Dates: June 8-13, 2020
June 14-19, 2021
Arrive on Day One for evening orientation — Depart for home on Day Six.
4 full days of onsite photographic and post-production classes.
Basecamp: Nisqually Lodge, Ashford, WA
Call: 360-569-8804 to book
A BLOCK OF ROOMS HAVE BEEN RESERVED FOR OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS.
The Mt. Rainier National Park Master Class
The Mt. Rainier National Park Master Class is a 5-day full immersion, photography workshop that teaches an end-to-end workflow for the creation of landscape art. Students learn landscape capture techniques, creative composition approaches, atmospherics, visualization techniques and post-production methods that will allow them to express their subjective thoughts and feelings. The workshop is small, intimate, collegial, and the instruction hands-on, with intensive field capture instruction at specific locations. Photographers identify and then increase the emotional range of their work to create images that are a vision beyond documentation while gaining valuable insights into landscape thematics, mini-portfolio creation, environmental considerations, and visualization skills for the creation of landscape art photographs.
Upon their return home, students receive 5 hours of online post-production tutor training.
The Mt. Rainier National Park Landscape
Mount Rainier National Park is the epitome of landscape truth and beauty. From the caps of ice that are resting on its top, to the ribbons of streams and rivers that cut down the slopes, the forests that flourish on its slopes all coming together because of geology make this a fantastic National Park. Each waterfall has a character, visual message and even an audible tone that stimulates and inspires. When these flowing bodies of water reach a pocket, they form ponds or lakes of sheer amazement. These crystalline bodies of water can be alluring with a mix of colors which serve up reflections of mountains, wildflowers, and a big skylight. Our visual studies will capture the landscape’s dramatic dawns, as the stars recede and the sky turns to a salmon color. You learn specific exposure concepts that will create photographic art from the lay of crystalline, still, lakes that twinkle in the sunlight, and how to creatively narrate glacier walls. Short hikes position our Master Class photographers to explore rushing streams and waterfalls and learn to compose them in splashing detail as well as using smooth motion to reduce them to visual whispers.
When you leave for home, you will leave inspired, energized and prepared to relive your Master Class as you complete your post-production work.
Curriculum Assignments for Mt. Rainier National Park
While we teach many of the same processes and creative approaches in all parks, each Master Class has a unique theme assignment. Master Class photographers receive proprietary assignments for each location, explore documentary, narration and navigation art approaches, and create mini portfolios of their work.
Explore, Learn, Grow, and Share
Explore and photograph: Paradise Meadows, Longmire, Sunrise, Emmons Glacier, Ohanapecosh Forest, Mowich Glacier Lake, and Carbon River.
Learn Tools and Techniques: Pre-Class Tutorials, Stack Focus Techniques, Dynamic Range Capture, Lens choice and its compositional effects, ND Filter applications, ETTR, Landscape Gear, dynamic bracketing, and more.
Learn end-to-end Post-Production Workflow for Landscape Art: Develop Raw images with Lightroom, explore the principles of image segmentation with Photoshop, extend image range with dynamic blending with Luminosity masks, scale contrast and color to govern emotional tone, and learn theme specific to tools for personal expression.
Grow Your Landscape Art Photography: Learn the Power of Image Visualization, Sky and Ground dominant compositions, thematics, the application of documentary, narrative and navigation art approaches and how to create images that are a Vision Beyond Documentation.
Share: Share ideas and experiences, with fellow photographers who will become lifelong friends.
You’ll benefit tremendously from our guidance, advice, lectures, demonstrations, and reviews, as we help take your photography to the next level.
- Lodging Assistance
- All Local Ground Transportation
- Training Documentation
- Post-Production Classes
- 5 Hours Personal Online Tutoring
- Transportation to and from Basecamp
Our Base Camp is at the Nisqually Lodge, Ashford, WA (Visit Site) (Ashford, WA is off of WA-706, 83 miles south of Seattle, WA and 132 miles north of Portland, OR.)
You get to Ashford, and we’ll take it from there. Your instructor and guides will provide on and off-road transportation to all areas.