Dates: August 3-8, 2020
August 9-14, 2021
Arrive on Day One for evening orientation — Depart for home on Day Six.
4 full days of onsite photographic and post-production classes.
Basecamp: Sequoia Comfort Inn, Three Rivers, California
Call: 559-561-9000 or book online: www.comfortinn.com
PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY.
ROOMS FILL FAST IN THIS NATIONAL PARK AREA!
The Sequoia National Park Master Class
The Sequoia National Park Master Class is a 5-day full immersion, photography workshop that teaches an end-to-end workflow for the creation of landscape art. Students learn landscape capture techniques, creative composition approaches, atmospherics, visualization techniques and post-production methods that will allow them to express their subjective thoughts and feelings. The workshop is small, intimate, collegial, and the instruction hands-on, with intensive field capture instruction at specific locations. Photographers identify and then increase the emotional range of their work to create images that are a vision beyond documentation while gaining valuable insights into landscape thematics, mini-portfolio creation, environmental considerations, and visualization skills for the creation of landscape art photographs.
Upon their return home, students receive 5 hours of online post-production tutor training.
The Sequoia National Park Landscape
Sequoia National Park is a dramatic landscape of giant Sequoia Trees, rugged foothills, deep canyons, and thundering waterfalls that spill off glacial rock. For the landscape photographer this a land of Majestic Scenes that provide a plein air classroom for a visual study of light and shadow among the big trees. Master Class Photographers learn specialized exposure concepts that will create photographic art from the lay of giant fuzzy shadows among the halos of twinkling sunlight. Short hikes position our students to explore rushing streams and waterfalls and learn to compose them in splashing detail as well as using smooth motion to reduce them to visual whispers. We will spend time juxtaposing plane and ground across a John Muir meadow, and learn how to capture the night sky with snow-capped mountains as reflective elements. Go eye to eye with a sundown that stretches as far as you can see from Moro Rock to San Joaquin Valley below.
Curriculum Assignments for Sequoia National Park
While we teach many of the same processes and creative approaches in all parks, each Master Class has a unique theme assignment. Master Class photographers receive proprietary assignments for each location, explore documentary, narration and navigation art approaches, and create mini portfolios of their work.
Explore, Learn, Grow, and Share
Explore and photograph: The Giant Sequoia Forest, Great Burns, Moro Rock, Mineral King, Crescent Meadow, Middle Fork of the Kaweah, Night Skies, Sunset Rock
Learn Tools and Techniques: Pre-Class Tutorials, Stack Focus Techniques, Dynamic Range Capture, Lens choice and its compositional effects, ND Filter applications, ETTR, Landscape Gear, dynamic bracketing, and more.
Learn end-to-end Post-Production Workflow for Landscape Art: Develop Raw images with Lightroom, explore the principles of image segmentation with Photoshop, extend image range with dynamic blending with Luminosity masks, scale contrast and color to govern emotional tone, and learn theme specific to tools for personal expression.
Grow Your Landscape Art Photography: Learn the Power of Image Visualization, Sky and Ground dominant compositions, thematics, the application of documentary, narrative and navigation art approaches and how to create images that are a Vision Beyond Documentation.
Share: Share ideas and experiences, with fellow photographers who will become lifelong friends.
You’ll benefit tremendously from our guidance, advice, lectures, demonstrations, and reviews, as we help take your photography to the next level.
- Lodging Assistance
- All Local Ground Transportation
- Field Meals
- Training Documentation
- Post-Production Classes
- 5 Hours Personal Online Tutoring
- Transportation to and from Basecamp
Our Base Camp is at Sequoia Comfort Inn, Three Rivers, California (Visit Site) (Sequoia Comfort Inn and Suites in Three Rivers, CA is off of Highway CA-198, 88 miles north of Bakersfield; 199 miles north of Los Angeles; and 255 miles south of San Francisco.)
You get to Three Rivers, CA and we’ll take it from there. Your instructor and guides will provide on and off-road transportation to all areas.