While we do our best to provide high-quality educational programs at our Digital Photography Center and in the Field Seminars, we understand not everyone can attend. Betterphoto founder Jim Miotke has assembled a battery of online courses taught by exemplary photographers and digital artists such as Jim Zuckerman, Tony Sweet, William Neill, Canon Explorer of Light Lewis Kemper, and the newest Canon Explorer of Light, Jennifer Wu. They perform weekly individual student critiques of the coursework to keep you on track. Also, they run contests and other community features. If online learning appeals to you, Betterphoto is a good option.
This summer Betterphoto will hold a summit at our Digital Photography Center in Seattle July 11 followed by a shoot on the 12th. Contact Betterphoto at for more information on that event.
I was invited to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands recently. Barbara Cox, the owner of Photokunst, a photographic fine arts marketing firm, had arranged an event to support a new photography museum. While there I had the good fortune to meet Michael Adams and his wife Jeanne, the owners of the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. As you might imagine, Michael is the son of the seminal photographer. Michael spoke about nature photography and about Ansel. I was delighted to hear that Michael thought Ansel would have embraced our new digital tools just as he did the tools of his darkroom.
They are a delightful couple, well-versed in the photography of the natural world and completely gracious. They invited me to place some of my prints in their gallery, and of course I was honored to accept. Ansel Adams’ career, melding artistic pursuits with environmental messages, has been one of my lasting inspirations.
For the first time in years, I will be in Seattle for several months in a row. I intend to use that time to finish projects started and abandoned over the years. I’m also going to offer a single Creative Session to be held in the classroom at my gallery in Seattle.
I’ve created a comprehensive curriculum to illustrate how I approach photography and to try to convey how others can use the lessons I’ve learned in their own work. In this Creative Session, we will spend three full days covering my curriculum. In addition, members from the Travels to the Edge crew will talk about our workflow on the road, and experts will show how editing programs can add the finishing touches to imagery.
This intensive session will run from May 1 through May 3, 2009. I will hold a reception at my home for all participants the evening before we begin. The course fee is $995, and we have limited the number of attendees to 50.
This will be the only Creative Session for 2009 in the United States. I look forward to seeing you there.
The best way to learn photography, or lease the quickest, is in the field one-on-one with an instructor. This May I will conduct four Travels to the Edge Field Seminars in Yosemite, Acadia, and Zion National Parks as well as the Big Sur Coast. Each group is limited to 10 participants.
I will work one-on-one with each individual as well as the group as a whole. Two members from the Travels to the Edge crew will accompany us to provide assistance and to provide technical instruction in workflow and other issues faced while shooting away from the comforts of civilization. However, we will not be roughing it. I have reserved space in the historic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite and at comfortable inns at the other locations.
My goal is no less than to change the way you see.
For details, check out the Education page on our website. Take your own Travels to the Edge.
I love to teach. For 30 years I taught workshops and field seminars, written books on photographic technique, and tried to show how I work in the field with each episode of Travels to the Edge. Teaching is part of the mission of both this blog and the Art Wolfe website itself. I intend to introduce some new, special, and exclusive learning opportunities to be held both in the field and in our classroom. Stay tuned.