The World Around You

with Kristen Ryan


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Take your landscape photography to the next level as you explore the beauty of the world around you. Learn to authentically, creatively and confidently capture the magic of nature in your imagery.

The World Around You will immerse you in nature and open your eyes to the beauty in the ordinary and extraordinary. You will learn how to combine the elements of landscape photography and create memorable images in all in kinds of light and conditions, day to night. Technical considerations such as settings, focus, bracketing and use of filters will be covered in depth. You will learn about the compositional elements that enhance the frame and how to use them for maximum depth and impact. Additional considerations for human inclusion, geographic settings, and seasonal atmosphere will allow each student to personalize their workshop experience. You will come out of class having explored and pushed your creativity in post processing, whether in Lightroom, Photoshop, or both. And at the end of class, we will find the beauty in the dark, as the stars and city lights shine in the night.


Solid understanding of shooting in manual mode and proficiency in Lightroom or ACR/Photoshop or both. While we cover a significant amount of landscape processing in both Lightroom and Photoshop in this class, the software basics are not part of the syllabus

what you’ll get

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4 Instructional PDFs

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


2 instructional videos on filters.

2 videos exploring focal lengths and variety in landscapes

22 instructional post processing videos


Full participation students will be able to participate in two Live Q&A Sessions where images can be submitted for editing. Study along students will be able to download and view the recorded sessions.

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Bonus PDF “Behind the Shot” of Alumni work




Choosing Helpful Gear

Personal Reflection Exercise

Brainstorming shooting locations

Lesson One


Lens and focal length considerations for landscape

Metering for landscapes

Aperture and focus

Creative Shutter speed

Polarizers, Neutral Density filters and Graduated filters

Landscapes in all types of light

Landscape lighting with human inclusion

Starbursts & reflections

Long exposure tips for water and clouds


Weekly exercises utilizing filters

Critique assignment is to choose one:

1- One setting in various light

2-Creative effects

3-seizing the moment

Lesson Two


Rule of thirds and horizon placement in the frame

Lens and focal length choices for composition

Lines in landscapes

Using centered compositions effectively

Color theory & Black & White in landscapes

Creating depth with foreground elements

Framing & Symmetry

Shooting and creating a variety of unique images in a single location

Successfully integrating people into the landscape frame

Tips for shooting in the mountains, at the beach, and in the city

Beauty in everyday landscapes


Choose one:

Shoot for compelling composition in a single image

Shooting for variety

Lesson Three


How post processing brings out mood, story and emotion in landscape photography

Basic workflow in Lightroom and ACR with RAW global adjustments

Color editing in Lightroom and Photoshop

Black and White Landscape editing in Lightroom and Photoshop

HDR merge in Lightroom

HDR merge in Photoshop

Hand blending of composites in Photoshop


Choose One:

Color processing

Black & white processing


Lesson Four


Night photography tips and tricks

Capturing Light trails

Astrophotography basics

Shooting star trails

Processing star trails and astro photography images

Shooting and stitching panoramas

Shooting for a time lapse and putting the images together


Night imagery



Time lapse

as seen on instagram


"This workshop totally blew me away."

- Debbie
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about your instructor

Kristen is a fine art and landscape photographer residing outside Chicago with her husband and 4 children. Her favorite things include her morning cup of coffee, the sound of the ocean and hiking the trails of Grand Teton National Park. Inspired by light and nature, she loves to travel with her Nikon D850 close at hand. Day to night she captures the beauty of the world as she sees it through her lens. Her imagery has been featured in several issues of Click magazine and her work can be seen here

how it works


download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

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chat online

Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

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study & ask questions

Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.


Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive critique each week.


Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.



  1. Krystil McDowall November 4, 2018 at 1:13 am - Reply

    I had been looking forward to doing Kristen’s The World Around You workshop all year, and it didn’t disappoint. I already knew I loved landscape photography going into the workshop, but this course confirmed that love and even took it to new levels. Kristen explains things in an easy to understand way, she is patient with her students and she is full of love for this wonderful genre of photography and all of her students. I can’t say enough good things about Kristen’s workshop – it’s one of a kind and I absolutely loved it!

    • Kristen Ryan November 27, 2018 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Krystil! I loved having you in class!

  2. Megan September 6, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    I cannot say enough wonderful things about this amazing workshop. It literally changed my entire perspective on photography, and has been instrumental in my development. Kristen is such a talented instructor, and pours so much time and energy into each student in the class. If you are on the fence about taking this class, don’t hesitate! You won’t regret it!

    • Kristen Ryan September 10, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Megan! Loved having you in class!

  3. Christin C May 22, 2018 at 11:34 am - Reply

    This was a fantastic course. I had a foundation in landscape photography, but had fallen into a rut. This renewed my love of landscape photography and pushed me to explore new techniques, compositions, and styles. Most importantly, it has given me new confidence in my editing which is bringing much more pop and feeling to my images. Kristen is an excellent instructor and follows up with every question or comment with thoughtfulness and detail.

    • Kristen Ryan September 10, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Thank you Christin! I’m so glad you loved the workshop!

  4. Debbie Gottdenker March 13, 2018 at 9:29 am - Reply

    This workshop totally blew me away. I had been considering taking it for a while but was worried that, living in the suburbs, I would have a hard time finding “good enough” landscapes to shoot. But Kristen opened my eyes to the possibilities all around me and, even more importantly, how to capture them beautifully. If you are on the fence (like I was), don’t be! The materials are so comprehensive and Kristen gives so much of herself. This workshop will give you a deep appreciation and understanding of landscape photography – and you’ll have so much fun in the process.

    • Kristen Ryan October 3, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Thanks for the amazing review Debbie!

  5. Laura Fellows January 26, 2018 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I cannot say enough about how much I LOVED this class! Kristen was incredible as a teacher–she went above and beyond in answering questions with such detailed responses and you can tell she is totally committed to helping each student get what they want out of the class. The materials were meaty and very useful–it was a great balance of challenging, but not too overwhelming.. Kristen also structured this class in a way that allowed us to get detailed feedback on our daily shooting through having assigned TAs each week–I’ve never been in a class before with CM where some of the TA’s gave me paragraphs of feedback on my daily shooting, which helped me learn and improve immensely. I’m not a landscape shooter, but what I learned help me take much better pictures of my kiddos in their environment, and I do love to go out once in awhile and shoot landscape for fun. I just loved this class and highly, HIGHLY recommend it.

    • Kristen Ryan November 27, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for the great review, Laura!

  6. Delanie January 23, 2018 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    I took this course in the fall of 2018 and I was blown away by the amount of information in it. The PDF was so detailed and had amazing ideas for creating beautiful landscape images, including using filters and longer exposures. The critiques were so helpful and I look forward to going back to these materials again and again to improve my landscape work!

    • Kristen Ryan November 27, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on my workshop, Delanie!

  7. Beth Billstrom June 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    The World Around You by Kristen Ryan is truly one of THE best classes offered through Click PhotoSchool. I love taking nature photographs, but this class opened my eyes to the technical and artistic beauty found in landscape photography. It also showed me that many of those great photos are right in my own town, I just never noticed them before! This class will teach you how to look at the sky, water, sun, and scenery with the eyes of a photographer and then translate all of that into your own unique image. For me, the best moment in this class came when I realized that I had a specific vision for a photo and now knew which tools in my camera bag/settings on my camera would help me get that specific image. Getting to that point took initiative and work, but I felt totally supported throughout the class. The PDFs are easy-to-follow, clearly written, and chock full of wonderful examples. The videos were also incredibly helpful. Kristen provides tons of demonstrations along with step-by-step guidance. I was very glad that I took this class as a Full Participant. Kristen was very active in the Q&A forum each week helping us through the material. Then at week’s end she gave detailed and insightful feedback on the images submitted. I learned so much from her comments. The Teaching Assistants and Alumni Helpers were also helpful and supportive. I also had great classmatest! We shared the photos we liked, but also many, many of our photos-in-process ( aka – those we didn’t really like but needed help understanding what went wrong and how we could do better next time). It’s a great learning environment! Don’t hesitate….take this class!

    • Kristen Ryan November 27, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Thank you Beth for such a wonderful review :)

  8. Lorena Cora June 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Kristen Ryan is an amazing teacher and TWAY is just a wonderful course!
    I have always loved landscape photography and wanted to improve it. Wow, did I learned a great deal from Kristen and the TA’s. All the materials and lessons are perfectly laid out and easy to understand. Any photo you submit will receive feedback on what you are doing well and how to improve your photos, which to me is priceless. Full participation is definitely the way to go.

    • Kristen Ryan November 27, 2018 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Thank you for the kind words, Lorena :)

  9. Bobbie June 1, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I had never taken a landscape photography class and this one was a great way to start. Until I took this class most of my photos had been of my family, including my grandkids. Kristen is a very talented photographer and a very talented teacher. The PDFs and all the videos were so well done. Kristen was very attentive to the forum and quick to answer questions and make comments. Each critique was helpful and she showed you ways to improve upon the photo with editing techniques. Not only did I learn about the important ways to see the world but also i learned a lot of new Lightroom and Photoshop techniques for editing and making the best photo. I would highly recommend this class for someone who wants to learn more about landscape photography, your just wants to get “outside” the box with your photography skills and try something new. As an added bonus it was great seeing all different places in the world as photographed by fellow students and also how even in your own neighborhood once you open your eyes there is beauty!

    • Kristen Ryan November 27, 2018 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Thanks so much for all the kind words about my workshop, Bobbie!

  10. Nancy Armstrong October 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I’m not new to landscape photography but I signed up for this class because it was recommended to me by several photographers whose work I admire. Now that I’ve completed it you can add me to the ranks of Kristen fans. The workshop materials were richly detailed and chock full of great instructions and tips. I learned much more than I ever expected and I know I will be referencing those materials for a very long time. Kristen is a great instructor and gives wonderful, personalized feedback. I’m so glad I took this class!

    • Kristen Ryan November 21, 2016 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Thanks a lot, Nancy! Appreciate your kind words!

  11. Camille Robison October 29, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Wow, what a fun and challenging experience! I’m a hobbyist who primarily does sports action and family candits and portraits. I have wanted to improve my landscape shots which have mostly looked like tourist snapshots and learn how to create more meaningful and creative shots – and this is the class!!!! Kristen’s materials are very well put together, full of great information and so inspiring! It was also very satisfying to be able to go through the work flow, from composing shots (great assignments) all the way to editing in Lightroom along with some great PS tools. Then you get great feedback from Kristen and the TAs and Alumini helpers to quide you in making your photos better. This is a wonderful clas! Take it!

  12. Michelle Wright October 29, 2016 at 3:56 am - Reply

    An amazing teacher and a wonderful course! ~~~ This was my first photography course and was so worth waiting for. I highly recommend being a fully participating student. I was debating whether to or not but so glad I did. The opportunity to have your work fairly critiqued by the most tactful and kind people I have come across in the industry to-date was so helpful and empowering. I never once hesitated to submit my work. Kristen is amazing and I learnt a great deal from her and all her material, which I have to say was extremely comprehensive. The AHs and TAs on the course were fully interactive and very responsive. I feel that my landscape work has developed in leaps and bounds. I am quite honestly delighted and would take WAY2 – if there was one! – in a heart beat ❤️

  13. Kayleene Ball October 26, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I was “riding the fence” on taking this class. I had actually been wanting to take it for “three” years! I’am a portrait photographer & knew little about shooting Landscapes! But I “so” wanted to learn (esp when I would see images of Kristen’s ;~)).
    Kristen assured me it wasn’t too advanced for me. So I signed up, & I’m SO glad I did! I feel like I’am going away from this class w/ skills & techniques I wanted to learn…but just couldn’t on my own.
    Kristen will take you at your own current level & build on that. The lessons are layed out in a comprehensive manner in a way that is easier to understand…& if you don’t understand she “explains” it to you so you will, then further reinforces that learning with video’s that make it even clearer.
    Some of the material can be somewhat technical & even challenging for someone like me, knowing little about Landscape photography. But that is what I loved about this course, it didn’t seem “as technical” & hard to understand with Kristen’s teaching style, which is very approachable, inspiring, & encouraging!
    Kristen values ALL her students equally & wants each one to succeed. I’am just SO glad I took this class, & feel like I know SO MUCH more, than what I did before I signed up for it!
    Thank you so much Kristen!!

    • Kristen Ryan November 21, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Thank you SO much, Kayleene :)

  14. Iris January 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    What an amazing class this is. I took the class in Fall of 2015.Kristen’s material and her feedback are so detailed. There are still so many things I like to learn better (night photography).
    If you want to take your landscape/cityscape photography a little further, I highly recommend this workshop to you. Kristen is taken so much time explaining things and her critique is amazing.

    • Kristen Ryan May 3, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Iris! I loved having you in class!

  15. Gina September 9, 2015 at 3:29 am - Reply

    I took the May 2015 offering and it was amazing! Kristen and the TAs provide so much feedback. Feedback on what you are doing well and how to improve your photos. The course really helps you evolve your style and be purposeful in your landscape shots. Kristen does a great job sharing her passion for landscapes as well as tailoring the feedback for your style and goals. Full participation is definitely the way to go.

    • Kristen Ryan October 24, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Gina!

  16. Addie November 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I have always been interested in landscapes and a huge fan of Kristen’s work so this workshop appealed to me immediately. But I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find anything good to shoot where I live in the Chicago suburbs. Boy was I wrong! This workshop taught me how to find beautiful landscapes in the scenes I see everyday, even in the suburbs! Kristen is such a good teacher and freely shared her knowledge to help me achieve my vision. I had contemplated waiting to take it as study along but I’m so glad I took it full participation. The detailed and personalized feedback I received from Kristen and the TA’s was invaluable and really showed me the potential in my images. I would recommend this workshop to anyone interested in elevating their landscape images!

  17. Bianca J Klein October 21, 2014 at 3:28 am - Reply

    This workshop was nothing short of amazing. Kristen covers so much in the materials that it could easily be a four – five week workshop. I live in Montana, so taking this course was a must for me. I am surrounded by beauty and through this class I now know how to capture that beauty in an effective and authentic way. Kristen does a great job of encouraging personal style while guiding you through the technical side of landscapes with both gear (filters) and editing. She also encourages daily shooting and sharing, all of which helps you to develop a keen sense of observation while considering the various elements of a scene. If you are looking for a workshop that will help you develop that eye for landscapes and a workshop that is all about you (kids optional), this is the one for you!

  18. Lori October 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I was extremely excited to see this new class on the workshop list and knew I’d have to take it! I had seen and admired Kristen’s landscape photography previously and was thrilled at the opportunity to learn from her. I have always loved photographing nature so I felt this was a great fit for me. Kristen’s teaching materials were thorough and clear and she was very active on the forum, answering our questions as they came. Kristen is very encouraging and positive in her feedback.
    Even if you don’t think you are a nature/landscape photographer, consider this class. It’s a great way to get out and explore “the world around you” and it’s beauty!

  19. Susan October 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    For anyone think about taking The World Around You, but are afraid you’ll have nothing to shoot because you don’t live in the mountains or on a beach. Take it!! You’ll find amazing landscape scenery everywhere, even in the burbs or in the city. Kristen is such an incredibly talented landscape photographer and has put together such an amazing workshop. This is the perfect class for you if you are in a rut. You will be wowed an inspired every day.

  20. katseye October 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    The course was amazing! It was exactly what I have been searching for. If you are at all interested in landscape photography, sign up for this class! I am so happy I did!

  21. Karen September 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Is there any way to open up more spots for study along?

  22. Jessica July 27, 2014 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I just noticed this class! I’m so excited there is a landscape workshop!!! Now to save! :D

    • Kristen R August 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Love to have you in class, Jessica!!

  23. Kathleen July 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, a landscape workshop?! I will seriously consider signing up for this…

    • Kristen R August 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Love to have you Kathleen :)

  24. Lori July 13, 2014 at 4:13 am - Reply

    I cannot wait for this class Kristen! I’m sure it will be great. I’m so excited you are doing a landscape workshop.

    • Kristen R August 21, 2014 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lori!!! So happy to hear of your excitement and to have you in my workshop!! <3

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