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NEW Phase One PODAS Workshop – Palouse, Washington

The Palouse - Photo By Art Wolfe

Join us on a remarkable landscape photography workshop in the Palouse countryside.

For the first time in more than a year, Michael Reichmann of the famous Luminous-Landscape will be leading this workshop with world-renowned nature and landscape photographer Art Wolfe. These are two of the best known photographers in the business, and we are going to explore a beautiful part of the American Landscape.

To enhance this workshop further, all attendees will be loaned the state-of-the-art Phase One IQ160 camera system (featuring the Phase One DF camera, the new 60 megapixel IQ160 digital back and 75-150mm zoom lens) to shoot with during the workshop.

This is a must attend workshop.  Spaces will go quickly and are limited. Register today to assure a spot on this PODAS workshop.

Visit our web site HERE for detailed information. A link to online registration will be found here.


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PODAS Students Follow Through

At each PODAS workshop we have a classroom discussion about “Now That You Got It What Do You Do With It”. This part of the workshop covers ideas about what to do with all the images you are making, especially those on the PODAS workshop. We discuss book publishing, framing, mounting, printing and how to share images using the web. One of the topics on the web part is starting a blog and putting your work out there. One of our recent Death Valley PODAS Attendees did just that. Jay Lolli came back from PODAS and started his own blog. You can visit Jay’s blog here.  Please consider joining us on one of our PODAS workshops and you will learn all sorts of ideas on many topics and most of all you will take your photography to new heights.


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Chicago Architectural PODAS Announced

Wrigely Building - Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL

Phase One and the PODAS team are happy to announce our first ever Chicago Architectural Photography Workshop. This will be an amazing chance to try your hand at photographing the man-made landscape and learn from two of the finest architectural shooters there is. Jeffrey Totaro and Chis Barrett will lead this workshop with the PODAS team and we will explore the architecture of Chicago. Included will be sessions for interior and exterior photography, a boat cruise, classroom sessions on Capture One, and the business of architectural photography and post production with a Photoshop segment by Jeff Schewe.  As always everything is included once you arrive. You’ll receive a Phase One camera system and lens as well as the NEW IQ160 back to use during the duration of the workshop. For complete details visit our web page. Don’t hesitate – register today.  Spaces are going fast. Limited to 15 people.


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One Of Those Mornings

Death Valley - Dunes - By David Chew

The PODAS Death Valley workshop is over.  It was an amazing few days with some absolutely great photography.  Weather and beautiful light helped a lot, not to mention the great group we had.  On the last morning before we were all ready to head home two of our attendees decided to venture out and do one last sunrise.  It’s not like 6 4:30 AM sunrises were enough.  Grant Taylor and David Chew opted for one more visit to the Dunes.  They got there and the winds were calm but almost instantly the winds started howling and blowing sand all over.  This did not deter them though. You can take a beating on the dunes when sand is flying.   They ventured out into the dunes and did the sunrise.  The image above was by David Chew using his brand new P65+ digital back on an ALPA camera system.  Sometimes you need to take the beating to get the image.  I’m sure you’ll agree it is a great looking image.  We’ll share more images made by the attendees in the coming weeks.  Thanks David for sharing.


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Beatty – Rhyolite Field Trip and Special Ending

Death Valley Sunset

After our dawn shoot at the Dunes we spent the morning enhancing our Capture One skills and working on the images for the final night slide show. We had a great lunch as all our meals have been and then headed off for a field trip. I like taking everyone for a cultural experience on Death Valley trips to a ton outside of the park called Beatty. It’s kind of hard to describe Beatty other than there is lots of colorful folks. A tradition on PODAS trips is to leave our mark in various places and we already did this at Tea Kettle Junction. Today we were able to add our signed dollar bills to hundreds of others at the local Saloon. There we met some interesting folks and had a chance to take a mid afternoon break and have a few laughs. This was followed by a few hours shoot at the ghost town of Rhyolite. We had incredible light and a lot of fun there. The as we were leaving a storm front was coming in and the clouds and light began to dramatically change. I knew where we had to be and we raced off for the other side of the mountain for a view down the valley. We arrived at just the right time to catch the most spectacular sunset. It was just amazing to stand at the top of he valley and see these clouds light up and the valley below. The group was feeling good…the money shot had been captured. We headed back to cocktails and a great dinner together.


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Devils Golf Course

The Devils Golf Course

A very cool place in Death Valley that is not visited much is the Devils Golf Course. It must be named that because only the devil could place on something so evil and hard to walk on.  we were treated to a wonderful sunset and came away with lots of good images. During the day Guy Mancuso the instructor on this trip made his presentation and Capture One was presented in the afternoon. Another busy day. And, by the way the food is great and we are all making some super new friends. Truly a great and special group.


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Badwater Dawn

Bad Water Dawn

This has been a non-stop workshop so far. So much to do so little time to do it. Anyone that has been on a PODAS knows that there is lots of photography and then classroom time. Today we started out in Badwater for dawn. This is an amazing salt flats that are 278 below sea level. The sun comes up over one mountain and lights up the other mountain. What was really special here was we were treated to three fly overs of the B2 bomber. Apparently the Air Force was also taking advantage of the great weather doing photo opps over the mountain ridge.