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Join Nikonians Academy instructor Michael Mariant for a rare, private-format, one-time-only workshop in Yosemite National Park on May 16-18, 2014. This workshop will be limited to only FIVE Nikonians students!
Workshop Dates: Friday, October 3rd, 9:00am to Sunday, October 5th, 8:00pm
Workshop Fee: $795
For over 30 years, Michael as been trekking throughout Yosemite with a specific focus on the black and white landscape scene. Michael started with the Mamiya RB67 medium format camera, applying the extremely refined Zone System techniques as taught to him by his B&W mentor, a former assistant to the legendary Ansel Adams. It was only a few years later that Michael moved from medium-format to the larger 4x5 negative, first with a studio 4x5 camera, then to his current Toyo field camera that has served him for over 20 years.
When Michael isn't shooting for The Associated Press, traveling around the world with Semester at Sea, or teaching Nikonians Academy workshops, he retreats for private time and personal shooting in Yosemite Valley, a location he has photographed inside-out and knows every nook and cranny. And now it is your chance to join Michael on one of his private retreats, learning to see Yosemite Valley in the black & white landscape scene as only the legends have photographed it.
The key to the successful black and white landscape scene, utilizing the zone system, comes down to two components: reading the scene correctly for black & white, and controlling the contrast of the print values relative to the subject luminance. Those two components have not changed in the least bit since the transition from film to digital. And it is these two components that Michael will focus on for this three-day course.
Michael shares: "It's not about taking a color scene that you like and later converting it to B&W through post-production software. While the B&W conversion is a critical step, it does not dictate the photograph. It is only the final step in a multi-step process that starts with reading the landscape scene for the final B&W show print. Applying the Zone System principles while shooting creates the the vital framework necessary for having that full range of tones — all 10 zones — that defines the striking nature of Ansel Adams' images. It is not about seeing what type of B&W image you can make, but seeing the scene in B&W and for what the photograph can ultimately become. The mental and physical steps actually do not differ much at all from silver-based films to digital photography!"
Are you ready to see the full picture? Are you ready to apply the technical and visual steps together to bring home a multitude of jaw-dropping show prints from Yosemite Valley? Only five Nikonians can attend this unique one-time-only course taught by our award-winning instructor Michael Mariant.
*** NOTE: Michael asks that the Nikonians that sign up for this course are: 1) Comfortable in shooting in manual mode; 2) Understand how to use the in-camera spot meter or a hand-held spot meter; 3) Understand how to use the histogram not for exposure but for reading the tonal range of the image; 4) Are comfortable with RAW format coupled with exposure camera controls; 5) Are comfortable and can navigate their way around Photoshop or Lightroom, and use adjustment layers; 6) Are willing to participate in the workshop planning and prep via email discussion prior to the workshop start.
This three-day course will focus on the full black & white shooting process, from learning to see in B&W to post-processing conversion steps … and everything in-between:
• Monochrome Shooting Theory & Conversion Theory
• Mastering Mono in the Camera
• Seeing the Visual Conversion of Color Tones to B&W
• Compositional Theory in Lanscapes
• Spot Metering for Exposure Control
• Exercising Zone System Techniques for Expanding the Tonal Range
• Full Tonal Range Projections in Histrograms
• Key Shifting Previsualization & Application
• Converting RAW Images to a Mono Finish
• Color Control in Mono Conversions
• Creative Mono Finishes
• Split-Tone Techniques
• Plug-In Options in Post-Production
Your instructor, Michael, will also provide you with a complimentary physical "tool" to add to your camera bag arsenal, one of the dirty little secrets in landscape photography, to help you see in black & white.
Workshop Capacity: Strictly limited to five students
Deadline to enroll: September 19th
The workshop will begin at 9am on Friday, October 3rd with an orientation and first lecture session. Following an early lunch, the small group will head out for an afternoon and pre-sunset window of shooting. Following dinner, everyone will gather for image review.
The second day of the workshop will start with a morning shooting session, a late morning lecture, lunch, and then the first post-processing lecture and session, The group will then head out again for a late afternoon and pre-sunset window of shooting, with an image review following dinner.
Day three of the workshop mirrors Day Two, with the workshop wrapping up with a concluding dinner following the sunset shooting opportunity.
The workshop fee covers your instruction and teaching materials; participants are responsible for their own food and lodging. Workshop students must secure their own lodging in Yosemite Valley. Curry Village will be the workshop base operations; there are several lodging options at Curry Village, as well as at Yosemite Lodge and the Ahwahnee Hotel. Please do NOT book your lodging outside of Yosemite Valley, including Wawona and El Portal. Plan on securing lodging to accommodate a 9am start on Friday morning and a post-dinner departure on Sunday night.
The airport of arrival and departure is Fresno-Yosemite International Airport. Travel time from the airport to Yosemite Valley is approximately 2.5 hours. There are two hotels, Picadilly Inn and Holiday Inn, located directly across the street from the airport.
Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.