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The Big Sky(Eye) Photography Workshop (July 1-7, 2018)
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The Big Sk(Eye) Photography Workshop

“it’s all about seeing…”

Date: July 1-7, 2018

Join David Burnett and Ken Jarecke for a week of photographing, and above all, seeing.

This is a one week photographic workshop for people who are interested in getting better at Seeing. This workshop wasn’t created to teach a certain photographic technique, discipline or digital workflow. It is designed to help the student become a better observer, which is something that all great photographers have in common, regardless of what they’re shooting. This is a chance to work with, study with, and hang out with two award winning photojournalists, in real working conditions.

Students should fly into Billings International Airport (BIL). The guest ranch we will be staying at is located about an hour outside of Red Lodge, Montana.

Class size is limited to ten students.

Photographically David Burnett and Kenneth Jarecke, for lack of a better term, are generalists. For example, between them they’ve shot 22 Olympic games, but you wouldn’t call them sports photographers. They’ve worked in hard news situations around the world, but you wouldn’t call them conflict photographers. In an age when all photographers are specialists, their speciality is seeing. They’re professional observers who size up a situation and then figure out how to make a picture of it.

Like acting or playing the piano, seeing is a skill. With practice and good coaching, skills can be improved. Getting better at seeing doesn’t change your photographic “eye”. Your Eye is part of your personality. It is who you are. Getting better at seeing is what allows your Eye to be appreciated by others, and yourself.

Don’t worry. We’ll spend a lot of time throughout the week talking about this kind of stuff. Remember, the goal of this workshop is to help the student become a better observer, because that’s how you become a better photographer over time. Getting a solid handle on this concept is the type of knowledge that can help accelerate the process. We’ve built in a lot of ‘hang out’ time with Ken and David. Sometimes talking about pictures is an amazing way to start to see them better.


Sunday, July 1 - Students arrive at the ranch in the afternoon. We have dinner, drinks and get to know each other.

Monday, July 2 - We’ll photograph a traditional horse whisperer and a couple of other assignments.. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ranch.

Tuesday, July 3 - We go on location to shoot a parade and rodeo together. We review our work in the evening.

Wednesday, July 4 - We go on location again to shoot another parade and rodeo, this time incorporating the lessons we’ve learned from the day before.

Thursday, July 5 - We review our work from the previous two days and figure out how our way of seeing has changed.. We’ll do some shooting as well (it’s a surprise).

Friday, July 6 - We’ll print our Selects from the week, as putting an image on paper is the quickest way to see if it really works. In the evening we’ll enjoy a traditional pig roast and the company of some special photographic guests.

Saturday, July 7 - We enjoy breakfast together and say our farewells.

Workshop Fee: $7,200 which includes food, drink, lodging and travel during our shooting events.

This is an ideal workshop to bring along a spouse, son or daughter, or partner. The guest ranch has ponds, a river, great hiking, horses, fishing, and a gym. Non-photographic companions are invited to join in our group discussions, meals and other ranch based activities, but are not involved in our location shoots. Companion supplement is $300.

David and Ken met at a photographic workshop some thirty years ago. Since then each has made a name as “go-to” photojournalist, working for some of the biggest picture magazines in the country, and around the world. Both have been in and out of the photojournalistic trenches through the transition of photography from film to digital. Their work has been awarded at the highest level in photojournalism, but above all, their photographs are about seeing, and translating a vision into a photograph. Bring your Eye to Montana.

Students should bring at least one pair of comfortable shoes, a digital camera of choice (or a newer mobile phone), and laptop on which to upload, process, edit, and show their work. Each should be comfortable with their basic uploading/captioning/editing software (i.e PhotoMechanic is recommended).

If you have any questions, please reach out to us here: ken(at)kennethjarecke.com

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