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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.

DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

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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Palouse – A LuLa PODAS Workshop

Palouse Landscape at sunrise

Sunrise In The Palouse Can Be Dramatic

The Palouse Harvest

Please join us on what promises to be a most remarkable Landscape Photography workshop in the Palouse.  Luminous-Landscape and Phase One join up to offer a one of a kind PODAS workshop. Kevin Raber, publisher and CEO of Luminous-Landscape with Jeff Schewe, LuLa video tutorial instructor as well as world renown photographer, Lightroom and Photoshop expert will lead you to some amazing spots in one of their favorite places to photograph landscapes.  And, to enhance this workshop further you will be provided the state of the art Phase One DF camera system, access to a complete set of Phase One lenses and an IQ2 series digital back to shoot with during the workshop.  

Harvest in palouse

The Harvest From The Air

LuLa – PODAS workshops are unique and you will have an experience like no other workshop.  If you have ever wanted to see for yourself the medium format difference and see what immersive image quality means then don’t hesitate – register today.  As a PODAS workshop attendee you will have a no-worries trip.  We pick you up at the airport, provide transportation during the event, a single-occupancy room, all your meals and beverages and a license for Capture One Pro. Now throw in a lot of fun and the chance to make some excellent new friends and you can see why LuLa – PODAS workshops are so popular.

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Whatever It Takes To Get The Shot

The Palouse is located in the southeastern corner of Washington State.  It’s not a National or State Park and it has no real borders.  It’s a region of rolling hills, big open skies and fields of wheat and other crops that stretch past the horizon.  It’s a place that once you visit it you’ll want to visit again at different seasons.  It’s full of surprises and you’ll stumble upon, beautiful farms, abandoned building and vehicles, quaint towns and big sky landscapes. We will be visiting the Palouse at harvest time where golden fields of wheat will contrast beautifully with big open skies and puffy clouds.  The harvest taking place will provide us wonderfully unique patterns of fields being harvested and a contrast of colors that the IQ2x0 back will capture in unbelievable detail.

There are no set places (except a few) for shooting in this region.  This is about exploration and opportunity, as a field on one day will be looking totally different the next day.  We will set out and explore this region for sunrise everyday and during the day explore further.  We will be traveling in two vans and we will split up and meet occasionally during the day.  There will be classroom time where Kevin and Jeff will share their imagery as well as their adventures around the world and their approach to seeing and capturing the images they are both famous for.  Both will share their processing and post-processing techniques. 

We will begin our adventure together on the 18th of August.  You’ll arrive at the Spokane airport and be transported to our base hotel in Pullman.  You will check in and around 3:30 we will kick off the event with introductions and an overview of our trip and our goals and what to expect.  You’ll receive the Phase One camera system and be given an overview of how to use it.  The beauty of the Phase One system is it is so easy to use.  The IQ back is so intuitive it doesn’t need much to be up and shooting.  And, shooting is what we hope to do.  Our goal is to shoot the sunset this evening and have you become familiar with the camera.  Phase One will have a team there to help and support you during the whole workshop.  After dinner we will show you how to import your images into Capture One.  You’ll be surprised at how easy all of this is and you will soon see what you have been missing in your images. 

In addition to the camera system Phase One will provide a set of lenses for each van so that you can try out numerous different lens combinations during the workshop.  Lens ranges from 28mm through 240mm will be available. In addition we will also have an ALPA technical camera with us with a bank of lenses.  We’ll help you understand how the ALPA technical cameras function as well as why and where you would want to use one.

 

Beginning the next morning and for the duration of the workshop we will be up before dawn and on our way to locations to catch the hills and fields during sunrise.   We will return for breakfast and much needed coffee.  Based on weather forecast and such we will then mix the daytime hours with either exploration into the field and classroom time covering Capture One and lectures by the instructors.  A uniqueness of LuLa – PODAS workshops is we stay together the whole time.  We eat, shoot, and socialize together.  Discussions on photography and technique will extend beyond the classroom. You’ll be amazed how much you will learn from the instructors, the Phase One team but also from your fellow attendees.  Travel time to locations are like mini-seminars in the vans. Prior to the workshop we will do our best to nail down times for everything but weather and light will be our guide in how we arrange the workshop.

We will also have an optional photograph the Palouse from the air option for those that are interested.  This is a great way to really capture the textures and dynamic patterns of the region. Information on this option will be presented after you register.  We normally will use 2-3 planes taking those that are interested for early morning or late day flights.  Seeing the Palouse from the air is quite amazing.

 

As we near the end of our workshop we will do image critiques as well as be available for one on one help with editing and image selection. You will be responsible for providing 6 images that you have shot during the workshop.  On closing night we show a multi-media show of everyone’s images as well as fun candid shots of our time together.  You’ll receive a certificate for attending.  The only things you need to bring to this workshop is a sturdy tripod, CF cards and your computer.  Everything else we take care of.  

We have visited the Palouse numerous times and each time is another adventure as we explore paved and unpaved roads and discover more treasures of this remarkable area.  The combined experience of the team and instructors will mean you get the shot and come home with some new portfolio prints.  This will be a fun and educational trip not to mention one full of great photography. Kevin and Jeff are looking forward this workshop as much as you are and we all hope you can make a point to join this adventure.

Spaces for this workshop will go quickly.  Class size is limited to 15 attendees so register today.  We will stay in touch with you after you register and provide help in preparing for this workshop.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Raber at kwr@rockhopperworkshops.com or 317-379-7482.  We are committed to making this the best workshop you have ever attended.

Your Instructors

Jeff Schewe

Jeff

Jeff Schewe is a digital pioneer. An award winning advertising photographer by trade, he has been a long-term alpha/beta tester for Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom, and has been personally involved with their development. He is also a well-known fine art printing guru and is an Epson Stylus Pro member and leader of the Epson Print Academy. Jeff is the co-author of “Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS4″ as well as co-author, along with Martin Evening, of “Photoshop CS4 For Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop”.

He’s a member of the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame. Jeff is also a founding partner in PixelGenius, LLC makers of the PhotoKit™ line of plug-ins. Jeff has also been seen in a variety of Luminous Landscape video tutorials along with his on-screen partner, Michael Reichmann, including their Camera To Print and Lightroom tutorials.

Kevin Raber in antarctica

Kevin

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.  

The price for this amazing workshop is $4500.00 It includes . . . 

Register Before April 10, 2014 and Receive A Complimentary Luminous Landscape Video Subscription ( Value $150.00 USD)

• Expert instruction by Kevin and Jeff• Airport pick up and return.  (pick up will be 1:30 PM on August 18 at Spokane Airport and you’ll be returned to the airport by noon time on the 23rd.)

• Single occupancy room at the Holiday Inn in Pullman (it’s a very nice hotel)• All your meals.  Breakfast will be at the hotel.  Lunches will either be catered in the hotel of box lunches in the field.  Dinners will be at various local restaurants.  Dinners include one glass of a nice 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• Airplane flights over the Palouse  are available at extra cost – Prices will be provided after registration as well as sign up forms for this option.

• 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.

Sign up today by downloading the Registration Form and returning it by email.  A $2000.00 deposit is required to hold your spot.  Final payment will be due at the beginning of July.  If you need to cancel, your deposit will be returned if your position can be filled less $200 for transaction fees.

To Register Please Downlaod A Registration Form HERE

Any questions contact Kevin Raber at kwr@rockhopperworkshops.com.

Rockhopper Workshops is the sole US Based provider of workshops for Luminous-Landscape.


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PODAS meets the Mediterranean

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WHEN? May 24th-30th, 2014
WHERE? Halkidiki, Greece.  Specifically the exquisite SANI Resort 

INSTRUCTORS: Jackie Ranken
HOST & PHOTOGRAPHER Fokion Zissiadis

PODAS Halkidiki, Greece

Capture the countless shades of nature, the magnificent seascapes along sandy and rock beaches and the endless beauty of the Mediterranean.

Incorporating some of the best landscape photography scenes, this PODAS will take you to Halkidiki, Greece where you will experience seemingly endless coastline, spectacular mountainous regions and amazing flat sandy beaches.

We will take you to shoot and experience:

• Breathtaking seascape photography
• Extensive wheat and cotton fields
• Sun flower and corn fields
• Picturesque olive and pine trees
• Peach and pomegranate orchards
• Spectacular sand beaches with unique sand-dunes
• Wonderful vistas that produces excellent landscape compositions

On top of that we have the pleasure of accompanying inspiring instructor Jackie Ranken as well as talented photographer and host Fokion Zissiadis. Both will share their experience and photography knowledge with workshop participants to make a fun and unforgettable learning experience. Both Jackie Ranken and Fokion Zissiadis are award-winning, professional photographers who have developed a unique style, a successful practice, and can guide you through many stages of photography – from visualization to workflow processes in addition to various digital imaging techniques.

Instructor:

Jackie Ranken
Jackie Ranken is a multi award-winning landscape art photographer who has established herself as a master photographer with her unique black and white aerial imagery. Her honoraries are long; but what matters to her is that she is out there photographing and exploring who she is, increasing her skills base and expressing herself through her photography. She considers her ‘art’ to be classic black & white landscape photography, where the ‘fine art print’ is the most important end result of the photographic process. Jackie is the co-director of the Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography, along with her partner Mike Langford.
Check our Jackie´s work here: jackieranken.co.nz

Host and photographer:
Fokion Zissiadis
Fokion first took an interest in photography – mainly photographing buildings and urban landscapes – during his years as an architecture student. Later it was nature, on a small or large scale, which became his narrative priority, while he gradually developed more personal, interpretative views of the landscapes he sought to capture. His photographic work covers a wide range of geological phenomena and diverse terrains: deserts, glaciers, savannahs, volcanoes, rivers, seas, mountain ranges and uplands. His photographs use a keen geometrical sense to interpret the quintessence of the landscape with all those features through which the genius loci is expressed.
Check out Fokion´s work here: http://fokionzissiadis.com/

PODAS workshops are well known for accomplishing a lot in just a few days. This workshop will be no different. Locations shots each day are based on weather and light. This is a no worries workshop for you. We will pick you up at the airport and return you to the airport when the workshop is over. Everything in between is covered.

Upon arrival to our workshop hotel you will check in and then we will begin our fun. After an introduction to the agenda, you will be given a Phase One camera IQ2 digital back system that is yours to keep throughout the workshop. If you are not already familiar in working with a Phase One camera, we will make sure you get proper instructions on how to operate the camera so you are ready for an early morning shoot the following day.

Our itinerary will be flexible as each days shooting locations will be based on weather forecasts and cloud cover to determine the best locations. You can count on early morning sunrises while the light is emerging and sunset shoots until the sun sets behind spectacular mountain and peaks.

After sunrise shoots we will enjoy a breakfast and move into the classroom for one of many lectures. These lectures will include composition, photographic philosophies of our instructor and our qualified staff, processing and post processing as well as basic and advanced lesson in Capture One. We will also have a lecture on “Now That You Have Got It What Do You Do With It”. We will spend each afternoon until after sunset shooting at some amazing locations. Followed by a dinner and an opportunity to continue conversations on photography and techniques. There will be plenty of time for one on one print critiques as well as towards the end of the workshop a critique of the group’s favorite images. This will provide an amazing learning experience that will surely improve the way you see and shoot.

PODAS workshops have a certain magic that develops over the days we are together. You’ll learn, share, make new friends and have a few good laughs. We emphasize you’ll have fun and more than anything else you’ll learn some new techniques and return home with some wall worthy images.

Join Jackie, Fokion, the Phase One team members and your fellow photographers for an amazing opportunity of shooting and learning in one of the most beautiful areas of Greece.Register today to be part of an amazing PODAS photo adventure to one of the most extraordinary locations in Europe. This trip and the sites we will see will take your breath away

What to bring
Once you’ve registered, we will stay in touch with you preparing you for the workshop. Your fee covers everything: transportation to and from photographic locations, instruction, hotel room, meals and beverages.

All you need to bring is a sturdy tripod, CF cards and your laptop.

PRICE
USD 5500
Deposit USD 2000

If you have any questions please contact PODAS Drew Altdoerffer, Tel. +45 36 13 11 46 or Anne Schneider, Tel. +45 36 13 11 94 or via email.

We look forward to see you in Greece!

 


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After thawing out from winter, we’re back

It’s been a long winter and we’ve been busy behind the scenes getting ready for 2014.

Now that we’re well into the year we’re happy to say that we have some great workshops lined up, one JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Stay tuned for an update on our next PODAS!  We’re making the official announcement today and can’t wait to get moving.


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T-Minus 1 Day

After Glow, Dolomites 9/14/13

After Glow, Dolomites 9/14/13

We finished  our scouting today and head to Milan to pick up the PODAS workshop attendees tomorrow.  This should be an incredible week of photography.  We have our first day of shooting on Monday.  Should have some fun images to share then.  In the meantime enjoy the afterglow of sunset tonight.


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Dolomites PODAS Starts

The Picture Definition Of The Dolomites

The Picture Definition Of The Dolomites

The Phase One team and instructors arrived in the Dolomites today.  We did a brief location scouting trip.  This image is the postcard definition of the Dolomites.  Watch here regularly during the next week as we share the workshop experience here on the PODAS Blog.


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The Kimberley Gang

The Kimberley PODAS group Shot

The Kimberley PODAS group Shot

The recent Kimberley PODAS workshop was an incredible experience. The Crew of the True North and the group of photographers on the trip were the absolute best. As you can see by this image we are having a great time.

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