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. Photographers learn valuable insights about creative landscape photography, landscape thematics, environmental considerations, and to create landscape works that say and do more than what the camera captured. You will learn the magic of landscape compositions, simplification through previsualization, targeting images for voice and meaning, and how to apply an end to end workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop. Ample field lectures known as ‘Classroom Circles’ in the park, plus many hours of capture time with an instructor by your side, insures that you leave with new tools, techniques, and a visual voice that matters.
You get to Port Angeles, Washington and we’ll take it from there. Your instructor and guides will provide on and off road transportation to all areas. (Port Angeles, CA is 82 miles northwest of Seattle, WA.)
Equipment and Prerequisites
- Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom on a portable laptop with 8 GB of RAM
- External drives as necessary
- Registration in the Adobe Cloud
- A Wacom tablet will be helpful
- Lenses of your choice
- Flash units (optional)
- Camera backpack
You must have a complete operating knowledge of your camera and a working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop.
Olympic National Park
Explore and Photograph: Ho Rain Forest, Hurricane Ridge Trail, Seastacks at Ruby and Rialto Beaches, Sol Doc Falls and upper trail, Goblin Gates, Observation Point Deer Park, 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 4 editorial approaches for Alpine scenics. Explore methods for selecting and managing low-light rain forest landscapes, and how to maximize the value of water motion to refine structures. Master a 2d workflow for sea stack compositions, 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 Olympic Lodge in Port Angeles, Washington. (www.olympiclodge.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. (Olympic Lodge in Port Angeles, WA is off of US-101, 82 miles northwest of Seattle, WA; 230 miles north of Portland, OR; and 172 miles south of Vancouver, Canada.)
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