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Composition and Light in Outdoor Photography
with Bill Ellzey
March 14 - March 17, 2012

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What makes a photographer stop and look at the sky, the trees, a building? It can be something out of the ordinary, or just the light, a shadow, a shape. But it is also what we the photographer bring to the moment, the way we see. This workshop is about just that—seeing, and seeing deeply. It’s about developing an awareness to light and to composition.

On the first morning, Bill critiques your work, then follows up with a review period of digital capture. To hone your ability to see, or recognize, compositions and light quality in Santa Fe’s alluring natural landscape and scenes around town, we go out for morning and afternoon field sessions, where our subject matter is the forest, mountains, plains and desert, as well as Santa Fe’s unique Southwestern architecture.

Between field sessions we return to our laptops in the classroom for downloading, organizing, editing and making adjustments to our RAW captures. We examine basic rules of composition (as well as the world of no rules!) and how to find that exact right place for you and your camera.

This workshop is primarily a practice in creating great compositions in the best light. Such visual practice, and its subsequent heightened awareness, can be then applied to any form of photography you want to do.


Bill Ellzey: Bill Ellzey picked up his first camera in 1965, at age 20, little knowing that photography would become his profession. Since...

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