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 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 then 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 Primm and we’ll take it from there. Your instructor and guides will provide on and off road transportation to all areas. (Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, NV is off of I-15, 46 miles south of Las Vegas and 228 miles northeast of Los Angeles.)
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 an intermediate 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.
Mojave National Preserve
Explore and Photograph: Ivanpah Range, Kelso Sand Dunes, The Mining Camps, Soda Lake and the Mojave Road, OX Ranch, The Cinder Cones
Learn Tools and Techniques: Pre/post-Focus Point Tutorials, Stack Focus Techniques, Dynamic Capture, Lens choice and its compositional effects, Landscape Gear
Learn the Art of Landscape Photography: Sky and Ground dominant compositions, Grand Scenics, intimate landscapes, detail structures, composition workflow, Expressive-personal project methods, Voice with tone, coloration, framing, and much more.
Learn end-to-end Post-Production Workflow for Landscapes: Develop Baseline images with Lightroom, dynamic blending with Luminosity masks, contrast and color methods, all with personal instruction.
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 Primm Valley Casino and Hotel, Primm, NV (Visit Site) — Yes, we know it is a casino but it is the best facility for our work and only 35 minutes from our first capture point. The rooms are quite comfortable, the food options are great with 24 hour facilities, and the conference room allows us to stretch-out so we can really work on our captures. You will be issued a discount code after registration, and each student books his/her room.
You pay for all restaurant meals. Field lunches, snacks, water, coffee, etc. are included in your tuition.
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