Syllabus for Master Landscape Photography with Glenn Randall

Sponsored by the Lone Tree Photography Club

Date and time: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022

Cost: $99 per person

Location: Lone Tree Civic Center, 8527 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Overview

My approach to teaching landscape photography can be summed up in eight words: master the craft, and the art will follow. This one-day, classroom-only workshop will help low-intermediate to advanced-intermediate photographers take the next step in their journey toward mastering the craft of daylight landscape photography.

For a landscape photographer, the meaning of craft goes far beyond such photographic basics as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. It includes the ability to locate promising subjects and plan shoots using topographic maps and computerized mapping tools. It includes concepts from geography, which tells us how the angle of sunrise and sunset varies throughout the year. It includes a working knowledge of atmospheric optics (the science of how sunlight interacts with our atmosphere.) And it includes understanding how the complexities of human vision affect the way we see the world and the way we view art. Understanding how our visual system processes high-contrast scenes will help students produce realistically beautiful renditions of those scenes.

So how does mastering the craft lead to creating art? Can a realistic landscape photograph actually be creative? The answer is yes, but to become more creative, you first have to understand where creativity actually comes from. For a landscape photographer, creativity does not emerge, fully formed, from the void. It emerges when you make a new, unexpected, but suddenly obvious connection between bits of seemingly unrelated knowledge already stored in your head. The goal of this workshop is to help you gain the in-depth knowledge of the craft of daylight landscape photography that will allow you to unlock your creative potential.

 

Schedule

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Scouting: the process of locating great landscape subjects, starting with planning before the shoot and continuing with techniques students can use in the field.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The instructor will demonstrate the use of Photo Ephemeris Web and Sun Surveyor, two inexpensive, easy-to-use computer programs that make it much easier to be in the right place at the right time.

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Exposure: discussion of exposure, exposure meters, exposure danger zones, the four basic exposure strategies, and the universal exposure strategy.

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch break

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Composition. This lecture will discuss the instructor’s three-step approach to composition.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Atmospheric optics (the science of how light interacts with our atmosphere). Why the sky is (sometimes) blue and sunrises and sunsets are (sometimes) red, how to find gap light and glow light, how to predict where rainbows will appear, and how to control light in high-contrast situations.

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Rembrandt Solution: one approach to shooting in high-contrast light. This technique, first invented by the famed portrait painter, is still relevant in the digital age. Used properly, it can create the illusion of greater dynamic range in the print than actually exists. This lecture will also discuss using Lightroom to create high-dynamic-range images.

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Maximum sharpness: how to maximize sharpness through proper field technique; how to achieve deep depth of field through understanding hyperfocal distance; and how to use focus-stacking techniques.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Take a walk on the wide side: how to setup, shoot, and stitch single- and multi-row panoramas. This lecture will include a demonstration of how to stitch panoramas in Lightroom. The instructor will also discuss the best ways to deal with high-contrast panoramas, such as those including the sun.

5:30 p.m. Conclusion of workshop.

Instructor will provide extensive handouts that will cover the key points of each lecture.