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The Art of Abstract Photography: 
An Intensive in Creating Unique Images In-Camera

June 1-2-3, 2018
at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

 

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) creates photographs that evoke a sense of the energy in a scene, in a tree, or flower; or perhaps its movement in the breeze. As images, they are beautifully unique, painterly and, just plain fun to create!

Water Lily Dance Best of all, when the “magic hours” of early morning and evening are over, ICM (as with Infrared) is a perfect technique to use most of the rest of the day. I’ve used ICM in all sorts of light, but I particularly love to create in bright light and with Autumn colors as a palette. With backlighting, you can create bright, joyful images that stand out from the pack. Or, in rainy weather, you can create more mysterious, somber effects. Regardless of the weather or even time of day, ICM is a wonderful technique to add to your toolbox.

 

The Art of Abstract ICM Photography workshop will give you Vision and Craft tools to create your own abstract images. We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, plus an optional 3-4 hour follow-up session, either in person or via Skype.

Click here to review the Schedule (and what you'll learn!) for this Workshop.

The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Get the lowdown on Mountain Lens!

TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of workshops or classes. To Register, Click Here!

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Beyond the Visible: 
An Intensive in Infrared Landscape Photography

July 13-14-15, 2018
at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

 

The “magic hours” of early morning or late evening are often preferred by landscape photographers. Between these times many pack their cameras away until the next round. But, once the sun is up, and Infrared radiation — or “light beyond the visible” — reflects from surfaces, one may switch to an Infrared-converted camera and shoot all day! 

Infrared photography loves sun or bright overcast light. The effect is intriguing with deciduous leaves and grasses that appear white (while conifers remain dark), dramatic skies, and other surreal effects. The glow of backlighting is particularly effective and captivating.

Beyond the Visible will take you on an experiential tour of Infrared Photography, both Vision and Craft. We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, plus an optional 3-4 hour follow-up session, either in person or via Skype.

Click here to review the Schedule (and what you'll learn!) for this Workshop.

The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Get the lowdown on Mountain Lens!

TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of previous workshops or classes. Click here to Register.

 

Important Information on Equipment & Software: 

1) An Infrared-Converted Camera (preferred, but there will be a couple of cameras available to use for field work)

If you don't have a camera that is already converted, you will have time to do that. Why convert a camera? Here is a short explanation: To capture Infrared images, you must have your cameraʼs light-blocking filter converted so it can “see” infrared light/radiation. The Infrared Light Blocking Filter that came installed in your camera must be replaced with an Infrared Light Passing Filter. You may choose the level of the Infrared effect that you want to be installed. Study the options at LifePixel.com. I chose the 720nm filter for one camera and Full Spectrum for the other (to which I add a glass IR filter to the front of the lens for IR). But, if you do not wish to convert a camera right now, never fear! There will be one or more cameras available for use during the workshop.

An excellent vendor for IR Conversion: LifePixel.com—Life Pixel is the leading provider of camera IR conversion services. I highly recommend their service.

2) If you have a laptop computer please bring it so profile calibration software may be installed for use in processing your images. If you don’t have a laptop, there will be iMacs available for use.

3) Knowledge of Adobe Lightroom will be extremely helpful, although not mandatory. 

 

 


 

Creative Composition: Designing Your Image

August 24-25-26, 2018
at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

Delve into the aspects of “designing” a photograph—from initial inspiration to evolving your vision to using composition techniques to bring your image to life. This workshop will move you beyond snap shooting to thoughtful image creation. You’ll become more conscious and intentional in the making of your photographs.

In addition to Powerpoint presentations, we'll study and experiment—via exercises and camera capture—with the elements of composition and "tools" (rather than rules!) that bring them together. 

In this 16-hour workshop, it will be important for you to have a good working knowledge of your camera so that you can concentrate on the material presented and apply it easily.

 

We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, plus an optional 3-4 hour follow-up session, either in person or via Skype.

For the workshop schedule, click here.

The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Get the lowdown on Mountain Lens!

TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of workshops or classes. Class size limited to six. To Register, Click Here!

Details coming soon...


 

"Playing With Light in the Landscape:
An Intensive in Working With Light Between the 'Magic Hours'" 

September 28-29-30, 2018 

Light—the ingredient in photography that shows and shapes the subject of your image. Without it, well, photography is impossible.

The term "photograph" was coined in 1839 by Sir John Hershel. He combined the word "Photo," from the Greek "phos, photos" or light, and the word "graph," which refers to an instrument for recording. In our case, the camera.

In this workshop, we'll examine the quality of light at all times of the day, in all weather conditions and in all directions (front, back, side, etc.) and grow in our appreciation and understanding of light as our primary tool in supporting our visual story.

 

Morning and evening light are traditionally thought of as the ideal landscape light, the "magic hours." While we'll examine that, our focus will be on the light in-between, which has become my favorite time to capture images, especially Infrared and Intentional Camera Movement. For "classical" images, which may not fare as well in bright light, depending upon the scene or subject, we'll take a look at light control options.

Details coming soon... 

 

 

 


PAST WORKSHOPS

Photographing the Intimate Landscape:
An Intensive in Vision & Craft

April 27-28-29, 2018
at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

Somewhere between the wide-angle scenic and the close-up details of a flower resides the Intimate Landscape. Whereas photographers such as Ansel Adams had photographed close in, Eliot Porter ushered in the color version of this beautiful variation of landscape photography, with a similar focus on the elements of a scene—textures, patterns, value ranges, abstract qualities and other details. Think: Less is more. 

In this 16-hour workshop, we'll study Porter's and others' works that exemplify this very personal way of seeing. We'll explore what goes into the making of an Intimate Landscape image—story, vision, composition, lenses, filters, light and light control, and camera settings for optimum exposures.

 

We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, plus an optional 3-4 hour follow-up session, either in person or via Skype.

For the workshop agenda, click here.

The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Get the lowdown on Mountain Lens!

TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of workshops or classes. Class size limited to eight. To Register, Click Here!

Click here for a brochure.