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Workshop leaders Tom Brichta and Michael Phaling welcome photographers of all experience levels. From aspiring photographers practicing their landscape skills, to experienced artists seeking new and inspiring subjects: everyone is welcome. All participants will be encouraged to expand their creative boundaries. This program serves the broad spectrum of landscape photography, spanning: travel, reportage, and fine art applications.

Throughout the workshop, guests will lodge at Big Trees Lodge, conveniently situated in Yosemite Village, California. The lodge will provide the group’s gathering place and subsequent starting point for each day’s adventure. Schedules will emphasize early-morning and late-afternoon light. During the evening, guests can relax; or process images and share with fellow students and workshop leaders.

Each day, workshop instructors will offer simple photographic topics for students to explore. Students may also request specific assignments. Throughout the day, the instructors will answer questions and provide the instruction necessary for students to expand their individual skills. In-field feedback as well as end-of-day critiques will help students unleash their unique, creative, vision. An Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (R) session is also included.

Morning and afternoon excursions will explore the highly-diverse visual landscapes of: Half Dome, Glacier Point, the Tunnel View, El Capitan, Vernal Fall, Yosemite Falls, and Bridalveil Fall. We will also walk along the rushing Merced River, and visit the Ansel Adams Gallery. If conditions permit, the mist will rise from the river and meadows, infusing the light with an inspired, crystal, glow.

This workshop’s geographically-unique destinations provide an uncommon variety of landscape subjects.

As the Sierra Nevada Winter recedes, Yosemite National Park springs to life. Witness the region’s change of seasons at its most dramatic. Mountain snowmelt swells upper-elevation creeks… Downstream, swelling creeks burst into icy, raging, torrents… Finally, those torrents crash 2,000 feet to the valley floor; via Yosemite Fall, Bridalveil Fall, and Nevada Falls. May brings Spring to the valley: Dogwood trees blossom white along the Merced River, oaks don bold green cloaks, and alpine meadows spring to life with new grasses. Deer graze below Yosemite’s towering cliffs: unrelenting granite faces famous for their stark, unflinching, beauty — and the climbers who challenge their heights.

This Leica in the Landscape workshop series celebrates veteran Leica photographers Tom Brichta’s and Michael Phaling’s fifth season of collaboration. Tom has explored Yosemite for over two decades, while Michael’s photographic explorations span the breadth of the American West.

Topics Covered include:

  • Light, Form, Color, Composition
  • Exposure Control, Dynamic Range, White Balance
  • Black and White Conversions
  • Seeing as the camera sees
  • Strategies for editing and processing in Lightroom
  • Finding your own creative path

In addition to photography, the workshop will include processing and critique sessions with the instructors. Enjoy camaraderie of fellow photographers and share your passion for photography. You will have the opportunity to try out the latest Leica camera and lenses and our small group size ensues personalized attention.Who should attend this workshop?
Photographers of all skill Levels are welcome to attend this workshop. Attendees should be familiar with the basic functions of their camera and be comfortable with controlling shutter speed, aperture and ISO. It is not required that you own or shoot with a Leica camera to attend. You are not required to own a Leica camera to attend, a full selection of loaner equipment will be available.

 A detailed itinerary will be provided with your registration. The workshop will begin at noon on May 8th and conclude after breakfast on May 12th.

Register here to reserve your spot!

Join the Leica Akademie USA May 8 - 12 for Leica in the Landscape: Yosemite in the Spring

03/19/2017 - 05/07/2017