Fourth Annual Photography & Fine Art Printing Summit
November 10th to 13th, 2006, in Page, Arizona

Organized by Alain Briot & Uwe Steinmueller
with Joseph Holmes as 2006 guest instructor

Sponsored in part by:

This workshop is followed by a two day "Photographic Vision Field Workshop"
to Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly.

All the details about the Photographic Field Vision Workshop is below

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Antelope Light Dance
Linhof Master Teknica 4x5, Schneider 75mm, Kodak Pro 100 negative film

"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the workshop.
It was a great group of people who participated, your location choices were excellent
and I greatly appreciated your concise but very pertinent guidance and comments.
I learned a great deal.
Nothing was forced, there was no intimidation (except self-imposed), and everyone shared
unreservedly of their knowledge, work examples, and suggestions for better photography.
It was a wonderful mini-community that evolved in that short time."

John Sorce, April 2004 Antelope Canyon participant
Workshops FAQ

October 10th 2006: 2006 Summit Latest News

- HP is one of our Sponsors and we will have two HP 9180 printers at the Summit
- Henry Wilhelm will give the keynote address on Friday Evening.  His speech will focus  on the print longevity  offered by the latest inks, printers and papers.  Henry is the world’s expert on image longevity.
- The summit is sold out. This announcement is for registered participants. 
- To participate in Next year’s Summit,  join the pre-registration list by emailing to with “Summit  2007” in the subject line.  There is no obligation to register.  You will simply be the first to be notified when the 2007 Summit is announced next year.

Announcing an exciting, photographic-instruction oriented Northern Arizona workshop with professional photographer and instructors Alain Briot and Uwe Steinmueller, Guest instructor Joseph Holmes, joined by art instructor Natalie Briot and photographic artist Bettina Steinmueller.
We are pleased to announce some extremely exciting news: Alain Briot and Uwe Steinmueller are offering a feature packed, one of a kind workshop during which we will not only take you to some of the most photogenic locations in the world but also teach you how to best process and print your photographs to create fine art prints that you will be proud to display. You will return from this workshop with photographs ready to mat and frame.

Phase one is one of the 2006 Summit Sponsors, and Phase One Digital Backs, including the P45, will be available to participants for testing. Keving Raber, Phase One VP, will give a demonstration of Phase One backs & software capabilities during the Summit.

Alain Briot
Originally from France, Alain has been photographing the American Southwest since 1983. Alain and his wife Natalie have lived in Canyon de Chelly, Navajoland, for 7 years. Their intimate knowledge of this beautiful area inpires them to photograph and to share their knowledge with others. Alain works with a Linhof 4x5 and a Canon 1DsMk2. His work is influenced by his training as an Artist at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris. Alain also writes numerous essays and reviews on photography that are published worldwide.

You can see a collection of photographs by Alain on his Online Galleries page.

Charles Cramer
Joe has been devoted to landscape photography since 1968 and has used a Linhof 4x5 since 1971 first for B&W, and then for color. He is well known among today's photographers for various contributions to imaging and is beginning the switch to digital capture now. Joe teaches and writes about photography and imaging, has had three books and many other publications, and has travelled extensively within the U.S. making photographs of some of the more eloquent natural places. He is well known as a masterful printmaker.

You can see a collection of Joseph's photographs on his web site at

Uwe Steinmueller
Uwe Steinmueller and his wife Bettina are fine art nature photographer and the publisher of Digital Outback Photo. Uwe is focused on the digital photography workflow (e.g. raw conversion), color management and fine art printing. Bettina and Uwe published in 2006 their first photo book "California Earthframes".

You can see a collection of photographs by Uwe on his web site at and at

Horseshoe Bend
Bettina and Uwe Steinmueller

Summit Schedule

The Summit will take place November 10th to 13th, 2006 in Page Arizona. The schedule for the Summit was designed by Alain Briot and Uwe Steinmueller with three goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements, exciting photographic opportunities and a convenient place to conduct quality tutorials on image processing and fine art printing. Below is the 2006 Summit schedule:

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Registration, Opening remarks and Keynote address

We will meet you in Page on Friday afternoon, around 5pm, at the Page Marriott which is the Summit hotel. The exact meeting time will be emailed to you approximately two weeks before the workshop.

Opening remarks and Keynote Address
After registration is completed, the Summit will start with opening remarks and a keynote address by Alain Briot, Joseph Holmes and Uwe Steinmueller.

Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Field photography & tutorial sessions

Sunrise: field photography session
You will begin your day with a photography shoot. You will have the choice of photographing Lake Powell from different overlooks, or photographing Horseshoe Bend. These are some of the best locations for sunrise.

Morning and afternoon: Color Management and Raw Conversion tutorial
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the Page Marriott for a day of tutorials taught by Uwe, Alain and Joseph. We will focus on color management and Raw conversion in the morning. After lunch we will continue with Raw conversion then proceed to post-processing in Photoshop.

Sunset: field photography session
The tutorial sessions will stop about an hour and a half before sunset. You will then have the opportunity to photograph sunset over lake powell, or at the Horseshoe Bend.

The conference room will be open in the evening for a supervised image processing session during which you will have the opportunity to work on your own images with Alain, Uwe and Joseph present for 1 on 1 work with each participant.

Sunday, November 12th, 2006
Field photography & tutorial sessions

Sunrise: field photography session
On Saturday you will have another opportunity to do a photography shoot along Lake Powell or at Horseshoe Bend.

Morning : Photoshop Processing tutorial
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the Page Marriott for a second day of tutorials taught by Uwe, Alain and Joseph. On Saturday we will focus on image processing in Photoshop and other applications in the morning.

Mid-day: Antelope Canyon Field Photography Session
The tutorial sessions will end around 11am. Students will proceed to Antelope Canyon where students will photograph until 1pm.

Afternoon: Preparing images for printing tutorial
After lunch, we will reconvene in the conference room to continue the tutorial sessions, this time focusing on preparing files for printing.

Sunset: field photography session
The tutorial sessions will stop about an hour and a half before sunset. You will then have the opportunity to photograph sunset over lake powell, or at the Horseshoe Bend if you like. This field session is optional

The conference room will be open in the evening for a supervised image processing session during which you will have the opportunity to work on your own images with Alain, Uwe and Joseph present for 1 on 1 work with each participant.

Monday, November 13th, 2006
Field photography, tutorial sessions, fine art printing & print review

Morning : Printing tutorial
After breakfast we will meet in the conference room at the Page Marriott for a third day of tutorials taught by Uwe, Alain and Joseph. On Sunday we will focus on fine art printing.

Mid-day: Antelope Canyon Field Photography Session
The tutorial sessions will end around 11am, and we will proceed to Antelope Canyon where we will photograph until 1pm.

Afternoon: fine art printing
After lunch, we will reconvene in the conference room where we will spend the afternoon printing your work.

Evening: group print review
After dinner we will reconvene in the conference room for a group print review. Each participant will present his or her work to the class. Both participants and instructors will have the opportunities to offer compliments, comments and suggestions. This print review will a great opportunity to receive feedback on your work. It will be by choice only, so you are free to decide to participate or not.

Uwe and Alain will offer closing remarks after the print review.

Light Shaft in Keyhole Arch, Antelope Canyon.
Linhof Master Teknica 4x5, Schneider 75mm, Fuji Provia 100F

Photographic Vision Field Workshop

Immediately after the Summit, Alain and Natalie Briot offer a two-day Photographic Field Vision Workshop to Monument Valley on Tuesday, November 14th and to Canyon de Chelly Wednesday, November 15th

This field workshop is designed to build and expand upon the concepts taught during the Summit by exploring the concepts of Seeing Photographically and Personal Style on Tuesday and then studying what it means to “Be an Artist” and how to get started on a personal project on Wednesday.  

This workshop is also designed to provide you with a unique opportunity to visit and photograph several of the most beautiful landscapes in the Southwest, including Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly, under the guidance of Natalie and Alain who have lived in Navajoland for 7 years.  You will practice Photographic Skill Enhancement Exercises both day under the guidance of Natalie and Alain.

We will depart from Page on Tuesday morning for this extended workshop experience.  Here is the schedule and teaching details of this exciting Photographic Vision Field Workshop. Note that you can attend this workshop on Tuesday only or on both Tuesday and Wednesday, depending on your schedule.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

We will meet you in Monument Valley, then travel with you in Monument Valley with stops along the way for photography. Afternoon and sunset shoot will be at Monument Valley. All the information about travel arrangements for the Field Vision Workshops will be given to you at the Summit 

Presentations and discussions on Composition and Personal Style will take place throughout the day including at lunch and dinner time. We will stay in Monument Valley that evening.

Photographic Instruction:
- What is Personal Style?
- How can you develop your own personal style

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

From Monument Valley to Canyon de Chelly with stops along the way for photography.  Mid day, afternoon and sunset shoot at several choice locations at Canyon de Chelly. 

Presentations and discussions on seeing photographically and on Being an artist will take place throughout the day including at lunch and dinner time.  We will stay in Chinle that evening.

Photographic Instruction:
- How to be (or become) an Artist
- How to design and start a personal photography project

Additional Information

About Antelope Canyon
Photographers love Antelope Canyon because it is one of the most photogenic natural sites anywhere in the world. Antelope Canyon actually consists of two separate canyons, about 5 miles apart from each other: Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope. Most workshops take you to either to the Upper or the Lower part of Antelope Canyon, as these two canyons are called. During the 2006 Summit, you will have the opportunity to visit both Upper and Lower Antelope, or visit one of the two twice. The choice is yours.

Plus, since we will be in Page, land of incredible rock formations and scenery, you will also have the opportunity to photograph some of our other favorite photographic locations. First on this list is the Horseshoe Bend, one of the most amazing overlooks over the Colorado River. You will also have the opportunity to photograph Lake Powell at Sunset from several fantastic overlooks. Lake Powell is world-famous for the incredible sandstone formations and for the unique colors the canyon walls take at sunrise and sunset. Truly a unique photographic opportunity from which you will return with a great collection of images to add to your portfolio!

Horseshoe Bend with Flowers
Linhof Master Teknica 4x5, Schneider 75mm, Fuji Provia 100F

About Photographic Instruction
The instruction during the Summit and the Field Vision Workshops will consist of tutorials, presentations, question-answer sessions, print reviews and photographic skills exercises . You will receive a syllabus and several handouts covering the subjects that we will study at the start of the Summit and of the Field Vision Workshops.

During the Summit, all photographic instruction will be done at the Summit Hotel, in the conference room. We will cover how to photograph Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell and Horseshoe Bend in the classroom, go over the specific challenges offered by each location and teach you how to overcome these challenges so you create professional photographs. You will then visit these locations on your own, and will have the freedom to select the location of your choice. Once back at the Summit Hotel, we will go over what worked and what didn't work, as well as look as a selection of images taken by Summit participants.

Alain, Joseph, Uwe, Bettina and Natalie will also be photographing during the Summit, and you may find yourself photographing with them depending on your choice of locations.

Don't let this unique opportunity pass you by!
Seats in this unique workshop are in high demand. To be fair reservations are taken on a first come first served basis.

If you have been thinking about building up your portfolio, if you have been thinking about becoming more serious about your photography, if you want to photograph some of the most beautiful photographic locations while receiving photographic instruction, if you want to learn how to best convert your photographs RAW, prepare them in Photoshop and other programs and create Fine Art Prints don't hesitate another second: sign up now. This event is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!

We will meet you in Page, Arizona at the Marriott Courtyard.  A special room rate is available to participants.
All location shoots are conducted within 2 to 5 miles from Page.  Tutorials are conducted at the Marriott Courtyard.

Number of participants:
The number of participants for the 2006 Summit is strictly limited  to 40.  This limit is set to insure a low participant to instructor ratio as well as a pleasant experience.  Keep in mind that this is a seminar-style event, and not a field workshop. The field workshop after the summit are limited to fewer participants. Seminar events can accomodate a larger number of participants.

What you will need
- A digital camera or a film camera and a digital camera. Photographers using any format cameras, from 35mm to medium format, 4x5 and other are welcome. If you only shoot film, you can also bring scans of your photographs to work on during the Summit.
- A laptop with Adobe Photoshop CS2 and any additional imaging software you currently use.
- A USB Flash drive to transfer files for printing
- A vehicle as you are responsible for your own transportation to Page and to the locations we will be photographing.

Cost and Contact information
Summit alone: $945 includes ink and fine art paper for making your prints during the Summit.
Photographic Vision Field Workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday: $365 each or $645 for both days.

Summit with both Tuesday & Wednesday Photographic Vision Field Workshops: $1590

If you attended the summit in 2003, 2004 or 2006 , you receive $100 off your registration fee.

You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to Page and back and for your lodging arrangements. We will email you a list of accommodations in Page when you register. The closest airport is Phoenix, Arizona. Page is located approximately 5 hours North of Phoenix.

How to Register

To reserve your seat in this workshop download the Summit Registration Form, in pdf format, by clicking here.

You can also email Alain Briot at

Or, for the fastest service, simply call Alain or Natalie at 800-949-7983, or 928-252-2466 outside of the United States.

We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

A receipt will be mailed to you the day after your registration is processed and you will receive confirmation over email.

Registrations are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you act now because the Summit and the Photographic Field Vision Workshops afterwards sell out quickly.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry. We are pleased to assist you with any questions. You can also call us at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 . We are located in Arizona.

Page Hotel Reservations: 928-645-5000

Summit participants benefit from a special rate at the Country Inn and Suites, the Summit Hotel: $59 for a two double beds room and $69 for a Kind Size bed and / or a room with a view onto Lake Powell (+tax). This is one of the lowest Marriott Courtyard rates in the United States.

To get this special rate call the Marriott Courtyard in Page at

Sunset over Lake Powell
Linhof Master Teknica 4x5, Schneider 400mm, Fuji Provia 100F

Things to keep in mind:
- Food, lodging, transportation and park entrance fees are not included. While most participants stay at a hotel, some occasionally decide to camp. Similarly, some participants may want to eat with the group while others may prefer to be on their own. Finally, some participants may want to return several times to one location, while others may not want to visit this location. This arrangement provides for maximum flexibility while keeping the cost of this workshop to a minimum. It will gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

- We will email you directions to Page as well as a list of hotels in Page when you register for the Summit. You will receive an email with the Friday evening meeting place and a detailed workshop schedule approximately 2 weeks before the workshop.

- A passenger car is suitable for this workshop since we will not drive on 4 wheel drive roads during the workshop. However, if you rent a car, we recommend you rent an SUV as it is more suited to this kind of activity.

-We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, friends, significant others and non-photographers need to be registered as full-time participants to join any aspect of this workshop. This includes meetings, print reviews, lectures, meals and all other aspects of this workshop. For further details read our Workshop FAQ.

- We do not carry cell phones. We will use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other during field workshops, when we are on location and when we are driving. If you become separated from the group we will call you on your walkie-talkie to find out where you are. For these reasons we ask that you bring a walkie-talkie, such as a Motorola Talkabout or equivalent, to the workshop. Please set your walkie-talkie to channel 4-5.

Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. In case you need to cancel attendance at the 2006 Summit we can refund your fees if you can name a replacement attendee and your friend pays his full fees. If this workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund.

Liability Limitation
Beaux Arts Photography,, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

Meeting times, meeting places and itinerary are subject to changes dictated by the weather, the road conditions and other imponderable variables that are part of doing landscape photography. We do not carry cell phones. You are responsible for being at the meeting place at the designated time and have your photographic equipment with you.

By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and release Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, and Natalie Briot will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. I also acknowledge that Alain and Natalie Briot have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime.

Photographs Copyright © Alain Briot, Joseph Holmes and Bettina & Uwe Steinmueller 2006

Summit 2003 Photographs