Landscape photography is formed by the point of view of the photographer; it is a spiritual experience, the reflection of a culture. Historically, the great masters of black-and-white landscape used large-format cameras and traditional film processes. Now advances in digital technology have opened new opportunities for photographers who wish to explore the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital black-and-white landscapes.
The earth has a vast range of landscapes, including the icy landscapes of polar regions, mountainous landscapes, vast arid desert landscapes, islands and coastal landscapes, densely forested or wooded landscapes including past boreal forests and tropical rainforests, and agricultural landscapes of temperate and tropical regions. Most importantly, we quite often overlook the landscapes we live within which exist right out outside the door we open each day in our lives.
The character of a landscape helps define the self-image of the people who inhabit it and a sense of place that differentiates one region from other regions. It is the dynamic backdrop to people’s lives. During this online workshop we explore landscape as varied as farmland, a city park, the ocean beach, or the backyard of your home.
We take the time to learn, to see, and fully express the spirit of the black-and-white landscape as we discover a place and the secrets of its beauty. We consider the concept of landscape and how it is connected to the cultural, social, and geographical aspects of our environment.
We combine traditional Zone System methodology with new digital processes to forge a complete digital grayscale workflow. We learn to express in the black-and-white image our personal interpretations of landscape. Blending traditional, new, and emerging techniques and technologies, we discover the extraordinary possibilities of expressive digital black-and-white landscape work.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.
Class will meet 9:30 - 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Saturdays and Wednesdays starting September 10 and ending September 28 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.
Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.
Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for two weeks after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after two weeks to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Carlan Tapp’s dad gave him his first camera at six and he has been making photographs ever since. Carlan never considered photography/cinematography a job; “it’s my life’s work and passion, and it’s an incredible journey. I am a storyteller.”
Carlan worked his way through college shooting weddings and after graduation took a job as a backcountry ranger for Mt. Rainier National Park, documenting changes in the natural environment. In the late seventies, he had the privilege of assisting Ansel Adams for three years at his Yosemite workshops. That is where Carlan learned the power of the photograph. Shortly thereafter he enrolled in Art Center College of Design in Pasadena to nudge his career towards documentary/editorial photography and cinematography.
Carlan is a descendant of the Wicocomico Tribe, Taptico family. A strong belief and respect for Mother Earth and all creatures is the continual theme in how he sees the world. In 2003, Carlan and his wife Nancy founded Naamehnay Project-Question of Power, a Federal 501c3 non-profit. Their non-profit work focuses on creating a visual voice for Native American Homelands and Sacred Sites impacted by energy industrialization in America.
Carlan’s photographs have been used in numerous publications including Harley-Davidson®HOG, New Mexico Magazine, Bloomberg, MSNBC, Associated Press, and NPR’s “Living on Earth.” He has taught workshops nationally and internationally. Carlan’s photo essays are syndicated nationally and internationally by Redux Pictures in New York. When not on assignment, Carlan can be found riding his iron pony on two lane highways across the American West telling the stories of people, places, and the landscape.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.