For the past couple weeks, I hosted two back to back landscape photography workshops in my home area of Navajoland. The weather was challenging, fun and we even had our share of “severe clear” skies.
A day or two, we had zero clouds for sunrise and magnificent sunsets!!!
Though that can be tough, my workshop attendee’s learned how to approach photography when these conditions come up – AND boy will they!!! Since this is my home area, it was a lot easier for me to decide where to go with the given light conditions and weather changes.
I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I know about photography and how my approach has certainly helped me enjoy and maximize my time away from freeways, street lights and barking dogs of the neighborhood.
Above being out in the middle of nowhere behind a camera, a greater portion of my income does come from the sales of my images. Just last month, one of my collectors was featured in Forbes Magazine.
Two days before the workshop started, I personally delivered the following 62″ framed image to a beautiful home in Phoenix.
I share that with you because I print and frame a lot of my images and with that end result in mind, the attendee’s were able to learn about the minute details that go into generating wonderful images from the get go and how to present them in fine art fashion.
The workshop attendee’s came from Michigan, California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Texas and Utah. I knew this was an opportunity for them and I wanted to make sure they had the best time possible.
In June, I will be going to Alaska and like my workshop attendee’s, I certainly want to make the best of it. Since I travel a lot, I know what it’s like to squeeze every drop of juice from an orange.
My approach is primarily based around using my film systems like my Fuji 617 panoramic camera, along with 4×5 and 8×10 large format view camera’s. I generally have to take things a little slow which enables me to search for the minute details to include or exclude in each exposure.
For the workshop, I used a brand new Nikon D810 body and a 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm f/4. (All Nikon lenses.)
During the workshop, I usually take a couple photographs since my prime focus is to assist the attendee’s as opposed to building my portfolio. With the images I generate from the same time and location, I describe in our group critiques – the process, why the composition, image details, processing the file and most importantly, the story that goes with each photograph.
In the coming days, I will share some images and results of the attendee’s. (Some are getting home still….) For now, this is what Stacy shared about the workshop:
Hi Mylo, I want to thank you again for the amazing workshop you led on Navajoland in Page. Not only did you introduce us to stunning scenery but you also provided useful and informative insight into what to look for when photographing landscapes as well as how to use our camera’s to achieve the best photo’s we could in many different situations. You provided one-on-one time with us within that group setting that felt individualized and sincere, nothing ever felt rushed. You truly cared that everyone had a great learning experience as well as proper guidance throughout the few days we spent together. I am so excited about the images I was able to capture and I feel my skill level has dramatically improved. I highly recommend your course for all levels of photographers. I will be looking forward to attending another workshop of yours in the near future.
Park City, Utah
The low exposure values inside the slot canyons provided an array of reflective light. With my 14-24mm at 14mm, I was able to capture this photograph with a lot of resolution to generate a great panoramic image for my home office. I will be printing this image at least 60″ in length and have a brushed aluminum presentation.
With regards to moving light, I demonstrated how to use that to our advantage. Especially with subjects that don’t move like boulders and birds! I used my Nikon D810 with the 24-70 lens and the key here was using the Singh-Ray Mor-Slo 10 Stop filter! (See the filter here.) This blue heron didn’t move a feather for 30 long seconds in broad sunlight!
With sweet morning light abound and no clouds in the sky, we focused (and always should) include wonderful foreground subjects. The great advantage of this location is the use of all lenses from super wide (not fish-eye!) to 400mm! We had a great morning with great sweet/side light.
We then moved onto Horseshoe Bend. Everyone was able to generate a wonderful image of the entire scene and as the light moved away, we focused on subjects that were great but unseen to most. From 800 feet above, I used my 70-200mm at 200mm (f/8) and used the Singh-Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. (See filter here).
Lastly, our plans changed due to weather and we took advantage of the opportunity given with wild horses along the Colorado River! This young stud was certainly a showcase and only reared up for a mere 4 seconds!
All in all, we were truly blessed to have great light, great attitudes, and understand how to take advantage of great opportunities.
Of the 14 workshops/events I am doing this year, most have already sold out and some will not be displayed. If you have interest in attending a workshop or would simply like to read what happens, click here to see the details. (I also just created The Ultimate Navajoland Workshop.)
I will post more images from the workshop attendee’s as they become available. I hope you and yours have a wonderful day!
– Photograph The Land. Capture The Light. Be The Photographer –