Perhaps the most important experience of all is the time you will share with colleagues who care about the land and creative landscape photography.
This 5-day course is inclusive of field capture, guided hikes, 4×4 travel to remote locations and post-processing training. Students gain valuable insights into landscape thematics, environmental considerations, and develop skills that permit them to create landscape works that say and do more than what the camera captured. Students learn the magic of landscape compositions, previsualization, and an end-to-end workflow from camera capture to post with Lightroom and Photoshop. There are ample field lectures, hands-on lessons, plus many hours of capture time with an instructor by your side to help you learn new tools, techniques, and develop a visual voice that matters.
You get to Moab, Utah and we’ll take it from there. Your instructor and guides will provide on and off road transportation to all areas. (Moab, UT is 233 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, UT and 111 miles southwest of Grand Junction, CO)
Equipment and Prerequisites
- Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom on a laptop with 8 plus GB of RAM
- External drives as necessary
- Registration in the Adobe Cloud
- A Wacom tablet will be helpful
- DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
- Lenses; you can use any lens combinations of your choice or even a single lens, but we recommend a wide angle zoom such as 16-35, a mid-range zoom of 24- 70, and a medium telephoto of 70-200.
- Tripod with ball head
- Flash units (optional)
- Camera backpack
- Lens cleaners
- Extra batteries
- SD and CF cards
You must have a complete operating knowledge of your camera and a working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop.
Canyonlands National Park
Explore and Photograph: Mesa Arch, Dead Horse Point and Trail, Horse Thief Trail, Mineral Bottom, Shafer Trail, Fisher Rock Trail, Colorado and Green River shooting exercises and more.
Learn Tools and Techniques: Pre/post-Focus Point Discussions, Professional Stack Focus Techniques, Dynamic blending capture, the 5-bracket technique for dynamic range blending, Lens choice and its compositional effects, Landscape Gear.
Learn the Art of Landscape Photography: Learn Sky and Ground dominant compositions and the six approaches for Canyon scenics. Explore methods for selecting and managing intimate landscapes, detail structures. Master composition workflow and learn to move from the literal to the expressive for personal projects while exploring impressionism and abstraction in landscape compositions. Develop techniques to create a Visual Voice with tone, coloration, and framing.
Learn end-to-end Post-Production Workflow for Landscapes: Develop Baseline images with Lightroom, solve dynamic blending issues with Luminosity masks, advance your visual voice with five contrast and color methods in Photoshop.
You’ll benefit tremendously from our guidance, advice, lectures, demonstrations, and reviews, as we help take your photography to the next level.
Our Base Camp is at the La Quinta Inn, Moab, UT (La Quinta Inn Website), which is 35 minutes from our first capture point. The rooms here are great, and the conference room allows us to stretch out so we can work on our captures. In our free evening hours, there are many places to eat and enjoy our time together while in Moab. You will be issued a discount code after registration, and each student books his/her room. (The La Quinta Inn in Moab, UT is off of US-191, 234 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, UT and 113 miles southwest of Grand Junction, CO.)
Your tuition includes lunches, snacks, water, coffee, etc. Other meals are your responsibility. If you want to bring your own snacks, please do, and we will accommodate space for them on the trail.
Special Food Needs: If you have a special diet issue, please notify us in writing 30 days in advance of the Master Class.
Bob Killen, ACE, ACI, National Park Service Artist in Residence
Myra Holt, MFA
Tom Lowe, National Park Service Artist in Residence