We’ve all seen the typical desert landscapes which are largely about lighting: saguaros silhouetted against blazing sunsets; early or late light transforming the rocks and plants from drab green to rich gold. This workshop will certainly include plenty of these, taking advantage of sunrises and sunsets — but what about the rest of the day?
Craig is a master of technique, especially when it comes to close-ups, which can often look great even under midday sun. He will teach you easy-to-use techniques to expand or limit your depth of field to the precise areas you wish, allowing you to show the desert landscape in a way you likely have never seen it photographed before.
Higher sun can also be used effectively for black and white images, and Craig will go over the best ways to digitally convert your blah color images into striking black and white photographs with eye-popping contrast.
You’ll photograph the desert landscape at the peak of wildflower bloom, and a day trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will allow you to photograph many of the native animals in very naturalistic settings.
Craig will guide you through the week with pre-outing lessons, in-field assistance, and unmatched, skill-building critiques.
While Craig is best known for his photography of Lake Superior, his early career included photography for calendars of the mountain west and its wildlife, so he is well-versed in working within desert landscape.