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Night Photography Workshop in Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town

July 31st-August 3rd, in Eastern California
with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

Schedule:
July 31st – Optional Lightroom 5 Class in Lee Vining
August 1st – Tioga Pass or Mono Lake
August 2nd and 3rd – Bodie Ghost Town

Steve's Rock by Scott Martin

Tioga Pass, Mono Lake and Bodie ghost town are not only some of our favorite locations that we’ve been making images in for decades, we’ve also been leading night photography workshops here for the past ten years. We think you’ll find Mono Lake’s signature monolithic rock structures that extend upward from the lake are ideal for night photography. The dramatic granite moonscapes of Tioga Pass (more…)


Commentary: Monitors are bad and noise (can be) good

We’d like to think that todays $1000+ LED LCD displays are great but I’m going to say they’re not. They suck actually. We just don’t know better because we haven’t seen anything better – yet. Today’s displays are like cars from the 1970s – much better transportation than a decade prior but still horribly polluting, underpowered and unsafe in comparison to what’s coming in the next few decades. Today’s desktop computer monitors are fairly low resolution ranging from 72-150ppi. While this works fine for 95% of the people out there communicating via email and browsing the web, its having some negative consequences when it comes to photographic image development. People are over sharpening their images and including too much localized contrast. Most importantly, we’re taking out noise that can be beautiful and make prints look incredible.

The original digital capture [left and above right] is so typicially clean that it can lead to bland, boring prints. With grain added in LR/ACR the image prints beutifully with a luscious, precision fine texture. We’ve come to the incorrect assumption that becuase noise and grain looks terrible onscreen it will be equally terrible in print. That’s a false assumption. (more…)


Night Photography Workshop: Death Valley

March 19-21, 2014 in Death Valley, CA
with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

Death Valley by Scott Martin

Lance Keimig and I invite you to join us in Death Valley in March. Unlike our usual Full Moon Night Photography workshops, this one will take place in the waning stage of the lunar cycle which will offer us some dark skies full of stars. I’ve come to love this time of night after the sun has gone down and before the moon comes up. It will be a great chance to rely upon light painting and make some ‘galactic sky’ images. We are also going to some unusual and remote locations in the park that most workshops don’t get to.

There will also be lots of opportunities for light drawing as well as light painting. Adding add to these scenes will be an important process towards getting a satifiying image. This intensive workshop is intended for photographers with a (more…)


2014 Iceland Photography Tour

February 2 – 11,2014 in Iceland
with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

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Iceland has been a popular destination for photography workshops for the last ten years or so, and for good reason. We’ll have 9 days and 8 nights to explore and photograph this amazingly beautiful country, and all expenses except international airfare, gratuities, and alcohol are included. Having two instructors<!–more–> promises lots of one-on-one attention with participants!

Northern Lights

If you have ever wanted to see or photograph the northern lights, this is a great opportunity. We are a bit obsessed with the night sky and like all of our night photography workshops,  we will be shooting at night as well as the day. The Aurora has been especially active over the last year, and with a little luck, the pattern will continue thru the winter of 2014. During this tour, we will go out to photograph at night whenever the weather is decent. The best time for viewing the Northern Lights is at night from October to April.

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Itinerary

Our itinerary will focus on the south and west sides of Iceland, and we’ll make the most of our time with a balance between seeing as much as we can, and not being constantly on the move. The proposed itinerary below will be modified to fit the weather and interests of the group.

Feb 2nd
Flights depart from the US in the evening for an overnight flight to Reykjavik.

Day 1 – Feb 3rd
Arrive at Keflavík airport early in the morning, where we will be greeted by Chris, our guide for the trip. Head west towards the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. If weather is good we could do a detour into Borgarfjörður to photograph the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Arrive at Hotel Hellnar in the afternoon, check-in and head out to shoot soon after. Evening shoot close to Hellnar, Búðir or Arnarstapi./p>

Day 2 – Feb 4th
We explore more of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Locations include Svalþúfubjarg cliff, Lóndrangar sea stacks and Djúpalón pebble beach. On the north side of the Peninsula we have small fishing villages, waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss and mount Kirkjufell and Berserkjahraun lava field.

Day 3 – Feb 5th
Travel day towards the south shore to our final destination of Vík. During our drive we stop at waterfall Skógafoss and the evening shoot will most likely be at Víkurfjara or Reynisfjara beach.

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Day 4 – Feb 6th
Another day for the locations near Vík. We can go the beaches again and Dyrhólaey cliff, back to Skógafoss waterfall if people want. Stay Another night at Vík.

Day 5 – Feb 7th
Travel east towards Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Stops for photography on our way would typically be Eldhraun lava field, Foss á Síðu, Dverghamrar. Arrive at Hótel Gerði in the afternoon and head out to lagoon for shooting

Day 6 – Feb 8th
After a morning shoot with Icebergs on the beach we go to Skaftafell national park, photograph Svartifoss waterfall and Svínafellsjökull glacier. Explore and photograph an ice cave.

Day 7 – Feb 9th
Another day for glacier lagoons and ice bergs, glaciers and possibly ice caves.

Day 8 – Feb 10th
Travel back towards the city, revisit some locations on our way back, typically I aim for getting the evening light at Dyrhólaey cliff. We then stay our last night in either Hvolsvöllur or Hvergerði (both relatively close to Reykjavík)

Day 9 – Feb 11th
Drive towards the airport at Reykjanes Peninsula for our afternoon flight home. Before arriving at the airport, we will shoot on one or two final locations on the Reykjanes Peninsula – perhaps lake Kleifarvatn and Reykjanestá- a lighthouse and cliff with sea stacks.

Some people may choose to travel a day or two early to have time to adapt to the new time zone, or to see Reykjavik, the capital city. If you choose to do this, we can suggest accommodations in the city. If you arrive early, you’ll need to make your own way to Reykjavik, but we are happy to offer suggestions

What To Expect

This photo tour will feature long days and nights with intense periods of photography. It’s not a workshop- there is no formal instruction, lectures or critiques. There won’t be time, as we’ll be photographing day and night. This is not to say that it won’t be a learning experience, but the first and foremost goal of this trip is to provide you with a comfortable and organized opportunity to create images of the dramatic landscapes of iceland and of the Aurora. You’ll be working closely with people of varying levels of photographic experience, and we’ll all learn from each other and making friends along the way. Scott and I will be available to work with you in the field offering both creative and technical advice. There may be time for casual sharing and review of images, especially if there is some weather.

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Weather

Expect temperatures to be as cold as 20° Fahrenheit, but mostly temps will hover around freezing day and night. It may rain, it may snow, and the wind will definitely blow. despite being called Iceland, the winters are not nearly as bad as they are in the American Midwest or northern New England!

Meals, Accommodations, and What To Bring:

We will be staying in small hotels that are simple, clean and comfortable, and often used by photo tour groups like this one. All meals are included during the tour, with breakfast and evening meals generally being taken at our hotel, and lunches will generally be packed picnic lunches on the go. There will be lots of seafood- but other choices as well. Snacks and alcoholic beverages are not included. Dietary restrictions can be catered to with advance notice. Extensive information about clothing and camera gear will be provided upon registration.

Fine Print

The price of this trip includes:
* Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
* Transportation in the comfortable AWD minibus during the tour.
* 8 nights hotel accommodation
* Full board from breakfast on day one to breakfast on day 9
* Professional Icelandic tour guide Chris Lund
* One on one time with professional photographers Lance Keimig and Scott Martin
* Day and night photography at some of the most spectacular locations in Iceland
* With a little luck, the Aurora Borealis

The price of this trip does not include:
* International airfare from your home city
* Travel insurance
* Equipment insurance
* Alcoholic beverages

Registration

The minimum group size is six, the maximum is ten.
The base price of the trip is $5595 based on single accommodation (1 person per room).
Two people sharing a room can deduct $350 each from the cost of their tour
Your deposit of $500 (due at registration) guarantees you a spot on the tour.
A payment of $2000 will due Novemner 1, 2013
A second $2000 payment will due December 1, 2013
A final payment of $1095 will be due January 1, 2014.

Credit card deposits are accepted for the initial deposit. Further payments can be paid by check with a $100 refund onte final payment, or by credit cards subject to a 3.5% credit card transaction fee.

Photos on this page are © 2013 Scott Martin

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Lightroom for Pros

February 18th, 2013, 9am – 4pm in Houston Texas
with Scott Martin in conjunction with ASMP

This 1 day workshop takes an intense look at optimizing photography workflows from capture-to-print using Adobe Lightroom. Skipping the basics, we’ll focus on the nitty gritty details necessary for professionals in the field. This workshop will be held at a photography studio downtown with lunch at the infamous Last Concert Cafe.

Topics of discussion:
Lessoning dependency on Photoshop
The DNG format and how to incorporate it into your workflow
File Management
Organizing your images and preparing for 100,000+ image libraries
High Volume storage management
Image Development with the new 2012 pipeline
Making your images sing
Printing from Lightroom
UV Curable Printing
Timelapse workflow with Lightroom (more…)


Icelandic Photo Tour

private workshops on demand

studioOne-on-one printmaking workshops

Full day, hands-on training session at my printmaking studio or yours
for intermediate and advanced photographers
by appointment

studioWorkflow Audit with Lightroom 4 Training

4-8 hour, hands-on workflow review and training session at my studio or yours
for professional photographers
by appointment

september 2012

PSWLong Exposure Night Photography sold out!

4 hour “Pre-Con” seminar limited to 100 people
September 7 2012 Photoshop World, Las Vegas, NV
by Scott Martin with special guest Russell Brown

october 2012

PSWMaster the Night: Marfa, TX sold out!

3 day private workshop for university faculty
October 26-28 2012 El Cosmico, Marfa, TX
by Scott Martin

upcoming….

Mastering the Night: Death Valley (in planning stages)

4 day and night photography workshop with classroom instruction
February 2013, exact dates to be announced, Death Valley, CA
led by Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

Mastering the Night: Big Bend (in planning stages)

4 day and night photography workshop with classroom instruction
fall of 2013, exact dates to be announced, West Texas
led by Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

PhotoMUSE: New York City (in planning stages)

5 day photography workshop with street shooting and classroom instruction
exact dates to be announced, New York City, New York
led by Penny De Los Santos, Lynn Johnson and Scott Martin

The Iconic American Landscape (in planning stages)

4 day photography workshop plus 3 day advanced “off the beaten track” option
exact dates to be announced, Moab, Utah
led by Scott Martin and Andy Biggs

I love traveling around the world teaching these workshops and being apart of people’s creative process. At the same time, I have my own personal photography projects that I’m focusing on more heavily than ever. The trend is that I’m teaching less of the group workshops to the general public and more custom workshops for individuals and small groups. So let me know if you’d like to work together putting together something customized in your area.

previous workshops

Mastering the Night: Mono Lake

July 1-4 2012, Mono Lake, California
led by Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

PSWLong Exposure Night Photography Image Stacking

March 24 2012 Photoshop World, Washington DC
led by Scott Martin and Russell Brown

Precise Photography Workflow with Adobe Lightroom

February 16-18th 2012, Xalapa, Mexico led by Scott Martin

PhotoMUSE: Austin 

November 6-11th 2011, Austin, Texas
led by Penny De Los Santos, Lynn Johnson and Scott Martin

Full Moon Night Photography in Big Bend, Texas

October 9-12 2011, Big Bend Texas, led by Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

Mastering Long Exposure Night Photography

September 7 2011 Photoshop World, Las Vegas, Nevada, led by Scott Martin and Russell Brown

The Nocturnes Night Photography Festival: Celebrating 20 Years

June 12-15 2011, Mono Lake, California, led by Lance Keimig, Tim Baskerville and Scott Martin

Night photography from capture to print in Big Bend, Texas

October 20th-23rd 2010, Big Bend Texas, led by Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

Full Moon Night Photography in Mono Lake

August 22-25 2010, Mono Lake, California, led by Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

The Iconic American West Landscape

April 28th-May 2nd, 2010, Moab Utah, led by Scott Martin and Andy Biggs

Yes, you really do have to learn this File Management Stuff

October 16th, 2009, Houston TX, led by Scott Martin in conjunction w/ASMP

Yes, you really do have to learn this File Management Stuff

September 13th, 2009, University of Texas, Austin TX, led by Scott Martin

Precise Photography Workflow with Adobe Lightroom

February 8th 2010, San Antonio TX, led by Scott Martin

Precise Photography Workflow with Adobe Lightroom

November 9th 2009, San Antonio TX, led by Scott Martin

Precise Photography Workflow with Adobe Lightroom

August 21-23rd 2009, Houston Center for Photography, Houston TX, led by Scott Martin

Please contact us if you are interested in having a workshop brought to your business or organization. Private one-on-one training is also available.

March 29 – April 6, 2013 in Iceland
with Lance Keimig, Tim Vollmer and Scott Martin

Iceland Night Photos

Iceland is a popular destination for so many reasons. This trip will be special in that it comes at the end of winter at what is essentially the best time to photograph the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis in the next decade. We’ll have 8 days and 7 nights to explore and photograph this amazingly beautiful country, and all expenses except airfare, gratuities, and alcohol are included. The trip will be co-led with Lance Keimig and Tim Vollmer (whose photographs illustrate this page). Having three instructors (more…)


Mastering the Night: Death Valley

March 2-4, 2013 in Death Valley, CA
optional Lightroom class on March 1st
with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

Death Valley by Scott Martin

Lance Keimig and I invite you to join us in Death Valley in March. We’re shaking things up for this workshop and doing several things diffrrently than we normally do. Unlike our usual Full Moon Night Photography workshops, this one will take place in the waning stage of the lunar cycle which will offer us some dark skies full of stars. I’ve come to love this time of night after the sun has gone down and before the moon comes up. It will be a great chance to rely upon light painting and make some ‘galactic sky’ images. We are also going to some unusual and remote locations in the park that most workshops don’t get to.

There will also be lots of opportunities for light drawing as well as light painting. Adding add to these scenes will be an important process towards getting a satifiying image. This intensive workshop is intended for photographers with a (more…)


Workshops for University Faculty

I just finished a private workshop in Marfa, TX with 15 faculty from the AT&T Learning Studio’s Faculty Enrichment program at ACU. Not only did the university photography instructors come, but also several designers, cinematographers and those working in modern “media” forms (eBooks, video, web, etc). I really loved the diversity of this group, and the workshop provided them a chance to get out of their comfort zone and apply their creativity in ways that was different from what they were used to. They were enthusiastic, open minded and energetic. We had a ball.

With photography changing so quickly, I especially enjoy opportunities to discuss the challenges this presents for higher education professionals. None of us can afford to stick to our old ways. There are just too many exciting changes and implications to stand still. Tools like Photoshop are last-decade technology while a new frontier of applications are emerging that better fit our workflows that are intertwined with high volumes of imagery and processes like time lapse and video.

Please let me know if you’d like to discuss the evolving medium of photography at your university.