Glenn Randall's Digital Landscape Photography Workshops

 

"Master the craft, and the art will follow."

Portrait of landscape photographer Glenn Randall

Glenn Randall

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 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.

I offer both private workshops, where only you and the people you invite attend, and group workshops, open to all.

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.

A special note on in-person workshops during the covid-19 pandemic.

 

Recommendations from the CDC on covid precautions for group workshops are evolving rapidly. All 2021 and 2022 workshops will be conducted in accordance with current CDC recommendations and local, state, and federal mandates. I strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated if they aren't already. Unvaccinated students will be asked to wear a mask in the classroom and will not carpool with me or other students. If the pandemic worsens again and makes it impossible to conduct a workshop safely, I will refund all money paid.

 

The Art & Science of Landscape Photography

Sponsored by Santa Fe Workshops

April 4-8, 2022

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 LrC  and Photoshop CC. Topics will include:

  • Scouting: how to use Photo Ephemeris Web 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

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.

The workshop fee is $1,595 plus an $85 location fee. 

All registration for this workshop is handled by Santa Fe Workshops. Register online or register by calling 505 983-1400. 

Read the syllabus for the April 2022 session

Moab in Spring

April 26-28, 2022

Shake the snow out of your hair and 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 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 is appropriate for low-intermediate to advanced-intermediate photographers. Enrollment is limited to ten students.

The cost is $895.

Learn more and read the syllabus for this workshop Sold out! Please contact me to be put on the waiting list.

Delicate Arch at sunset, Arches National Park, Utah

Delicate Arch at sunset, Arches National Park, Utah

Rocky Mountain National Park in Summer

June 28-30, 2022

Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect place to master the art and science of digital landscape photography. The park is home to vast expanses of rolling tundra with views that stretch for fifty miles and pristine lakes that reflect some of the most rugged granite peaks in Colorado. This workshop will combine ample field time with intensive classroom instruction. The class will enjoy two sunrise and two sunset shoots at prime locations in the park, 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 ten students.

The cost is $945.

Learn more, read the syllabus, and register for this workshop

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Hallett Peak reflected in Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

The San Juans in Summer

Tentatively scheduled for July 28-29, 2022

More information on this workshop will be announced in late November 2022

In July 2022, 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 waterfalls, wildflowers, and spectacular 14,000-foot peaks. This workshop will combine ample field time 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. This workshop is appropriate for low-intermediate to advanced-intermediate photographers. 

 

This workshop is sponsored by the Ouray County Arts Association, which will announce firm plans in November 2021 for this workshop and the associated arts festival. The workshop fee in 2020 was $395. Enrollment was limited to nine students.

All registration for this workshop is handled by the Ouray County Arts Association.

 

Ruby Basin sunset, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Ruby Basin sunset, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Sunsets and Stars in Rocky Mountain National Park

August 22-24, 2022

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 intensive, three-day master class in Milky Way photography will focus on techniques for planning, shooting, and processing photos of the glowing heart of our galaxy. Students will enjoy two sunset and Milky Way shoots at spectacular locations in Rocky Mountain National Park. I will demonstrate processing techniques using the latest versions of Lightroom LrC (the desktop version, also called Lightroom Classic) and Photoshop CC. This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced-intermediate photographers who have a basic familiarity with Lightroom's Library and Develop modules and with Photoshop's Layers and Masks. Enrollment is limited to eight students. The workshop fee is $945. 

I am authorized by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, to conduct photography workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Learn more, read the syllabus, and register for this workshop

Milky Way over the Rock Cut, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Milky Way over the Rock Cut, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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

Sponsored by Santa Fe Workshops

August 26-August 31, 2022

Come to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park in 2022 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 Photo Ephemeris Web 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

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.

Read the syllabus for the 2022 session

The workshop fee for the 2021 session was $1,645. The workshop fee for the 2022 session has not been announced. All registration for this workshop is handled by Santa Fe Workshops. Please call Santa Fe Workshops at 505 983-1400 or email info@santafeworkshops.com to be put on the pre-registration list.

Sunsets and Stars in Canyonlands

September 20-22, 2022

Journey to Canyonlands 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 intensive, three-day master class in Milky Way photography will focus on techniques for planning, shooting, and processing photos of the glowing heart of our galaxy. Students will enjoy two sunset and Milky Way shoots at spectacular locations in Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. I will demonstrate processing techniques using the latest versions of Lightroom LrC (the desktop version, also called Lightroom Classic) and Photoshop CC. This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced-intermediate photographers who have a basic familiarity with Lightroom's Library and Develop modules and with Photoshop's Layers and Masks. Enrollment is limited to nine students. The workshop fee is $945. 

Learn more, read the syllabus, and register for this workshop

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Milky Way from Dead Horse Point, Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

The San Juans in Autumn

September 27-29, 2022

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 2022 session of this workshop will be held from September 27-29, 2022. The workshop fee is $945.

Learn more, read the syllabus, and register for this workshop 

Courthouse Mountain from Cimarron Ridge, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

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 LrC (the desktop version, also called 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 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 pandemic.

 

Recommendations from the CDC on covid precautions for private workshops are evolving rapidly. All 2021 and 2022 workshops will be conducted in accordance with current CDC recommendations and local, state, and federal mandates. I strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated if they aren't already. Unvaccinated students will be asked to wear a mask during indoor sessions and will not carpool with me or other students. If the pandemic worsens again and makes it impossible to conduct a private workshop safely, I will refund all money paid.