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PETER McBRIDE: The Desert Landscape

Orientation Sunday, May 5, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 6th – Wednesday, May 8th 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Thursday, May 9th 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)

This workshop represents a rare opportunity to study and capture the majesty of the great California desert landscape  with one of America’s most celebrated modern masters of landscape photography, Sony Artisan Peter McBride. His work is stunning and unlike most landscape photographers, often features people in them. The desert landscape in the Palm Springs area can often be absolutely breathtaking. Peter’s class will photograph in early morning light, late afternoon and even work at night to capture the full beauty of the magical starry skies above the landscape.
“I will focus on the art of landscape photography — with and without humans — from low light, silhouette, composition to night sky and playful lighting. I will also explore making images that tell a larger story — about place or trends. 
Pulling from twenty years of experience working for a wide range of publications from National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, Stern and many more, the class will study how to make better images, why we make them and what can we do differently to insure that they stand out.” – Peter McBride


Transportation and delicious boxed lunches are provided for each full day of the class.

Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require any special adapter for your computer for this purpose, please be sure to bring one to class. All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, May 9th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers. 

PRICE:  $1430.

This workshop is limited to 16 attendees.



Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent two decades studying the world with a camera. A self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer, and public speaker, he has traveled on assignment to over 75 countries for the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Esquire, Microsoft, The Nature Conservancy, and many more. After a decade documenting remote expeditions from Everest to Antarctica as a photojournalist, McBride became frustrated with the short lifespan of magazine stories and decided to focus his cameras closer to home on a subject closer to his heart—his backyard river, the Colorado. Four years and 1500 river-miles later, McBride produced an acclaimed book, The Colorado River, Flowing Through Conflict, three award-winning documentaries and co-hosted a PBS TV program. Other watersheds soon called including a source-to-sea look at India’s sacred Ganges River. Upon completing the journey, The National Geographic Society named McBride a “Freshwater Hero.” Others, have called him the “Lorax of Rivers.” His latest project, replaced rafting with walking—a lot of walking. Over the last year, McBride hiked the entire length of Grand Canyon National Park—over 700 miles without a trail. Moving on foot between the river and rim “was a remarkable blister builder,” but it had a purpose to highlight the challenges our national parks are facing as increased development pressures are poised to change the Canyon’s iconic landscape. After completing the journey, he and his hiking companion, author Kevin Fedarko, were listed by National Geographic as “Adventurers of the Year.” When not lost on assignment or grumbling about his blisters, you can find McBride exploring the Rocky Mountains, practicing mandolin on his back porch in Colorado…or dancing.