Glenn Randall's Digital Landscape Photography Workshops
"Master the craft, and the art will follow."
My approach to teaching landscape photography can be summed up in eight words: master the craft, and the art will follow. Watch this video to learn how taking one of my workshops can help you take your landscape photographs from so-so to spectacular! (3:17 -- opens in new window).
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For a longer sample of my teaching style, please check out my webinar Essential Skills for Night Photography. This webinar is based on my new book, Dusk to Dawn: A Guide to Landscape Photography at Night, published by Rocky Nook. The webinar is 55 minutes long. Please allow 10 seconds for the webinar to begin after you hit play.
You can get another sample of my teaching style in my webinar The Art and Science of Light. This webinar is based on a chapter in the second edition of The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography, also published by Rocky Nook. The webinar is 63 minutes long.
All of my workshops include a strong educational component. You'll not only get the opportunity to make great images, you'll become a better photographer. Unlike many instructors, I never shoot my own photos during your workshop. My attention is focused solely on helping you make the best possible photographs.
Here's what one student had to say about her workshop.
"I just wanted to tell you again how pleased I was with your workshop and how much I learned! The format was just right with the mixture of lecture and shooting, but one of the most valuable pieces of all of this was your continued hands-on and individual attention to each of us throughout the entire workshop. Answering any and all questions was direct, succinct, and thorough – even with all of the different skill and knowledge levels that the participants exhibited. Having the handouts for study and reference now that we are home is a tremendous benefit. While we were out shooting, your dedication to see what we were shooting and help us achieve good photos with tips and suggestions was exceptional. The help with camera settings, computer situations, and composition tips was way beyond any other workshop that I have attended!" Linda Haehnle, student in June 2019 Shooting the Stars workshop.
New workshop! An Introduction to Digital Photography
Sponsored by Cal-Wood Educational Center
A modern digital camera can rightly be called "a computer with a lens." After spending all that money on the latest gee-whiz electronic gadget, you may well be thinking, "Why do I need to learn all this technical stuff about photography? Why not let the camera pick the right aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance (whatever that is)? I'll worry about the fun, creative stuff ‒ choice of subject, composition, and timing ‒ and let the camera handle the rest."
Sometimes "auto-everything" will indeed give you exactly what you want. In many of the most exciting photographic situations, however, auto-everything will fail miserably. If you really want to master the art of photography, you should start by mastering the craft. This course will give you a solid foundation in the fundamentals and let you set forth on your photographic journey with confidence.
August 21, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Online classroom session via Zoom video-conferencing software.
August 22, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Field session at Cal-Wood Educational Center, a 1,200-acre private nature preserve and environmental educational center near Jamestown, Colorado, where students can put their new knowledge to immediate use.
Enrollment is limited to 10 students.
Read the syllabus for this workshop
Register for this workshop. All registration for this workshop is handled by Cal-Wood Educational Center. For registration questions, please contact Jared Mazurek, email@example.com, 303-449-0603 ext 1.
Wildflowers above Blue Lake, Mt. Sneffels Wilderness, Colorado
New workshop! SFW Online: The Art & Science of Landscape Photography
The first session of this workshop sold out in 24 hours, so we have added a second session starting August 25.
Glenn Randall's approach to teaching landscape photography can be summed up in eight words: master the craft, and the art will follow.
The craft of landscape photography goes far beyond understanding photographic basics like aperture and shutter speed. 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.) Most crucially, 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.
Roaring Fork Sunrise, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
As students increase their mastery of the craft, their artistry will grow and their ability to produce creative yet realistic landscape photographs will be enhanced. This online workshop will show students how creativity is not some rare talent possessed by exceptional individuals who sit in a darkened room and think profound thoughts. Rather, it is a talent possessed by every student which emerges when students make a new, unexpected, but suddenly obvious connection between seemingly unrelated bits of knowledge already stored in their heads.
Students will get hands-on practice with their new skills and put their new knowledge to immediate use by undertaking assignments. These assignments can be completed anywhere: your backyard, the park around the corner, or a nearby city, county, or state park, if those near you are open during the current pandemic. This workshop will also provide portfolio reviews to help students identify the strongest images in their current library and analyze why they have impact, with the goal of refining the student’s understanding of subject choice, composition, light, and timing, improving the student’s ability to create evocative landscape images once the public lands fully reopen. By the end of the workshop, students will understand why good landscape photographers today must have the brain of an engineer and the heart of a hopeless romantic.
Classroom sessions will use free Zoom video-conferencing software. Students will receive complete instructions on using Zoom prior to the workshop.
Dates and times:
August 25 to September 11, 2020, two sessions per week on Tuesdays and Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time
October 20 to November 6, 2020, two sessions per week on Tuesdays and Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time
Limit of enrollment: 12 students.
All registration for this workshop is handled by Santa Fe Workshops.
Register online for the August 25-September 11 session. The August 25-September 11 session is sold out! Please follow the registration link to get instructions on how to be added to the waiting list.
The Art & Science of Landscape Photography
Sponsored by Santa Fe Workshops
The October 2020 session has been cancelled due to coronavirus.
The dates for the 2021 session will be announced in late 2020.
Each year I teach a five-day workshop called The Art and Science of Landscape Photography for Santa Fe Workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This is the most comprehensive, in-depth landscape photography workshop I teach all year. Students will shoot at five great locations with my help, then have access to a fully-equipped digital darkroom where they will learn to perfect their images in Lightroom and Photoshop. Topics will include:
Scouting: how to use the Photographer’s Ephemeris and Sun Surveyor to help locate promising subjects and plan photo shoots.
Composition: how to convert your initial emotional reaction to the scene into a carefully crafted composition that will evoke the emotion you are feeling in the mind of your viewer.
Exposure: how to use exposure meters, recognize exposure danger zones, implement the four basic exposure strategies for landscape photography, and photograph successfully in any lighting condition.
Atmospheric optics: how to seek out gap light and glow light, the rarest, most beautiful light of all.
Panoramas: how to set up, shoot, and stitch together single- and multi-row panoramas in all kinds of light.
Tilt-shift lenses: how to use these complex tools to control image shape and depth-of-field in ways conventional lenses can't match.
How mastering the craft of landscape photography will lead to creating art.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico
In the morning, students will listen to lectures and edit their images in the school's top-flight computer laboratory. During the afternoon and evening, students will practice what they have learned while shooting at the many scenic locations near Santa Fe. Students will also be offered an opportunity for 20 minutes of one-on-one time with the instructor. This time can be used for a portfolio review or to discuss any aspect of landscape photography that interests the student. For more information about this workshop, please call me at 303 499-3009 or email me. This workshop requires hikes of up to three miles round-trip, with 600 feet of elevation gain. Enrollment is limited to 13 students.
Tuition for the 2020 session: $1,695 plus a $95 location fee.
Moab in Fall
The April 28-May 1, 2020 session of my Moab workshop has been postponed until October 6-9, 2020, due to the coronavirus epidemic. The May 18-21, 2020, session of my Moab workshop has been postponed until October 10-13, 2020.
Come master the art and science of digital 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 three sunrise, three sunset, and one Milky Way shoot at prime locations near Moab, during which you will be able to put your new knowledge to immediate use. This workshop is appropriate for low-intermediate to advanced-intermediate photographers. Enrollment is limited to eight students.
In 2020 there will be two sessions of this workshop. The contents of the two sessions will be identical.
The first session of this workshop will be held from October 6-9, 2020. The cost is $995.
The second session of this workshop will be held from October 10-13, 2020. The cost is $995.
Learn more, read the syllabus, and register for the October 6-9, 2020, session. Three spaces available.
Learn more, read the syllabus, and register for the October 10-13, 2020, session. Three spaces available.
Delicate Arch at sunset, Arches National Park, Utah
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. 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. This course will focus on techniques for planning, shooting, and processing photos of the glowing heart of our galaxy. Enrollment is limited to eight students per session. The workshop fee is $495. A continental breakfast and light lunchtime snack during the Sunday session are included.
2020 session of Shooting the Stars
July 11-12, 2020. This workshop has concluded.
The dates for the 2021 sessions of this workshop will be announced in fall 2020.
Milky Way over the Rock Cut, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
A special note on the 2020 session of Shooting the Stars.
At this time I am planning to conduct the July session of this workshop as scheduled, but with modifications to ensure the safety of students. All students will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering at all times during the workshop. Students will sit six feet apart in the conference room. Students will use the same chair throughout the workshop. The Ridgeline Hotel will provide a clean, freshly laundered cloth to cover each of the tables where students will sit. I will sterilize the handle of the door leading into the conference room and ensure that I am the only one who touches it. Students will drive in separate cars to the workshop location. Once in the field, we will maintain social distancing and continue to wear masks. I will not touch any student camera. With these precautions, I believe it will be possible to run the July workshop safely.
The San Juans in Summer
Two sessions: July 30-31 and August 1-2, 2020.
This July, come to the "Switzerland of Colorado" to master the art, science, and craft of landscape photography. Your workshop will be based in Ouray, in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, which are the best place in the state to shoot lush fields of wildflowers and spectacular 14,000-foot peaks. This workshop will combine ample field time during the peak of the wildflower bloom with intensive classroom instruction. The class will enjoy one sunset and one sunrise shoot at prime locations near Ouray, during which you will be able to put your new knowledge to immediate use. The timing and quality of the wildflower seasons varies year-to-year, so I will scout possible locations immediately before the workshop to ensure that students have the opportunity to shoot the best wildflowers available. This workshop is appropriate for low-intermediate to advanced-intermediate photographers. Field sessions will take place within one-quarter mile of the road.
This workshop is sponsored by the Ouray County Arts Association. The first session will be held July 30-31, 2020. The second session will be held August 1-2, 2020. The workshop fee is $395. Enrollment is limited to nine students for each session.
Ruby Basin sunset, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado
Sunsets and Stars at Great Sand Dunes National Park: Capture to Print
Sponsored by Santa Fe Workshops
The September 2020 session has been cancelled due to coronavirus.
The dates for the 2021 session will be announced in late 2020.
Come to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park in 2021 to learn how to shoot, edit, and print spectacular images of the 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range rising above the tallest sand dunes in North America. We’ll begin each field session by shooting the dunes lit by the late afternoon and sunset light streaming in over the San Luis Valley. Field sessions will continue after dark, when we’ll shoot the seemingly infinite stars of the Milky Way soaring over a surreal landscape in one of the best dark-sky locations in Colorado. We’ll spend mornings in the classroom, where I will cover essential information for both day and night photography, such as how to shoot in high-contrast light and how to use the Photographer’s Ephemeris and Sun Surveyor to plan shoots to be in the right place at the right time. I will also dive deeply into the best procedures for planning, shooting, and processing both single-frame and panoramic images of the Milky Way.
After three days of work in Great Sand Dunes National Park, we’ll travel to Santa Fe (about three hours’ drive away) and spend the final two days editing and printing the best images in Santa Fe Workshops’ state-of-the-art digital lab. I will provide continual feedback on students’ images both in the field and in the digital darkroom. Join me for a thorough introduction to creating stunning daytime and nighttime photographs in one of the West's most beautiful national parks. Enrollment is limited to 11 students. Instructor will have an assistant.
Milky Way over Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Physical fitness considerations
Please note that one of the locations where students will shoot the Milky Way is 0.6 miles from the parking lot. This hike is largely flat, but the route is sandy, the hike will take place at night, and the hike does involve a few short climbs up and down small sand dunes. A basic level of fitness and willingness to hike in the dark by headlamp is required. In addition, students will have the opportunity to hike in daylight to the summit of High Dune. This optional hike is about 1 ½ miles one-way and involves 700 feet of elevation gain in deep sand. There is no obligation to complete the hike, and there are many excellent photographic opportunities along the way.
The September 2020 session of Sunsets and Stars at Great Sand Dunes National Park: Capture to Print has been cancelled due to coronavirus. The dates for the 2021 session will be announced in late 2020.
Workshop fee for the 2020 session: $1,645. All registration for this workshop is handled by Santa Fe Workshops. Please call Santa Fe Workshops at 505 983-1400 or visit Santa Fe Workshops for the most recent information on the 2021 schedule.
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. Enrollment is limited to 10 students.
The 2020 session of this workshop will be held from September 25-27, 2020.
Learn more, read the syllabus, and register for this workshop Two spaces available!
Courthouse Mountain from Cimarron Ridge, San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Private Photography Workshops
Get the personal attention you deserve! I offer private photography workshops on all aspects of daytime and nighttime 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 Classic and Photoshop CC 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.
A student photographs sunset at a pond near Forest Canyon Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
A special note on private workshops during the covid-19 epidemic
Private landscape photography workshops are still available during the covid-19 epidemic, but with modifications to ensure student safety as well as my own. All of my workshops have a strong educational component; however, due to the pandemic, the “classroom” portion of private workshops will take place online using Zoom video conferencing software. I will meet students in person for field sessions only, and will require students to wear masks.