The Landscape Master Class Workshop
We’re here to help you access intuitive, reflective ways of working that will lead you to make great landscape images. The Landscape Master Class Workshop does not promote a single philosophy or aesthetic; rather, we want to help you crystallize a point of view, an original perspective, and to create landscape work that presents a unique visual voice.
We define ‘landscape’ by incorporating editorial slants and compositional approaches that extend the emotional range of your images. In the field and in the classroom we explore pre-visualization from camera to post, an end-to-end process that yields visually meaningful landscape images. Each National Park location presents unique opportunities for personal expression and we emphasize individual interpretation through light, point of view, and atmospherics. The Landscape Master Class Workshop is an intense, passionate, fun learning experience, that incorporates traditional and contemporary art practices, and builds lasting friendships with fellow photographers.
How We Choose Parks
The primary factor for selecting a park is the opportunity to capture unique landscape images. Other requirements; solitude factors, back country and off road and trail access, seasonal components, visual opportunities for student development, weather and seasonality.
Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)
The Landscape Master Class Workshop is conducted under Commercial Use Authorization Permits which are issued by the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. We are fully insured and meet and/or exceed all the operational, safety, and management requirements of each of our selected parks.
Our teaching philosophy is consistent at each national park, but the subject matter is specific to that location. Thus, we customize each Landscape Master Class Workshop to provide the best possible capture opportunities and post-production training for that National Park and further refine those opportunities depending upon season, prevailing weather, and student needs.
End to End Workflow
The Landscape Master Class Workshop is unique because we teach capture in the field and post-processing techniques to complete the image. Students leave with an end to end workflow that spans capture to exhibit.
We provide a training outline and itinerary for each park which you can download prior to registering. This schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the instructors and national park management due to factors such as weather, geologic and or road hazards, wildlife migration, fires, and other factors.
Focus points are PDF-training tutorials that we send prior to class. These documents provide information and lessons specific to Landscape Photographic Art. We expect you to study these valuable preparatory aides which will make your class more productive, fun and safe.
Juice Cards are visual ideas designed to jump-start your creative juices with inspiration and techniques for a given scene. We distribute ‘Juice Cards,’ prior to field capture. Some examples; Luminous Sun, Shadow Chases, Thinking with Masks, etc.
Introductory sessions start the evening before the Landscape Master Class Workshop begins. This is a time for you to decompress and enter a creative environment with discussions, demonstrations, exercises and reviews. Reviewing your work with others helps you identify and develop a personal project during your class.
Unless otherwise instructed, you are responsible for your own transportation to the Landscape Master Class Workshop lodging site. We provide all transportation thereafter.
On Location Transportation
We provide high clearance all-wheel drive vehicles which permit us to access unique off the beaten path visual wonders. We do not permit students to use their own vehicles during the class.
Lodging and Meals
Your tuition includes your lodging and any meals that occur in the field (think box lunches). We provide onsite snacks, water, etc. We provide lodging information for each park at the time of registration and we choose clean, safe accommodations that are moderately priced.
We conduct an initial Safety Meeting during the Introductory Seminar and frequent field safety meetings. Attendance at all Safety Meetings is mandatory— no exceptions. At least one instructor or support guide is CPR certified and we carry first aid kits. However, we have no medical personal on staff and participants should be aware that adequate medical care, emergency evacuations, heli-lift, and similar services are often not available or some hours away.
Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit or a payment for the full fee is required at registration to reserve your space in the National Park Photography Expedition Landscape Master Class. The entire fee must be paid 30 days prior to class; failure to complete payment may be treated as your cancellation, as if in writing. If a program is full or cancelled, your deposit will be returned.
Your deposit guarantees your registration, and can be charged to your credit card or paid by check when you register. Should you need to cancel, you must cancel 45 days prior to class or you will lose your deposit.
The tuition balance is due 30 days before the start of the workshop and failure to pay your tuition balance on time will jeopardize your space in the workshop.
Our Landscape Master Classes are financially dependent on adequate class registration. When minimum enrollment requirements are not met, the class will be cancelled and a refund given for your deposit / class payment. If we need to cancel a workshop you will be given a 30-day notice and receive a full refund of all payments.
Licenses, Bonds, and Insurance
National Park Photography Expeditions is authorized to operate by special or commercial use authorization (CUA) permits for each national park and adheres to all national park operating procedures, guides, and insurance requirements. Copies of CUA and Insurance Certificates may be obtained by writing to the Managing Director of NPPE.
Support for Our National Parks
In 2016, we celebrated 100 years of our National Park Service, keepers of a proud tradition that safeguards some of our country’s most extraordinary and inspirational places—protected and open for the enjoyment of all—which serves as a model for the rest of the world.
At National Park Photographic Expeditions, we believe that our National Parks provide transformative, life-changing experiences that everyone deserves to have. That’s why we teamed up with and donate a percentage of our gross sales to the Mojave National Preserve Artist Foundation, an official not for profit Park Service Friends group in support of their mission to develop and expand the Artists-in-Residence Grant Program.
Thanks to Our National Park Supporters