The World Around You
with Kristen Ryan
4 WEEK WORKSHOP BEGINS APR 23
$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
4 Instructional PDFs
Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
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
LIVE Q&A SESSIONS
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.
WELCOME & PREASSIGNMENT PDF
Bonus PDF “Behind the Shot” of Alumni work
Choosing Helpful Gear
Personal Reflection Exercise
Brainstorming shooting locations
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
3-seizing the moment
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
Shoot for compelling composition in a single image
Shooting for variety
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
Black & white processing
Night photography tips and tricks
Capturing Light trails
Shooting star trails
Processing star trails and astro photography images
Shooting and stitching panoramas
Shooting for a time lapse and putting the images together
as seen on instagram
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.
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.
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.
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.