The World Around You

with Kristen Ryan


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Take your landscape photography to the next level as you explore the beauty of the world around you. Learn to authentically, creatively and confidently capture the magic of nature in your imagery.

The World Around You will immerse you in nature and open your eyes to the beauty in the ordinary and extraordinary. You will learn how to combine the elements of landscape photography and create memorable images in all in kinds of light and conditions, day to night. Technical considerations such as settings, focus, bracketing and use of filters will be covered in depth. You will learn about the compositional elements that enhance the frame and how to use them for maximum depth and impact. Additional considerations for human inclusion, geographic settings, and seasonal atmosphere will allow each student to personalize their workshop experience. You will come out of class having explored and pushed your creativity in post processing, whether in Lightroom, Photoshop, or both. And at the end of class, we will find the beauty in the dark, as the stars and city lights shine in the night.


Solid understanding of shooting in manual mode and proficiency in Lightroom or ACR/Photoshop or both. While we cover a significant amount of landscape processing in both Lightroom and Photoshop in this class, the software basics are not part of the syllabus

what you’ll get

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4 Instructional PDFs

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


2 instructional videos on filters.

2 videos exploring focal lengths and variety in landscapes

22 instructional post processing videos


Full participation students will be able to participate in Q&A Sessions.Study along students will be able to download and view the recorded sessions.

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Bonus PDF “Behind the Shot” of Alumni work




Choosing Helpful Gear

Personal Reflection Exercise

Brainstorming shooting locations

Lesson One


Lens and focal length considerations for landscape

Metering for landscapes

Aperture and focus

Creative Shutter speed

Polarizers, Neutral Density filters and Graduated filters

Landscapes in all types of light

Landscape lighting with human inclusion

Starbursts & reflections

Long exposure tips for water and clouds


Weekly exercises utilizing filters

Critique assignment is to choose one:

1- One setting in various light

2-Creative effects

3-seizing the moment

Lesson Two


Rule of thirds and horizon placement in the frame

Lens and focal length choices for composition

Lines in landscapes

Using centered compositions effectively

Color theory & Black & White in landscapes

Creating depth with foreground elements

Framing & Symmetry

Shooting and creating a variety of unique images in a single location

Successfully integrating people into the landscape frame

Tips for shooting in the mountains, at the beach, and in the city

Beauty in everyday landscapes


Choose one:

Shoot for compelling composition in a single image

Shooting for variety

Lesson Three


How post processing brings out mood, story and emotion in landscape photography

Basic workflow in Lightroom and ACR with RAW global adjustments

Color editing in Lightroom and Photoshop

Black and White Landscape editing in Lightroom and Photoshop

HDR merge in Lightroom

HDR merge in Photoshop

Hand blending of composites in Photoshop


Choose One:

Color processing

Black & white processing


Lesson Four


Night photography tips and tricks

Capturing Light trails

Astrophotography basics

Shooting star trails

Processing star trails and astro photography images

Shooting and stitching panoramas

Shooting for a time lapse and putting the images together


Night imagery



Time lapse

"This workshop totally blew me away."

- Debbie
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about your instructor

Kristen is a fine art and landscape photographer residing outside Chicago with her husband and 4 children. Her favorite things include her morning cup of coffee, the sound of the ocean and hiking the trails of Grand Teton National Park. Inspired by light and nature, she loves to travel with her Nikon D850 close at hand. Day to night she captures the beauty of the world as she sees it through her lens. Her imagery has been featured in several issues of Click magazine and her work can be seen here.

how it works


start learning

All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom. You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.

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download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

Materials vary by program

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study & ask questions

Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.


Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.


Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.