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 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.


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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The San Juans in Autumn

Come master the art and science of landscape photography 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.


The next session of this workshop will be held from September 23-25, 2016. The cost is $695.


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Shooting the Stars: Night Workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park

Come to Rocky Mountain National Park to learn how to make spectacular photographs of the Milky Way, star trails, lunar eclipses, and the aurora. 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. These courses will focus primarily on techniques for finding and shooting the glowing heart of the Milky Way.


Shooting the Stars, June 25-26, 2016, and August 27-28, 2016

(These two sessions will have identical content and are not sequential)


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Moab in Spring

Come master the art and science of landscape photography in southeast Utah’s spectacular Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Your workshop will be based in Moab, in the heart of redrock country. This workshop will combine ample field time with intensive classroom instruction. The class will enjoy two sunrise and two sunset shoots at prime locations near Moab, during which you will be able to put your new knowledge to immediate use.


This workshop will be held from April 15-17, 2016. The cost is $695.


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Master Adobe Lightroom in Rocky Mountain National Park

Come to Rocky Mountain National Park in August 2016 to learn the essentials of Lightroom, then put your new knowledge to immediate use as I help you organize and edit your images from a guided sunset shoot at one of the park’s most spectacular locations.


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, retouching, or the addition of type or special effects. In this class, I’ll cover the fundamentals of Lightroom and help you get off to a great start using this powerful, sophisticated tool.


This workshop will be held from August 13-14, 2016. The cost is $395.


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Sunsets and Stars at Great Sand Dunes National Park: Capture to Print

Sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

Come to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park in September 2016 to learn how to shoot, edit, and print spectacular images of 14,000-foot peaks rising above the tallest sand dunes in North America. For the first three days of this five-day workshop, we’ll spend mornings in the classroom at our hotel in Alamosa learning how to shoot both nighttime and daytime landscape images. Classroom sessions will cover all aspects of night photography, including the best ways to shoot star trails, lunar eclipses, meteor showers, the aurora, and the Milky Way. In addition, the instructor will discuss topics relevant to both nighttime and daytime photography, such as how to shoot in high-contrast light and how to use the Photographer’s Ephemeris, Heavenly Opportunity, and Skygazer to plan how to be in the right place at the right time. In the afternoon we’ll go into the field to shoot sunset, then work on images of the Milky Way glowing in a moonless sky far from any city lights. On our fourth morning, we’ll travel to Santa Fe, then spend the last day and a half of the workshop editing and printing the best images in Santa Fe Photographic Workshops’ well-equipped digital lab. The instructor will provide continual feedback on students’ images both in the field and in the digital darkroom. This workshop will include hikes of up to three miles round-trip, with 500 feet of elevation gain.


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Sunsets and Stars at Great Sand Dunes National Park: Capture to Print will be held from September 26th to October 1st, 2016.


The cost for this workshop $1395. All registration for this workshop is handled by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Online registration will be available early in 2016. To register anytime, call SFPW at 505 983-1400.

Colorado Photography Festival

Plans for the next Colorado Photography Festival will be announced early in 2016.

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.


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