Photography Workshops and Classes

Workshop: Photography as Fine Art, July 2015

Abstract Photograph: Matador by Nat CoalsonLaramie County Community College, Cheyenne campus

Monday July 13 – Friday July 17, 2015
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day

Gallery Open House Thursday July 16, 6-8 pm

Are you a dedicated photographer looking to hone your craft? Have you wanted to learn the best ways to finish your work and present it for sale?

Whether you love nature, travel, portraits or any other kind of photography, there are key principles and fundamental techniques every photographer needs to know to elevate your work to fine art.

This five-day hands-on intensive workshop will give you the knowledge and skills to take your photography to the highest levels of quality while expressing your personal vision.

 The big picture… and the fine details
The workshop will include a balanced mix of lecture presentations and hands-on instruction, both in the classroom and in the field. You will learn examples and get instruction on lighting, composition and other elements that demonstrate an exceptional photograph. The topics presented are the most important best practices for working at the highest levels of image making and will give each student the foundation they need to develop their own body of work with confidence. A portion of the workshop will include shooting and post-production work.

Mezzaluna e MelagraneKey topics of instruction will include:

• Fundamental principles and history of photography as fine art
• Working with light
• Composition and design
• Digital post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop
• Color management
• Fine art digital printing
• Finishing, mounting and framing
• Portfolios and presentation
• Working with photo reps, galleries and museums
• Group and individual image critiques

One RockLocation shoots will be held on campus and/or offsite; there are areas on campus and within 15 minutes of the school that would be appropriate for location shoots. (For outdoor shooting sessions held offsite, LCCC will provide transportation.)

Printed course notes and supporting reference materials will be provided to students.

With a small class size limited to 15 students, each participant will receive personalized, one-on-one instruction in addition to participating in group lectures and exercises.

Open enrollment
This workshop is open to all photographers working at any skill level. There are no pre-requisites for enrollment and interviews or portfolio reviews are not required. However, understanding photography fundamentals such as basic camera operation and an interest in developing your own specific photographic style will be helpful.

Great Cloister, Fountains Abbey, Ripon, EnglandGallery exhibitions
A gallery show will be held as part of the workshop. The instructor and students are invited to bring 3-4 framed pieces to be displayed in the school gallery. At the Gallery Open House we will also present a digital show of photographs taken during the week.

Register now – space is limited
You will come away from this workshop with the skills and knowledge to begin making fine art photographs immediately!

$300 per person
To register call Lisa Trimble at 307-432-1603


Abstract Nature Photograph: Flow III by Nat CoalsonAbout the Instructor
Nathaniel Coalson is a fine artist, travel photographer, writer and instructor based in Colorado and England. Nat specializes in providing fine art and creative services used in commercial interior design. He has worked in the arts industries for over 25 years; in addition to fine art photography Nat has worked professionally in graphic design, digital prepress and printing. Nat’s work has been exhibited internationally, received numerous awards and is held in private and corporate collections as well as commercial installations.

Nat is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop and an author of many books on photography and imaging, including the popular series Lightroom: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process and Nature Photography Photo Workshop published by Wiley and distributed worldwide. Nat is an experienced instructor who has taught photographers working at all levels. He provides training and consulting in photography, printing and digital imaging for private and corporate clients. Nat is also the writer and producer of the photography instruction web site PhotographyEssentials.net.

For more information and to see Nat’s work visit NatCoalson.com and PictorialJourneys.com.

Testimonials for Nat’s Instruction

“Nat is an excellent teacher who makes complex technical subjects easy to understand and implement.”—Ron Cooper, Denver, Colorado

“Nat Coalson is not only a passionate photographer, but also an accomplished digital professional. This combination makes him the perfect instructor.”—George Jardine, Denver, Colorado

“Nat is a very patient, well spoken, educated person; he has a great vocabulary and truly knows (in this case) Lightroom inside and out and can present information in an easy-to-grasp way. He is more than just a lecturer, he is a real teacher.”—Jock Goodman, Waimea, Hawaii

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the personal photography sessions I have had with Nat. Not only is he personable but knowledgeable in the field of photography. He adapts very well to all skill levels in a group and makes sure he pays attention to the matters or questions at hand. I learned a lot of my own eye and style when I was able to print off shots from a previous session and have him critique them at our next session. Thanks, Nat! We will definitely see you again.”—Chanel Podell, Denver, Colorado

“Nat Coalson was recommended to me as someone that would listen to my desires, review my work and then make recommendations that would help me build a partnership that would produce images I’d be proud to display in my home and gallery. Without question, Nat’s lived up to his recommendation. His attention to detail and gentle guidance has been priceless to me.”—Ray Beair, Austin, Texas

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