View Camera Workshop with Arca Swiss - Alabama Hills, California: October 6-8, 2017
The Wonders of the Eastern Sierras
Join Michael Strickland alongside co-instructor Rod Klukas for three days during an exclusive large format workshop in the beautiful Eastern Sierras of California. Whether you're new to large format, experienced, completely new to film, or even a digital photographer with either a DSLR or a medium format camera, Michael and Rod will be able to accommodate your needs. Arca Swiss USA is kind enough to offer cameras for loan, so all you will have to do is show up with film or your digital camera and you'll be ready to shoot!
What to expect:
We will begin our workshop at a meet and greet at our hotel in Lone Pine, California at noon on Friday, October, 6th. From there, we will have a short introduction, go over the basics of camera movements, and head out to our first location in the wondrous Alabama Hills for sunset, overlooking the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Saturday will be a full day of photography, from sunrise to sundown with a few breaks during the day for meals, as well as a chance to dig deeper into working with large format and technical cameras. The day will be spent exploring the areas around Lone Pine, where many famous photographs and movies have been made.
Sunday will be our last sunrise. Afterwards, you will learn how to unload and store your film before you send it off for development, or develop it yourself. We can also discuss exposure, workflow, and any other technical questions you may have. We will then say our goodbyes at lunch in Lone Pine, CA. Others may choose to stay and shoot through dusk on Sunday and depart on Monday morning.
Michael has years of experience with exposing and printing large format color film, primarily transparency film. These high contrast films are difficult to manage while photographing landscapes, and Michael is an expert in determining proper exposures, managing depth of field, and choosing proper film stock for different situations. His extensive work on 8x10 has trained him to handle nearly every situation in the field and will provide detailed technical assistance to workshop students, while teaching landscape composition.
Rod Klukas completed his photographic studies in 1990 from Arizona State University where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree. Since then he has worked in professional photographic sales and simultaneously as professor at Scottsdale Community College where he taught classes in view camera technique, black & white exposure, development/printing and the history of photography. Rod has assisted and co-instructed workshops with black & white large format masters Oliver Gagliani, Randy Efros, and platinum workshops with Dick Arentz. In 2011, Rod accepted a position with Arca-Swiss International as their USA representative. He enjoys the urban landscape for his own personal work in large format and technical camera digital photography.
What is included:
All photographic instruction, guiding, and equipment loans (first come, first serve) will be included in your workshop dues. Workshop attendees need to be prepared to drive themselves, but carpooling can be arranged during the time of the workshop. No meals or accommodations will be included.
- Dow Villa Motel
- Best Western Plus Frontier Motel
- Lone Pine Budget Inn
- Mount Whitney Motel
- Portal Motel
*I will have a block of rooms available at the Mount Whitney Motel if you cannot find lodging elsewhere
Getting to Lone Pine:
Lone Pine does not have a commercial airport, but the nearest airport is Mammoth Lakes, which is just an hour and a half drive from Lone Pine. Other airport alternatives include:
- Bakersfield (~2.5 hour drive)
- Las Vegas (~4 hour drive)
- Los Angeles (~4 hour drive)
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What should I wear?
- The Eastern Sierras are a unique landscape, where temperatures can range from sub-zero in the winter to near 100 in the summer. In November, expect cold temperatures, and be prepared for the worst. Dressing in layers with wind protection, a warm hat, gloves, warm socks, and warm boots are a must.
- I'm new to large format and want to purchase my own camera system. What do I need?
- Check out this article I wrote on my blog: Purchasing Guide: 4x5 Large Format Gear
- Where do I get my film processed?
- How do I scan my film if I don't want to buy a scanner?
- Both of the labs I mentioned above will also scan your film at an additional cost. If you want to choose a local lab to develop your film, just make sure they are able to do both scanning and developing. It ends up saving a lot of time.