Glenn Randall Photography
Extraordinary landscape photography from Colorado and the West
Landscape Photography Workshops
Take your landscape photographs from so-so to spectacular!
My 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 2016 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.
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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, 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. This workshop is appropriate for low-intermediate to advanced-intermediate photographers.
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Rocky Mountain Conservancy Workshops in 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. 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. In addition to my weekend workshops, I will be teaching two sessions of a one-day workshop called Shooting the Stars in June and July. These courses will teach photographers how to make spectacular landscape photographs at night. All workshops will be based at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy's Field Seminar and Conference Center in Estes Park.
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Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
This October 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. This is the most in-depth workshop I will teach in 2015 and the only workshop I teach where students have access to a fully-equipped digital darkroom where they can learn to perfect their images in Lightroom and Photoshop. This course will cover many of the basics of landscape photography, plus apps for scouting, techniques for handling high-contrast light in the field and on the computer, and a full day of instruction in night photography, including tips on shooting the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, lunar eclipses, and the aurora. Students will have the opportunity to shoot the Milky Way under the spectacular night skies of northern New Mexico.
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2015 Colorado Photography Festival
The 2015 Colorado Photography Festival is scheduled for August 8-13, 2015
On August 8th a group of top-flight photographers will give talks on a variety of photographic topics at a symposium held in Golden. I will give a light-hearted talk about the lessons learned from 22 years of landscape photography called Never Eat Breakfast Before Midnight.
On August 9th I will teach a one-day workshop titled Creative Landscape Photography. The workshop will explore what creativity means to a landscape photographer and discuss practical approaches to making more creative landscape photographs.
On August 10th I will teach a one-day workshop titled Introduction to Lightroom. This course will start at the beginning and teach students how to import, organize, and perfect their images in this essential tool.
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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. Private workshops are appropriate for all skill levels, from complete beginner to emerging professional.
Here's what my students have had to say about my workshops
"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."
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