Landscape Light: Capturing the Heart of the River
To master light is to master photography, and nowhere is that truer than in the genre of landscape photography. This workshop will look at what makes good light for landscape photographs and how a photographer can best capture that light. This experience will include hands-on assistance in the field as well as in the classroom. Shooting in various conditions of light, and exploring proper digital technique and workflow for landscape photography is designed to help participants realize their photographic visions, from field to finished image.
This workshop is a combined field and classroom workshop with 50 percent of the time in the field and 50 percent of the time in the classroom. Field shoots will provide the subject matter for daily studio sessions in which the instructor will demonstrate post-processing techniques using Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Field instruction will explore the concepts of: choosing a vantage point for a landscape, capturing place, proper camera technique for printmaking, using filters to expand dynamic range, and much more. Classroom discussions will include issues related to print resolution, color space, using ICC Print Profiles, paper/media selection, image sharpening for print output, and editorial post-processing manipulation.
Each participant will work on their own images and have the opportunity to make several 8×10 test prints and a single 12×18 finished exhibition-quality fine art print that evokes the photographer’s excitement and vision as first experienced in the field. Throughout the workshop, the instructor will combine field exercises and technical demonstrations with group critiques and one-to-one instruction, resulting in participants’ increased understanding and enjoyment of photography, the creative process, and the natural world.
April 20 – 22
Friday 6:00 a.m.– Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $375 per student
Instructor John Gregor has owned and operated ColdSnap for 20 years, and has been teaching photographic courses and workshops for over 30 years. Gregor has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Documentary Expression of American Culture Through Photography and a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Photographic Literacy from St. Scholastica College. He is an accomplished photographer and educator with several books and numerous magazine articles to his name.
The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the St. Croix River’s designation as a Wild and Scenic River. This photography workshop is being held in conjunction with and as a prelude to the call for a juried art exhibition, The Heart of the River, September 14 – October 21, 2018, which is being organized by The Phipps Center for the Arts. The submission deadline is July 1 and guidelines are available by clicking here.