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 2013 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. That knowledge can help photographers seek out spectacular light. Understanding the science of light also permits the knowledgeable photographer to predict where rainbows will appear. Atmospheric optics also explains why the bow-shaped twilight wedge, the blue shadow of the Earth cast on the western sky just before sunrise, reveals that the Earth is round even though you cannot directly observe the curvature of the horizon even from the summit of a 14,000-foot peak.
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.
Private Photography Workshops
Get the personal attention you deserve! I offer private photography workshops on any aspect of landscape photography. These sessions can include guided photography sessions in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Boulder Mountain Parks, 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 permits to operate in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Boulder Mountain Parks. I have been photographing professionally in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Boulder Mountain Parks since 1993, so I know both areas intimately and can lead you directly to the most photogenic locations. 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. 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). 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!
Group Workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park
Since 2002 I have offered group workshops through the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, the non-profit educational and fund-raising arm of Rocky Mountain National Park.
These workshops are intense, information-packed weekends that will help low-intermediate to advanced photographers take the next step upward in their artistic development. Complete novices who have just purchased their first digital camera will probably find the workshop too difficult.
Students will enjoy two sunrise shoots and one sunset shoot at prime locations in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. Images shot at sunrise each day will be evaluated in class later that afternoon, giving students immediate feedback on their efforts.
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.
All workshops will be based at the Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminar and Conference Center in Estes Park, on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The $250 workshop fee does not include meals or lodging. These workshops are not sequential; the contents of each weekend-long workshop will be identical. For more information on the seminars, please contact me at 303 499-3009 or email me. To register, please visit the Rocky Mountain Nature Association website or call 970 586-3262.
2013 workshop dates
June 14 (evening) to June 16, 2013
August 16 (evening) to August 18, 2013
To download the syllabus (PDF) for any of my 2013 Rocky Mountain National Park workshops, please click the appropriate link below.
Syllabus for June 14-16, 2013, workshop
Syllabus for August 16-18, 2013, workshop
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Each January for the last two years, I have taught a five-day workshop called The Art and Science of Landscape Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The workshop explored the topics I introduce in my workshops for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association in even greater depth. In the morning, students listened to lectures and edited their images in the school's top-flight computer laboratory. During the afternoon and evening, students practiced what they learned while shooting at the many scenic locations near Santa Fe. Students were also offered an opportunity for half an hour of one-on-one time with the instructor. This time could be used for a portfolio review or to discuss any aspect of landscape photography that interested the student. The workshop fee in 2013 was $995 plus a $40 location fee.The dates for 2014 have not yet been set. For more information, please visit Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, call me at 303 499-3009 or email me.
To download a PDF of the syllabus for my January 2013 Santa Fe workshop, please click the link below. I will post the 2014 syllabus as soon as the 2014 dates are set.
Syllabus for January 2013 workshop
2013 Colorado Photography Festival
The third annual Colorado Photography Festival is scheduled for August 10-14, 2013. On Saturday, August 10th, a group of instructors will give lectures in the classroom on a wide variety of travel and nature photography topics. I will be offering a beginner's guide to digital landscape photography. Saturday's classroom sessions will be held at the Auraria campus in downtown Denver. On Sunday each of the instructors will lead a workshop with up to twelve participants at one of the many scenic locations around Denver. Participants will have their choice of any of the various workshops. I will be teaching a workshop titled Mastering Dramatic Light on Mt. Evans. In addition to me, this year's instructors will include Dan Ballard, Grant Collier, Russ Burden, Mark S. Johnson, Stephen G. Weaver, Andy Cook, David Kingham, Mary Lynne Ashley, and Rob Palmer. Mark S. Johnson will teach a Photoshop class on Monday, August 12th, and Dan Ballard will teach a three-day workshop from Tuesday, August 13th, through Thursday, August 15th.
The cost is $125 for the Saturday classroom sessions, $165 for any of the Sunday workshops, $125 for the Photoshop class and $575 for the three-day workshop. To get more information on the 2013 festival, please visit www.coloradophotographyfestival.com.
Online Workshops Taught through the Perfect Picture School of Photography
Each month (except December) I teach a four-week online course called Mastering Dramatic Light: How to Make Great Photographs of High-Contrast Scenes. The workshop starts on the first Friday of the month. When the workshop is over, students will be able to approach any landscape subject, in any light, and be confident that they know how to photograph the scene so that the final print has the range of tones they want throughout the image. The workshop costs $195. To obtain more information, and to register, please visit the PPSOP website.
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."
For more information, email me or call 303 499-3009.