photography: my 2013 overview

2013 end-of-year overview

The slideshow is of my work the past year – a somewhat eclectic mix of photos of people – portraits, weddings, engagement sessions, as well as images shot for various projects and some from the various workshops during the year. As you could perhaps see from that slideshow, the past year has been a wild ride again – and again I have to thank everyone who has followed and supported the Tangents blog (and forum). You helped make this site such a vibrant place.

A number of photos seen in that slideshow is from my next book, 60 Portraits, which should be completed early in 2014. A big thank you to everyone who offered and who participated in this project!


some of the highlights of the year:

  • The other major event for me is that I signed the lease on my own studio space here in New Jersey. The studio has enabled me to do more variety of work, and also make the studio available as a rental studio space for other local photographers.
  • With the help of Griffin, my web techie guy, the entire NeilvN and OnePerfectMoment websites got a facelift along the way. Specifically, the Tangents blog became wider and the navigation a little easier.
  • A new page was added to  Tangents – the Store page where video tutorial clips and such can be purchased.
  • In conjunction with Craftsy, we created two video tutorial courses on flash photography, and these were released around August 2013. Feedback has been really good about these. (They can be found via the Store.) In November, I went back to Denver, Colorado, and with Craftsy, created another two video tutorials. This time the topics deal with wedding photography. These classes should be available within the next few weeks.
  • There were 150 new articles posted to Tangents during 2013, and theTangents website reached more than 1.9 million visitors again.. (This is excluding the traffic to the Tangents forum.)
  • The Tangents forum has seen a huge increase in traffic. This year there were 210,000 visits, compared to 137,000 in 2102. The screen capture of Google Analytics for the Tangents forum shows how the forum has become increasingly popular during the past two years, with around 700+ visitors a day currently. It’s an active community on there, with regulars helping answer questions. (And a thank you to Trev for helping moderate the Forum.)  There’s also an update via the comments section of this previous post, showing how the traffic to the Forum has increased since the date when it started.


the most popular posts on Tangents for 2013

essays and thoughts:

photography technique:

equipment reviews:


onward into 2014

And here we are. Again, to everyone who regularly follows this blog, thank you! And please pass the word around to other photographers. There’s more to come.


9 Comments, Add Your Own

  1. 1Tim Wootton says

    Hi Neil,
    I have been following Tangents for the past year and the site has been a go to spot for me to clarify some muddled thoughts at times. Your books are great tools as well!
    All the Best for 2014 from Down Under!

  2. 3Allen says

    Neil, it’s fascinating and a privilege to watch your photographic adventure unfold, teaching as you go. I don’t know where you find the time to write all the articles, answer the resulting questions, provide input on the forum and write books, but it’s all greatly appreciated.

    A big THANK YOU from across The Pond. And I’d like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year.


  3. 4Dustin Hoang says

    Happy new year, Neil ! Wish you and your family have a wonderful, wellbeing and a prosperity forth coming year !!!

    God bless you !!!

  4. 6Patrick says

    Happy New Year. Thank you so much for all that you have inspired in me over the last couple of years. I keep passing open windows, so thank you.

  5. 7 says


    Happy new year to you!

    I have been following your blog for the last year or so, possibly longer and my photography has improved a great deal al thanks to you, the BFT, and a lot of practice.

    The techniques you discuss and teach are done so in a way that i find easy to understand and follow. I have also watched your tutorials on line and purchased your books.

    I finally put everything into practice at a wedding i shot in spetember for a friend as a freebie (my 4th or 5th wedding) and the Bride and Groom were over the moon with the results ( please feel free to take a look, critique is welcome and it may not necessarily be to your taste re the processing but the B&G were very happy indeed.

    I have already received 2 bookings from that wedding for 2014 plus another from somone over in the US who is getting married in the UK. For me, that is a huge step as its the first time that i have been contacted with people looking to pay / hire me for their big day based on my very limited portfolio / weddings.

    I would like to thank you for taking the time and effort to pass on your knowledge and skills and perhaps one day i will be able to do the same.
    I still have huge amounts to learn and will be following your blog and recomending your books.
    All the best for 2014.

    Kind Regards

  6. 8 says

    Hello Neil,

    I sincerely want to thank you for sharing your amazing images, depth of knowledge, wisdom and photographic experiences. I appreciate you and value your photography lessons.
    Just picked up your book, Direction & Quality of Light. Can’t put it down!


  7. 9 says

    Again this year I followed the tangent blog, I’ve watched the b&h youtube video, I’ve read the book, got great advise through the forum. I am learning a lot and did some progress I think.
    A Big Thank you to Neil’s planet and a Happy New Year !

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