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This image is a collage of 2 photographs. The camera I used wasn’t wide enough to capture all I wanted in 1 shot.

I could have used a wide angle attachment but it is huge and carrying it defeats the purpose of having a small lightweight camera. Collaging is easier. I like the technique so much that over 50% of my work consists of collaged images.

The image was taken during a walk in my neighborhood. The tree is just down the path from my house. It’s not that remarkable. What makes it attractive is the reflection. I’ve seen it with reflections before but this time the water pool was larger than I’ve seen it before and that what made me see this image.  Plus, there were no leaves making it more effective as a graphic element.

Our eyes change and we see things differently. I like to carry a lightweight camera because having to go get your larger camera, tripod, etc makes it more difficult to capture things intuitively and spontaneously.

Regarding tripods, lenses, etc. who wants to take all that for a stroll down the neighborhood path! This photograph would not exists if I didn’t have a simple lightweight camera. I wasn’t going to take my medium format digital camera to do this ! A small lightweight camera opens another way of seeing and capturing what you see.

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2016 Fine art summit: Antelope Canyon, Schewe, Briot

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Antelope Canyon Fine Art Photography Summit

November 4th to 7th, 2016 in Page, Arizona,
Field workshops: November 8th to 10th

Organized by Alain and Natalie Briot
With Jeff Schewe, 2016 Guest Instructor

Only 4 seats left

This is the 14th Annual Fine Art Photography Summit

The Summit is followed by a three-day Photographic Vision Field Workshop
to Navajoland including Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly and other extremely photogenic locations.

Details of the Photographic Vision Field Workshop are below

Antelope Canyon Light Shafts
We will photograph this location during the Summit
Alain Briot 

Announcing an exciting, photographic-instruction oriented field workshop with professional photographer and instructors Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe. This event covers both the technical and artistic aspects of photography. The emphasis is using technical excellence to develop a personal photographic style. The goal is to help you learn how to create photographs that are uniquely yours.

During this feature packed, one of a kind event we will not only take you to some of the most photogenic locations in the world but also teach you how to best process and optimize your photographs to create fine art photographs that you will be proud to display. You will have the opportunity to study and work 1 on 1 with Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe. And, you will return from this workshop with photographs that you will be proud to display and share.

The 2011 Fine Art Photography Summit was a blast! Got some great images, learned a lot and made some new friends. Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, Tony Sweet, Susan Milestone and Mark Nelson put up an excellent program. Mark Nelson, the guest speaker, gave us a glimpse of alternative printing processes and convinced me that Pt/Pd printing is in my future. We even had a cameo appearance by Jeff Schewe during the print review!

Sounds like next year’s summit will be in Page, and the slate of speakers will be equally impressive to this year… time to start planning for it!

Stefano Lassini,
2011 and 2012 Summit Participant

 

Alain Briot

Originally from France, Alain has been photographing the American Southwest since 1983. Alain and his wife Natalie have lived in the Southwest for over 20 years. Their intimate knowledge of this beautiful area inspires them to photograph and to share their knowledge with others. Currently, Alain works with Phase One P45 digital back mounted on a Hasselblad Camera. His work is influenced by his training as an Artist at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris.

In addition to creating Fine Art Photographs, Alain is a columnist for Luminous Landscape.com (Michael Reichmann) and several other web sites. His essays on photography are published and read worldwide. Alain also publishes the Mastery Workshop on DVD series, which are available on this site. Finally, Alain is the author of three best-selling books: Mastering Landscape Photography, Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity and Personal Style, and Marketing Fine Art Photography. Alain’s DVDs and books are available on this site.

2016 Summit Presentations:
Alain will be giving the following presentations during the Summit:

1 – Photographing Antelope Canyon and the other world class locations near Page
The Summit starts with a presentation by Alain about how to photograph Antelope Canyon and the other exciting locations found near Page, Arizona. Using a selection of his personal work together with maps of the Page area, Alain will show you where to find the finest locations, tell you the best time to be there, explain which lenses to use and much more.

2 – Foundational image processing
During this presentation Alain explains the most important aspects of image conversion, processing and optimization by teaching you the workflow he uses in his personal work. At the end of this presentation you will have a clear understanding of how to convert, process and optimize your images. You will also be able to use the same workflow that Alain uses to create his trademark images known for their unique color palette, soft contrast and other characteristics specific to Alain’s Personal Style.

3 – Using Composition to develop a personal style
During the 2015 Summit in Death Valley, California, Alain gave two presentations on how to express your personal Vision through artistic composition. This year, during the 2016 Summit in Page, Arizona, Alain will build upon these presentations by offering a session focused on how to use composition to develop your personal style.

Acquiring a Personal style has become more important than ever because today everyone is a ‘photographer’. In this situation, how do you stand out from the crowd? How do you make your work different and more attention grabbing than the multitude of photographs we see everyday? The answer is by developing your own personal style so that your work is different and unique to you. Teaching you how to do this is the goal of Alain’s presentation

4 – Working on projects and mini-projects
The most efficient manner of developing your personal style is to work on projects instead of on single images. A project consists of a series of images about a specific theme, subject, idea or concept. In this presentation Alain will go over why projects are important, how to design, work and complete your projects in a timely manner. Of particular interest is the fact that Alain will explain what is the difference between a large project and a mini-project.

You will also have the opportunity to design and complete one or several mini-projects during the Summit..

5 – Participant Photographs Review
On the last day of the Summit, Alain and Jeff will review the photographs created by Summit Participants. Alain and Jeff will explain what works in each photograph and offer suggestions to improve them. Alain and Jeff will also use Lightroom and Photoshop live to demonstrate which techniques can be used to improve each photograph.

Personal Work
You can see a collection of photographs by Alain in his Online Portfolios. Alain will also have a collection of his Fine Art Prints for you to see at the Summit.



© Martin Evening 2008

Jeff Schewe

Artist Statement:
I turned to photography because I was a frustrated painter. With photography there is an ability to create an image with spontaneity and freshness that painting does not allow. Over the years, I’ve still kept my love of light and design originally nurtured with painting. It is with a painterly sensitivity that I now approach my vision and perspective in photography.

I like to shoot any subject as long as I can bring with it a unique viewpoint. Though my first exposure to photography was in the traditional darkroom, I now work by using a computer to digitally manipulate my images. The allure of total power and control over my images that digital imaging allows is so seductive that I now no long even maintain a darkroom. However, though my images are manipulated, I strive to work in a totally photo-realistic manner.

Biography:
Jeff Schewe has been an award-winning Advertising Photographer in Chicago for over 25 years. He is accomplished in tabletop, location, portraiture and particularly accomplished in computer imaging. 

Jeff shoots a variety of subject matter and likes to control as much of the production as possible. He does this by making his own models, designing and building his own sets, painting backgrounds and employing computer imaging. He has been doing his own imaging for over 15 years in-house on his high-end Macintosh systems.

Jeff Schewe is a Photoshop Guru’s Guru. He’s on the inside of the development and testing of Photoshop and has helped guide and direct many features since Photoshop 4.0. Short of some of the Photoshop engineers, there’s probably not many people who knows Photoshop like Jeff.

As an indication of his skills and knowledge of fine art printing, he has been named an Epson Stylus Pro. He is a past Apple Master of the Medium and has been inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. He speaks regularly at Photoshop World.

He is the coauthor of Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop and Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom (along with the late Bruce Fraser) and is also co-authoring a book with Martin Evening titled Photoshop For Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop.

You can read Jeff’s complete biography and Artist Statement at this link

2015 Summit Presentations:
Jeff will be giving the following presentations during the 2015 Summit :

1 – Personal Work Presentation
In this first presentation on Friday evening Jeff will show a selection of his personal work and talk about the why and how these images were created. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover Jeff’s work, including original prints, and to find out what motivates his creativity.

2 – Lightroom and Photoshop (using the latest versions)
Jeff, who is a world-class expert in both Lightroom and Photoshop, will demonstrate the most useful and important new features of both the latest versions of Lightroom and Photoshop. This is your opportunity to get ahead of everyone else by learning this software with the top expert in the field and putting it to use immediately on your own images. This presentation will expand on Jeff’s best-selling book: The Digital Negative. Additionally, if you bring your copy of the book Jeff will sign it for you. In this presentation Jeff will also show us a selection of his favorite tips and techniques. Be ready to learn something unique!

3 – Preparing photographs for output
Preparing photographs for output, either for print or screen display, is a critical aspect of creating a fine art image. Are you preparing your image files properly so as to maximize the quality of your output? In this presentation Jeff will teach you how to prepare your images professionally for a variety of output types so that your photographs look their very best on print or on screen.

4 – Printing from Lightroom and Photoshop
What looks good on-screen does not automatically look good on print. In this presentation Jeff will teach you how to get the best possible print from your digital files, printing from Lightroom and from Photoshop. We are working on getting a printer to print your images with so you can see first hand the differences between screen images and printed photographs. We will also look at different papers to see how the same photograph looks like on different substrates. Finally we will have a selection of fine art prints on display, from both Alain and Jeff, for you to study directly.

5 – Participant Photographs Review
On the last day of the Summit, Alain and Jeff will review the photographs created by Summit Participants. Alain and Jeff will explain what works in each photograph and offer suggestions to improve them. Alain and Jeff will also use Lightroom and Photoshop live to demonstrate which techniques can be used to improve each photograph.

Personal Work
You can see a selection of Jeff’s personal work in this Portfolio as well as on his Website.


Jeff Schewe teaching during the 2015 Fine Art Summit in Death Valley, California
Summit Schedule

The Summit takes place November 4th to 7th, 2016 in Page, Arizona. The schedule for the Summit was designed by Alain and Natalie Briot with three goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements, exciting photographic opportunities ands a convenient place to conduct quality tutorials on image processing and fine art printing. Below is the 2016 Summit schedule:

Friday, November 4th, 2016
Registration, opening remarks and Keynote address

Registration
We will meet you in Page, Arizona, on Friday afternoon, around 4pm, at the Page Courtyard Marriott which is the Summit hotel. The exact meeting time will be emailed to you approximately two weeks before the Summit.

Opening remarks, Keynote Address and Page Locations Presentation
After registration is completed, the Summit will start with opening remarks and keynote address by Alain Briot, Natalie Briot and Jeff Schewe.

After the Keynote Address, Alain and Jeff will present a selection of photographs from a variety of locations in the Page area including Antelope Canyon, other slot canyons, Horseshoe bend, and other little known but extremely photogenic locations all within a short driving distance from Page. Alain and Jeff will explain when, where and how these photographs were created. The goal of this presentation is to help you become familiar with the different locations that we will be photographing. After this presentation you will have a very good idea about where you can photograph around Page and what time of day is best for each location.

Lake Powell
Jeff Schewe

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Field photography & tutorial sessions

Sunrise: field photography session
You will begin your day with a photography shoot. You will have the choice of photographing Page from different locations. We will discuss which are the best locations for sunrise during the presentation on Friday evening.

Morning : tutorials by Alain and Jeff (see the list of tutorials in the biography section above)
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the Page Marriott for a morning of tutorials taught by Alain and Jeff.

Midday: Field photography session in Antelope Canyon
The best time to photograph Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon is at mid-day, so we will stop the tutorials at mid morning to go photograph these unique locations at the best possible time. Antelope Canyon is narrow, so to avoid crowding the slot canyon we will split the group in two so that half of the group photographs Upper Antelope and the other half photographs Lower Antelope. We will then rotate the group so that everyone can photograph both lower and upper Antelope.

Afternoon: Tutorial Sessions resume
The tutorial sessions will resume at mid-afternoon and will continue until 5 pm. You will then have the opportunity to photograph Sunset near Page. Again, we will discuss which locations are best ahead of time and give you detailed directions and other information for photographing these locations.

Evening: One on one sessions with Alain and Jeff
The conference room will be open in the evening for a supervised image processing session during which you will have the opportunity to work on your own images one on one with Alain and Jeff. This is a unique opportunity to get personalized help from two experts in image processing.

Light Shaft in Key Hole Arch, Lower Antelope Canyon by Alain Briot
We will photograph this location during the Summit

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Field photography & tutorial sessions

Sunrise: field photography session
On Saturday you will have another opportunity to photograph Sunrise at a selection of locations near Page, Arizona.

Morning: tutorials by Alain and Jeff and (see the list of tutorials in the biography section above)
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the Page Marriott for a morning of tutorials taught by Alain and Jeff.

Midday: Field photography session in Antelope Canyon
Just like for Saturday, we will stop the tutorials at mid morning to go photograph Antelope Canyon at the best possible time. Because Antelope Canyon is narrow, we will again split the group in two to avoid crowding the canyon. We will also rotate the groups so that everyone can photograph both lower and upper Antelope.

Afternoon: Tutorial Sessions resume
The tutorial sessions will resume at mid-afternoon and will continue until 5 pm. You will then have the opportunity to photograph Sunset near page. Again, we will discuss which locations are best ahead of time and give you detailed directions and other information for photographing these locations.

Evening: One on one sessions with Alain and Jeff
The conference room will be open in the evening for a supervised image processing session during which you will have the opportunity to work on your own images one on one with Alain and Jeff. This is a unique opportunity to get personalized help from two experts in image processing.

I want to thank Alain, Jeff and Natalie for offering a tremendous 2012 summit !

Thommy Andersen, Sweden

Horseshoe Bend by Alain Briot
We will photograph this location during the Summit

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Field photography, tutorial sessions & Fine Art Photography review

Sunrise: field photography session
Again, you will have the opportunity to photograph Sunrise in the Page area at some of the unique locations found there.

Morning: tutorials by Alain and Jeff and (see the list of tutorials in the biography section above)
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the Page Marriott for a third day of tutorials taught by Alain and Jeff. We will discuss what to look for in a Fine Art Print, which qualities are important, and how you can develop the ability to create your own fine art prints.

Afternoon: group photographs review
After lunch, we will reconvene in the conference room where we will spend the afternoon reviewing the photographs you created during the Summit. Each participant will present his or her work to the class. Participants and instructors will have the opportunity to offer critiques, compliments, comments and suggestions. This review is a fantastic opportunity to receive feedback on your work. It will be by choice only. You are free to decide to participate or not.

Final Closing remarks
Alain, Natalie and Jeff will offer closing remarks after the photo review.

Antelope Canyon Light Dance by Alain Briot
We will photograph this location during the Summit


Photographic Vision Field Workshop
November 8, 9 and 10

Immediately after the Summit, Alain and Natalie Briot offer a three-day Photographic Vision Field Workshop to Navajoland.

The Photographic Vision Field Workshop is designed to expand and build upon the concepts taught during the Summit by exploring the concepts of Vision, Creativity and Personal Style on Tuesday and then getting started designing and working on a personal project on Wednesday and Thursday.

This Photographic Vision Field workshop is also designed to provide you with a unique opportunity to visit and photograph several of the most beautiful landscapes in one of the most photogenic locations of the American Southwest, Navajoland, including Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly and much more. These are incredibly photogenic locations that you will be exploring under the guidance of Natalie and Alain Briot who have lived and photographed in the US Southwest for over 20 years and in Navajoland for 7 years.  You will acquire new photographic skills by conducting Photographic Skill Enhancement Exercises under the guidance of Natalie and Alain.

We will depart from Page on Tuesday morning for this extended workshop experience.  Below is the schedule and teaching details of this exciting Photographic Vision Field Workshop. Note that you can attend this field workshop for one or two days only or for all three days, depending on your schedule.

Photographic Instruction:
– How to develop and refine your vision and your personal style

Information about travel arrangements for the Vision Field Workshops will be emailed to you when you register.

 

Horseshoe Bend
Jeff Schewe

I enjoyed the Summit and Field workshop very much and got a lot out of both.  Every aspect was well planned, well organized and the instructors of the highest caliber.  I look forward to future summits and the possibility of one on one instruction.

Thanks and stay well,

Glenn Gilchrist
2008 Summit Participant

 

Sandstone Waves by Alain Briot
We will photograph this location during the Summit

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Travel:
We will meet you in Monument Valley, then travel with you in Monument Valley with stops along the way for photography. Afternoon and sunset shoot will be at Monument Valley. All the information about travel arrangements for the Field Vision Workshops will be given to you at the Summit

Presentations and discussions on Vision and Personal Style will take place throughout the day including at lunch and dinner time. We will stay in Monument Valley that evening.

Monument Valley by Alain Briot
We will photograph this location during the Field Workshop


Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Travel:
On Wednesday we will photograph Monument Valley at Sunrise. After Breakfast we will travel from Monument Valley to Canyon de Chelly with stops along the way for photography.  Mid day, afternoon and sunset shoots will be at several choice locations in Canyon de Chelly.

Presentations and discussions on Vision and Designing a Personal Project will take place throughout the day including at lunch and dinner time.  We will stay in Chinle, the town at the mouth of Canyon de Chelly, that evening.

Photographic Instruction:
– How to refine your vision and personal style
– How to design and start a personal photography project

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Travel:
On Thursday, we will photograph Canyon de Chelly at Sunrise. After breakfast we will depart from Canyon de Chelly and travel through Navajoland. We will photograph throughout the day at little known locations discovered by Natalie and Alain during the 7 years we spent living in Navajoland. These locations are away from the touristic routes and rarely photographed. Sunset will be at a location near Tuba City. The remoteness of this area means it is still relatively little known and photographed, a huge bonus when it comes to creating new images and working on your personal style. You are guaranteed to return with images that few people have!

If you like little known locations and places where you don’t see other photographers, then Thursday will be one of the highlights of this trip for you. The remoteness of this area means it is a visual paradise that is still little known and photographed. You are guaranteed to return with images that few people have taken!

The Vision Field Workshop ends after Sunset. You can stay in Tuba City, Arizona, that evening or start driving back to your destination after sunset. Flagstaff, Arizona is less than an hour South of Tuba City and Phoenix is another two hours from Flagstaff.

Photographic Instruction:
– How to design and start a personal photography project

Canyon de Chelly by Alain Briot
We will photograph this location during the Field Workshop

Additional Information

About Photographic Instruction
The instruction during the Summit and the Vision Field Workshops will consist of tutorials, presentations, question-answer sessions and photographic skills exercises. You will receive a class syllabus, a detailed itinerary, a list of field exercises, plus several other handouts covering the subjects that we will study at the start of the Summit and at the start of the Vision Field Workshops.

During the Summit, all photographic instruction will be done at the Summit Hotel, in the conference room. We will cover how to photograph the Page area during the Summit, we will go over the specific challenges offered by each location, and will teach you how to overcome these challenges so you create professional photographs. You will then have the opportunity to visit these locations on your own, and you will have the freedom to select the location(s) of your choice. Once back at the Summit Hotel we will help you convert, optimize and print your photographs. The last day of the Summit we will review your work. The photographic review, which is optional, is always one of the highlights of this unique event.

Alain and Jeff will also be photographing during the Summit so you may find yourself photographing with them depending on your choice of locations. Of course you will be photographing with Alain if you attend the Vision Field workshops.

Don’t let this unique opportunity pass you by!
Seats in this unique workshop are in high demand. To be fair reservations are taken on a first come first served basis.

If you have been thinking about building up your portfolio, if you have been thinking about becoming more serious about your photography, if you want to photograph some of the most beautiful photographic locations while receiving photographic instruction, if you want to learn how to best convert your photographs RAW, prepare them in Photoshop and other programs and create Fine Art Prints don’t hesitate another second: sign up now. This event is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Location:
We will meet you in Page, Arizona at the Page Marriott  A special room rate is available to participants. All location shoots during the Summit will be in the Page, Arizona, area and in Navajoland. All tutorial and review sessions will be conducted at the Page Marriott

Number of participants:
The number of participants for the 2016 Summit is strictly limited  to 50.  This limit is set to ensure a low participant to instructor ratio as well as a pleasant experience.  Keep in mind that the Summit is a seminar-style event, and not a field workshop. Field Photography during the Summit is on your own. The Vision Field Workshops after the summit, which are limited to fewer participants, are guided by Alain and Natalie Briot.

What you will need
– A digital camera or a film camera and a digital camera. Photographers using any format cameras, from 35mm to medium format, 4×5 and other are welcome. If you only shoot film, you can bring scans of your photographs to work on during the Summit.
– A laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop plus any other imaging software you currently use.
– A USB Flash drive to transfer files for the Fine Art Photography Review
– A vehicle as you are responsible for your own transportation to Page and to the locations we will be photographing.

Cost and Contact information
Summit alone: $995 only during our “Early Bird” special offer. $1395 regular price. You save $400!
Photographic Vision Field Workshops alone: $1295
Summit + 3 days Field Workshops:$1990 only. $2690 regular price. You save $700!

Round Rock, Navajoland – We will photograph this location during the Summit Field Workshop
Alain Briot
How to Register
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There are four ways to register for the 2016 Page Fine Art Photography Summit:

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 2017 Fine Art Summit in Page-Antelope Canyon
With Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe

Regular price: $1395

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2016 Summit Field Workshop :
Regular price: $1295

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Register for the Summit and we will add your name to the waitlist.

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Both Summit + Field Workshop:
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You save $700 !

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Register for the Summit and we will add your name to the waitlist.

We cannot add you name to the waitlist unless you first register for the Summit.

2 – Download the Summit registration form (PDF format) by clicking here
2 – Email Alain at alain@beautiful-landscape.com
4 – Call us toll free at 800-949-7983 (USA) or 928-252-246 (international) and register over the phone

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. A receipt will be mailed to you after your registration is processed and you will receive a confirmation over email.

Registrations are allocated on a first come, first served basis. This even is in high demand and we recommend you act now because the Summit and the Photographic Field Vision Workshops sell out quickly. Usually the Summit + Photographic field workshops sell out first because we accept a smaller number of participants to the field workshops. Therefore, if you want to attend both the Summit and the field workshops you need to act now to be sure you have a seat in both.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry. We are pleased to assist you with any questions. You can also call us at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466. We are located in Arizona.

Spiderock – We will photograph this location during the Field Workshop
Alain Briot

How to make your hotel reservations in Page, Arizona:

Summit participants benefit from a special group rate at the Page Courtyard Marriott, the Summit Hotel. You will be emailed the hotel contact information (phone, email and address) as well as the code to get your discounted rate, after you register. There is of course no obligation for you to stay at the Summit hotel. You are free to stay at any other hotel you like. There are many hotels to choose from in Page, all within short driving distance from the Summit hotel. Camping and RV facilities are also available either in Page or along Lake Powell. Just let us know if you need Camping and RV information.

The 2016 Summit Hotel is the Page Courtyard Marriott

Things to keep in mind:
– Food, lodging, transportation and park entrance fees are not included. While most participants stay at a hotel, some occasionally decide to camp. Similarly, some participants may want to eat with the group while others may prefer to be on their own. Finally, some participants may want to return several times to one location, while others may not want to visit this location. This arrangement provides for maximum flexibility while keeping the cost of this workshop to a minimum. It also gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

– We will email you directions to Page as well as a list of hotels in the Page area when you register for the Summit. You will receive an email indicating our Friday evening meeting time as well as additional information approximately 2 weeks before the Summit. You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to Page and back and for your lodging arrangements.

– A passenger car is suitable for this workshop since we will not drive on 4 wheel drive roads during the workshop. However, if you rent a car, we recommend you rent an SUV as it is more suited to this kind of activity.

– The closest large airport is Phoenix, Arizona which is located approximately 5 hours South of Page.

– We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, friends, significant others and non-photographers need to be registered as full-time participants to join any aspect of the Summit and the Field Workshop. This includes lectures, meetings, print reviews, lectures, meals, travel and all other aspects of this workshop. For further details read our Workshop FAQ.

– We do not carry cell phones because coverage is often unreliable or unavailable in the remote locations where we will be photographing. Instead, we use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other during field workshops, when we are on location and when we are driving. If you become separated from the group we will call you on your walkie-talkie to find out where you are. For these reasons we ask that you bring a walkie-talkie, such as a Motorola Talkabout or equivalent, to the Summit. Please set your walkie-talkie to channel 4-5.

Navajoland
We will photograph this location during the Field Workshop
Alain Briot

Cancellation policy

All monies are non-refundable. If you need to cancel participation in this event, either the Summit, the Vision Field Workshops or both, your registration fee can be transferred in full towards participation in another workshop taught by Alain and Natalie Briot. Workshop fees can only be transferred to another workshop and cannot be used towards purchase of a product such as mats, portfolio cases, CD or DVD tutorials, prints, portfolios, or other. Workshop fees cannot be transferred towards purchase of the Mastery Workshop DVDs or towards consulting fees. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund. By registering for this workshop you agree to this policy.

Liability Limitation
Beaux Arts Photography, Beautiful-Landscape.com, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, guest presenters and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

Meeting times, meeting places and itinerary are subject to changes dictated by the weather, the road conditions and other imponderable variables that are part of doing landscape photography. We do not carry cell phones. You are responsible for being at the meeting place at the designated time and have your photographic equipment with you.

By joining this workshop you acknowledge that you have read the above information concerning responsibility and release Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot and Natalie Briot will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. You also acknowledge that your participation in this workshop is subject to acceptance by the organizers and that Alain and Natalie Briot have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime.


and:
Click here to see photographs taken during previous Summits 

 

Also, be sure to read this essay:
7 Reasons why you should attend the Fine Art Summit

 

Antelope Canyon
Jeff Schewe

Photographs copyright © 2016 Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe

 

2017 Antelope Canyon Workshop with Alain and Natalie Briot

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Antelope Canyon Workshop with Alain & Natalie Briot
March 31st to April 4th, 2017

This is a unique 5 days Slot Canyons Workshop

An exclusive field workshop with two of the Southwest’s finest landscape photography instructors
This workshop is opened to all photographers regardless of camera format or level of experience

Open to 12 photographers maximum

Workshop Focus: Light and Composition

Antelope Light Dance

 

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the workshop.
It was a great group of people who participated, your location choices were excellent
and I greatly appreciated your concise but very pertinent guidance and comments.
I learned a great deal.
Nothing was forced, there was no intimidation (except self-imposed), and everyone shared
unreservedly of their knowledge, work examples, and suggestions for better photography.
It was a wonderful mini-community that evolved in that short time.

John Sorce, Antelope Canyon participant


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Announcing an exciting, photographic-instruction oriented Northern Arizona workshop with professional photographer and instructor Alain Briot and art instructor Natalie Briot!
We are pleased to announce some extremely exciting news: Natalie and I are offering a workshop that is feature packed, filled with several one of a kind photographic opportunities, and designed to help you improve your photography in a short time!
Your itinerary:
This weekend workshop will take place in Page Arizona. The itinerary for the workshop was designed by Natalie and I with two goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements and exciting photographic opportunities. We will meet you in Page on Friday evening and we will travel together, caravan style, to the different photographic locations we have on our schedule.Here is a detailed account of our itinerary:Friday, March 31st, 2017 
We will meet you in Page on Friday evening 2 hours before sunset approximately. We will email you the exact meeting time and location approximately two weeks before the workshop. This location will be close to Page. We will photograph sunset that evening from a location near Page.

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 
We will begin our day at the famed Horseshoe Bend. This is one of the most hidden treasures of the area and sunrise there can be an unforgettable experience. Morning and mid-day will be spent in Upper Antelope Canyon. This jewel of the Southwest is one of the most sought after photography locations. It will be your turn to create your images of this photographic wonderland. Later on that afternoon we will conduct a print review (bring some of your work, between 4 and 10 prints, 8×10 or larger). In the evening we will photograph sunset over Lake Powell from one of the best overlooks around.

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 
We will be up early to photograph sunrise over some beautiful Sandstone formations. After Breakfast we will explore and photograph a little known slot canyon (not Antelope Canyon). This will be one of the highlights of the workshop since this slot canyon is little known and rarely photographed. Sunset will be at a little known overlook with fantastic views of the Canyon Country.

Monday, April 3rd, 2017 
We will be up early to photograph sunrise over Lake Powell from a different location than on Saturday evening. After Breakfast we will spend several hours photographing Lower Antelope Canyon. After lunch we will conduct print reviews and afterwards we will continue exploring the sandstone formations near Page and photograph sunset from one of the locations we will be exploring.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 
We will photograph sunrise from a new overlook. The workshop ends after breakfast to give everyone plenty of time to drive home.

Sand Waves

About Antelope Canyon
Photographers love Antelope Canyon because it is one of the most photogenic natural sites anywhere in the world. Antelope Canyon actually consists of two separate canyons, about 5 miles apart from each other: Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope. Most workshops take you to either to the Upper or the Lower part of Antelope Canyon, as these two canyons are called.
But, doing so means that you only get to see half of this wonder of the world! Well, not anymore. We have decided to take you to both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in the same workshop! That way you can really say you saw it all (and photographed it as well)!Plus, since we will be in Page, land of incredible rock formations and scenery, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you some of our other favorite photographic locations. So, we decided to also take you to Horseshoe Bend, one of the most amazing overlooks over the Colorado River, for sunrise. We will also take you to a remote location where you will find Hoodoos, whimsical rock formations that are particularly photogenic, for sunset. You will also have the opportunity to photograph Lake Powell at Sunrise and at Sunset from two fantastic overlooks. Lake Powell is world-famous for the incredible sandstone formations and for the unique colors the rocks take at sunrise and sunset. Finally, we will be taking you to some of the lesser known areas, some known only to Natalie and I, including slot canyons and other locations that we discovered on our own over the many years we have been exploring this area. This is truly a unique photographic workshop from which you will return with a great collection of images to add to your portfolio!Furthermore, you will be practicing Photographic Skill Exercises daily. We will have handouts for you and will be explaining these exercises in details. We will then work individually with each of you to help you with your exercises. Read on as there is more details about our Photographic Skill Exercises below.

We will take you to each of the locations shown on this page so you can create your own photographs of these incredible places.

You will be able to photograph both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, the little known slot canyon mentioned above, plus Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, The Hoodoos and several little known locations with Alain and Natalie Briot.

Light Shaft in Keyhole Arch, Antelope Canyon.

 

Workshop focus and Photographic Skill Exercises
The focus of this workshop is Light and Composition. You will be practicing photographic skills exercises daily to strengthen your knowledge of light and composition during the workshop. You will receive handouts with a description of each exercise and we will go over the exercises with you, explaining to you both the theory and the practical side of each exercise. You will then be asked to conduct these exercises on your own. Make sure to bring a folder where you can store your handouts, a notepad to take notes during the workshop, and several pens and pencils.

Don’t let this unique opportunity pass you by!
Seats in this unique workshop are in high demand. To be fair reservations are taken on a first come first served basis.

If you have been thinking about building up your portfolio, if you have been thinking about becoming more serious about your photography, if you want to photograph some of the most beautiful photographic locations while receiving photographic instruction, don’t hesitate another second: sign up now. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Horseshoe Bend with Flowers

Registration:
There are four ways you can register for this workshop:
1 – Use the paypal button below:

1 – Use the paypal button below:
Spring 2017
Antelope Canyon
Workshop

Spring 2017 Antelope Canyon Workshop
$1395 only

2 – Call Alain and Natalie toll free at 800-949-7983 (or 928-252-2466 )
3 – Download, fill and return the emailable Workshop Registration Form 
4- Email Alain at alain@beautiful-landscape.com

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. A receipt will be mailed to you the day after your registration has been processed. You can charge the registration fee in one instalment or in 3 equal installments placed to your card a month apart starting when you register. Just let us know your preference when you sign up.

Registrations are on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you act now because our workshops sell out quickly.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry. We are pleased to assist you with any questions. You can also call Alain or Natalie Briot at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 .

Sunset over Lake Powell.

Things to keep in mind:
– Bring clothing suited for a variety of temperatures, from cold mornings to warm afternoons. Also be prepared for potential rain and for active weather. To quote David Muench: “bad weather equals good photographs.”

– Food, lodging and transportation are not included. Some of you may want to camp, some stay in a hotel, some may want to eat with the group while other may prefer to be on their own. This arrangement provides for maximum flexibility while keeping the cost of this workshop to a minimum. It will gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

– We will email you directions to Page as well as a list of hotels in Page when you register. You will then receive an email with the Friday evening meeting place and a detailed workshop schedule approximately 2 weeks before the workshop.

– We will be photographing from 4000 to 6000 feet elevation on average. Normally the only problem you can expect is a slight shortness of breath. However the higher elevation is something to keep in mind if you live at sea level or you are prone to encountering physical difficulties at higher elevations.

– You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to Page and back and for your lodging arrangements. We will email you a list of accommodations in Page when you register. The closest major airport is Phoenix, Arizona. Page is located approximately 5 hours North of Phoenix, Arizona.

– A passenger car is suitable for this workshop since we will not drive on 4 wheel drive roads during the workshop. However, if you rent a car, we recommend you rent an SUV as it is more suited to this kind of activity.

-We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, friends, significant others and non-photographers need to be registered as full-time participants to join any aspect of this workshop. This includes meetings, print reviews, lectures, meals and all other aspects of this workshop. No exceptions. For further details read our Workshop FAQ.

– We do not carry cell phones. We will use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other during the workshop, when we are on location and when we are driving. If you become separated from the group we will call you on your walkie-talkie to find out where you are (provided you are within a 2 or 3 mile range). For these reasons we ask that you bring a walkie-talkie, such as a Motorola Talkabout or equivalent, to the workshop. Please set your walkie-talkie to channel 4-5.

Print Review
A personal print review will be conducted during this workshop. This print review will focus on composition, print quality, image optimization, personal approach to photography, and more. Make sure to bring 6 prints of your work, 8×10″ or larger print size, to share with the group. Our print reviews are friendly and helpful and will allow you to present your work, ask questions, and receive answers and feedback from both the group and the instructors. This is a print review, not a print critique. Our goal is to help you improve your skill and build your confidence level regarding your photographic skills. If you participated to one of our workshops previously we strongly recommend you bring photographs created during this other workshop.

Horseshoe Bend Panorama
Digital collage composed of 5 digital captures stitched together

Instructor Availability
We will be helping you and photographing with you from sunrise to sunset with a break for breakfast and lunch during the entire duration of the workshop.

Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. If you cancel participation in this workshop your registration fees may be transferred towards registration in another Beaux Arts Photography workshop under certain conditions. Transfer of fees to another workshop is not automatic and is decided solely by Beaux Arts Photography as a courtesy. We reserve the right to decide whether to transfer your fees to another workshop or not. You must register for another workshop within one year from the starting date of the workshop you originally registered for. Participants transferring from another workshop will be registered for this other workshop in excess of the regular number of participants. We can only accept two transfers per workhop. We cannot transfer your registration to the Summit. If you decide to attend a higher priced workshop, or if the workshop fee has increased, the difference in cost between the two workshops will be charged to your credit card when you notify us that you want to sign up for this other workshop. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have payment in full. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time.Workshop fees can only be transferred to another workshop and cannot be used towards purchase of a product such as mats, portfolio cases, CD or DVD tutorials, prints, portfolios, or other. Workshop fees cannot be transferred towards purchase of the Mastery Workshop DVDs. We cannot transfer consulting fees towards workshop registration. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund.

Liability Limitation
Beaux Arts Photography, Beautiful-Landscape.com, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

Meeting times, meeting places and itinerary are subject to changes dictated by the weather, the road conditions and other imponderable variables that are part of doing landscape photography. We do not carry cell phones. You are responsible for being at the meeting place at the designated time and have your photographic equipment with you.

By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and release Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, and Natalie Briot will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. I also acknowledge that Alain and Natalie Briot have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime and that workshop policies are subject to change at any time .

Not sure if you want to attend this workshop?See more photographs of the locations
we will photograph during this workshop
by clicking here now

Text and photographs Copyright © Alain Briot 2017

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Navajoland Workshop 2017 with Alain and Natalie Briot

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Navajoland Workshop
— May 5th to 9th, 2017 —


An exclusive five day field workshop to Navajoland with Alain and Natalie Briot

Opened to 12 participants only

5 seats left

Workshop focus: Personal Style, Light and Inspiration


This workshop is open to photographers of all levels of experience, using film or digital.

Shadows, Monument Valley

I wanted to thank you and Natalie for a great Navajoland workshop. The pace of the workshop was perfectly engaging as well as challenging. I came away KNOWING I will be a better photographer and I look forward to honing my skills  using the  Printing Mastery Workshop on DVD.

Thank you again,

Gary Hamilton
Texas

Announcing an exciting Northern Arizona workshop to NavajoLand with Alain Briot and Natalie Briot
Alain Briot, famous large format landscape photographer and Natalie Briot, Painter and Certified Art Teacher “team up” to offer you a unique and feature-packed workshop. Alain and Natalie have lived seven years in Chinle, at the mouth of Canyon de Chelly National Monument and are now taking you to the places they know intimately, the places they have explored inside and out for many years.Visit NavajoLand with two of the most knowledgeable instructors for this location, bring back photographs you will treasure for years to come, and improve your photography skills in record time.

Hello, Alain Briot here. I am pleased to announce some extremely exciting news: Natalie and I are offering a unique, feature-packed workshop filled with exciting and unique photographic opportunities. This workshop will take you to one of our favorite photographic locations: NavajoLand.

About Alain and Natalie Briot
I specialize in creating large format, fine art landscape photographs and I have been photographing since 1980 in Europe and since 1983 in the United States. I have 6 years of experience teaching photography and communication courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. I have 20 years of experience photographing the Southwest and NavajoLand, the fascinating region we will explore during this workshop.

Natalie is a certified Art Teacher. She
has been teaching since 1992, first in Houghton, Michigan, then in Chinle, in the heart of NavajoLand, starting in 1995. Natalie loves teaching and specializes in helping her students fulfill their vision through visual exercises. Natalie is extremely patient and attentive to her students’ needs.

We will take you to each of the locations shown in the photographs on this page so you can bring back your own photographs from these amazing places! Here are some of the locations we will be visiting:
– Canyon de Chelly
– Thunderbird trading post
– Monument Valley
– Round Rock
– Church Rock
– Much more!

Clearing Storm over Canyon de Chelly

The four unique and exciting aspects of this workshop:

1- You will be working under the guidance of not one but two instructors: Alain, professional large format photographer and Natalie, painter and Certified Art Teacher.
You will be working with two professional instructors who both have intimate knowledge of NavajoLand and of each location where we will be taking you. Having two instructors for a small group is a huge benefit. It means that you will literally get one-on-one attention. This will result in much faster skill improvements than if you were working either on your own or as part of a large group.

Natalie and I also have a widely different teaching style. I focus upon taking photographs, finding the best light and the best composition possible and then framing the scene, calculating the exposure and so on. Natalie, on the other hand, takes a more relaxed and less driven approach, focusing on helping you build visual skills one at a time and completing your Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises in a constructive manner. As I said before (and I cannot say it enough) Natalie is very patient and very dedicated.

Working with both of us, and being exposed to our two teaching approaches, will be a pleasurable and effective experience for you. While I will focus on technical photographic aspects as well as on composition and finding the best photograph, Natalie will focus on helping you with your exercises, with answering questions and with providing additional information on a variety of topics.

2-We will take you to some lesser known locations which we discovered after years of exploration.
We found many little known, or completely unknown locations during the many years we spend living in Chinle and exploring NavajoLand. We will be taking you to some of these locations, selecting those that do not require extensive hiking. Of course, knowing me and my work you know that I will choose locations that offer the most exciting photographic opportunities! Of course, visiting these locations is dependent on the weather and on road conditions. We may adapt our itinerary depending on these unpredictable variables.

Spiderock in Snowstorm

3-You will be practicing Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises daily
In my 9-part article series on Aesthetics in Photography I introduce my Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises. This concept is based on approaching photography as an activity in which visual training is necessary. This approach is based on conducting specific exercises designed to allow you to practice your photographic skills.

While my articles describe these exercises and provide you with the theory behind them, my workshops are designed to go much farther by providing an environment where you can apply the skills you learned in my articles under the guidance of Natalie and I. Natalie is very personable, very patient and very attentive to everyone needs. I know you will love working with her.

Of course, you can get as little or as much instruction and input as you want. If you prefer to focus on your own work you will have all the time needed to create your images. Just let us know and we will work with you to provide a learning environment tailored to your needs.

4-You will enjoy a visit led by instructors intimately familiar with Navajo Culture
This is a definite advantage for you and the guarantee of an enjoyable visit. As you know Natalie and I have lived in Chinle for 7 years from 1995 to 2002 (we moved from Chinle to Peoria, Arizona, in January 2003). We know the way of life of the Navajos, we are familiar with their customs and their beliefs, and we know how to interact with them. Furthermore, we have been doing business with Navajos since 1995 and have been exploring NavajoLand since 1983, for myself, and since childhood for Natalie who has lived in Arizona nearly all her life.

This intimate knowledge means that we will be able to provide you with a unique introduction to Navajo culture. You will, no doubt, have many questions about the Navajo way of life and about NavajoLand. We will be able to answer these questions, based on our long experience living and working in Chinle. We will also be able to provide you with an insider view of the Navajo Culture and with information about life in NavajoLand that you will not find in guide books.

5- Do not let this unique opportunity pass you by!
As you can imagine seats in this unique workshop are going to be in high demand so to be fair with everyone reservations will be made on a first come first served basis.

Don’t delay. If this workshop is for you, if you have been thinking about building up your portfolio, becoming more serious about your photography, or simply want to visit locations which offer exciting photographic possibilities don’t hesitate: sign up now.

Round Rock and Clouds

7-Your Itinerary
The itinerary for this workshop was designed with two goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements and exciting photographic opportunities. We will start and conclude this workshop in Chinle where Natalie and I will welcome you.
Detailed account of your itinerary:

Friday, May 5th, 2017 
We will be meet you in Chinle, at Tsegi Overlook, one of the most beautiful overlooks of Canyon de Chelly, before sunset. You will receive both a map and directions to Chinle, and to Tsegi overlook, approximately two weeks before the workshop.

We will stay in Chinle on Friday night.

Saturday, May 6th, 2017 
Saturday will be one of the most exciting days in this workshop as we will spend all day exploring & photographing Canyon de Chelly. We will start by getting up before sunrise and driving to the rim of Canyon de Chelly for a sunrise shoot. After breakfast, we will explore the many different aspects of Canyon de Chelly. I will give a presentation on photographic skills and you will start practicing Photographic Skill Enhancement Exercises. These exercises will be conducted throughout the day, preferably when the light is flat so as not to take time away from your personal photography.

We will stay in Chinle again on Saturday night.

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 
We will get up before sunrise, and do another sunrise shoot on the rim of Canyon de Chelly. After breakfast we will be on our way to Monument Valley. On the way to Monument Valley we will photograph Round Rock, Los Gigantes Buttes, the Baby Rocks, and other exciting scenery along the way. Our photographic subjects will be selected based on the light quality as well as our schedule. I will give a second presentation on photographic skills and you will practicing additional Photographic Skill Enhancement Exercises on Sunday.

Lodging on Sunday night will be at the Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley or at the Holiday Inn in Kayenta. Kayenta is roughly 30 miles one way from Monument Valley.

Sunset at Spiderock

Monday, May 8th, 2017 
Again, we will get up before sunrise and drive the short (6 miles) distance to the Monument Valley Visitor Center to photograph the Valley and the Mitten buttes at the sun rises over the eastern gray to use Emily Dickinson’s famous words. This is one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen and although I have been there many times I never tire of it nor stop creating photographs which continue to enchant me. I know you will love it to! We will photograph from two different locations along the rim of Monument Valley. We will drive into Monument Valley after sunrise and I will give a third presentation on photographic skills.

After breakfast we will continue our exploration of Monument Valley and the surrounding area. We will also drive towards Mexican Hat, Utah, to photograph some little known sites including Valley of the Gods and the Goosenecks of the San Juan River. We will choose our location for sunset based on the weather and on photographic possibilities.

Lodging on Sunday night will be at the Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley or at the Holiday Inn in Kayenta.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 
We will rise early again to photograph sunrise over Monument Valley from a different overlook than the night before. We will then have breakfast in Gouldings. After breakfast we will part ways to give you plenty of time to start heading back towards your home destination.

8-Important things to keep in mind:
– Bring clothing suited for a variety of temperatures, from cold mornings to warm afternoons. Also be prepared for potential rain and for active weather. To quote David Muench: “bad weather equals good photographs.”

– Food, lodging and transportation are not included. Some of you may want to camp, some stay in a hotel, some may want to eat with the group while other may prefer to be on their own. This arrangement provides for maximum flexibility while keeping the cost of this workshop to a minimum. It will gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

– We will email you directions to Chinle as well as a list of hotels in Chinle and Monument Valley when you register. You will then receive an email with the Friday evening meeting place and a detailed workshop schedule approximately 2 weeks before the workshop.

– We will be photographing from 4000 to 6000 feet elevation on average. Normally the only problem you can expect is a slight shortness of breath. However the higher elevation is something to keep in mind if you live at sea level or you are prone to encountering physical difficulties at higher elevations.

– A passenger car is suitable for this workshop since we will not drive on 4 wheel drive roads during the workshop. However, if you rent a car, we recommend you rent an SUV as it is more suited to this kind of activity.

-We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, friends, significant others and non-photographers need to be registered as full-time participants to join any aspect of this workshop. This includes meetings, print reviews, lectures, meals and all other aspects of this workshop. No exceptions. For further details read our Workshop FAQ.

– We do not carry cell phones. We will use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other during the workshop, when we are on location and when we are driving. If you become separated from the group we will call you on your walkie-talkie to find out where you are (provided you are within a 2 or 3 mile range). For these reasons we ask that you bring a walkie-talkie, such as a Motorola Talkabout or equivalent, to the workshop. Please set your walkie-talkie to channel 4-5.

Sunrise from White House Overlook, Canyon de Chelly

9 – Registration:
There are four ways you can register for this workshop:

1 – Use the paypal button below:

1 – Use the paypal button below:
Spring 2017
Navajoland
Workshop

Spring 2017 Navajoland Workshop
$1395 only

2 – Call Alain and Natalie toll free at 800-949-7983 (or 928-252-2466 )
3 – Download, fill and return the emailable Workshop Registration Form 
4- Email Alain at alain@beautiful-landscape.com

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. A receipt will be mailed to you the day after your registration has been processed. You can charge the registration fee in one instalment or in 3 equal installments placed to your card a month apart starting when you register. Just let us know your preference when you sign up.

Registrations are on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you act now because our workshops sell out quickly.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry. We are pleased to assist you with any questions. You can also call Alain or Natalie Briot at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 .

10-Instructor Availability
We will be helping you and photographing with you from sunrise to sunset, with a break for breakfast and lunch, during the entire duration of the workshop.

11-Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. If you cancel participation in this workshop your registration fees may be transferred towards registration in another Beaux Arts Photography workshop under certain conditions. Transfer of fees to another workshop is not automatic and is decided solely by Beaux Arts Photography as a courtesy. We reserve the right to decide whether to transfer your fees to another workshop or not. You must register for another workshop within one year from the starting date of the workshop you originally registered for. If you need more time we may be able to extend the transfer time beyond 1 year. Participants transferring from another workshop will be registered for this other workshop in excess of the regular number of participants. We can only accept two transfers per workhop. We cannot transfer your registration to the Summit. If you decide to attend a higher priced workshop, or if the workshop fee has increased, the difference in cost between the two workshops will be charged to your credit card when you notify us that you want to sign up for this other workshop. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have payment in full. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time.Workshop fees can only be transferred to another workshop and cannot be used towards purchase of a product such as mats, portfolio cases, CD or DVD tutorials, prints, portfolios, or other. Workshop fees cannot be transferred towards purchase of the Mastery Workshop DVDs. We cannot transfer consulting fees towards workshop registration. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund. By registering for this workshop you agree to this policy.

12-Liability Limitation
Beaux Arts Photography, Beautiful-Landscape.com, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

Meeting times, meeting places and itinerary are subject to changes dictated by the weather, the road conditions and other imponderable variables that are part of doing landscape photography. We do not carry cell phones. You are responsible for being at the meeting place at the designated time and have your photographic equipment with you.

By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and release Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, and Natalie Briot will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. I also acknowledge that Alain and Natalie Briot have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime and that workshop policies are subject to change at any time .


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Summer Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB Special Offer

July 23, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

The Annual Summer Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB Special Offer is live. This offer saves you up to 40% off the regular pricing. It applies to all eight Mastery Workshops on DVD/USB.

It is the perfect opportunity to complete your collection, or to start studying with the Mastery Workshops on DVD series. There are 8 different Mastery Workshops on DVD/USB covering every aspect of Fine Art Photography.

Don’t miss this opportunity to save money! All the information is here.

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The 8 Mastery Workshops on DVD

 

July 2016 Workshop openings

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As of today (July 8th, 2016) we have seats available in the following workshops:

1 – The 2016 Fine Art Photography Summit with Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe: The field workshop is nearly sold out. Details and registration information is available on the 2016 Antelope Canyon Summit page

2 – 2017 White Sands Workshop: 3 seats available. Click here to see the workshop description and registration page

3 – 2017 Antelope Canyon workshop:  Click here to see the workshop description and registration page

4 – 2017 Navajoland workshop:  Click here to see the workshop description and registration page

5 –  Little Known Workshops.  Click here to visit the description page

Alain Briot
alain@beautiful-landscape.com
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com

Workshop openings for May 2016

As of today (Mays 1st, 2016) we have seats available in the following workshops:

1 – Navajoland workshop: 2 seats available. Click here to see the workshop description and registration page

2 – The 2016 Fine Art Photography Summit with Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe: The field workshop is nearly sold out. Details and registration information is available on the 2016 Antelope Canyon Summit page

3 – 2017 White Sands Workshop: 4 seats available. Click here to see the workshop description and registration page

4 – 2017 Little Known Navajoland Workshop.  Click here to visit the description page
Alain Briot
alain@beautiful-landscape.com
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com

Workshop openings March 2016 update

March 2, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

Due to cancellations we have seats available in the following workshops:

1 – Sedona, Spirit of the Southwest: 1 seat available. Click here to see the workshop description and registration page

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Alain Briot
alain@beautiful-landscape.com
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com

Reaching your goals in 2016

Whether you think you can or think you cannot you are correct.
Henry Ford

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1 – Introduction – New Year Resolutions

We all make resolutions at the start of the year.  However, for many these resolutions disappear into the ether around the end of January.  Quite often, thirty days is what it takes for old habits to return, for resolutions to be forgotten and for goals not to be achieved.  This is in part why I am publishing this essay at the end of January.  This is the time when many of us need help achieving the goals we set for the year.

So how do you do it?  How do you achieve your goals? How do you stick to your resolutions for the long-term, the whole year, and not just for a month?  Here are a few tips that have work for me and I believe will work for you as well.

2 – Focus on your vision

Vision is your guiding light.  Vision is what you see that others cannot see.  Only you know what your vision is and why it matters to you.  When setting your new year resolutions, let your vision guide you.  By doing so you will set goals that are meaningful in the context of your entire life, not just in the context of this year alone.  These will be goals that matter to you and that are worth committing to.  They will be goals that make the hard work needed to reach them worth it.  They may be new goals or they may be goals you have been meaning to achieve for a long time.  Either way reaching these goals will help make your life meaningful and build your self-worth.

3 – Set specific goals

Setting specific goals is half the battle because a goal set is a goal that is already partially reached.  This is because setting a specific goal forces you to define the path you will follow to reach this goal.  Once that path is set, all you have to do is follow it.

4 – Set specific deadlines

Setting goals is important but without deadlines nothing gets done.  Deadlines set a line in the sand, so to speak, a time by which things must get done.  Again, be specific when setting your deadlines.  For example say: I will have 12 fine art prints matted and framed by June 30th.  Or, I will have my folio project that includes 12 prints, an artist statement, a biography printed, packaged and ready to show by July 1st, 2016.

5 – Start with what is hard, reward yourself with what is easy

Make a list of what you have to do each day, then give a letter to each task.  A for the most important and difficult tasks, B for the second most important tasks, C for the less important tasks and D for the easiest tasks.  Start your day by working on the A tasks, the most important and difficult ones.  When those are all done, move to the B tasks.  Don’t move to the B tasks until all A tasks are done.  Do this for all the tasks on your list.  By the time you get to the Ds you will find them so easy that they will feel more like rewards than actual tasks.

6 – Define success in your own terms

Success is different for all of us.  Therefore you need to define what success is for you.  Don’t define success as others see it.  Define it as you see it.

What constitutes success for you is most likely different from what constitutes success for others. Your goals, your desires and overall what you consider to be success in a specific endeavor is unique to you.  Don’t worry about it.  Whether what you want is more or less or different from what other people want is irrelevant because you and them are different people in different situations focused on different goals.

7 – Be realistic

Only realistic goals get done.  Overly ambitious goals are discouraging because they are so lofty that we feel we will never reach them.  Unrealistic deadlines have the same effect.  When deadlines are set too far in the future they make us feel we have all the time in the world so we never get started.  When deadlines are too short they make us feel we wont’ have time to get things done.  Either way we get discouraged before we even begin working on our goals.

A realistic goal is a goal you know you can achieve with the time and resources you have available to you.  Only you know what is realistic.  Just like success is individually defined, what is realistic is individually defined as well.  What is realistic for you is different from what is realistic for others.  When you set realistic goals you give yourself the opportunity to succeed.  When you set unrealistic goals you set yourself up for failure.

To be effective deadlines also have to be realistic.  For example, a good rule of thumb for finishing a photography folio project is 6 months until completion. This time frame works well for me and for my students.

8 – Set Mini-Goals

An effective technique if you tend to put things off or if you feel overwhelmed is to set mini goals.  A mini goal is a goal that is so easy to reach that there is no doubt we will reach it.  Mini goals can be set for any activity.  If your goal is to exercise you can set a mini goal to do one push up, or do one ab crunch, or run for one minute, and so on.

Applied to photography examples a mini goal can be going out to take one photograph, or completing a project that features three photos of the same tree near your house, or reading one page of that book on photography you bought but never opened.  If you show or sell your work a mini goal can be to select one photo for your next show, or mat one print, or put a price tag on one photo, or find one show you can do this year, or apply for one show or even sell one photo.

Because these goals are so low they are not frightening and getting started is easy.  They are so minimal that success is guaranteed.  In fact they are so easy that once you get started you cannot help but exceed the goal.  The result is that you become an overachiever right away!

9 – Quantify

Even though you defined success in your own terms, it is challenging to achieve a goal that is not quantified.  To achieve your goals you need to define them precisely.  The first step is to quantify these goals.  This means putting numbers on what you want to achieve.  How many fine art photographs that you will be proud to show to everyone do you want to create this year?  How many projects do you want to complete?  How many locations do you want to photograph? How many workshops do you want to attend?  The list goes on; these are just examples.

10 – Check your progress regularly (daily, weekly or monthly)

Mark Twain said that bad habits must be pushed out of the house one step at a time.  They cannot be kicked out because if you do that they will return. Instead, they have to be persuaded to leave, making it clear that they are unwelcome so they do not come back.  This is done little by little by making sure at regular intervals that we are on our way to betterment, whatever the endeavor might be.

Whatever resolutions you took, whatever goals you set, make it a habit to ask yourself regularly what you did so far to reach these goals and resolutions.  Do this each day for daily goals.  Do it each week for weekly goals.  Then at the end of the month do a monthly check during which you list all that you did this month in regard to reaching a specific goal or following through on a specific resolution.

Doing so makes you accountable for following through.  The goals you set are no longer abstract ideas.  They are now live actions that you are working on daily and for which you must show weekly and monthly progress.  Accountability is the keyword here.  Making ourselves accountable for the goals we set means we feel responsible to achieve these goals.  Goals and resolutions are no longer a ‘maybe’ proposition.  Instead they become a ‘must,’ something we have to get done.

11 – Be creative, not competitive. 

Competition means trying to outdo someone else.  Creativity means finding unique ways of reaching our personal goals.  When you operate on the basis of competition you focus on others.  When you operate on the basis of creativity you focus on yourself.  Eventually what matters most is you.  Reaching your personal goals has nothing to do with how well, or poorly as the case might be, others are doing.  Reaching your goals is not a matter of outdoing others.  Reaching your goals is a matter of outdoing yourself.  The way to achieve this is through creative thinking, by making the necessary breakthrough, the leap of faith that will allow you to make the changes you need in order to reach the goals you set for this year.

12 – Don’t worry

There will be obstacles along the way but those can be dealt with in due time, whenever they show up.  The problem with worrying about things that have not happened yet is that it means worrying about things that are vague and undefined.  Most of our fears never materialize. However, in the process of worrying about what would happen if they did, we waste our time and damage our health.  Nobody dies of hard work but many die of worry.  The expression ‘worried to death’ attests to this.  Don’t join the list by worrying unnecessarily about things that might happen.  Just move forward by working on your goals and deal with problems when, and if, they show up.

13 – Focus on the positive

Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.  The mind finds ways of obtaining what we think about.  Therefore think about what you want and you will get what you want.  If you think about what you don’t want, you will get what you don’t want. In other words, as Henry Ford put it, whether you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.  Therefore think that you can.  Think of concrete ways of reaching your goals and you will be on your way to making things happen.

14 – Get help from people who are where you want to be

Don’t reinvent the wheel. The wheel has been invented and all you need to do is learn how to use it. To do this get advice from those who have been there themselves.  Only those who have been where you want to go can help you get there in a practical, efficient and successful manner.  They are realistic about it and they know exactly what it takes to get there.  Their advice will get you there faster than you ever will on your own.

15 – Don’t do trial and error

The trial and error process is wasteful of both time and money.  If you are like me, your time is precious.  Certainly, money is important as well.  However, for many of us time is more valuable than money because we can make more money but we can’t make more time.  Therefore, if we can afford to, using money to reach our goals is the most efficient approach.

16 – Focus on both soft skills and hard skills

Both set of skills are important and necessary for success.  Don’t focus on one or the other exclusively.  Instead, set goals that foster the acquisition and the development of both.  If you are not familiar with these two skills, read my essay titled Soft Skills and Hard Skills because it describes what they are in detail.

17 – Conclusion

Nobody is perfect, myself included.  However, we can all improve our success by following the simple steps listed in this essay. If we do so we will be on our way to keep our 2016 resolutions. Eventually, it boils down to a simple approach: focusing on our vision, defining success in our own terms, quantifying what represents success, not letting negativity get in our way and going for it.

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About Alain Briot
I create fine art photographs, teach workshops and offer DVD tutorials on composition, image conversion, optimization, printing and marketing. I am the author of Mastering Landscape Photography, Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity and Personal Style, How Photographs are Sold and Marketing Fine Art Photography.  All 4 books are available as printed books on Amazon.com and as eBooks on my website at this link: http://beautiful-landscape.com/Ebooks-Books-1-2-3.html

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I welcome your comments on this essay as well as on my other essays. You can reach me directly by emailing me at alain@beautiful-landscape.com.

Alain Briot
Arizona
January 2016

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