Glenn Randall Photography
Extraordinary landscape photography from Colorado and the West
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.
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 my students have had to say about my workshops
"I also wanted to share that I thought you were a wonderful teacher. You really took time to answer every question with great patience. I've taken a lot of classes and finding a great photographer that is also a great teacher is very rare. You were by far the best photography teacher I have ever had. The time you spent with me on composition was fantastic and I have heard your voice in my head repeatedly as I take photos. You were also unusual in that you actually altered your presentation to address the specific goals that each of your students shared when submitting your questionnaire. Thank you." David Bates, student in June 2014 Rocky Mountain Conservancy workshop.
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See some of the great images my students shot during their workshop or afterwards using techniques learned during their workshop
New workshop! Moab in Spring
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 2019 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 May 2-5, 2019. The cost is $995.
The second session of this workshop will be held from May 9-12, 2019. The cost is $995.
Learn more, read the syllabus, and register for the May 2-5, 2019, session Sold out! Please call 303 499-3009 or email me to be put on the waiting list.
Learn more, read the syllabus, and register for the May 9-12, 2019, session. Sold out! Please call 303 499-3009 or email me to be put on the waiting list.
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 2019 session of this workshop will be held from September 27-29, 2019.
Learn more, read the syllabus, and register for the 2019 workshop
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 $475. A continental breakfast and light lunchtime snack during the Sunday session are included.
2019 sessions of Shooting the Stars
June 29-30, 2019 (only two spaces left!)
July 27-28, 2019
August 24-25, 2019
(These three sessions will have identical content and are not sequential.)
Learn more, read the syllabuses, and register for these workshops
Sunsets and Stars at Great Sand Dunes National Park: Capture to Print
Sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Come to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park in October 2018 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 Photographic 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.
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
Sunsets and Stars at Great Sand Dunes National Park: Capture to Print will be held from September 20-25, 2019
The cost for this workshop in 2018 was $1,575. The 2019 cost will be set in early 2019. All registration for this workshop is handled by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Please call SFPW at 505 983-1400 to pre-register for the 2019 session.
The Art & Science of Landscape Photography
Sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
From April 22-26, 2019, I will teach a five-day workshop called The Art and Science of Landscape Photography for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This is the most comprehensive, in-depth landscape photography workshop I teach all year. Students will shoot at four 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 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.
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.
Workshop fee: $1,575 plus a $95 location fee. All registration for this workshop is handled by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. You can register online or register by calling SFPW at 505 983-1400.
Read the syllabus for the 2019 session
Private Photography Workshops
Get the personal attention you deserve! I offer private photography workshops on all aspects of 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, Photoshop Elements, and the full version of Photoshop 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.