Lost in the Woods: Finding Composition in Chaos

September 8 - September 10, 2023

Lost in the Woods: Finding Composition in Chaos


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $515
Material Fee: $50

This workshop will help any photographer solve the riddle of a great landscape photograph. Rick will help you define emphasis when faced with the chaos of The Woods. By picking a specific focus, isolating a particular subject, locating a definite point-of-interest, opportunities for bolder dramatic imagery will emerge. With practice, you will move from chaos to story, disorganization to expression. Lightroom or Capture One will be utilized in class to import and edit our photographs. We will work on converting an RGB color file into a full-scale Black & White image. Basic working knowledge of your digital camera is vital, along with familiarity with solid tripod work. Our mornings will be spent looking at inspirational landscape camerawork and dissecting what makes a great photograph TICK. Then, after lunch, we’ll head out into the landscape to shoot and practice the new compositional skills we have gleaned.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Intermediate
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Rick Wright

Rick Wright initially trained as an oil painter at Princeton (BA) and Columbia University (MFA), before embracing photography with studies at The ICP in New York. While there, he studied with: Nan Goldin, Susan Meiselas, Danny Lyon, and John Loengard. He currently practices architectural photography, shoots 4×5 film landscapes, and hosts photography seminars and critiques at The Halide Project, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Peters Valley School of Craft. Rick says, “Photography is 93% of my life. The other 7% is occupied by film camera repair, short story writing, and motorcycle photo trips. I chose photography over painting for its speed, unpredictability, and ready bends of reality.” Rick’s work resides in several permanent collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Johnson & Johnson Collection, and University of Pennsylvania, and is exhibited internationally. In addition to a 2020 museum solo show at The Griffin Museum in MA, he was published in Lenswork Magazine, and appeared in the First Zagreb Photo Biennial. Rick lives in the Center City District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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