The Digital Landscape
||Aspen Photo Workshops
61535 S. Hwy 97 #9-385
Bend, Oregon 97702
The Digital Landscape: Workshop
What is the Digital Landscape Workshops
photography! Our passion for it, your passion for it! It is that simple!
Charlie and our guest instructors have designed a workshop program that will
give you so much information about photography it will leave your head
spinning! The days will be long, the photo opportunities endless, and the
instruction incomparable. There is no better formula for learning than this
workshop with top professional photographers, in a beautiful setting, and
joined by a group of fellow photographers eager to learn. We’ll give you
information that we have spent our careers compiling, information that will
help you improve your photography. The following is information we think you
need so you can be prepared when you arrive at the workshop.
Prior to your departure for the Digital Landscape Workshop, you will need to
do the following:
If you are new to photography and unfamiliar with your camera and lenses,
read the manual and as much information as you can. Learn how to clean your
sensor and have a sensor cleaning kit with you. Then come prepared to learn
like you never have before!
-You will need a laptop computer and Photoshop CS. If you do not have PS CS2,
follow this link and download the 30 day free trial right before leaving for
Check the weather forecast for the region in which you plan to attend.
I use www.weather.com .
Pack for cold and warm weather, seeing what the weather guy thinks is not a
Double check your airline, hotel, and rental reservations if necessary.
Checking the long range weather forecast right before you leave will help
you prepare for the right weather conditions. Although it is always safer to
By now you know what equipment you will need, but just to make sure
you don’t forget anything, here is a recap.
You will need a digital SLR
with as many lenses as you own or wish to bring. You will also need
numerous compact flash cards and I recommend at least 1 gigabyte of
flash card space, more is better, and/or a portable, rechargeable
hard drive or cd burner to download in the field. The need for this
hard drive depends on your CF capacity and if you have plenty of CF
space, then the hard drive/cd burner will not be necessary. You also
need a means to download your images to your laptop, either by cord
or CF Card adapters. A good tripod is necessary for landscape
photography and should part of your standard gear. Your laptop
computer should be at least 512mb of RAM as Photoshop will run much
better. Lens cleaning tissue and fluid, a sensor cleaning kit, and
the enthusiasm to shoot great pictures are the rest of what you will
need. You should have a polarizing filter and split neutral density
or colored graduated filters are also very useful.
Even a flash could come in handy to use as a flash fill on a flower.
Another great filter choice is the 81B warming filter, but better
yet is the Nikon A2 warming filter. It is an 81B with a little bit
of red in it. If you are not a Nikon shooter, you may still find a
matching thread size and be able to get the A2 to fit your lenses.
Make sure you have extra batteries and that you are charging them
every opportunity you get. Make sure that once you have successfully
downloaded your CF cards, that you immediately format them for the
next shoot. A cable release is also handy as you may find yourself
shooting long shutter speeds to get blurring water.
Plan to arrive at the posted time for the workshop. Do not come
early as the doors wont be open. Promptly, at the posted start time,
the doors will open and you can check in at the registration desk.
This is also your opportunity to meet Charlie and our guest
instructors as well as all your fellow photographers. We ask you to
be here for the social as you will make new friends and find others
to car pool with, which we strongly encourage. We may visit some
areas that have very limited parking, so carpooling is essential.
Don’t forget, Aspen Workshops cannot provide any transportation.
Our opening presentation will vary with each workshop but promptly at
the stated time, we will begin with Charlie’s and our guest
instructor’s presentations. Here is an opportunity to learn
invaluable information about each instructor’s photography, their
careers, and how they approach digital landscape photography. Each
of these instructors has a different and unique eye and sees the
world in their own way. They arrive at the final image in very
different ways as well and here is where you will pick up so many
useful tips, tools, and ideas. You’ll learn about light, the essence
of every photo. You will learn about composition, the blueprint to
successful photos. You will learn about looking at the scene and
working to pull out a great photograph. You will learn about
exposing and selecting f/stops and shutter speeds. (The Photoshop
and workflow will come later.) We want you to leave the evening
presentation motivated and excited about the upcoming days of
capturing great photography. So motivated we worry whether you will
get a good nights sleep.
The best light of the day is in the morning and in the evening, so
this means we will rise early and stay out late to capture it. Light
is what shapes the land and tells us a visual story about the
landscape. The hills and valleys, rocks and grasses, water and soil
are all defined and shaped with light. Our schedule will reflect the
best times to be at the best locations in the best light. Each day’s
locations will be planned in advance, but since we cannot control
the weather, the schedule may need changing to allow us the best use
of light that we are given. Depending on our group size, we may need
to break into two groups and alternate locations by group. This will
allow us to minimize the impact we have on certain environments. It
also allows you more personal time with the instructors who will be
there with you and prepared to answer all questions you may have.
Because of our longs days and action packed schedule, time for meals
will be challenging. This is because we want to maximize the
learning time in the field and in the Digital Darkroom. We will have
a break following our morning shoot and prior to our evening shoot
where you will have time for a sit down meal. But we highly
recommend that you bring snacks and drink for those in between
moments when the hunger wakes up. You could bring high energy bars
for the first thing in the morning and snacks for other times of the
is when you take your enthusiasm and everything you have learned
into the field to capture great landscape and nature images. While
we’ll have our cameras in hand and be right there with you, our goal
is to make sure you are having a good shoot. If you have questions;
ask! Some of you may choose to stay nearby while others may wish to
go it alone and make your own discoveries. Either way, we are here
to help you. Want us to look through your viewfinder? Just ask! Do
you want to look at our LCD? Just ask? Any questions about anything?
Just ask! We will begin photographing at sunrise and stop when the
light gets ‘bald’, meaning harsh, hot, and contrasty. Quittin’ time
will vary each day depending on the light and location. Later in the
day we’ll return to a new location several hours before sunset so we
can find great photos in anticipation of the great evening light.
We’ll call it a day when the last rays of sunset light no longer
make photography viable.
The Digital Darkroom
The excitement continues when we return to our meeting room to
discuss our shoots and look at more photography. Today’s digital
technologies have allowed photographers to not only have a wonderful
experience in the field capturing their favorite subjects, but
Photoshop has opened a whole new world of imaging magic with its
endless tools. Each day we’ll begin with downloading our images to
the computer followed by several information loaded discussions on
workflow, Photoshop, maximizing your image for printing, stock
photography, and managing your photo files. Our Photoshop experts will each show you
the magic with their favorite tips and tricks for processing and
manipulating your images. And this is just the beginning. Charlie
will share his area of expertise; shooting, marketing, and
publishing your stock photos. While one instructor is teaching the
others will be nearby to answer your questions.
The Digital Darkroom is an interactive experience as we’ll have our
computers hooked to the projector so you can see everything we are
doing. Our goal is to provide you so much information that you will
leave very motivated, inspired, and educated with new found
techniques and tools. Your learning potential is unlimited and we
will be right there to assist you.
Photography is a wonderful and powerful personal experience and
digital technologies have provided so many opportunities to satisfy
your passion for photography. We look forward to meeting you and
shooting our wonderful world. See you at the Digital Landscape