The Journey Into Art: The Death Valley Summit

November 10, 2019

I cannot recommend the Fine Art Summit hosted by Alain and Natalie Briot more highly.

Each year they provide 3+ days of world-class exposure to great places to photograph, but more importantly, exposure to industry masters, who share their experience in each of their unique photographic journeys.

This year we got to hear from:

  1. Alain Briot on his latest artistic use of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as an artist’s approach to using Lightroom and Photoshop for color development. He shared content from his latest Mastery DVD.
  2. Jeff Schewe, who was and is involved in the development of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. His continued connections with Adobe, as well as his personal work, provide a unique insight into the processing of digital images from a photographer's perspective. No one knows Photoshop and Lightroom better than Jeff.
  3. We also got to hear from Kevin Reber, who has an immense amount of experience in the digital photography world, having been the CEO of PhaseOne, a co-owner of Luminous Landscape, and now founder of, admittedly the next generation of the online center for digital photography.

This was a most rewarding and creatively stimulating conference. Seeing the different styles and perspectives from Alain, Jeff, and Kevin was inspiring and transformative.

I learned new ways to process my images as well as use the Lightroom and Photoshop tools more efficiently and effectively. I learned to use Adobe’s and Skylum’s software in ways that will advance my own work.

Also, Kevin provided invaluable insight into the ongoing world of digital photography and his own ideas about creativity and inspiration. He also discussed his ongoing plans for

This year’s Summit was in Death Valley. Next year’s Summit will be in Page, Arizona. This area is rich in slot canyon photography, and Alain mentioned that the Navajos have opened up a number of new canyons previously inaccessible. I know that Jeff Schewe will be there, and I hope Kevin will be there also.

This is however not a beginner workshop. It is specifically designed for intermediate and advanced digital photographers who wish to advance their work using Photoshop, Lightroom, and CaptureOne (Kevin is an expert with CaptureOne, since he ran the company!!). If you know how to process your work but want more, this is the workshop for you. This time also provides opportunity to photograph in some unique areas in the southwest US.

The best way to get the latest information about this Summit as well as other workshops is to sign up with Alain Briot here.

DISCLAIMER: I receive no remuneration in any form from Alain, Jeff, or Kevin other than being able to share a small group workshop with them, listen to their experience and art, and pick their brains.

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