The Workshop Classroom
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s (GSENM) vast and austere landscape embraces a spectacular array of bold plateaus and multi-hued cliffs that run for distances, defying human perspective. “The Stair” is high country, 3,000 square miles of colorful sandstone cliffs soaring above Southern Utah’s narrow slot canyons, delicate washes, and seemingly endless slickrock.
The monument is a pristine backcountry that affords excellent solitude opportunities and an unconfined wilderness that will reward you with all-embracing creative image opportunities, vivid memories, and a yearning to return.
Located in the heart of Southern Utah this is truly one of the last locations on earth where you can go for days and not see another living soul. It is a landscape that truly inspires and fuels the creative voice.
You will capture light, shadow, line, form, texture, and photograph: Devil’s Garden, Dance Hall Rock, Hole-in-the-Rock, Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon, Calf Creek Falls, Death Hollow, Boulder, Grosvenor Arch, Hells Backbone, and more. This vast wilderness is sure to inspire and present you with countless photo opportunities.
The Grand Staircase National Monument Masterclass Photography Workshop is a 5-day full immersion program that teaches a capture to post-production workflow to create fine art landscape photography. We are not a photography tour provider; we are a visual arts, photography education program. Thus, you will spend significant time at each location with your instructor to develop a deep understanding of your subject and theme and learn to complete your vision in post-production.
Our Masterclass Photography Workshops consist of three parts
In The Field
You will work in selected backcountry locations and learn landscape art visualization, creative approaches to sky and ground compositions, light atmospherics, and our’ work the scene-work the camera’ methods to capture and express your subjective thoughts and feelings. We provide lectures and instructions for the application of documentary, narrative, and navigation landscape art approaches. Masterclass students capture grand scenic, intermediate, and detail compositions with professional methods such as Stack Focus, Dynamic Range Capture, Lens Choice, ND Filter applications, ETTR, Landscape Gear Management, and more.
In The Classroom
In the class conference room, you will learn an end-to-end post-production workflow with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to increase your work’s emotional range. You will learn foolproof methods with an instructor by your side to develop raw images, image segmentation, Lightroom luminosity and color techniques, color grading, tone principles, insights into landscape thematics, and how to create images that are ‘beyond the lens.’
In Your Home
Upon your return home, you will receive 5 hours of online post-production training. This is a one-on-one program to help you complete selected images from the Field and expand your ability to visualize the final image. You may also extend your one-on-one training for an additional fee.