10 Reasons to attend the Fine Art Photography Summit

10 Reasons to attend the Fine Art Photography Summit

1 – Death Valley!  One of the most amazing photography locations on planet earth. You will have the opportunity to photograph Zabriskie Point, The RaceTrack, the Playa, Golden Canyon, Artist Point and many more locations.

2 – Jeff Schewe. Study Lightroom and Photoshop with not just an expert but one of Adobe’s engineers.

3 – Alain Briot.  Learn Alain’s artistic approach to Lightroom and Photoshop.

4 – Printing.  Print your work during the Summit on a dedicated printer using a variety of papers.

5 – Projected print review. Have your work reviewed and improved live by Jeff and Alain.

6 – Raffle.  Win one of many prizes including the Epson Printer we use during the Summit, plus ink, paper, books, music CDs and more.

7 – The Vision Field Workshop. Following the Summit we explore and photograph the Eastern Sierra Nevada including the Alabama Hills, the Bishop area, Mono Lake and more.

8 – One on One sessions.  Get personalized help from Alain and Jeff processing and printing your photographs.

9 – Live Seminar Presentations. Jeff and Alain will each present  classroom sessions each day about the latest Lightroom and Photoshop techniques and how they use these to create their fine art photographs.

10 – Camaraderie. Now in its 17th year the Summit is a yearly gathering of new and previous participants who enjoy sharing and learning from each other.

Click here to see your detailed itinerary, Jeff and Alain’s presentations, registration info, dates and much more.

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The 2019 Fine art Summit: Lightroom To Print

The 2019 Fine art Summit: Lightroom To Print

Learn how to post-process your nature and landscape images for fine art printing in the beautiful setting of Death Valley, California.

The Summit is a three-day class taught by Alain Briot, Jeff Schewe and Natalie Briot in the private and comfortable Oasis Conference Room inside The Inn at Death Valley.

The Summit covers:

• Lightroom Develop Module from start to finish, including the use of Graduated filters, Radial Filters and local Adjustment Brushes and finally sizing and sharpening for print.

• Photoshop for layering, selective color, warping, reformatting and all the other things you cannot do in Lightroom.

Printing: the Summit is a comprehensive course in preparing your photographs for printing. Everyone will be making 13×19 prints during the Summit using a dedicated Epson Printer, ink and paper. Ink and paper are provided free as part of your summit registration.

• Free raffle: at the end of the Summit we raffle the Printer we use during the Summit so one lucky participant will take it back with them for free!  We will also raffle a number of other gifts including paper, ink, books and many surprise gifts so that everyone has a chance to win during the raffle.

Field photography: sunrise and sunset shoots are planned everyday. Plus we have a day of photography planned during the Summit so that you can explore remote areas of Death Valley.

The Summit is a fantastic opportunity to learn fine art printing with two experts in the field and take your photography to the next level !

• Lodging: we have blocks of rooms reserved at the hotel close to the conference room and close to the locations during the field workshop.

The Vision Field Workshop

The 3 day Vision Field Workshop starts right after the Summit.  We take you to the Eastern Sierra where you will explore and photograph the Alabama Hills, Manzanar, the mountains and Aspens near Bishop and Mono Lake.

These are world class locations made famous by Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell and many other fine art photographers. Become part of the photographic history of Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra by joining us and creating your own fine art photographs of this incredible area!

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Blue Dawn at White Sands: How it was done

This photograph was taken at dawn, at the blue hour that precedes sunrise.

The sky was clear and still not tinted red by the sun.  The light on the dunes was only from the blue sky. The white sand dunes, being neutral in color, took on the color of the sky.  While the sand was white it looked blue to the camera.

My eyes did not see the blue color because human eyesight neutralizes colors.  To me the dunes looked white.  To the camera they were blue because digital sensors, and film to some extent, capture color the way it is.  Unlike human sight they do not neutralize colors.

During processing I altered the color slightly to create harmonious blue tones and make the scene aesthetically pleasing.  However the color was there to start with.

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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 and Marketing Fine Art Photography. All 3 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

You can find more information about my work, writings and tutorials as well as subscribe to my Free Monthly Newsletter on my website. To subscribe simply go to http://www.beautiful-landscape.com and click on the Subscribe link at the top of the page. You will receive 40 free essays in eBook format immediately after subscribing.

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
November 2017

White Sands Sand Storm: How it was done

White Sands Sand Storm: How it was done

White Sands Sand Storm: How it was done

This photograph was created during a blowing sandstorm at White Sands National Monument during the workshop Natalie and I lead there.  We are leading this workshop this year by the way, here is the link to the description page.

The challenge was being able to photograph during a blowing sandstorm. The photograph does not show the fierceness of the storm, it only shows its beauty. However, it was fierce.  The sand was blowing everywhere and we could barely see in front of us.  On the photo this translates as a slight beige hue which comes from the light being tinted by the sand color.

The advantage of photographing during the storm was that all the footprints had been erased and the sand ripples were constantly changing.  They were in motion in fact. If I had done a video instead of a photograph you would have seen the sand ripples moving in front of my feet.

This photograph was originally captured as an horizontal image. It was just easier to hold the camera horizontally than vertically.  A tripod was unthinkable because it would not have stood up to the force of the wind.

However I wanted a vertical image so I stretched the original capture vertically to achieve this goal. This elongated the sand ripples in the foreground, producing an effect much closer to what I experienced.  The image now makes me feel the way I felt when I saw the sand ripples move in front of me, the blowing sand whipping my legs and covering my clothing with a fine mist.  The camera captured the scene, the change in image format made a photograph express what I saw and felt.

Alain Briot

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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 and Marketing Fine Art Photography. All 3 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

You can find more information about my work, writings and tutorials as well as subscribe to my Free Monthly Newsletter on my website. To subscribe simply go to http://www.beautiful-landscape.com and click on the Subscribe link at the top of the page. You will receive 40 free essays in eBook format immediately after subscribing.

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 2017

After the Rain-how it was done

After the Rain : How this image was created

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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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Antelope Canyon Universe by Alain Briot

The Photograph
This photograph is titled Antelope Canyon Universe. It is my most recent photograph of Antelope Canyon, one of my all-time favorite locations for photography. It is also the one showing the widest view of Antelope Canyon. My goal was to use the space in the image to show as much of the canyon as possible so as to feature the swirling shapes of Antelope more prominently. The result is an image in which sandstone appears to flow as if it was in motion, with colors that complement each other in hue and saturation.

I selected this image for the February 2015 Print of the Month.  You can see it at this link:

http://beautiful-landscape.com/Print-of-the-month-143.html

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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

January 24th

I am featuring a photograph of Antelope Canyon on this  page today because it is one of my all-time favorite places in the world. I am often asked what is my favorite photography location. I have many places that I like to photograph over and over again and I don’t like to rank them, but if I have to the top one is Antelope Canyon because of the incredible light quality, shapes and colors that are found there.

Together these elements combine to offer what may be the most varied array of photographic opportunities that can be found in a single place. Not only that, but these possibilities change as the day goes by, as the seasons go by, and as the weather, the wind, and all the other variables that affect landscape photography changes.

If you have not been there yet, Antelope Canyon must be on your to-do bucket list! I always say that there are two phases in the life of a landscape photographer: before Antelope Canyon and after Antelope Canyon. If you are part of the first group, you need to go there. If you are part of the second group, like me, you need to go back there! I have been to Antelope Canyon well over a hundred times starting in 1986 and continuing to this day. Not only do I not tire of it, I find that I understand it better and better each time and that this understanding leads me to create new images each time, images that I have not done before.

Join us! We only have a couple seats left this spring for the 2015 Antelope Canyon Workshop, but one can be yours if you do it now:http://beautiful-landscape.com/Workshop-home.html

Alain Briot

Personal Style Master Class Workshop on DVD Part 2

1 – Introduction
Several Personal Style Master Class Workshop on DVD owners asked why it says ‘Part 1’ on the Start Here page under the title and if there is a ‘Part 2.’

Well, I have two good news for you :

The first good news  is  that yes, there is a part two. The second good news is that Part 2 is free for all the owners of Part 1.  All you need to do is login to the Owners Updates area for the Personal Style Master Class workshop on DVD, using the link I sent you when you placed your order, and download Part 2 free of charge.

If you do not own Part 1 you can order it now at this link:
http://beautiful-landscape.com/Articles-DVD-Master-Class.html

The download link and instructions for Part 2 will be emailed to you immediately after you place your order.

2 – About Parts 1 and 2 and beyond
Part 1 focuses on theory and Part 2 focuses on practice.  Together they create the most complete tutorial on Personal Style that I am aware of.

I am now at work on the next Mastery Workshop on DVD.  Designed to go further than the Personal Style Master Class workshop on DVD, this upcoming tutorial focuses on Visionary photography and is titled The Vision Mastery Workshop on DVD.  It is scheduled for publication in mid-2014.

A pre-order list is open. Joining this list is simple: just email me at alain@beautiful-landscape.com with the words Vision Mastery in the subject line and I will add you to the list.  You will then be eligible for a pre-release list member special offer when this new tutorial is published.

3 – 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 and Marketing Fine Art Photography. All 3 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

You can find more information about my work, writings and tutorials as well as subscribe to my Free Monthly Newsletter on my website. To subscribe simply go to http://www.beautiful-landscape.com and click on the Subscribe link at the top of the page. You will receive 40 free essays in eBook format immediately after subscribing.

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
Vistancia, Arizona
2014

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