objects.

Ditching social media in the age of social media

Opting to step away from the distractions of social media, Andrew Waddington focuses on honing his craft in solitude. His interview sheds light on the transformative power of undivided attention in the digital age.

The importance of mentorship

We delve into the integral topic of mentorship through an engaging discussion with Andy Thompson. As many creatives can attest, mentorship offers invaluable guidance and inspiration, but where do you start?

North Crater, Tongariro National park

Peter Laurenson takes us on a journey that he promises is “worth sweating for” as he explores the North Crater of Tongariro National Park.

How still images move us

Ana Lyubich and Simon Hertnon explore the four value-giving impacts of captivating photography and discuss the importance of Captivating Photography Framework™ for both photographers and image users.

Mindfulness Month submissions

We reveal the captivating entries from our recent Mindfulness Month challenge. The participating photographers have done a masterful job capturing nuanced subjects that invite us to pause and reflect—a showcase that promises to move you both visually and emotionally.

Emotion in Motion

Discover who made it to the finalists of our 'Emotion in Motion' challenge in Issue 2 of the Journal, set by Stephen Milner. Our members will guide you through their unique perspectives on understanding and perceiving 'emotion in motion'.

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Beyond the numbers: Mastering the art of photography beyond camera settings

Together with Stephen Milner we discover the secret to creating soulful images by focusing on expression rather than settings.

A visit to Sumpter Wharf

We immerse ourselves in the visual storytelling of Lorraine Neill, the winner of our Photo Essay challenge, and get a glimpse of her unique perspective on this location.

Photography as a catalyst for effective communication

In an exclusive interview, we sit down with Maddie McLeod, marketing and communications manager at Nikau Foundation, to understand the transformative role of photography in conveying messages and ideas.

Exploring the nomadic photo journey of Dan Winner

Dan takes us on a nomadic journey, showcasing his extraordinary lifestyle as a traveling photographer.

Building athriving business: A journey of a professional photographer

If you dream of turning your passion for photography into a successful business, Parmeet Sahni shares her invaluable insights and secrets for building a thriving photography business.

AI and photography: Threat or opportunity?

We dive into the intriguing topic of AI and photography, discussing whether it presents a threat or an opportunity for our photography world. We also shed light on the stock photography industry and the effect that AI has had on it.

Photographic locations worth sweating for

Peter Laurenson invites us to explore Mt Arthur, located in Kahurangi National Park, through his lens and discover the hidden gems awaiting adventurous photographers.

Excio Top 10

In this vibrant photo journal section, we proudly present the top 10 featured photos that have captivated our senses. Each photograph embodies a unique narrative, a moment frozen in time, encapsulating the diverse perspectives and creative vision of our talented community.

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How does photography deliver value?

We explore the importance of photography to society with Simon Hertnon, and jump on the quest to define value-giving photography. This thought-provoking article unveils the first iteration of the Excio Captivating Photography Framework™.

The art of seeing

Stephen Milner explores the difference between photographers and visionary photographers, emphasising the importance of creative vision and emotional connections in creating impactful and memorable images that break the mould and evoke emotion.

Navigating the art of creativity

Jack Horlock talks about his experience with creative photography. Highlighting the importance of balance in photography to avoid burnout, he also explores the subjective nature of photography judging, and stresses the need for diversity.

From darkness to light

Charlotte E. Johnson takes us on a photographic artist’s journey. She introduces her debut solo exhibition, and shares her experiences and advice for others who seek to create and exhibit moving, evocative photography.

Photographic locations worth sweating for

Peter Laurenson takes us on an insightful journey behind breathtaking landscapes, where he reveals the dedication, art, and skill required in landscape photography while showcasing the mesmerising beauty of the Tararua Ranges.

Picture imperfect

Ana Lyubich and Simon Hertnon share tips on how to avoid off-putting photographs. Learn practical tips to create and use engaging and appealing visuals for your audience, ensuring your content resonates with viewers and maintains their interest.

Photography as a time capsule

In this interview, Brian Menzies shares valuable insights on breaking away from traditional photography rules, focusing on personal enjoyment, and the benefits of finding a like-minded shooting buddy to foster growth and creativity.

Top #Favourite2023 moments

Discover the stunning collection of Excio members’ favourite photos from 2023, as participants also reveal the stories and techniques behind them. Explore the personal significance and insights that make each photo truly remarkable.