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Eight Annual Photography & Fine Art Printing Summit
November 5th to 8th 2010 in Moab, Utah

Now in its 8th year


Organized by Alain Briot & Uwe Steinmueller


 



The Summit is followed by a three-day Photographic Vision Field Workshop
to Navajoland, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly

Details of the Photographic Field Vision Workshops are found below



Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park
Alain Briot

 

Announcing an exciting, photographic-instruction oriented Southern Utah workshop with professional photographer and instructors Alain Briot and Uwe Steinmueller. Our Guest instructo is Mac Holbert co-founder of Nash Editions. We are joined by art instructor Natalie Briot and photographic artist Bettina Steinmueller.

Important: this event covers the technical, artistic and marketing aspects of photography.

We are pleased to announce exciting news: Alain Briot and Uwe Steinmueller are offering a feature packed, one of a kind workshop during which 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 print your photographs to create fine art prints that you will be proud to display. You will return from this workshop with photographs ready to mat and frame.

Equipment demonstrations will be conducted by the Summit Sponsors. We will have printers available to print Summit Participant photographs.










Alain Briot

Originally from France, Alain has been photographing the American Southwest since 1983. Alain and his wife Natalie have lived in Canyon de Chelly, Navajoland, for 7 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 Haselblad 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 several web sites and his essays on photography are published worldwide.
Finally, Alain is the author of the best-selling book Mastering Landscape Photography.

2010 Summit Presentations:
Alain will be giving the following 3 presentations during the Summit:


1 - Foundational image processing:
Alain explains the most important aspects of image processing and optimization. Alain gives you the workflow he uses in his own work. At the end of this presentation you will have a very clear idea of how to process and optimize your images using Alain's unique workflow. This workflow is the one Alain uses to create his trademark images known for their unique color palette.

2 - Composition: Alain explains how he composed a selection of his favorite photographs and why he made specific composition choices. This is a unique opportunity to learn how Alain thinks and how Alain approaches a wide variety of different photographic challenges including color, contrast, framing, cropping and much more.

3 - Maketing Fine Art Photography: In these challenging economic times, it is still possible to do well selling Fine Art Photography. The key is knowing exactly what marketing techniques works and do not work. In this presentation Alain will focus on the most important aspects of successful Fine art Photography Marketing. Alain is the author of Marketing Fine Art Photography, Rocky Nook, which will be published later this year.

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.







R. Mac Holbert

R. Mac Holbert is a fine art photographer, an educator and the co-founder of the world's first digital printmaking facility dedicated solely to photography - Nash Editions.He has lectured internationally and conducted numerous workshops on digital output, digital imaging/scanning and fine art printing. He is a Beta tester for Epson America, X-rite, NEC, Adobe and other software and hardware manufacturers.

His clients have included Aperture Foundation, William Claxton, Eric Fischl, Robert Heinecken, David Hockney, David Hume Kennerley, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Douglas Kirkland, Danny Lyon, Steve McCurry, Pedro Meyer, Joyce Neimanas, Olivia Parker, Stephen Shore, and Maggie Taylor.

2009 Summit Presentations:
Mac will be giving the following presentations during the Summit:

1. Color Management Basics & Monitor Calibration
How to properly configure your imaging software and your monitor to provided optimal on-screen proofing.

2. The ABC's of a Fine Art Workflow
A basic introduction/refresher on the elements of a fine-art digital workflow.

3. Regional Adjustments
The creation and application of adjustment layers in concert with masks, blending modes and blend-if settings used to precisely adjust specific areas of an image.

Personal Work
You can see the images from Mac's January 2009 gallery show at:
Holbert January 2009 Benham Gallery - Seattle, WA

Interview:
R. Mac Holbert interview with John Paul Caponigro







Uwe Steinmueller

Uwe Steinmueller and his wife Bettina are fine art nature photographer and the publisher of Digital Outback Photo. Uwe is focused on the digital photography workflow and fine art printing. Bettina and Uwe published in 2005 their photo book "California Earthframes". Uwe has published numerous books/e-books about the digital workflow in English and German. In recent years Uwe also publishes Photoshop scripts for enhanced image processing.

2010 Summit Presentations:
Uwe will be giving the following presentations during the Summit:

1 - Texture Blending for Artistic Work: How to create unique photographs using Texture Blending techniques

2. New Tools for HDR editing: The latest tools and techniques for HDR image processing and editing

3. Thoughts on Image Design: Uwe presents his approach to composition and Image design using examples from his personal work.

Personal Work
You can see a collection of photographs by Bettina and Uwe on their web site at www.outbackphoto.com and at galleries.outbackphoto.com




Sunrise along the Colorado River near Moab
Alain Briot



Summit Schedule

The Summit takes place November 6th to 9th, 2010 in Arches and Canyonlands, Utah. The schedule for the Summit was designed by Alain Briot and Uwe Steinmueller with three goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements, exciting photographic opportunities and a convenient place to conduct quality tutorials on image processing and fine art printing. Below is the 2010 Summit schedule:

Friday, November 5th, 2010
Registration, opening remarks and Keynote address

Registration
We will meet you in Moab, Utah, on Friday afternoon, around 4pm, at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Moab 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 Arches and Canyonlands Locations Presentation
After registration is completed, the Summit will start with opening remarks and keynote address by Alain Briot, our guest speaker and Uwe Steinmueller.

After the Keynote Address Alain, our guest speaker and Uwe will present a selection of photographs from Arches and Canyonlands and explain when, where and how they were created. The goal of this presentation is to help you become familiar with Arches and Canyonlands and with the different locations that we will be photographing. After this presentation you will have a very good idea about where you can photograph in Arches and Canyonlands and what time of day is best for each location.


Saturday, November 6th, 2010
Field photography & tutorial sessions

Sunrise: field photography session
You will begin your day with a photography shoot. You will have the choice of photographing Arches and Canyonlands from different overlooks. We will discuss some of the best locations for sunrise on Friday evening.

Morning and afternoon: tutorials by Alain, our guest speaker and Uwe (see the list of tutorials in the biography section above)
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Moab for a day of tutorials taught by Uwe, Alain and our guest speaker.

Sunset: field photography session
The tutorial sessions will stop about two hours before sunset. You will then have the opportunity to photograph Arches and Canyonlands at Sunset. Again, we will discuss which locations are best ahead of time.

Evening
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 with Alain, Uwe and our guest speaker present for 1 on 1 work with each participant.


Fiery Furnace #2

Bettina and Uwe Steinmueller

Sunday, November 7th, 2010
Field photography & tutorial sessions

Sunrise: field photography session
On Saturday you will have another opportunity to photograph Arches and Canyonlands at Sunrise.

Morning and afternoon: tutorials by Alain, our guest speaker and Uwe (see the list of tutorials in the biography section above)
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Moab for a second day of tutorials taught by Uwe, Alain and our guest speaker. On Saturday morning we will focus on image processing using Lightroom, Photoshop and other software packages such as Photomatix and more.

After lunch, we will reconvene in the conference room to continue the tutorial sessions, this time focusing on preparing your image files for printing.

Sunset: field photography session
The tutorial sessions will stop before sunset. You will then have the opportunity to photograph sunset in Arches and Canyonlands National Park. This field session is optional

Evening
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 with Alain, Uwe and our guest speaker present for 1 on 1 work with each participant.


Dead Horse Point Sunrise
Alain Briot

Monday, November 8th, 2010
Field photography, tutorial sessions, fine art printing & print review

Sunrise: field photography session
Again, you will have the opportunity to photograph Arches and Canyonlands at sunrise.

Morning-Part 1: tutorials by Alain, our guest speaker and Uwe (see the list of tutorials in the biography section above)
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Moab for a third day of tutorials taught by Uwe, Alain and our guest speaker. This time we will focus on fine art printing. 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.

Morning-Part 2: fine art printing
After the morning presentations, we will reconvene in the conference room where we will continue printing your work. Paper, ink and printers are provided. All you need to provide are your image files ready to print on a USB flash drive. You will have worked on these files the day before under the guidance of the instructors.

Afternoon: group print review
After Lunch we will reconvene in the conference room for the print review. 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 print review will a great opportunity to receive feedback on your work. Participation in the print review is voluntary. You are free to decide whether you want to participate or not.

Final Closing remarks
Uwe, Alain and our guest speaker will offer closing remarks after the print review.

Delicate Arch Moonrise, Arches National Park
Alain Briot



Photographic Vision Field Workshop
November 9, 10 and 11

Important: you can register for the field workshop even if you do not attend the Summit

Immediately after the Summit, Alain and Natalie Briot offer a three-day Photographic Field Vision Workshop to Navajoland. This unique Field workshop is scheduled on November 9th, 10th and 11th

This field workshop is designed to build and expand upon the concepts taught during the Summit by exploring the concepts of Creativity and personal style on Tuesday and then getting started designing and working on a personal project on Wednesday and Thursday.  

This workshop is also designed to provide you with a unique opportunity to visit and photograph several of the most beautiful landscapes in the Southwest, including ---DESCRIPTION--- and several other extremely photogenic locations under the guidance of Natalie and Alain Briot who have lived in the Southwest for over 20 years.  You will acquire new photographic skills by conducting Photographic Skill Enhancement Exercises every day under the guidance of Natalie and Alain.

We will depart from Moab 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.

Sandstone Still Life
Alain Briot

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Travel: 
We will meet you at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Moab (the Summit Hotel, then travel with you towards Navajoland with stops along the way for photography. Afternoon and sunset photography will be in Monument Valley, one of the most photogenic places in the Southwest. Alain and Natalie have been photographing this area since 1983 and know precisely where to go and at what time of the day to be there. Our travels on Tuesday will take us to areas that offer fantastic photographic opportunities all day long.

Presentations and discussions on Creativity and Personal Style will take place during the day. We will stay in Monument Valley, Utah that evening.

Photographic Instruction:
- How to develop your creativity
- How to find and nurture inspiration

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Travel:
On Wednesday we will continue our exploration of Navajoland. We will explore the area from Monument Valley to Canyon de Chelly. Sunset will be at Canyon de Chelly that evening.

Presentations and discussions on Creativity and Personal Style take place during the day.  We will stay in Chinle, Arizona, that evening.

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

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

Mesa Sunset, Navajoland
Alain Briot

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Travel:
On Thursday, we will leave Canyon de Chelly and drive through Navajoland and over the Hopi Mesas to visit and photograph several very little known, and photographed, areas.

If you like little known locations, 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. 

Presentations and discussions on will take place during the day.  The workshop ends after Sunset. You can stay in Flagstaff or Tuba City, Arizona, that evening or start driving back to your destination after sunset.

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

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

Sunset Cloudscape, Navajoland
Alain Briot


Additional Information
About Photographic Instruction
The instruction during the Summit and the Field Vision Workshops will consist of tutorials, presentations, question-answer sessions, print reviews and photographic skills exercises . You will receive a syllabus and several handouts covering the subjects that we will study at the start of the Summit and of the Field Vision Workshops.

During the Summit, all photographic instruction will be done at the Summit Hotel, in the conference room. We will cover how to photograph Arches and canyonlands National Park, as well as other locations near Moab, 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 print review is optional and is always a highlight of this event.

Alain, our guest speaker, Uwe, Bettina and Natalie will also be photographing during the Summit so you may find yourself photographing with them depending on your choice of locations.

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 Moab, Utah at the La Quinta Inn and Suites.  A special room rate is available to participants. All location shoots during the Summit will be in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks or near Moab. Moab is located at the entrance to the both National parks. All locations are within driving distance of Moab.  All tutorial and printing sessions are conducted at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Moab.

Number of participants:
The number of participants for the 2010 Summit is strictly limited  to 40.  This limit is set to insure 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 field workshop after the summit, which are limited to fewer participants, are guided by Alain & 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, 4x5 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 Photoshop CS2 and other imaging software you currently use.
- A USB Flash drive to transfer files for printing
- A vehicle as you are responsible for your own transportation to Arches and Canyonlands and to the locations we will be photographing.

Cost and Contact information
Summit alone: $995 includes fine art paper and ink for making your prints during the Summit plus entry in the Summit Raffle.

Photographic Vision Field Workshops on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:
$385 per day or $975 for all 3 days (You save $210 when you register for all 3 days).

If you attended the Summit or the field workshops in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 or 2009 you receive $100 off the regular price registration fee.
Be sure to mention that you are a Summit Alumni when you register.

You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to Arches and Canyonlands and back and for your lodging arrangements. We will email you a list of accommodations in Arches and Canyonlands when you register. The closest large airport is Salt Lake City, Utah. Moab also has an airport with some connecting flights to Salt Lake City and other airports. If you attend the field workshops the closest airport to fly out of is Flagstaff or Phoenix, Arizona.


Newspaper Rock, Canyonlands


How to Register:

CThere are four ways to register for the 2010 Fine Art Printing Summit:

1- Use the paypal buttons below:

2010 Fine Art Printing Summit: $995

2010 Summit Field Workshop - 3 days: $975

Both Summit + Field Workshop: $1770 only - Save $200!


2 - Download the Summit Registration Form, in PDF format, by clicking here
3 - 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. We recommend you act now because the Summit and the Photographic Field Vision 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 us at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 . We are located in Utah.

How to make your hotel reservations in Moab, Utah:

Summit participants benefit from a special group rate at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Moab, Utah, which is the Summit Hotel. You will be emailed the hotel contact information (phone/ email/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. Camping and RV facilities are also available near Moab if you prefer this option.

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 will gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

- We will email you directions to Arches and Canyonlands as well as a list of hotels in the Arches and Canyonlands 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.

- 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, 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-talkies 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.

Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. In case you need to cancel attendance at the 2010 Summit we can refund your fees if you can find a replacement attendee and your friend pays his full fees. 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, OutbackPhoto.com, Uwe and Bettina Steinmueller, guides, guest presentations 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, OutbackPhoto.com, Uwe and Bettina Steinmueller, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, and Natalie Briot, OutbackPhoto.com, Uwe and Bettina Steinmueller 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.

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