The Creative Alchemy of Fine-Art Photography

with Thibault Roland

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Course Description

Many people associate photography with capturing reality, and in most cases this is accurate. A photograph of a finish line, for example, clearly shows the race’s winner. Consider, however, what occurs when the camera angle is altered. Suddenly, the roles of winner and loser may become ambiguous. By shifting their perspective, photographers can profoundly transform not only the image itself but also the narrative it conveys and the emotions it evokes. This is what fine-art photography is all about.

This new online workshop with Thibault Roland goes beyond a perspective shift, offering a unique educational opportunity tailored for individuals eager to enhance their skills and delve into the realm of creative photography. Over the course of our weekly sessions, you acquire an array of new techniques in long exposure, infrared photography, minimalism, and tilt/shift. You also learn a number of Thibault’s best post-processing techniques, which promise to lift your images to new heights.

By engaging in weekly assignments and receiving constructive image reviews, you witness a noticeable improvement in your photographic abilities. You also discover how the rigorous creative process of working in black and white can positively impact your photography overall, including your approach to color photography.

Join Thibault for a transformative deep dive that invites you to enhance your craft and elevate your vision.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

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. Basic familiarity with Photoshop tools/concepts (brush/lasso/layers/masks etc.) is recommended.

Thibault will demonstrate his use of Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro (both part of the Nik collecgtion) as well as Topaz Denoise, Topaz Gigapixel, and Topaz Sharpen. It is not required that participants own these products nor have prior experience with them.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Creative Vision, Fine Art
Thibault Roland

Thibault Roland is originally from France and now based in Portland, Oregon. He is a physicist by training and his background in optics and the rigorous scientific approach supports him in experimentation. Thibault has built a portfolio of techniques that allow him to create fine-art photography images that are unique, poetic, and very personal. He specializes in black-and-white photography with a focus on landscapes, seascapes, and architecture. Previously an instructor at the New England School of Photography, Thibault teaches workshops and gives seminars internationally. His award-winning work has been shown worldwide, and his images can be found in public and private collections, including the Boston Athenaeum.

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