I wanted to let you know about an upcoming workshop here at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. We tend not to advertise much so I thought I would put up an announcement as I was surfing the forums today.

Ansel Adams’ Yosemite: The Art of Seeing With Alan Ross - April 17-21, 2012

•Instructor: Alan Ross
•Date: April 17-21, 2012
•Location: Yosemite National Park
•Focus: Field, Hybrid Darkroom
•Level: Intermediate to Advanced (Note: digital photographers will be encouraged to use manual mode in this workshop)
•Special Note: Workshop attendees will have a rare opportunity to photograph during the week with the Leica S2, a premier medium-format digital camera. Students wanting to take their RAW files with them should bring an 8-GB (or larger) flash drive to the workshop. To learn more about the S2, visit Leica's S2 product page.
•Class Limit: 10
•Tuition: $ $1,250.00

“Chance Favors the Prepared Mind” was one of Ansel Adams’ favorite expressions. And it was his own prepared mind that allowed him to so successfully realize his artistic vision.

In this inspirational workshop, the emphasis will be on connecting Ansel’s approach and mastery with today’s tools and technologies, allowing you to better realize your own photographic vision.

You will learn to isolate and evaluate the elements of a scene, translate the literal to the expressive, and use optics and exposure to best effect, all under the guidance of long-time Ansel Adams assistant and master photographer Alan Ross.

Visits to many of Ansel’s favorite places in Yosemite will provide inspiration and insight, with demonstrations, practice sessions and critique laying the foundation for individual photographic advancement.

Important topics covered during the intensive week will include:

•How equipment choice impacts your final image
•Choosing a lens and using it well
•Optics and exposure
•Filters—how and when to use them
•Evaluating a scene & managing the details
•Translating what’s in front of you to what’s in your mind’s eye
•Preparing the image for printing

•Printing & presentation--bringing your vision to life on paper

Evenings will be spent on group and individual critique sessions, printing demonstrations, and engaging discussions about identifying and expressing personal vision.

A specially designed hybrid darkroom will be available for developing film, scanning negatives and downloading images. You will also have a rare opportunity to photograph with the Leica S2, a premier medium-format digital camera. Visit Leica's S2 product page for details about the camera.

By the end of the workshop, you will have the tools and methodology you need to respond to your vision with confidence.

Alan Ross is a master photographer who worked side-by-side with Ansel Adams as his photographic assistant, in the field and in the darkroom, and who knows Ansel’s approach and technique perhaps better than other any photographer today. He was personally selected by Ansel to be the exclusive printer of the Yosemite Special Edition Photographs and expects to make his 100,000th print sometime soon. Alan specializes in helping photographers at any level identify and better express their photographic vision and has led workshops in locations ranging from the scenic Southwest to the mountains of China. His photographs hang in collections and galleries around the world and have been featured in campaigns for companies like Boeing, Nike, IBM and the National Park Service.

There is a detailed FAQ page and information regarding hotel sign-ups located here:

If you have any questions, feel free to email Dustin, our workshop coordinator at

Thanks for your interest.