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SFW Online: The Art & Science of Landscape Photography

June 7-24, 2022

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.

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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. This workshop will also provide a portfolio review 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. 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: 

June 7-24, 2022, two sessions per week on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time

Tuition: $595

Limit of enrollment: 12 students.

Read the syllabus

All registration for this workshop is handled by Santa Fe Workshops. 


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