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 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.
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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! The San Juans in Summer
Second session of The San Juans in Summer now available!
The first session sold out so fast that I am now offering a second session.
The second session will be held 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 10 students for each session.
All registration for this workshop is handled by the Ouray County Arts Association.
The first session is sold out! Please contact Natalie Heller at OurayArts@gmail.com or 970-626-2303 to be put on the waiting list.
The second session is sold out! Please contact Natalie Heller at OurayArts@gmail.com or 970-626-2303 to be put on the waiting list.
Read the syllabus for the first session
Read the syllabus for the second session
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 has been rescheduled to October 6-9, 2020. The cost is $995.
The second session of this workshop has been rescheduled to October 10-13, 2020. The cost is $995.
Learn more, register, and read the syllabus for the October 6-9, 2020, session. Two spaces available!
Learn more, register, and read the syllabus for the October 10-13, 2020, session.
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 Sold out! Please contact me to be put on the waiting list.
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 sessions of Shooting the Stars
June 20-21, 2020
July 11-12, 2020 Sold out! Please contact me to be put on the waiting list.
August 15-16, 2020 One space left!
(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 Workshops
Come to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park in September 2020 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.
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 14-19, 2020
Workshop fee: $1,645. All registration for this workshop is handled by Santa Fe Workshops. You can register online or register by calling Santa Fe Workshops at 505 983-1400.
The Art & Science of Landscape Photography
Sponsored by Santa Fe Workshops
Postponed to October 26-30, 2020, due to the coronavirus epidemic
From October 26-30, 2020, I will 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.
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 : $1,695 plus a $95 location fee.
All registration for these workshops is handled by Santa Fe Workshops. Please call SFPW at 505 983-1400 or go to The Art and Science of Landscape Photography to register for the 2020 session.
Read the syllabus for the October 2020 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 and 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.
The April 28-May 1, 2020 session of Moab in Spring has been postponed until October 6-9, 2020, due to the coronavirus epidemic. The May 18-21, 2020, session of Moab in Spring has been postponed until October 10-13, 2020.