Founded in 2015, National Park Photography Expeditions (NPPE) is an Art Photography Company dedicated to teaching expressive and subjective landscape art. In our first year, the company enrolled 12 students in two different national parks and today teaches approximately 120 students per year in 15 national parks and Bureau of Land Management Sites. In 2018 NPPE added our mentor program for art photography and is proud to applaud students whose work is now published and exhibited in online as well as brick and mortar galleries throughout the United States.
Directed by our founder Bob Killen —a National Park Service Artists in Residence and Adobe Certified Instructor— NPPE continues to expand its program with additional parks and public lands locations. The company is a financial supporter and member of the Mojave National Preserve Artist Foundation, a California Limited Liability Corporation, and operates as a National Park Service Commercial Use Authorized Photography Education Provider.
If you want to advance your photography to a level of significant personal expression, then you came to the right place. So slow down, relax and let us share how our Masterclasses and First Horizon Workshops can help you grow and succeed.
Our Workshops are a 3 or 5 day full immersion programs that teach a capture to post-production workflow to create fine art landscape photography. We are not a photography tour provider; we are a visual arts, photography education program. Thus, you will spend significant time at each location with your instructor to develop a deep understanding of your subject and theme and learn to complete your vision in post-production.
Our workshops are small, intimate, collegial, and instruction is hands-on. Within your class, you will share ideas and experiences with fellow photographers who will become lifelong friends. We know that you will benefit tremendously from our guidance, advice, lectures, demonstrations, and reviews as we help you take your photography to the next level.
Our fine art landscape photography classes each use a three pronged approach to help you achieve your goals. Be it our “First Horizons” workshops or our “Master Class” series of instructions, and in part, our “Mentor Program”, they all approach your growth in our proven method for your success.
You will work in selected backcountry locations and learn landscape art visualization, creative approaches to sky and ground compositions, light atmospherics, and our’ work the scene-work the camera’ methods to capture and express your subjective thoughts and feelings. We provide lectures and instructions for the application of documentary, narrative, and navigation landscape art approaches. Masterclass students capture grand scenic, intermediate, and detail compositions with professional methods such as Stack Focus, Dynamic Range Capture, Lens Choice, ND Filter applications, ETTR, Landscape Gear Management, and more.
In the class conference room, you will learn an end-to-end post-production workflow with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to increase your work’s emotional range. You will learn foolproof methods with an instructor by your side to develop raw images, image segmentation, Lightroom luminosity and color techniques, color grading, tone principles, insights into landscape thematics, and how to create images that are ‘beyond the lens.
Upon your return home, you will receive 5 hours of online post-production training. This is a one-on-one program to help you complete selected images from the Field and expand your ability to visualize the final image. You may also extend your one-on-one training for an additional fee.
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Art collectors in twenty countries own Bob Killen’s fine art images, and he is one of the most highly rated, and sought after, Adobe and Fine Art Photography instructors in America. Bob combines his backgrounds in commercial photography, content development, and marketing processes, with state-of-the-art digital technology to create thematic images that explore western Americana with a vision that is beyond record. His principal work is to connect viewers to the desert landscape and a call for significant creative interaction with our obsession to abandon structures, places and things across a shared American landscape…
Click below to find which class best fits your schedule and your favorite National Park location. If online registration isn’t your style, you can always call us at +1 (866) 97-PHOTOS. We’re always happy to help.