Class description: Learn to shoot beautiful landscapes with celebrated photographer Rachid Dahnoun whose work appears with world renowned clients such as National Geographic, Microsoft, Backpacker Magazine and many more. This on location 2-day immersive workshop in beautiful Paradise Valley (40 minutes north of Winnemucca) will teach you the core principles of landscape photography and give you the confidence you need to push your work and creative vision to the next level. You will learn how to successfully and creatively shoot sunrise/early morning, late afternoon/sunset and dusk/night in a quintessential rural Nevada environment. Paradise Valley offers a number of stunning photo opportunities and we will have several days to explore the area. We will be staying in Paradise Valley and have additional access to private ranch property giving us a plethora of wonderful locations to photograph. We will cover:
- Shoot planning and pre-visualization
- Composition techniques
- Shooting and focusing techniques
- How to successfully capture sunrise and sunset
- Long exposures
- Photographing at night
- Light painting at night
- When to use and not use photographic filters
- Taking multiple exposures for blending/compositing
- Post-processing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop
This workshop is limited to 6 participants to maximize one-on-on time with your instructor.
Lodging: Lodging in Paradise Valley is included in the price of this workshop. Your price includes a private room with a queen size bed. Bathrooms will be shared with other participants.
Food: Continental breakfast and some snacks are included as part of your workshop fee and will be available at our lodgings. Lunches and dinners are NOT included in your workshop price. There is access to a full kitchen, if you choose to bring or prepare food. There is also a bar/grill in the community with a limited menu.
Detailed Workshop Schedule:
Day 1: We will meet in the early afternoon and get settled in our lodgings in beautiful Paradise Valley. From there we will do a brief course overview, go through everyone’s equipment and head out into the field to capture the sunset. After a break for dinner in Paradise, students will have the option to go to another location to photograph the night sky and/or learn light painting techniques.
Day 2: There will be multiple shooting sessions on this day. First, we will head out to capture sunrise and beautiful early morning scenes throughout Paradise Valley. We will then return to the house for breakfast where students can start uploading and processing their photos. Students will have from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to work on their photos and grab lunch on their own. We will then reconvene at 2 p.m. for individual instruction and critique on student photos for several hours. From there we will head out to capture late afternoon light and sunset back in Paradise Valley. After a break for dinner students will have the option to go to another location to photograph the night sky and/or learn light painting techniques.
Day 3: We will wake up to shoot a final sunrise. After the shoot we will return to our lodgings, eat breakfast, pack up and head back to Winnemucca.
Student equipment Requirements:
- Digital SLR or mirrorless camera and lenses. Wide angle, mid-range and telephoto lens options are preferred.
- Students may want to consider renting cameras and lenses from BorrowLenses borrowlenses.com/ or LensRentals www.lensrentals.com/ for this class.
- Tripod preferably with ball head
- Remote cable release
- Extra charged camera battery
- Media storage card for camera
- Camera filters such as a polarizer, neutral density filters and graduated neutral density filters are not required but are welcome on the course.
- Laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 2020 and Adobe Photoshop CC 2020 (trials available at https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom-classic.html and http://adobe.com/photoshop)
- Enough clothing and toiletries to be comfortable for a 2-night stay in Paradise Valley
- Warm clothing layers, sturdy shoes, flashlight and/or headlamp
- Water and Snacks
- Cash and/or credit card for meals and any other purchases you require in Paradise
- Your own vehicle for transportation (we will carpool when possible)
Prerequisites: A strong desire to chase light in one of Nevada’s most beautiful valleys. This course is as much for the beginner as it is for the experienced pro. We will have a small class size of 6 giving multiple opportunities for one-on-one instruction no matter your skill level. Some experience developing images in Adobe Lightroom CC or with Adobe Camera RAW in Photoshop will be helpful but is not required. Please come to class with the app Photo Pills installed on your smartphone or tablet.
Safety Notes: Students must be able to comfortably and safely walk over uneven ground which may be covered in dirt and/or mud. Students will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate in this class. As this class takes place outdoors, it is subject to weather. If the weather forecast is determined to be unsafe or conducive to photography, students will be notified as far in advance of the class as possible.
Workshop Session Details
2020 Location Landscape Photography Paradise Valley with Rachid Dahnoun
April 1, 2020 (afternoon) – April 3, 2020 (morning)
Wednesday, April 1 , 2020
2:00 P.M. – 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
5:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. & 3:00 P.M.-11:00 P.M.
Friday, April 3, 2020
5:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Rachid Dahnoun – More than a photographer, Rachid Dahnoun is a visual storyteller who draws viewers into the earth’s wildest places. His award-winning images earned him a coveted spot on the Nikon 100 List composed of the world’s top 100 rising photographic stars—and in fact, nighttime photography is one of Dahnoun’s specialties (the cover of National Geographic’s Night Sky of North America features one of his spectacular Milky Way shots).
A Lowepro Global Ambassador and DroboPro, Dahnoun is both a photographer and a director. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, such as National Geographic, Backpacker, The New York Times, SKI, Forbes, and Outside. Some of his commercial clients include Microsoft, Time Inc., AARP, Coors Light, Visit California, and Vail Resorts. He also works with non-profits dedicated to landscape conservation: National Parks Conservation Association, The Trust for Public Land, and The Conservation Fund are among his favorite organizations.
An outdoor adventurer at heart, Dahnoun is comfortable working solo, even in harsh winter climates and rainforests. But he’s also an experienced director who can conduct large crews with his trademark blend of efficiency and humor. That affability has made him a sought-after speaker for such events as the Photokina conference in Cologne, Germany and the Tandem Stills and Motion Summit (where he delivered the keynote address). As an instructor, Dahnoun offers photography workshops through Lowepro and other outlets.
Traveling more than 200 days a year, Dahnoun jokes that his business card should read “professional packer,” and as a surfer, snowboarder, mountain biker and hiker, he’s accustomed to toting all manner of equipment. Yet some of his favorite haunts are close to home: With studios in South Lake Tahoe and Healdsburg, California (the de facto capital of Sonoma’s wine country), he logs frequent trips into the Sierra and along Sonoma’s picturesque coastline—often accompanied by wife Regina and his dog Avery.