The Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Workshop
May 18th to 22nd, 2012
An exclusive 5 day field workshop to Arches and Canyonlands National Park
with Alain and Natalie Briot
Limited to 12 participants maximum
1 Seat Left
Sunrise, Turret Arch, Arches National Park
Workshop Focus: Color, Light and Composition
|I wanted to thank you and Natalie for a great 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 newly released Printing Mastery Workshop on DVD. Thank you again,
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Announcing a unique workshop to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with Alain Briot and Natalie Briot
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.
Mesa Arch , Canyonlands National Park
The unique 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-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.
Newspaper Rock, Canyonlands
3 - A unique print review
We will conduct a print review of your work during the workshop. The review will be aimed at helping you solve difficulties that you have been experiencing with your work, be it technical, artistic or both. Our goal will also be to help you define what is your personal vision, your personal style and the unique characteristics that define your work. We recommend that you bring a collection of about 5to 7 photographs of recent work, in print sizes 10"x15" or so.
Sunset, Canyonlands National Park
The itinerary for this workshop was designed with the goal of taking you to areas that we cannot visit with a large group. However, we will also visit some of the famous locations of this area, because they are "can't miss" opportunities to create memorable photographs. Our itinerary, as always in our workshops, was designed to get you to each location in time to catch the best light, nature providing.
We will be staying in Moab for the entire duration of the workshop.
Friday, May 18th, 2012
We will be meet you in Moab, Utah where we will start our adventure into the lesser known areas of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. You will receive time and location to our meeting place approximately two weeks before the workshop. We will photograph sunset near Moab that evening.
Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Saturday we will photograph sunrise near Moab. After breakfast we will spend all day exploring Arches National Park. Sunset will also be in Arches National Park at a location that we will have chosen as being most appropriate.
Sunday, May 20th, 2012
On Sunday we will photograph sunrise at Dead Horse Point. After breakfast we will explore the Island in the Sky part of Canyonlands all day. Sunset will find us photographing at one of the most stunning overlooks in the park.
Monday, May 21st, 2012
On Monday we will be exploring the Needles area of Canyonlands National Park. Again, we will spend all day in this area, finishing with sunset at a great location.
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
On Tuesday we will rise early again to photograph sunrise in Arches or in Canyonlands during the finest lighting conditions. We will then have breakfast in Moab as a group. After breakfast we will part ways to give you plenty of time to start heading back towards your home destination.
5-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 Moab, where we will meet on the first day, as well as a list of hotels in the towns where we will be staying 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 will need an SUV for this workshop. A passenger car will not work because we will be driving on a lot of dirt roads where we will need high clearance and the traction that an SUV provides.
-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. Spouses and significant others must be registered for the entire length of the workshop. We cannot do single day registrations for this workshop as we do occasionally for our other workshops. 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.
Sunset, Arches National Park
The cost of this once in a lifetime workshop is $1395. The maximum number of participants is strictly limited to 12.
There are four ways to reserve your seat in this workshop:
1- Use the paypal button below:
Arches and Canyonlands Workshop 2012
Download the emailable Workshop Registration Form
3 - Email Alain at firstname.lastname@example.org
4 - Call us toll free at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466
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 installment 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 we expect this workshop to 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
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
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.
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. 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. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund.
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 .
Sunrise, Dead Horse State Park
Courthouse Towers, Arches National Park
Photographs and text Copyright © Alain Briot 2011