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 (Sold out! Please contact me to be put on the waiting list.)
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
Save the dates! Online registration for these workshops will be available in October 2019. You can pre-register and hold a space in any of these workshops by contacting me.
June 20-21, 2020
July 11-12, 2020
August 15-16, 2020
(These three sessions will have identical content and are not sequential.)
Learn more and read the syllabuses for the 2019 sessions
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.
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Sunsets and Stars at Great Sand Dunes National Park: Capture to Print will be held from September 20-25, 2019
Workshop fee: $1,595. All registration for this workshop is handled by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Sold out! You can join the waiting list online or by calling Santa Fe Photographic Workshops at 505 983-1400.
The information below applies to a workshop that has concluded. The next session of this workshop will be held April 20-24, 2020.
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 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 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 these workshops is handled by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Please call SFPW at 505 983-1400 to pre-register for the 2020 session.
Read the syllabus for the April 2019 session
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.