Half-Day Workshops

mps-work-16-500Half-day workshops offer you the opportunity to spend a few hours on location or in class with one of the Symposium’s presenters. Workshop content and goals vary from one presenter to the next; some travel to iconic locations in pursuit of great images, while others offer learning sessions aimed at practicing creative techniques.

Important: All field workshops require a certain level of physical fitness. Please be sure to also read the information on the Workshops page before registering.

Locations: All of our field workshop locations are based on 1) the diversity of their photographic subject matter, 2) the quality of light in the afternoon, 3) the distance to travel from town to trailhead, and 4) the physical nature of the site. We come to work on photography and not take grueling hikes. However, to get away (even a little bit) from the ever-increasing-maddening-crowds requires a little exertion. Hikes to workshop zones will be no more than 1 mile. “Trails” in the Moab area are often stream beds (wet or dry, sandy) or over slickrock following rock cairns. Slickrock (sandstone) can challenge your balance. Instructors will offer pointers on moving through the country so as to “leave no trace” on rock or vegetation.

Each workshop is offered twice – once on Friday, May 5th, and again on Saturday, May 6th. Seats are limited to 11 per workshop, so be sure to register early using the Symposium Registration Form.

The 2017 Moab Photography Symposium offers these half-day workshops:

F1-S1   Learning to See as the Camera Sees  with Huntington Witherill

Learning to translate what the mind’s eye sees – through the mechanics of what a camera will be capable of seeing and recording – remains an integral aspect of achieving successful photographs. During his field sessions in Hunter Canyon, Witherill will offer tips and strategies designed to help you achieve a more effective translation of your own photographic vision. With an emphasis toward black and white, practical considerations in relation to lighting and composition will also be explored and participants should have ample opportunity to put the suggested strategies to use.


F2-S2    Walking a B&W World  with Bruce Barnbaum

Take a walk with Bruce and work on photographs with these main points in mind –

#1. The overriding importance of light.

#2. The overriding importance of good composition.

#3. The overriding importance of what interests you…and why.

#4. The intertwining of the technical and the artistic, in which neither can be considered without the other.


F3-S3   Slow but Mindful  with Michael E. Gordon

Michael’s field session will focus on Slow Photography, dynamic composition, working with intimate details, and tips to developing one’s own vision. Michael will briefly discuss gear and technique but we will concentrate on mindful observation and strong ideas – the cornerstones of all good images.


F4-S4    Preparing Images for Fine Printing using Adobe Photoshop with Guy Tal

This classroom-based workshop covers all aspects of preparing image files for fine-art digital printing. Guy will cover essentials of color management, including calibration and the use of ICC profiles; sizing images and selecting the most appropriate print resolution for a given image and printer; and sharpening images for printing. Once we cover these aspects for color work, Guy will discuss additional considerations for B&W printing.


F5-S5    Gray Anatomy with Chuck Kimmerle

We’ll start with a 2 hour field session, where we’ll discuss grayscale tonality and reading a scene while making new work, then return to the symposium site to evaluate and process our new images. Through this experience, we’ll develop a greater understanding and appreciation for photographing in black and white, and what it takes to realize our visualizations of the scenes we photographed.


F6-S6    The Edge of Reality  with Bruce Hucko

Hucko will take participants to a favorite canyon where we’ll search for those images that lay on the edge between pure abstraction and reality. We’ll look for content that blends our internal and external landscapes. We’ll work our compositions and then discuss “processing in the field” so that we’ll have a better idea of what we are planning to see once we process our images. We may even process an image in the field! Participants should be equipped with a tripod, their favorite lenses and a polarizer.


F7-S7    Creating With the Creative Process  with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry

Colleen’s interactive photography workshop aims to provide hands-on experience with each step of the creative process as you make inspired and meaningful photographs in one of Moab’s most scenic locations. While offering specific tips and techniques, we will explore ways to enhance mindful observations, connect with individual perceptions, visualize ideas into effective compositions, and verify our photographic results.


F8-S8 Stopped in our Tracks with Jeff Foott

When we are stopped in our tracks by a beautiful scene, what do we do next?

This workshop will start with a two hour intensive on composition, learning how to compose with the various elements available to a photographer. It will also include landscape photography techniques for shooting in the field. Bring a note pad! We will then leave the classroom for a trip into the field, learning how to see and feel potential images and craft our vision into a picture. Personal guidance in the field will help refine what we covered in the class.


F9-S9 Compelling Composition: Simple Patterns of Nature with Judith Zimmerman

Patterns in nature are all around us: large and small, in rocks, ice, sand, water, leaves trees, and landforms.  Seeing the intimate details and as well as the larger picture creates a diverse portfolio.  This workshop will offer both instruction and fieldwork. Classroom presentation will review composition, the factors contributing to strong black and white images, and refining one’s visual voice. Please come prepared to be out in the field: camera, tripod, various lenses, diffuser, water, sturdy shoes, hat. Also please come prepared with computer, portable drives and some images to present, work on, and review with the instructor

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