I recently read an article by William Neill in the September Outdoor Photography magazine titled “Need to Know” that really resonated with me. His main point is, don’t let the acquisition of gear and techniques interfere with the experience. There’s so much information out there, so many people offering advice on techniques for composing, exposing and post processing. But in Neill’s journey he has developed what he calls, ‘… a simple but effective tool set.”
A foundation of gear and technique is important in capturing the experience. But it is the experience that is what we’re out there for, not histograms or depth of field or leading lines.
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“Did you manipulate your photograph?” “Did you use a filter?” “Do you use a Mac?” “Do you crop your images?” “I’ll have a nicer day than you; I’m not shooting a Canon.” Yes, someone actually said that to me at Bridal Vale Falls in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon in response to my cheery, “Have a nice day.” I guess when you take the entire population of photographers you will always find those that are prejudiced and closed minded just like any other population. They think they are right and anyone that disagrees with them is wrong. It’s that simple.
The current issue of Lenswork magazine, the premier journal for black and white photography, has an article by guest contributor Jim Kasson titled “Previsualization in the Digital Age.” I couldn’t wait to read it. In my workshops and lectures I’ve always advocated that an artist interprets reality and communicates that interpretation through her or his art. In landscape photography I’ve encouraged our workshop attendees to leave their camera gear in the car until they connect with a location and only then set up their cameras to try to capture what is is they are experiencing. Previsualization, the anticipation of what the finished work will look like, is a big part of communicating what you are feeling.
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We landscape photographers tend to avoid photographing during the middle of a sunny day. The light is harsh with no color. We prefer golden hour or twilight.
But there are times when we have no choice as to when we can shoot. When we’re on vacation with family we can’t wait until sunset at every location that sparks our interest. So we get the shot and hope for the best. But there’s a technique we can use that will greatly enhance our chances of capturing a more compelling photograph.
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I’m busy putting together the 2013 Photography Workshop schedule. We’ll be going back to some of the great places I love taking people to. But I’m also adding a new location that I think you will find very exciting. Here’s a preview of what I’m considering.
February we’re going back to one of my all time favorites – Death Valley. This is one of our largest National Parks and is filled with wonders at every turn. It’s always exciting to be there.
In March we’ll be back in Joshua Tree National Park for the annual Joshua Tree Gathering. This is a weekend of camping, fun, food and photography. This has become quite an affair and it’s something I do to give back to the photography community.
Here’s a hint as to what I have in mind for late May or early June. Bet this hint isn’t difficult to figure out. And this will be the perfect time to be there. I’m still working out the details but will announce it as soon as they are finalized.
Big Sur is such a stunning place, it would be a shame not to hold a workshop there. And we’re going back in 2013. I haven’t finalized the date yet but we’ll be there. You can count on it.
A year of photography would not be complete without returning to Zion National Park in Utah. We’ll be back in mid to late August. Zion is such a peaceful place, I always look forward to it. It’s a place where many people recharge their batteries.
I’ve always felt that if you’ve gone to the trouble of traveling to Zion you owe it to yourself to finish the week in Bryce Canyon National Park. So that’s what we do – two photography workshops back to back. Most students do as I do, take them both. And we have special pricing for those that do.
So 2013 will be another great year of photography, returning to the places I love and adding a new one.
To me, a photography workshop is about more than shooting great locations; it’s also about growing as a photographer and artist. I like to work with each student individually to develop their technical skills. But equally important is developing their expressive skills. Photography is art and through art we as artists share our vision of the world. Becoming an artist is the process of opening yourself up to the world around you and experiencing it more deeply. Then capturing that experience in your photographs. This is our focus in our workshops.
If you know of someone who might be interested in a photography workshop in 2013 please feel free to share this blog post with them or post it on your Facebook page. There are links at the top of the post for this purpose. By the way, I offer a very attractive discount for anyone who brings another student along with them.
So come on out and join us and bring a friend. Click here to check us out.
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