Transcript of Introductory Video for Glenn Randall Photography Workshops
Hi, I’m Glenn Randall. Thanks for your interest in my landscape photography workshops. My approach to teaching landscape photography can be summed up in eight words: master the craft, and the art will follow. For a landscape photographer, the meaning of craft goes far beyond such photographic basics as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. It includes gaining an intimate knowledge of the terrain where you plan to shoot plus an understanding of key concepts in atmospherics optics, geography, astronomy, botany, meteorology, and psychology.
Understanding atmospherics optics, the science of light, will help you predict the most vivid displays of alpenglow, where rainbows will appear, and how polarizers will interact with reflections. Studying geography will help you understand how the angle of sunrise and sunset varies dramatically throughout the year. Learning about astronomy will help you predict where to go to shoot moonrise and moonset, the Milky Way, meteor showers, star trails, and lunar eclipses.
Understanding a bit of botany will help you refine your search for wildflowers. Studying meteorology will help you plan shoots and anticipate what may happen next. And learning how our visual system processes high-contrast scenes will help you create better photos of dramatically lit subjects.
So how does mastering the craft lead to creating art? Can a realistic landscape photograph actually be creative? I think it can, but to become more creative, you first have to understand where creativity actually comes from. We tend to think of creativity as some kind of magical talent that only a few gifted people possess. This mistaken understanding can easily lead you to believe that you can never be creative.
Nonsense! 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. My goal in my workshops is to help you gain the in-depth knowledge of the craft of landscape photography that will help you unlock your creative potential.
I teach both private and group workshops. Only you and the people you invite will attend a private workshop; group workshops are open to everyone. All of my workshops, whether private or group, include a strong educational component. You'll not only get the opportunity to make great photographs at spectacular locations, you'll become a better photographer. Unlike some instructors, I never shoot my own photos during your workshop. My attention is focused exclusively on helping you reach your photographic goals. You can get all the details on upcoming workshops on my website. Please call or email if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you at a workshop soon!