The Contemplative Black and White Landscape Image

Workshop with John Dickson

Date:  June 26 and 27

Time:  9 A.M to 3: P.M. with a one-hour lunch break

Cost:  $190 (will include lunch)

Where:  Sycamore 102, Asheville Campus


JOHN DICKSON is primarily a landscape photographer who grew up and still lives in Western North Carolina.  He studied 35mm, large format and digital photography with some of the masters such as Eddie Soloway, Sam Abell, Ron Wisner and George DeWolfe.  He spends a considerable amount of time photographing the Southern Highlands and exhibits in various galleries such as the Upstairs Gallery in Tryon, NC and the Blue Spiral 1 gallery in Asheville, NC.  John’s images have been published in “Our State”, “Blue Ridge Country”, the “North Carolina Banker Magazine” and “Heartstone”, the Warren Wilson Environments Leadership publication.  In addition to The Southern Highlands, he has built photographic portfolios of Death Valley, CA, New Mexico, the British Isles, Morocco and Antarctica.  John’s images are in numerous private collections both here in the US and abroad.

This will be an intensive beginning and intermediate two-day landscape photography workshop. The emphasis will be (but not exclusively) on the contemplative black and white landscape image.

We will have in depth discussions on numerous technical topics such as: cameras, lenses, exposure, the digital darkroom and how to share your work in digital books  (Blurb) slideshows, prints, note cards and framing.  The class will be in AB Tech’s Mac Lab where each participant will have a computer.  We will concentrate on Adobe’s Camera Raw and Photoshop.

We will also spend considerable time discussing the overall poetry of the image.  This will include elements of composition, the quality of light, and how to go from a snapshot to that contemplative luminous landscape photograph. 

If we have time we will do some fieldwork.

Day 1: Lecture, demonstrations and discussions on the basics of the camera, lenses, exposure as well as demonstrations and discussions on the elements of composition.

If time permits we will go on a brief field trip.

Day 2: Digital darkroom demonstrations and discussions using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop and review of participants’ images. We will also discuss the digital book, Blurb, slideshows and other avenues of sharing images.


Students should bring the following items to the workshop:

  • digital camera(s)
  • instruction manual
  • tripod any other accessories

In addition, please bring up to ten images on a thumb/jump drive to for review, processing and sharing.

Visit John Dickson's website for more information.

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