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.

We will photograph this location during the 2019 Summit
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Alain Briot

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!

Click here to read the detailed Death Valley Summit description 

We will photograph this location during the Summit.
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This photograph was created during the 2012 Eclipse of the Sun.

The photograph was taken from the Island in the Sky viewpoing in Canyonlands National Park, not that it matters since you cannot tell from the photo where it was taken.

I used a 250mm lens on my medium format digital camera. The image was cropped during processing. #eclipse #canyonlands


Alain Briot



Workshop Exercises

Workshop Exercises

Workshop Exercises

Natalie and I teach instruction-focused workshops.  During each workshop we give you Skills Enhancement Exercises to complete.   These exercises cover a wide variety of topics and their goal is to help you develop and refine your skills in every aspect of fine art photography.

These exercises vary from workshop to workshop and are therefore unique to each workshop.  We design these exercises to meet the specific goals of each workshop. For example, if the focus of the Workshop is Light, Composition, Creativity and Personal Style, the Skills Enhancement Exercises for this workshop will focus specifically on these 4 areas.

These exercises will then include the following:

1 – Learning about the different types of natural light and how to use them
2 – Studying and using the different types of compositions
3 – learning how to use a handheld viewfinder to compose your photogrpahs (this viewfinder is given to you during the workshop)
4 – Energizing your creativity
5 – Developing a personal style.

All these exercises are presented during the workshop through lectures given by Natalie and myself.  We also give you printed handouts for each set of exercises as well as a syllabus for the course and a detailed itinerary (you get a lot of documents to study with during our workshops)!

That way you do not need to take notes unless you want to. The handouts have everything on them. You then practice these exercises during the workshop under the guidance of Natalie and myself. We are here to help you and to offer suggestions and guidance.

Finally, most participants and students scontinue practicing with these exercises and using the handouts after the workshop.

Right now we still have seats available for our Spring 2016 workshop, but they is filling out quickly because participants are filling out their 2016 workshop schedules.  YOu can see which workshops still have open seats on teh Workshops Description page:


Alain Briot
Author of
– Mastering Landscape Photography
– Mastering Composition, Creativity and Personal Style
– Marketing Fine Art Photography
– How Photographs are Sold


Is printing your own work worth the effort?

I received this question from a reader recently:

Is it really worth the cost and time in the learning curve to print my own vs just using a professional printing house to get started?

Here is my answer:

Absolutely. The reason why I go into the trouble of printing all my work myself is because of two very important reasons:

A – I can do a better job than any lab.  That’s because of my experience printing my work. No one knows my work and what I want to express in my prints better than me.  I also know that I do not want the generic look that most lab operators give to prints.  What this means is that there is no such thing as a single version of a print.  There are as many versions as there are lab operators.  What I want is my version!

B – The value of my prints is in large part due to the fact I make my prints myself.  Who wants an Ansel Adams printed by someone other than Adams?  Not me.  Same with my clients and collectors.  They don’t want an Alain Briot printed by a lab operator.  They want an Alain Briot printed by Alain Briot.  The value is in having a print made by me, not a print made by someone called ‘staff’.

The same reasons apply to you.  You can learn how to print your work to my standards with my Printing Mastery Workshop on DVD.  I explain which papers I use and every other aspect of the process in these tutorials.  This tutorials are similar to attending my 2 days Printing Mastery Seminar except you don’t need to travel, you don’t have to remember everything in 2 days which is almost impossible, and you can study at your own pace, anywhere you like. Here is the link:


Alain Briot
March 2014