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No Summer Plans? Hey! How about we go to Bali!

PODAS BaliI’ve got a great idea!  How about we all go to Bali and meet up with our good friends Jackie and Mike?  We’ll grab a bunch of Phase One gear, more than we could possibly need including a few of those amazing A-Series systems, and we’ll ask our local friend David to show us around.  We’ll shoot to our hearts content and have an amazing time.  We can go explore the island and see some incredible temples, people and landscapes.  Then, we can sit around with a drink that has it’s own umbrella while Jackie and Mike help us improve our photography skills in Capture One Pro 8.

So, what do you think?  Does that sound good or what!?

Phase One is happy to announce our first of many PODAS events for 2015, PODAS Bali.

The Bali photography workshop will take place June 8th-June 14th.  All attendees will be provided a Phase One camera system to use for the duration of the workshop as well as access to the complete lens range and A-Series system if you so choose.  The workshop fee will cover all costs associated with the workshop starting and ending at the Ngurah Rai International Airport.

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You will have your own room, we’ll cover all meals, ground transportation and complete access to two great instructors in addition to our local Guide/Photographer and the Phase One team.  You’ll need to bring your Tripod, CF cards, Laptop, Backup storage and sense of adventure (of course your clothes would be a good idea too).  Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford will both guide our group and guide our cameras through Bali along with David Metcalf.

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Bali has been a sought after destination for travellers the world over. Local and international travellers alike find comfort and fascination in both the landscape and the culture. With this trip we will be sure to offer you an in-depth experience of both. Not only do we think you’ll be overwhelmed with subject matter, but we’re confident you’ll find comfort in the warm and inviting climate early June has to offer.


The workshop will begin the night of Monday, June 8th after you are picked up at the Ngurah Rai International Airport by our team.  A short one hour drive from the airport and we will arrive at the Maya Ubud Luxury Resort which is sure to meet the needs of any traveler.

After an introduction of our instructors, staff and program we’ll be off and running, chasing some beautiful images in one of the most picturesque countries possible.  You’ll have the opportunity to use a Phase One Camera System (IQ250, IQ260 or IQ280) of your own for the entire event.  We’re happy to help you learn the system in any way we can to help capture some of the most iconic and beautiful people/places you’ll ever see.

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Our itinerary will include locations like:

  • Mt Agung
  • Guning Kawi and Teggulung terraced rice fields
  • Guning Kawi Sebat
  • Elephant Temple in Goa Gajah
  • Tirta Empal
  • Kusamba

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A little about you instructors:

Jackie Ranken


Jackie has over thirty years experience within the arts.  Her interest began with photography at the tender age of 16. Her art practice then shifted to ceramics and painting gaining an Associate Diploma in Fine Arts.

Returning to photography throughout the next fifteen years she worked within the industry as a darkroom technician, freelance photographer, wedding photographer, commercial photographer and photojournalist, learning her craft.

In 1996 she began work as a teacher of ‘Fine art’ photography at Illawarra TAFE, Goulburn.

Now as an art photographer she combines her art practice with teaching and as a presenter in workshops and seminars internationally.

Jackie is a Director of Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography in Queenstown New Zealand where she conducts photography workshops with her husband Mike Langford. http://www.qccp.co.nz.

Jackie has been a valued member of the PODAS community and led instruction on several of the most memorable workshops.

Mike Langford


Mike Langford is both a Master and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), and a Grand Master and Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP).

He is a past President of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, after having served ten years as a member of the NZIPP Honours Council, seven of which were in the position of Chairman.

With 30 years experience as an International Professional Photographer, Mike’s expertise also extends to 25 years of lectures and workshops to professional photographers internationally and 24 years as an International Awards judge.

Mike is a director of the Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography and the 4WD Photo Safari with his wife, Jackie Ranken.

In addition, Mike has been an instructor on several PODAS events and always a delight to lead, teach and provide nearly endless insight to photography.

How to Register

The price for PODAS Bali is $5,000.00 USD.  This includes…

  • Expert instruction from Jackie and Mike
  • Airport pick up and return.  (pick up time TBD)
  • Single occupancy room at the the Maya Ubud Luxury Resort
  • All your meals.  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be taken care of.
  • All transportation during the workshop will be provided
  • You’ll receive a loaner Phase One camera system of one of the new IQ2 series backs.
  •  Each van will also have a full compliment of all the Phase One lenses for you to use also
  • Classroom instruction on Capture One, post processing techniques and image critique
  • A free Capture One Pro 8 license
  • A custom f-stop Camera Bag

Please bring the following:

  • A sturdy tripod
  • A laptop (PC or MAC) that can accommodate Capture One software
  • CF cards
  • Backup storage for your files
  • A willingness to learn and have fun!

* Incidental charges such as internet, bar, laundry and other such services will be at your expense.

Sign up today by visiting Phase One’s PODAS Page and clicking ‘Sign-up’.  A $2000.00 deposit is required to hold your spot.  Final payment will be due at the end of May, 2015.  If you need to cancel your deposit will be returned if your position can be filled less $200 for transaction fees.

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Parting is such sweet sorrow

Well… our last day in Scotland as a group was met with the worst of the worst weather.  The forecast was for wind and rain but the mention of “gale” in regard to the wind put us off a bit for any mountainside adventures.  It would of course be heartbreaking to see a camera take a tumble off a tripod in Gale Force winds, but even more so we had to think of everyone’s safety.  So, it was decided by our enlightened leaders that we would indeed spend the day buried in our laptops and sip hot coffee from the comfort of our meeting room.

The morning began early enough with the wind howling outside the window.  Joe Cornish started us off with an incredibly enthralling presentation of his work and attitude towards approaching photography.  It was just the inspiration everyone needed before burying their heads in their computers to start editing their photos from the week.  With a little help from Steve Gosling and Kevin, the photo’s steadily emerged and the results were quite impressive.

When everyones attention span began to wain and our stomachs started to grumble we sat down for slow and steady lunch at the Hotel.  A welcome change from our standard pack lunches on the road.  A hot bowl of soup and warm sandwich were just what everyone needed.

Well fed and well rested, Steve Gosling took the helm of our classroom and walked us through his visions for photography.  Focusing heavily on emotion and reflection, Steve’s images and summations from various artists quotes really lit the fire once more for our guests and after wrapping up a few hours later we were all back to image editing with new perspectives and editing approaches in our toolbox.  Once again, Joe, Steve and Kevin lent a hand to help focus everyone’s vision… and that’s when the tables were turned.

Since we had the time and still had the enthusiasm, we ended the evening before our last dinner with a bit of a Critique.  Each participant provided two of their best files, in their RAW state, to the instructors.  The panel of Joe, Steve and Kevin set to work in front of the class sharing their approach to editing and drawing out the heart behind each image.  It was quite the eye opening experience for everyone as each of our instructors offered their own unique perspective.  Whether the files were “Raberized” by Kevin, “Gossled” by Steve, or coaxed under the discerning method of Mr. Cornish (Cornished?), the results were absolutely stunning.

With the group satisfied with all they’d learned and their artistic education quota filled, we thought it best to open a few bottles of wine and sit down for an eventful dinner.  And boy was it eventful!

Our fearless leaders, in the true nature of PODAS, decided to have a bit of fun and don some rather unique head gear for dinner.  Perhaps they had a few too many drams but regardless of the impulses source, we all had a good laugh and filled our phones with what will likely be some entertaining contact profile pictures down the road.  But the night didn’t end there, as Kevin has gone on and on this trip about his search for a Scottish fairy in the Isle of Skye, Steve took it upon himself to ensure he didn’t leave disappointed.  With a little sweet talking from the staff, Steve was able to convince our server to give Kevin his meal dressed as what else but a fairy!  She certainly was a good sport!

With the antics out of the way, the Camera equipment hesitantly returned, and the bar bill growing we all decided to say farewell.  A healthy nights sleep was what everyone needed after such an eventful trip before we all hit the road in the morning to catch our flights in Inverness.

Below are a few more highlights from the fun-filled trip and until next time, thanks for following along.

We hope you can join our next PODAS event!

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Day Four – Be Careful what you wish for….

Well, after three days of slogging it through the rain and wind, wishing all the while we had bright, warm, sunny skies, we finally got one.  And as a result, all we wanted was to have a cloud or two in the sky.  Oh well.

We headed out early today after breakfast (Pancakes again!) and just took a quick trip down the road to check for some Panorama’s of the Cuilin mountains at Silgachan.  Since it was the first time that we could actually see the mountains in their entirety it seemed important to spend some time trying to get them properly photographed.  The light, while beautiful, was quite intense so we fought through it with as many ND filters as we could find.  With the sky showing no signs of a passing cloud, we decided to hit the road west.

We headed to the furthest western point on Skye and settled, appropriately, in Neist for a few hours of Cliffside photography and lunch.  Typically this point has a mean reputation of harsh weather and vicious winds, but today it was as calm and sunny as any oceanside getaway.  We took our time and made sure the Lighthouse was captured from every conceivable angle.

As the Sun began to show signs of its decent we packed up the vans and headed towards Glen Brittle for some evening light on the Fairy Pools.  It was a long hike late in the day and sadly, not everyone decided to make the full trek into the ravine.  There were plenty of smaller waterfalls and mountain vistas along the way so everyone came away happy, but those of us that hiked all the way in were treated with some beautiful shots of the falls and small gorges.  Quite remarkable.

As you can see from the pictures, Steve and Joe were on hand to help make sure we all got the most of the locations.  And clearly some of us (Bill mostly) were quite dedicated and went to any length to get the shot!

We’ve got plenty of Class Time tomorrow to finally edit all of these masterpieces, as well as get an in-depth review from Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish about how our work measures up.  A well needed day to sip coffee and sit behind our computers is entirely welcome.

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Day Three – OMG, we got some sunshine!!!

Well… the day started with the rain pelting the hotel windows so we were less then enthusiastic about putting on the barely dried rain gear and heading out.  We took a rather lengthy breakfast (the hotel has Pancakes!!!) and then Mr. Cornish entertained us with the start of an inspiring presentation.  Just as we were enthralled with his images, the weather broke and we could see the sun so we headed out for the day to make the most of it.

Our first location had us head southeast through the weather we were hoping to avoid, but just as we had given up on our enthusiastic retreat from the comfort of the hotel the rain let up and the sun shined through.

We had nearly two hours of sun and clouds at Cill Chriosd where there are some rather impressive ruins of an old church yard.  Not to mention the shallow Loch just down the road.  After a quick lunch in our impromptu parking lot, we headed further down the road to Elgol where we braved a rather persistent light rain and held out until sunset.  Hiking the slippery and rocky shore was well worth the effort as the rain subsided and provided quite an impressive rainbow. The sunset certainly didn’t disappoint and we even made some friends with the local fisherman and our resident Russian, Anton, treated us to a dozen rock crabs for tomorrows dinner… quite a full day and as always, a great photographic adventure.

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Day Two… Better weather and plenty of driving

Today took us from the scenic backdrop of the Cuillins a Sligachan Bridge to the picturesque Castle at Eilean Donan.  As one would suspect we had plenty of mixed weather, from heavy rain to the bright and blue skies (but only for just a bit).   The bulk of the day was spent in the rather dreary drizzle of constant sprinkles but we made due and found plenty of opportunities for beautiful images that really  took our mind off of the weather. A brief stopover at a roadside waterfall for a lunch break gave us (or more accurately Anton) time to relax and be a bit silly while we watched the weather and planned our next location. But it wasn’t all rain and tomfoolery, we found some beautiful light in Isle Ornsay that broke just in time to give us some fantastic displays of the Lighthouse and local boat wrecks… just fantastic. We we’re shooting at Eilean Donan at Lock Duich well after dark, which wasn’t that bad because it was only 6 o’clock.  Then it was back to the Hotel for dinner and a few well deserved beer while we all crowd around the Capture One all-stars to learn a few tricks. With luck we’ll be back tomorrow with another update. 

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PODAS Scotland… weathering the storm!

We’re off and running!

PODAS is happy to be back in the swing of things with some of the regular crew as well as the new addition, Joe Cornish.  Joe is proving to be an excellent addition to our typical team of misfits.

We’ve started off with great images.  Despite the constant barrage of wind and rain we managed to put in a 3 hour hike in the Isle of Skye today (though some opted to stay close to the Vans).  The Sun managed to show up for a brief appearance and we certainly took advantage, the Phase One systems held up great against the conditions and the images are great proof of their versatility.

Tomorrow we’re off to the mountains in the south-west, and we’ll be making the most of it in our limited daylight hours here in the frigid northern light of Autumn.

Check in with us tomorrow… if time allows we’ll be sure to fill you in with some more details!

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Scotland – Isle Of Skye Photography Workshop

Luminous-Landscape and Phase One are proud to announce an amazing Isle Of Skye Photography Workshop this November 1st to November 7th.  This will be a LuLa – PODAS workshop, where every attendee is provided a Phase One camera system with the latest Phase One digital back to use for the duration of the workshop.  As with all LuLa and PODAS workshops everything is covered in the workshop fee except transportation to the Inverness Airport.  Our pick up time will be 12 noon to 1PM on the 1st

You’ll have your own room, all meals, and ground transportation plus the three great instructors and the Phase One team to help you make the most of your experience.  The only thing you need to bring to the workshop is a tripod, CF cards, Laptop and backup storage, plus a willingness to have a lot of fun taking great photos.  Steve Gosling, Joe Cornish and Kevin Raber will guide you through this amazing region.

Skye is a wonderfully dramatic and picturesque island off the west coast of Scotland and has been voted ‘the 4th best island in the world’ by National Geographic magazine. It’s a place of extremes – from the craggy outline of the Cuillin that dominate the landscape to the sheer cliffs and imposing headlands that descend down to peaceful bays & beaches. It’s changing weather patterns can create wonderfully atmospheric lighting conditions for photography and given the right weather conditions Skye can be an ideal location for glorious sunrises and sunsets.

The workshop will start on Saturday 1st November when we will pick everyone up from Inverness Airport. A drive west will take us across the bridge to Skye and on to the small town of Portree, the location of our base for the workshop, the luxury four star Cuillin Hills Hotel. The hotel is set in private grounds overlooking Portree Bay with magnificent views to the Cuillin Hill mountain range.

The workshop will start with introductions to the instructors, the workshop program, fellow attendees and some of the locations we will visit whilst on this wonderful island. You’ll also be given the Phase One camera system for this workshop. The next five days will be spent visiting and photographing some of the iconic and well known locations as well as some lesser known but equally photogenic spots that Skye has to offer.

The programme will be flexible to make the best use of the locations, the light and the prevailing weather conditions (Scotland is known for its changeable weather at any time of the year and this can make for dramatic landscape photographs).

In our time on Skye our itinerary will cover: –

• The village of Elgol, on the shores of Loch Scavaig, which has a wonderful rocky coastline with magnificent views across to the Cuillin Hills

• The Quirang, a fascinating rugged landscape on the Trotternish Peninsula with views east across to the mainland

• The iconic Old Man of Storr (a rocky outcrop with interesting pinnacles that are the remnants of ancient landslips). It’s eastern face looks across the Sound of Rassay

• The remote lighthouse at Neist Point (the most westerly point on the Duirinish Peninsula). The lighthouse and cliffs are photogenic subjects in their own right but the location also offers the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking shark

• The Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle. A location dominated by the Cuillin Hills. The water running off the hills flows down into the glen via a series of picturesque rocky waterfalls

• The Fairy Glen – a little know, bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of cone shaped hills (local myth says these are the underground homes of fairies so beware where you tread!)

• Sligachan Bridge is an old (early 19th century) picturesque stone bridge crossing the river that carries the water down from the Cuillin. Its location offers photographic potential in the water as it cascades over the rocky river bed as well as views of the bridge in its magnificent setting, overlooked by the surrounding hills. Situated across the road is the Sligachan Hotel with its bar that boasts a selection of over 200 malt whiskies (so still something to do even if the weather is bad!)

Skye is a wonderful and magical part of Scotland and a landscape photographers dream. Come and join two photographers who know the location well and can share with you some of its photographic secrets.

Your Instructors:

Joe Cornish

Joe Cornish

Although he has his own gallery and has been exhibited widely, books are the heart of Joe Cornish’s photographic output. First Light, a Landscape Photographers Art, is one of the best-loved landscape photography books of the modern era. He wrote and photographed Scotland’s Coast, and the critically acclaimed Scotland’s Mountains. He has had a DVD (With Landscape in Mind) and a book (Joe Cornish, a Photographer at Work) made about him.

A reluctant convert to digital imaging, Joe bought his first Phase One back (a P45+) in 2008. He has since evolved his working method to mirror that of large format film, so shoots on a Linhof Techno, and since 2011 a Phase One IQ180. The Phase One files complement the printing workflow needed for his North Yorkshire gallery,

Joe is part of the elite group, The world’s 40 most influential Nature Photographers, listed by Outdoor Photography magazine in 2010, and he has appeared on television as a presenter and photographic expert. He has been a judge on Wildlife Photographer of the Year and is an honorary Fellow of the RPS.

Visit Joe Cornish’s Website HERE

Steve Gosling

Steve Gosling

I am a professional photographer who specializes in producing creative & contemporary landscape images (my ‘signature’ style is moody, atmospheric and minimalist black & white photographs). 

My images have been published internationally as posters & greetings cards and have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers & calendars across the world. Prints of my work have been exhibited in venues throughout the UK and have appeared on sets for both theatre and film productions. My work has also won awards in both national and international competitions.

I particularly enjoy writing & teaching about photography. As well as being a contributor to many of the major photography magazines in the UK and abroad I regularly give talks to photographic societies and other groups. I have run a successful workshop program  for several years encouraging and inspiring photographers of all levels from across the world. 

You can find out more about Steve Gosling HERE

Kevin Raber

Kevin Raber is a digital pioneer.  Embracing digital in 1996 Kevin hasn’t looked back.  In the seventies and eighties Kevin ran a very successful commercial studio in the Philadelphia area.  In the mid eighties he bought one of the first Macintosh computers and started a software company writing software for photographers.  He sold both the studio and software company in 1990 and worked with Burrell Professional Labs as Sales and Business Development Manager.  In the mid 90’s he was part of the team that developed initially a hybrid digital workflow for color labs and eventually a fully digital workflow.  In 1999 he joined Phase One as a Vice President and worked on numerous projects with Phase One until 2013 when he joined Luminous-Landscape as CEO and Publisher. 

Kevin’s passion for photography can only be experienced by photographing with him.  His collection of images from all corners of the globe is extensive.  He was the originator of the well known PODAS workshops and now brings this experience to Luminous-Landscape.  You can see more of Kevin’s work at kevinraber.com

How To Register

The price for this amazing workshop is $6500.00 USD. It includes . . .

• Expert instruction by Steve, Joe and Kevin

• Airport pick up and return.  (pick up will be 1:00 PM on November 1st at Inverness Airport and you’ll be returned to the airport by noon time on the 7th.)

• Single occupancy room at the The Cullin Hills Hotel (it’s a very nice hotel)

• All your meals.  Breakfast will be at the hotel.  Lunches will either be in the hotel of box lunches in the field.  Dinners will be at the hotel or various local restaurants.  Dinners include a glass of wine.

• All transportation during the workshop will be provided

• You’ll receive a loaner Phase One camera system of one of the new IQ 2X0 series backs. 

• Each van will also have a full compliment of all the Phase One lenses for you to use also

• Classroom instruction on Lightroom and Capture One as well as post processing techniques.

• All you bring is a laptop (PC or MAC), CF cards, and a willingness to have a lot of fun taking pictures in a most amazing landscape.

• Incidental charges such as internet, bar, laundry and other such services will be at your expense. 

Sign up today by downloading the Registration Form and returning it by email.  A $2500.00 deposit is required to hold your spot.  Final payment will be due at the beginning of September 2014.  If you need to cancel your deposit will be returned if your position can be filled less $200 for transaction fees.


Any questions contact Kevin Raber by phone at 317-379-7482 or email at kwr@rockhopperworkshops.com

This workshop will be administered by Rockhopper Workshops LLC. Rockhopper Workshops is the sole US Based provider of workshops for Luminous-Landscape.


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