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.
In 2014 I will offer three 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 this workshop too difficult. (Novices should see below for information on my new beginner's workshop.)
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. These workshops will be based at the Rocky Mountain Nature Association'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.
New for 2014, I will be teaching a beginner's workshop called Digital Landscape Photography: An Introductory Course West of the Divide. This workshop will teach you what you need to know to get off Auto, take control of your camera, and start to produce the images you see in your mind's eye. It will cover the three most useful exposure modes: aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and manual. It will discuss the two fundamental auto-focus modes: focus-priority and shutter-priority. It will explain the concepts of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and describe how they are interrelated. It will clarify the mysterious concept of "white balance." It will teach students how to increase or decrease depth of field (the zone of sharpness from near to far in the image). It will discuss the basics of exposure and explain when you can trust your meter and when you can't, as well as how to compensate for your meter's limitations. It will explain histograms, which are a great way to double-check your exposures, and explore the foundations of good composition. Finally, it will introduce students to Lightroom, one of the best software packages available for organizing and editing digital images. Students will have the opportunity to practice their new skills at scenic locations in and around Grand Lake. The workshop will be held at historic Shadowcliff Lodge, an eco-retreat in Grand Lake. The $450 workshop fee includes lodging Friday and Saturday night and four meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast).
Also new for 2014, I will be teaching 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 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 Nature Association'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 Nature Association website or call 970 586-3262.
2014 beginner's landscape photography workshop
Digital Landscape Photography: An Introductory Course West of the Divide, August 22 (evening) to August 24, 2014
2014 intermediate-level landscape photography workshops
Light and Snow: Winter Photography, February 28 (evening) to March 2, 2014
Mastering the Art and Science of Landscape Photography, June 13 (evening) to June 15, 2014
Mastering the Art and Science of Landscape Photography, August 15 (evening) to June 17, 2014
2014 night photography workshop
Shooting the Stars, June 28, 2014
To download the syllabus (PDF) for any of my 2014 Rocky Mountain National Park workshops, please click the appropriate link below.
Syllabus for February 28-March 2, 2014, Light and Snow workshop
Syllabus for June 13-15, 2014, Mastering the Art and Science of Landscape Photography workshop
Syllabus for June 28, 2014, Shooting the Stars workshop
Syllabus for August 15-17, 2014, Mastering the Art and Science of Landscape Photography workshop
Syllabus for August 22-24, 2014, Digital Landscape Photography: An Introductory Course West of the Divide workshop
Complete 2014 Rocky Mountain Nature Association field-seminar catalog (all courses)
Rocky Mountain Nature Association cancellation 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. If RMNA cancels a seminar, every effort will be made to place the participant in another seminar; otherwise, a full refund will be given.