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Big Bend National Park Photography Expedition with Bob Killen and NPPE

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:00 AM - Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM (CDT)

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Samy’s Photo school is proud to partner with National Park Photographic Expeditions to provide our students with exceptional Landscape Master Classes in our nation’s most scenic national parks. Bob Killen and his staff of national park Artist in Residence instructors will help you access intuitive, reflective ways of working that will lead you to create great landscape images. These classes provide hands-on, mentored learning in the field and ample classroom time with your instructor to teach you a capture to post production workflow (end to creative end workflow) using Lightroom and Photoshop.

Our National Park Master Class workshops include your lodging, all local travel, instructor tuition, post production classroom, course materials, post-class online support and meals in the field. All you need to do is arrive with your camera and laptop, and away you go to some of the most incredible photographic sites and professional hands-on training anywhere.


Big Bend National Park

Exploring Big Bend in one photographic expedition is impossible. Scenic opportunities range from the vast Chihuahuan Desert with its narrow canyons, colorful badlands, eroded rock formations, sand dunes, desert plains, dry washes and oases. In this area, we will learn dedicated and specialized approaches for broad panoramas as well as how to capture intricate editorial details. Then we will shift our workflow gears and focus on areas of the Rio Grande where we will concentrate on artistic interpretation and voice.

In the Chisos Mountains, with its jagged cliffs and rocky peaks rising to 7,825 feet, we will find a cool, calm sheltered world of tree-covered slopes, and share trails with black bears and mountain lions. Here we will concentrate on reducing chaotic landscapes to their essence by exploring lens choices as well as selective focus techniques.

Big Bend presents our students with a diversity of photographically challenging landscape scenes. But what makes Big Bend an excellent place to Master Landscape Photography is its solitude and opportunities to escape our own consciousness as we capture dramatic light and atmospherics in one of the nation’s most remote National Parks.



Explore and Photograph: Ernst Tinaja, Boquillas Canyon, River Road (Rio Grande), Chisos Mountains, Santa Elena Canyon, Cattail Falls, The Windows, Mariscal Mine, Burro Mesa Pour-Off, Old Sam Nail Ranch and more.

Learn Tools and Techniques: Pre/Post-Focus Point Discussions, Professional Stack Focus Techniques, Dynamic blending capture, The 5-bracket technique for dynamic range blending,  Lens choice and its compositional effects, LAB color space for tonal separation, Slow shutter speed techniques.

Learn the Art of Landscape Photography: Learn Sky and Ground dominant compositions and the editorial approaches necessary to find a visual voice. Explore methods for selecting and managing desert color, and how to maximize the value of tonal separation to define landscape structures. Learn to move from the literal to the expressive for personal projects while exploring impressionism and abstraction in landscape compositions. Develop techniques to create a Visual Voice with tone, coloration, and framing and much more.

Learn end-to-end Post-Production Workflow for Landscape: Develop Baseline images with Lightroom, solve dynamic blending issues with Luminosity masks, advance your visual voice with five contrast and color methods in Photoshop. Learn the methods of using LAB color space for separation of intimate tones.

DATES: September 19-24, 2017

Arrive September 19th for evening orientation — Depart for home on September 24th
4 full days of onsite photographic and post-production classes.

TUITION: $2299 (Includes lodging, field meals, backcountry transportation, course materials.)

DEPOSIT: $500 (See terms and conditions)

BASECAMP: Chisos Mountain Lodge, Big Bend National Park, Texas

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