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PHOTO 56 — Landscape Photography in Yosemite: A Field Workshop

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Apr 17—May 15
Drop Deadline: Apr 23
Units: 2
Tuition: $645
Instructor(s): John Todd
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: Please see the full schedule below.
Apr 17—May 15
4 weeks
Drop By
Apr 23
2 Units
John Todd
Please Note: Please see the full schedule below.
Please note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue.

Class sessions: 4 Wednesdays, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 15, 7:00 – 8:50 pm
Local field shoot: Saturday, April 20, meeting time to be announced in class
Yosemite field shoots: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and April 28
Optional field shoot: Friday afternoon, April 26


Join us for a hands-on field photography workshop in Yosemite National Park in late April. This workshop will explore four different areas of the park with group shoots in the morning and afternoon. There will also be ample free time to explore other areas of the park with our cameras.

Before the Yosemite excursion, we will meet twice on campus and once in the field to cover the basics of landscape photography, drawing inspiration from the classic black-and-white works of Ansel Adams and the color photography of Galen Rowell. After the trip, we will meet two more times in the classroom to review student work from the weekend excursion.

Using Adams’s concept of previsualization to guide our personal vision, we will cover the landscape principles of composition, camera settings, and best practices for sharp image capture, and we will examine photography apps available to plan and process our landscape photography. Students will be responsible for creating and sharing their work during classroom reviews. You will be exposed to a broad overview of the landscape photography genre, and leave with a better understanding of the concepts, tools, and strategies to create beautiful landscape photographs on your own.

This course is open to beginning- and intermediate-level photographers looking to expand their shooting skills and broaden their vision. The course will not focus on individual cameras or brands, so students will be responsible for understanding their own equipment. Students should have access to a digital camera. The instructor will use Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom and the Nik Collection software program to process images, but students may use any image-processing software of their choosing. Transportation, lodging, meals, and park entry costs will be the responsibility of the student. Students are strongly urged to reserve lodging in (or near) Yosemite National Park as soon as possible. The instructor recommends the Yosemite View Lodge (stayyosemiteviewlodge.com; 209-379-2681) since it is only a fifteen-minute drive from the valley floor.

John Todd, Fine Art, Commercial, and Sports Photographer

John Todd’s work has been published by Time, Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Apple, Nike, and The Washington Post. He also owns International Sports Images, the official photography supplier to the US men’s and women’s soccer teams, Stanford Athletics, and the San Jose Earthquakes. His work can be viewed at johntodd.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.