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10th Annual Fine Art Photography Summit
November 2nd to 5th 2012 in Zion, Utah,

Organized by Alain and Natalie Briot

With Jeff Schewe, 2012 Guest Instructor

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The Summit is followed by a three-day Photographic Vision Field Workshop
to Bryce Canyon National Park, Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park

Details of the Photographic Vision Field Workshop are below


Zion National Park
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 Zion, and the slate of speakers will be equally impressive to this year... time to start planning for it!

Stefano Lassini,
November 8 2011 via Facebook



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 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 Luminous Landscape.com (Michael Reich man) 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.

2012 Summit Presentations:
Alain will be giving the following presentations during the Summit:

1 - Photographing Zion National Park
The Summit starts with a presentation by Alain about how to photograph Zion National Park. Using a selection of his personal work together with a map of Zion, Alain will show you the finest locations in the park and tell you the best time to be there, which lenses to use and 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 - Fundamental Art Concepts Presentation
Using a personal Color Palette

In this presentation Alain will focus on a discussion of the fundamental Art concepts and how they apply to photography. These concepts include color palette, facture, personal style, working on projects, and many other. Alain will use examples from paintings and photographs , both from his work and the work of other artists.

4 - Developing your Personal Style
Personal style is the only way to separate your work from the work of other photographers. At a time when countless photographers compete for attention, developing a personal style has become a requirement in order for your work to stand out as different and unique from everyone else.

In this presentation Alain will teach a variety of techniques that will help you develop your own personal style. These techniques will expand upon Alain's previous presentation on the fundamental art concepts by showing you how you can use these concepts to create a unique personal style for your photographic work.

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 CS5 and Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom (along with the late Bruce Fraser) and is also coauthoring 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

2012 Summit Presentations:
Jeff will be giving the following presentations during the 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 and find out what motivates his creativity.

2 - Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6

By the time the 2012 Summit comes around, Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 will be available. Jeff, who is a world class expert in both Lightroom and Photoshop
, will demonstrate the most useful and important new features of both LR4 and CS6. 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.

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 - Jeff's personal Lightroom and Photoshop tips and techniques
We all have personal techniques that we use in our work. Those are shortcuts and tips that we discovered and that are not publicly available. In this presentation Jeff will show us a selection of his favorite tips and techniques. Be ready to learn something unique!

Personal Work
You can see a selection of Jeff's personal work in his Online Portfolio.




Mark Nelson teaching at the 2011 Fine Art Summit in Death Valley, California


Summit Schedule

The Summit takes place November 2nd to 5th, 2012 in Zion, Utah. 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 2012 Summit schedule:

Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Registration, opening remarks and Keynote address

Registration
We will meet you in Springdale, Utah, on Friday afternoon, around 4pm, at the Zion Best Western 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 Zion 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 Zion and explain when, where and how they were created. The goal of this presentation is to help you become familiar with Zion 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 Zion and what time of day is best for each location

Jeff Schewe

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Field photography & tutorial sessions

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

Morning and afternoon: tutorials by Alain, Jeff and (see the list of tutorials in the biography section above)
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the Zion Best Western for a day of tutorials taught by Alain and Jeff.

Sunset: field photography session
The tutorial sessions will stop about two hours before sunset. You will then have the opportunity to photograph Zion 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, and Jeff present for 1 on 1 work with each participant.

Trees in Fall Color, Zion National Park
Alain Briot

Sunday, November 4th, 2012
Field photography & tutorial sessions

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

Morning and afternoon: tutorials by Alain, Jeff and (see the list of tutorials in the biography section above)
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the Zion Best Western for a second day of tutorials taught by Alain and Jeff.

After lunch, we will reconvene in the conference room to continue the tutorial sessions.

Sunset: field photography session
The tutorial sessions will stop in mid-afternoon. You will then have the opportunity to photograph sunset in Zion National Park.

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 and Jeff present for 1 on 1 work with each participant.

I want to thank you and Natalie for a tremendous summit.

Thommy Andersen, Sweden

Zion National Park
Alain Briot

Monday, November 5th, 2012
Field photography, tutorial sessions & Fine Art Photography review

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

Morning : tutorials by Alain, Jeff and (see the list of tutorials in the biography section above)
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the Zion Best Western 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 print 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.

Jeff Schewe

Photographic Vision Field Workshop
November 6, 7 and 8

Immediately after the Summit, Alain and Natalie Briot offer a three-day Photographic Field Vision Workshop to Bryce Canyon National Park, Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park. 

The Photographic Vision Field Workshop is designed to expand and build 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 Bryce Canyon National Park, the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park. 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.  You will acquire new photographic skills by conducting Photographic Skill Enhancement Exercises under the guidance of Natalie and Alain.

We will depart from Zion 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 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. 

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


Bryce Canyon National Park


Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Travel: 
We will meet you at the Zion Best Western, the Summit Hotel, after breakfast then travel with you to Bryce Canyon National Park with stops along the way for photography. Morning and afternoon photography will be done while traveling between Zion and Bryce Canyon. Sunset will be at Bryce Canyon.

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

Escalante National Monument

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Travel:
On Wednesday we will photograph Sunrise in Bryce Canyon. After Breakfast, our travels on Wednesday we will take us through a little visited area of the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument that will offer us photographic opportunities all day long. 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. Sunset will be from Boulder Mountain, a great location for sweeping panoramic views of the Canyon Country.

Presentations and discussions on projects take place during the day.  We will stay in Torrey, Utah, that evening.

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

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Travel: one of the most photogenic locations in the Southwest.
On Thursday, we will spend all day photographing in Capitol Reef National Park. Capitol Reef is one of the most photogenic locations in the United States, as well as the least visited National Parks in the Continental United States. 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! 

The Vision Field Workshop ends after Sunset. You can stay in Torrey, Utah, again that evening or start driving back to your destination after sunset.

Escalante National Monument
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 Zion National Park 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 is optional and is always a highlight of this 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.

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 Springdale, Utah at the Zion Best Western.  A special room rate is available to participants. All location shoots during the Summit will be in Zion National Park. Springdale is located at the entrance to the park. Most locations are within 2 to 5 miles of Springdale.  All tutorial and review sessions are conducted at the Zion Best Western.

Number of participants:
The number of participants for the 2012 Summit is strictly limited  to 45.  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 and 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 Zion and to the locations we will be photographing.

Cost and Contact information
Summit alone: $995.
Photographic Vision Field Workshops alone: $499 per day or $1197 for all three days.
Summit + 3 days Field Workshops: $1770 only. Save $422
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If you attended the Summit in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011 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 Zion and back and for your lodging arrangements. We will email you a list of accommodations in Zion when you register. The closest large airport is Las Vegas, Nevada which is located approximately 3 hours West of Zion.

Capitol Reef National Park
Alain Briot

How to Register:

There are four ways to register for the 2012 Zion Fine Art Photography Summit:

1- Use the paypal button below:

2012 Fine Art Photography Summit : $995

Only 6 seats left


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 Arizona.

Moonrise, Zion National Park
Alain Briot

How to make your hotel reservations in Zion, Utah:

Summit participants benefit from a special group rate at the Zion Best Western, 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 inside and outside of Zion National Park.

The 2012 Summit Hotel is the Zion Best Western

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 Zion as well as a list of hotels in the Zion 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-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.

Fog at Sunrise, Bryce Canyon National Park


Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. In case you need to cancel attendance at the 2012 Summit we can refund your fees if you can find a replacement attendee and your friend pays their 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, their 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, 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:
10 Reasons why you should attend the Fine Art Summit

Tony Sweet teaching at the 2011 Fine Art Summit in Death Valley, California

 

Photographs copyright © 2012 Alain Briot and Jeff Schewe

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