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 Escalante, Utah and we’ll take it from there. Your instructor and guides will provide on and off road transportation to all areas. (Prospector Inn in Escalante, UT is off of UT-12, 280 miles south of Salt Lake City, UT and 302 miles northeast of Las Vegas, NV.)
Equipment and Prerequisites
- Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom on a portable laptop with 8 GB of RAM, external drives as necessary and registration in the Adobe Cloud.
- A Wacom tablet will be helpful
- Camera, lenses of your choice tripod, flash units optional, camera backpack.
You must have a complete operating knowledge of your camera and a working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Explore and Photograph: Upper Calf Creek Falls, Hells Backbone Trail, Posey Lake Road, 50-mile bench, Zebra Slot Canyon, Peek-a-Boo Gulch, Wills Creek Slot, Coyote Gulch 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 and more.
Learn the Art of Landscape Photography: Learn Sky and Ground dominant compositions and the navigation and previsualization approaches for advanced visual resonance and harmony. Explore methods for selecting and managing hard and soft light landscapes, and how to maximize the value of water motion to refine structures within a desert environment. Master a workflow based upon previsualization principles that will allow you to move from the literal to the expressive for personal projects that culminate in images filled with intuitive navigation. 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 Prospector Inn in Escalante, UT (http://prospectorinn.com/). The rooms are comfortable and the conference center allows us to stretch-out so we can work on our captures. You will be issued a discount code after registration, and each student books his/her room.
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