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 4-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 Three Rivers, California and we’ll take it from there. Your instructor and guides will provide on and off road transportation to all areas. (Three Rivers, CA is 88 miles north of Bakersfield, CA.)
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.
Sequoia National Park
Explore and Photograph: The Giant Sequoia Forest, Great Burns, Moro Rock, Little Baldy, Mineral King, Crescent Meadow, Tokopah Falls, Night Skies, Sunset Rock
Learn Tools and Techniques: Pre/post-Focus Point Tutorials, Stack Focus Techniques, Dynamic Capture, Lens choice and its compositional effects, Landscape Gear, dynamic bracketing, angle horizons.
Learn the Art of Landscape Photography: Sky and Ground dominant compositions, Managing complex shadow and highlight scenes, emotional range ideas for 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, specialized production sharpening for Sequoia images, 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 the Comfort Inn in Three Rivers, California. (www.sequoiahotel.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.
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