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Southern Utah Photography Workshop 2020

Various locations in Southern Utah

Please join us for our 2020 Southern Utah photography workshop! Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut will be hosting this popular photographic workshop again, open to all photographers, traditional and digital, of any experience level. This is the season that is usually prime time for amazing fall colors in the canyons of Southern Utah with daytime and evening temperatures being ideal. This is truly a unique American West experience and photographer's paradise.

Capitol Reef National Park and the stunning and highly photogenic erosion around the Factory Butte area will be an early workshop destination for us. We will spend a minimum of one day here and very likely a portion of day 2. Motels are available (as well as showers for those who wish to camp) at nearby Hanksville. The next couple days we will be exploring the San Rafael Swell where our motel base (and showers for campers) will be Green River, UT, about 30 minutes from our destinations in the San Rafael Swell. We will visit some true highlights of the area including Goblin Valley, rarely explored canyons, petroglyphs and pictographs. Long distance hiking and dangerous, steep jeep roads will NOT be planned for this workshop.

Please check back frequently for updates to our itinerary and feel free to email Lynn Radeka if you have suggestions on potential locations. Contact Lynn Radeka

This workshop is open to all photographers whether shooting large or small format black and white or color, traditional or digital! Lunches during the day will be provided by Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut, except for occasional indoor restaurant lunches, but each participant is expected to be self-sufficient with regards to campground breakfasts, campground dinners, or all indoor dining.

Please inquire about any concerns or limitations.

Lynn and Ron will be reviewing each day's shoot on a laptop computer and commenting on possible image manipulations and improvements. Contrast masking (for photographers shooting film) will be discussed as well as other traditional developing/printing methods. Digital photographers will enjoy the array of interesting software programs and techniques we may be demonstrating as well, including focus stacking for extreme depth of field and HDR for controlling extreme contrast. More importantly, the workshop flow will be largely determined by the needs and desires of the workshop participants, ensuring a very enjoyable experience for everyone.

Lynn will be handing out durable viewing cards (an aid in visualizing compositions) to everyone. He will be assisting attendees in obtaining the best exposures and white balance settings using RAW format for those photographers shooting digital, and zone system methods, previsualization, exposure, development, view camera controls and selection of filters to those photographers shooting traditional large format. All participants will be given a discount code for products from ProgreyUSA (world class filters and filter holders).

This photography workshop will also teach the use of contrast masking in your previsualization routine. This will help traditional photographers learn how to previsualize images with the intent of applying contrast masking (or other specialized darkroom procedures) to the final prints. Surprisingly, this often results in images being shot that otherwise might be passed up due to lack of local contrast on the scene or elements that aren't well separated from surrounding detail. The intended use of masking can alter the exposure and development given to the negative.

Tag-alongs are not allowed on this workshop except for spouses, which will be required to be self-sufficient. This workshop is limited to six paid participants. Please see the signup details below.

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