The Rocky Trail of Thankfulness

I recently returned from teaching the Grand Staircase Escalante Master Class, with the help of two great assistants, Ted Rigoni and Mike Titus. As always, nothing is more rewarding than guiding workshop photographers to achieve creative breakthroughs as they create landscape art that is personal, significant, and ‘photography beyond the lens.’ But this Grand Staircase…

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The National Park Angels

Sharp pain in my left hip, unable to move my left leg, unable to sit up, labored breathing were all indicators of something broken or severely bruised. Jonathan, who has many years of experience leading Outward-Bound Classes and Cross-Country Bike Tours took all the appropriate actions— back pack removal, position stabilization, situational awareness checks, and water, were all critical tasks as we were many miles from help.

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Visualization, the Key to Photographic Art Photography

Within the visual arts, we define Visualization as the practice of seeing in the mind’s eye a finished piece of artwork before it is created. It is a particularly important skill for Art Photographers to learn, and Ansel Adams described the process as follows:

“When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my mind’s eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.” — Ansel Adams

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How to Find that Perfect Landscape Photography Location

Finding your next landscape location is a process, not a product, and a critical workflow element for landscape art photographers. After all, if you want to make a great landscape photograph, it is critical to be in front of a great scene at the right time of day and season. Location research can be a fun adventure, one that is full of exciting anticipation, as you imagine going to a new area.

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Does the New Adobe Lightroom AUTO Feature Really Work?

As a rule, I recoil from anything described as “auto,” any promise of instant gratification and the term ‘pleasing image’, which Adobe uses in their description of their new AUTO workflow button, seems ‘snap shotty.’ Well, forget all of that because Lightroom’s new AUTO command is impressive, a feature that you can use with a high degree of confidence in many image situations.

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Capitol Reef Curriculum is Online Now!

Capitol Reef National Park is Utah’s secret gem and one of our favorite National Parks. This is a spring Master Class workshop, and we will be working with great weather, and abundant wildflower blooms will color the landscape in every direction. Thus we have added a special education module for wildflower capture and the integration of wildflowers into landscape narration.

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2016 Expeditions a Success

2016 was the first year for National Park Photographic Expeditions, and the feedback from our students and National Park Service partners tell us that the Landscape Master Class Workshops were a success. We completed programs in Mojave National Preserve (with California Center for Digital Arts), Capitol Reef National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. From deep canyon heat in Capitol Reef to an early snowfall in Lassen, our photographers experienced numerous,

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Intimate Landscape

Intimacy is a word that describes relationships. Sometimes it implies a sensual component, or a sense of comforting isolation, or perhaps an undertone of tenderness. Intimacy is applicable to landscape photography as well and we sense it when shooting structured scenes. The Sequoia Shadows Expedition Masterclass is ground zero for intimate landscape images.

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