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Landscape Photography Masterclass: Badlands National Park

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Days Inn by Wyndham

212 10th Avenue

Wall, SD 57790

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Join me in beautiful Badlands National Park for this incredible, intense, hands-on learning experience!

During this master class workshop, I'll teach you techniques necessary to make compelling landscape photos, drawing lessons from my critically-acclaimed ebook "Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition." You'll also get a sneak peek at the many new techniques I've developed since I published the book! Expect to stay very busy: my goal is to give you all the skills you need to make great landscape images, but hopefully, we'll also take some great photos along the way and have a lot of fun too!

Workshop Location: The workshop is based in Wall, South Dakota (just outside Badlands National Park), where we will conduct all classroom activities. We'll make several daily trips into the National Park for photography. I can think of no better place than Badlands National Park for learning landscape composition. Although beautiful, the compositions there aren't as obvious as they are in other scenic locations. All the raw materials are present, but you have to work hard to find compelling compositions and think critically about visual design. The skills you will learn there will allow you to make incredible landscape photos no matter where you go.

Class Size: This workshop is limited to a maximum of six students.

Topics Covered: This workshop focuses on making compelling landscape photos, with an emphasis on landscape composition. I'll discuss in great detail both theory and practical application, and together we'll take these concepts from the classroom to the field. We'll discuss a range of topics including classic near-far landscape compositions; successful use of leading visual elements; visual progression; extreme perspectives; scouting techniques; depth-of-field and focus stacking techniques; and the importance of weather, light, and dramatic skies. We'll also discuss digital darkroom techniques for optimizing your landscape photos, and we'll have regular sessions using the photos you've taken during the workshop, using Lightroom and Photoshop to bring them to their fullest potential. While in the field, we'll work to fully develop your skills, practicing and building on the theoretical concepts learned in the classroom and ensuring that you fully understand their practical application.

Most important, I'll teach you what you want to learn. By keeping the class size small, I'm able to customize the workshop so that you get the most out of the experience. My goal is to ensure that the photographic opportunities are intense and rewarding, the critique sessions constructive, and the overall experience friendly and enjoyable.

Skill Level: Photographers of all skill levels will benefit from this workshop, but if you are new to photography, you might want to learn basic skills elsewhere before signing up for this class. You don't have to be an advanced photographer to take this workshop, but we're going to be focusing on the artistic aspects of visual design, so participants are expected to have a working knowledge of their camera and other photographic equipment.

Physical Requirements: We will be doing some light to moderate hiking during this workshop. Although the terrain is generally flat, it can be uneven. You don't have to be an athlete for this workshop, but if you have physical limitations, please contact me before registering so we can discuss whether this workshop is appropriate for you or not.

General Schedule: Please note that each day’s schedule might vary according to which locations we visit that day, how long we shoot, and what the weather conditions are like (if the weather is conducive to photography on a particular day, we might stay in the field longer, and if not, we might emphasize classroom work that day instead). Flexibility is key to successful landscape photography, so expect that plans might change.

Day 1: We meet at the Days Inn at 4 p.m. for an initial "meet and greet" event. I will give a detailed presentation, provide an overview of the workshop activities, answer questions, and make plans for the morning shoot. After, we'll have dinner as a group.

Days 2-4: Be prepared for three full days of intense workshop activities! We will go out to photograph sunrise every morning, spending 2-3 hours in the field working on composition techniques. After the morning shoot, we return to Wall for classroom activities throughout the day (with meal and personal breaks as appropriate). Classroom activities will include presentations about landscape composition techniques, digital darkroom processing, and daily critique sessions. In the late afternoon, we head back into the field for our sunset photography session.

Day 5: After the morning photography session, we have breakfast as a group, and then we conclude the workshop in time for everyone to check out.

Lodging Options: Workshop activities will be based from the Days Inn in Wall, but if you wish to secure lodging elsewhere, please feel free to do so, and there are plenty of nearby options available to fit a variety of budgets. Participants must pay for their own lodging.

Transportation: Participants are responsible for their own transportation, although we can car pool for our trips into the National Park which is only a few miles away from Wall. The closest major airport to Wall is Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) which is 55 miles away. Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD) is another option, just over four hours away.

Payment Policy: The workshop fee is for instruction only. All other expenses, including transportation, accommodations, National Park entrance fees, and meals are the responsibility of the participant. Attendees can receive full refunds up to 30 days before the workshop start date. If you cancel within 30 days before the start date, a partial or full refund might be available as long as I am able to fill your spot. I try to be flexible about emergency cancellations; just contact me and I'll do my best to work it out.

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