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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 programs 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.


Kings Canyon National Park

We will launch our Kings Canyon Masterclass Workshop along the King’s Canyon Scenic Byway because there is an undeniable magnetism about a place called Road’s End, an enticing moniker that designates the terminus point of this famous Highway. It’s snaking, winding pavement reaches an end 6 miles past Cedar Grove Village, where the wilderness begins. We will explore overlooks, such as Junction View, and develop grand scenic skills while immersing ourselves in this land of giant peaks, giant trees, and giant formations. As our Master Class Workshop progresses, we will take short hikes, and complete assignments at Grizzly Falls, Zumwalt Meadow, Sheep Creek Cascade, and more.

These various assignments provide a broad range of creative interpretation opportunities, and there will be significant periods of post-production training so that students can see their work come alive with unique techniques and workflows. And of course, your Master Class learning doesn’t stop here; we will follow you home with our online follow-up classes to help you retain all that you have learned.



Explore and Photograph: The Giant Forest, Grizzly Falls, Zumwalt Meadow, Mt. Whitney, Ship Creek Cascade, Kings Canyon and more.

Learn Tools and Techniques: Pre/post-Focus Point Discussions, Professional Stack Focus Techniques, Dynamic blending capture, special color balance techniques for shade, creative slow shutter work for water and high altitude atmospherics, the 5-bracket technique for dynamic range blending, Lens choice and its compositional effects, Landscape Gear, and more.

Learn the Art of Landscape Photography: Learn Sky and Ground dominant compositions and the 4 editorial approaches for wilderness scenics. Explore methods for selecting and managing wide dynamic ranges and low-light landscapes. Learn to maximize the value of water motion to refine rock formation structures through minimalism. 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

Learn end-to-end Post-Production Workflow for Landscapes: Develop Baseline images with Lightroom, solve  dynamic blending issues with Luminosity masks, advance your visual voice with five contrast and color methods in Photoshop.

DATES: July 18-23, 2017

Arrive July 18th for evening orientation — Depart for home on July 23rd.
4 full days of onsite photographic and post-production classes.

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

DEPOSIT: $500 (See terms and conditions)

BASECAMP: Cyndi’s Snowline Lodge, Dunlap, California

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