View Camera Workshop - Alabama Hills, California: October 6-8, 2017

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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 will be able to accommodate your needs.

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.

Instructors:

Michael Strickland:

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. 

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. 

Recommended Hotels:

  • 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?
  • Where do I get my film processed?
    • There are many places around the country that still accept film for processing. My favorite E-6 lab (transparency film) is AgX Imaging and if you have multiple film stocks (transparency, negative, B&W), I recommend North Coast Photo.
  • 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.

Sign up below! Space is limited to 6 students.