Glenn Randall Photography

Extraordinary landscape photography from Colorado and the West


Landscape Photography Workshops

Take your landscape photographs from so-so to spectacular!

Photographer Glenn RandallMy approach to teaching landscape photography can be summed up in eight words: Master the craft, and the art will follow.


For a landscape photographer, the meaning of craft goes well beyond an understanding of photographic basics like aperture and shutter speed, focus point and depth of field. It also includes the ability to locate promising subjects using topographic maps and computerized mapping tools. These computer programs help photographers visualize how light will play across the landscape and enable them to answer questions such as, "What is the best day in 2015 to photograph the full moon rising through Utah's world-famous Delicate Arch at sunset?"


Mastering the craft also means learning about atmospheric optics, the science of how sunlight interacts with our atmosphere. Atmospheric optics explains why the sky is often blue and sunsets are sometimes red, which helps photographers seek out spectacular light. Understanding the science of light also permits the knowledgeable photographer to predict where rainbows will appear and why polarizers sometimes enhance reflections and sometimes remove them.


Most crucially, mastering the craft includes an understanding of how the complexities of human vision affect the way we see the world and the way we view art. To take just one example, our visual system can see a range of light intensities, from brightest highlight to deepest shadow, of about 10,000 to 1. A photographic print can only reproduce a range of light intensities of about 50 to 1. One of the fundamental problems for a landscape photographer is finding the most believable and natural-looking way to compress the very broad range of tones we see in the real world into the much narrower range of tones we can reproduce in a print. My workshops tackle this problem from many angles, starting with exposure in the field and concluding with a variety of techniques in the digital darkroom. These techniques include the "Rembrandt Solution," a technique pioneered by the 17th century master painter that is still relevant in the digital age. Used properly, the Rembrandt Solution can create the illusion of greater dynamic range in a print than actually exists.


All of my workshops, whether group or private, include a strong educational component. You'll not only get the opportunity to make great photographs at spectacular locations, you'll become a better photographer. Unlike some instructors, I never shoot my own photos during your workshop. My attention is focused exclusively on helping you attain your photographic goals.


Read what my students have said about my workshops

The San Juans in Autumn

Come master the art and science of landscape photography this fall in Colorado’s spectacular San Juan Mountains. Your workshop will be based in Ridgway, in the heart of the San Juans, which are the best place in the state to shoot expansive aspen groves and snow-capped 14,000-foot peaks. This workshop will combine ample field time during the peak of the fall color season with intensive classroom instruction. The class will enjoy two sunrise and two sunset shoots at prime locations near Ridgway. The timing and quality of the fall color varies year-to-year, so I will scout possible locations immediately before the workshop to ensure that students have the opportunity to shoot the best fall color available. My lectures will explain the techniques behind my best images. Classroom sessions will cover information every landscape photographer should know:

• How to find great locations using the Photographer's Ephemeris, Heavenly Opportunity, and SkyGazer;

• How to convert your initial emotional reaction to the scene into a carefully crafted composition that will evoke the emotion you are feeling in the mind of your viewer;

• How to photograph successfully in any kind of light, from the soft light of a cloudy day to the high-contrast light of a backlit sunset;

• How to compose, shoot, and stitch together single-row panoramas;

• And much more.


All students will receive extensive handouts on the key information covered during the workshop, including Mastering Dramatic Light, an 80-page PDF on how to shoot great images in high-contrast situations. When the workshop is over, students will have a deeper understanding of how to find and capture magnificent images of the natural world.


Workshop dates: October 2-4, 2015


Workshop fee: $675


The workshop will be based at the Ridgway Lodge in Ridgway, Colorado, which is offering a 10 percent discount on lodging for reservations made before August 6, 2015. Be sure to mention you will be attending the Glenn Randall Photography San Juans in Autumn workshop. Please call 970 626-5444 to reserve a discounted room.


Portions of this workshop will be conducted on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests under special use permit from the Forest Service, USDA.


Glenn Randall Photography is an equal-opportunity service provider.


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Private Photography Workshops

Get the personal attention you deserve! I offer private photography workshops on all aspects of landscape photography. These sessions can include guided photography sessions in Rocky Mountain National Park, portfolio reviews both in-person and online, and advice on turning pro. I also offer instruction on using Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and the full version of Photoshop to optimize landscape photographs and prepare them for printing on your inkjet printer or at a service bureau. I customize the length and content of each workshop to be as helpful as possible to each student. Only you and the people you invite will attend your workshop.


I carry full liability insurance and have obtained the necessary permit to operate in Rocky Mountain National Park. I have been photographing professionally in Rocky Mountain National Park since 1993, so I know the area intimately and can lead you directly to the most photogenic locations. All private workshop students booking half-day or longer workshops receive a free copy of Mastering Dramatic Light, my profusely illustrated, 80-page PDF on how to capture great images in high-contrast light.


Private workshops cost $60 per hour for one or two people with a one-hour minimum. A four-hour workshop costs $225 for one or two people. An eight-hour workshop costs $420 for one or two people. Each additional person (beyond two) costs $35 for a four-hour workshop. Each additional person (beyond two) costs $65 for an eight-hour workshop. A deposit of 25 percent of the workshop fee is required to reserve your time. The deposit is refundable up to 30 days before the start of your workshop if you need to cancel. Deposits are not refundable if the cancellation occurs within 30 days of the start of your workshop but your workshop can be rescheduled at no additional charge. The balance is due on the date of your workshop. If your workshop will take place in Rocky Mountain National Park, you will be required either to pay a $10 entrance fee per person or to present a valid park pass (seven-day entrance pass, Rocky Mountain National Park annual pass, or other pass valid for entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park). All students booking field sessions are required to sign a liability waiver. Please download, read, print and sign the liability waiver (PDF) and either mail it to Glenn Randall Photography, 2945 Colby Dr., Boulder CO 80305-6303 or bring it with you to your workshop.


For more information or to book your private workshop, please call 303 499-3009 or email me. I look forward to helping you reach your photographic goals!


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Group Workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park


Since 2002 I have offered group workshops through the Rocky Mountain Conservancy (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Nature Association), the non-profit educational and fund-raising arm of Rocky Mountain National Park.


In 2015 I will offer three weekend workshops for low-intermediate to advanced-intermediate photographers: Light and Snow: Winter Photography in March, and Mastering the Art and Science of Landscape Photography in June and August. These workshops are intense, information-packed weekends that will help photographers take the next step upward in their artistic development. Complete novices who have just purchased their first digital camera will probably find these workshops too difficult. In addition, students will enjoy two sunrise shoots and one sunset shoot at prime locations in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.


Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best places in the state to improve your skills at a landscape photography workshop. The park contains both sunrise and sunset locations that are spectacular, readily accessible, and intriguing, with many possible foregrounds. Choosing the perfect foreground and creating an expressive image will hone your composition and exposure skills. Students will have the opportunity to photography some of the park's most dramatic scenic climaxes. Classroom sessions will cover information every landscape photographer should know:

• How to find great locations using the Photographer's Ephemeris, Heavenly Opportunity, and SkyGazer;

• How to convert your initial emotional reaction to the scene into a carefully crafted composition that will evoke the emotion you are feeling in the mind of your viewer;

• How to photograph successfully in any kind of light, from the soft light of a cloudy day to the high-contrast light of a backlit sunset;

• How to compose, shoot, and stitch together single-row and multi-row panoramas;

• And much more.

All students will receive extensive handouts on the key information covered during the workshop, including Mastering Dramatic Light, an 80-page PDF on how to shoot great images in high-contrast light.


Each student will have 20 minutes of one-on-one time with the instructor. This time can be used for a portfolio review or to discuss any other aspect of landscape photography that interests the student.


Both film and digital photographers are welcome, but film shooters should be aware that they will not be able to get film processed in time to see it during the workshop. If possible, digital photographers should bring a laptop loaded with their favorite image-editing software. These workshops will be based at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy's Field Seminar and Conference Center in Estes Park. The workshop fee does not include meals or lodging. These workshops are not sequential. The workshop cost is $250.


In addition to my weekend workshops, I will be teaching two sessions of a one-day workshop called Shooting the Stars. This course will teach photographers how to make spectacular landscape photographs at night. Recent advances in digital-camera technology have made it possible to capture the magnificent night sky as we see it, with no apparent movement of the stars. Even older cameras, however, can capture the graceful arcs made by stars as they appear to move across the heavens. We'll start with a classroom session, where I'll explain how to use Skygazer and the Photographers Ephemeris, two computer programs, to plan when and where to go to shoot the brightest and most interesting part of the Milky Way. I'll teach students how to focus at night and what camera settings to use to achieve correct exposure and reveal the largest number of stars. I'll also teach students how to set up, shoot, and stitch together a complete Milky Way panorama, which may have an angle of view of 180 degrees left to right and 90 degrees top to bottom. After the classroom session, we'll head up Trail Ridge Road to shoot sunset. When the sky becomes completely dark about two hours after sunset, we'll work on shots of the Milky Way over Longs Peak. This workshop will be based at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy's Field Seminar and Conference Center in Estes Park. The workshop fee does not include meals or lodging. The workshop cost is $125.


For more information on the seminars, please contact me at 303 499-3009 or email me. To register, please visit the Rocky Mountain Conservancy website or call 970 586-3262. All registration for Rocky Mountain Conservancy workshops is handled by the conservancy, not through this website.



2015 weekend landscape photography workshops


Mastering the Art and Science of Landscape Photography, June 12 (evening) to June 14, 2015 (Full; please call 970 586-3262 to be put on the waiting list)


Mastering the Art and Science of Landscape Photography, August 14 (evening) to August 16, 2015


2015 night photography workshops


Shooting the Stars, June 20, 2015 and July 18, 2015 (Both full; please call 970 586-3262 to be put on the waiting list)


To download the syllabus (PDF) for any of my 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy workshops, please click the appropriate link below.


Syllabus for June 12-14, 2015, Mastering the Art and Science of Landscape Photography workshop


Syllabus for June 20 and July 18, 2015, Shooting the Stars workshops


Syllabus for August 14-16, 2015, Mastering the Art and Science of Landscape Photography workshop


Download the complete 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy catalog (PDF, 1 megabyte)



Rocky Mountain Conservancy cancellation and rescheduling policy


Cancellations received at least 14 days prior to the start of a seminar will qualify for a refund minus a cancellation fee of $50.00. Cancellations received less than 14 days prior to the start of a seminar will not generate a refund. Rescheduling a workshop less than 14 days prior to the start of the seminar is not allowed. If RMC cancels a seminar, every effort will be made to place the participant in another seminar; otherwise, a full refund will be given. Students must be at least 18 years old at the time the workshop begins.


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Santa Fe Photographic Workshops


From October 12-16, 2015, I will teach a five-day workshop called The Art and Science of Landscape Photography for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The workshop will explore the topics I introduce in my workshops for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association in even greater depth. In addition, the workshop will include a full day of instruction in night photography, including tips on shooting the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, lunar eclipses, and the aurora. In the morning, students will listen to lectures and edit their images in the school's top-flight computer laboratory. During the afternoon and evening, students will practice what they have learned while shooting at the many scenic locations near Santa Fe. Students will also be offered an opportunity for 20 minutes of one-on-one time with the instructor. This time can be used for a portfolio review or to discuss any aspect of landscape photography that interests the student. The workshop fee is $1,165 plus a $70 location fee. For more information about this workshop, please visit Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, call Santa Fe Photographic  Workshops at 505 983-1400, call me at 303 499-3009 or email me.  To register for the October workshop, please call the workshop at 505 983-1400. (As of May 2015 registration for this workshop is not yet available online.)  All registration for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is handled through Santa Fe, not through this website. This workshop requires hikes of up to three miles round-trip, with 600 feet of elevation gain.


To download a PDF of the syllabus for my October 2015 Santa Fe workshop, please click the link below.


Syllabus for October 2015 workshop


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2015 Colorado Photography Festival

The 2015 Colorado Photography Festival is  scheduled for August 8-10.


On August 8th I will  give a talk at the symposium titled Never Eat Breakfast Before Midnight.


On August 9th I will teach a one-day workshop titled Creative Landscape Photography.


On August 10th I will teach  a one-day workshop titled Introduction to Lightroom.


Creative Landscape Photography course description:


For a landscape photographer, creativity does not emerge, fully formed, from the void. It emerges when the photographer makes a new, unexpected, but suddenly obvious connection between bits of seemingly unrelated knowledge already stored in that photographer’s head. Unlike painters and novelists, landscape photographers can’t sit in a darkened room, conjure an image or story out of nothing, then put their vision down on canvas or the printed page. Landscape photographs must be grounded in reality. Creativity in landscape photography is founded on knowledge of the terrain where the photographer plans to shoot, coupled with an understanding of key concepts in atmospherics optics, geography, and astronomy.


Knowledge of the terrain lets photographers focus their efforts on the land’s most dramatic and iconic features. Understanding atmospherics optics, the science of light, allows photographers to predict the most vivid displays of alpenglow, where rainbows will appear, and how polarizers will interact with reflections. Understanding geography helps photographers understand how the angle of sunrise and sunset varies throughout the year. Understanding astronomy lets photographers predict where to go to shoot moonrise and moonset, the Milky Way, meteor showers, star trails, and lunar eclipses. This class will begin by discussing these fundamental topics with an emphasis on how to put this new knowledge to immediate practical use.


After laying that foundation, the class will explore a number of software tools that can enhance creativity by making it easier to visualize possible images and to plan when and where to go. Specifically, students will learn how to use the Photographer’s Ephemeris, Heavenly Opportunity, and Skygazer to visualize possible images and determine the best way to create images that match their vision. After a classroom session in the morning, students will head up to Mt. Evans, where they will work on a series of assignments that will encourage them to look deeply, think creatively, and consider all aspects of their image before pressing the shutter release. If the weather permits, students will shoot sunset from the summit of Mt. Evans. If the lightning risk is too high, as is likely, students will shoot sunset from lower on the mountain. Students should be prepared for a cold, windy, high-altitude shoot. It may be 90 degrees in Denver in the morning, but it could be in the 40s and windy at sunset on the summit of Mt. Evans.


Introduction to Lightroom course description:


 Adobe Lightroom has become an essential tool for many professional and serious amateur photographers. It is the tool they use to organize, edit, and print their work. For many images, it is the only image-editor they need to achieve high-quality results. Now with the introduction of Lightroom CC, Lightroom can even handle high-dynamic-range images with results that rival or exceed results from dedicated HDR programs. Today Photoshop is necessary only for the most challenging images: ones that require sophisticated selections, layers, compositing, or the addition of type or special effects. In this class, I’ll cover the fundamentals of Lightroom, including initial setup of the Lightroom catalog, importing new images, and importing images already on your hard drive into the Lightroom catalog. I’ll cover renaming, captioning, keywording, and rating images, as well as adding contact information automatically when you import new and existing files.


Lightroom offers several ways to compare images and select the best; I’ll show you how to choose and use the right method for the task at hand. I’ll also cover the myriad ways Lightroom lets you filter your image collection so you see only those images that are relevant to your search. And I’ll cover Lightroom’s Collections feature, which gives you a way to organize your images into virtual folders without creating physical copies. This saves valuable hard-drive space and prevents confusion over which version is the most recent or should be considered the master. And I’ll cover exporting files using the right settings for web or print.


 After covering the organizational features in Lightroom’s Library module, I’ll move on to the Develop module, where I’ll show you how to use Lightroom’s sophisticated editing tools to perfect your raw files. We’ll start with evaluating an image to see what changes need to be made and proceed step-by-step through all the panels of the Develop module. You’ll learn how to make global and local adjustments to color, density, saturation, and contrast; how to sharpen images; how to correct lens flaws such vignetting and geometric distortion; and how to reduce noise while preserving as much detail as possible. I’ll show you how to use Lightroom CC to create beautiful yet realistic renderings of HDR images, and show you how to use Lightroom CC’s new panorama-stitching utility.


Showing images on the web is great, but making a beautiful print for your walls can be a still more satisfying way to display your work. In the final section of this workshop, I’ll provide a brief overview of Lightroom’s Print module, which allows you to make brilliant prints with predictable color.


To get the most out of this workshop, please bring a laptop with Lightroom installed. If you don’t already have Lightroom, you can download and install the trial version at Please note that the trial lasts for 30 days, so you must start the trial no earlier than July 13th.


To register for any of these workshops please visit


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Here's what my students have had to say about my workshops:

"A+! Surpassed all my expectations!"


"Fantastic seminar and instructor! I really do feel like I will now be able to take my photography to the next level."


"Top-flight instructor - knew his material and, even more importantly, knew how to teach it."


"I've been photographing for 10 years now, and I still learned a ton in this class!"


"Glenn was a very good instructor, able to handle novices and experts in the same class, all of us learning something."


"I have taken photo seminars before from other instructors but Glenn was far superior. I learned a lot more than I expected."


"Glenn is an excellent instructor. He explains the complex concepts in easy-to-understand language. He is very professional and cares very much about helping the students."


"He is the one instructor I've had who is more interested in helping the students improve their photography skills rather than taking good photos himself."


"It was my first workshop ever and I can't wait to sign up for more. I believe Glenn was a wonderful instructor and feel very honored that he shared so much of his personal knowledge that he worked so long and hard to gain. That really is priceless in my book."


"I learned more in that one weekend at your workshop than I learned in five or six other workshops combined."


"Awesome instructor! Great personalized and group instruction, expert knowledge. I appreciated that he could explain the science and physics behind the topics and techniques he presented. This course gave me the background to dive much further into digital photography."


"The seminar was so helpful on every possible level. Glenn is awesome and a really great, personable, friendly teacher."


"Thank you so much for all the great tips. Your workshop will completely change the way I take pictures in the future. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!"


"Glenn is exceptionally knowledgeable, incredibly prepared, and is an excellent teacher."


"Thanks for the outstanding workshop. Your knowledge of all aspects of landscape photography and your ability to teach are impressive. I can tell you strive to hear where a student is coming from and coach them to evolve to the next level."


"I also wanted to share that I thought you were a wonderful teacher. You really took time to answer every question with great patience. I've taken a lot of classes and finding a great photographer that is also a great teacher is very rare. You were by far the best photography teacher I have ever had. The time you spent with me on composition was fantastic and I have heard your voice in my head repeatedly as I take photos. You were also unusual in that you actually altered your presentation to address the specific goals that each of your students shared when submitting your questionnaire. Thank you."


"Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the recent “Shooting the Stars” class and to say what an excellent instructor Glenn Randall is. I’ve taken quite a few photography workshops, seminars, & classes over the years, and Mr. Randall is by far the best instructor—he is well organized, he covered everything a beginner needs to get started in night photography, plus what toys you will have to get if you decide to be serious about this. Also he went around to all attendees several times in the field to be quite sure we all understood what to do, which is unheard of in my experience; most instructors expect you to hunt them down if you have questions. I was very impressed!"


"I wanted to say thank you for such an incredible weekend! Your level of knowledge and attention to detail are amazing. You have opened my eyes not just to everything that you taught us, but to the fact that we can pre-think and pre-plan our shots in great detail. As an old pilot I love it when I start to integrate maps, compasses, weather forecasts, azimuths, and all of the other details into my photography! Very cool stuff! More importantly I wanted to mention how impressed I was with your teaching style. You have a very natural, friendly, and clear (which is critically important!) way of teaching and dealing with the class. Some of the things you were teaching us were very detailed and complicated to teach in a simple and clear way and you certainly achieved that. To add to that, your written material is also clear and precise and will continue to be a valued source of information for me."



For more information, email me or call 303 499-3009.


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