Ep 253: How to shoot amazing black and white landscape photos with guest Jack Curran

We talk to landscape photographer Jack Curran. His moving and evocative images are an example of a master in action. Jack has been shooting amazing landscapes for 40 years. He’s a multi-award-winning photographer and has been ranked as one of the top 10 landscape photographers in the world and won dozens of awards.

Jack shares some great tips and insights for photographers of all levels and managed to change the way I view lighting landscapes.

We cover: why landscape and why black and white, the importance of great mentors, why he doesn’t always shoot every landscape he sees, challenges of shooting landscapes, basic gear, focal length and settings, the best light for landscape photography – and much more.

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Show Notes

Jack Curran has been shooting amazing landscapes for 40 years. He’s a multi-award-winning photographer and has been ranked as one of the top ten landscape photographers in the world and won dozens of awards. Jack shares some great tips and insights for photographers of all levels and managed to change the way I view lighting landscapes.

  • Why landscape and why black and white?
  • The importance of great mentors
  • Why he doesn’t always shoot every landscape he sees
  • Challenges of shooting landscapes
  • Basic gear, focal length and settings
  • The best light for landscape photography

 

Jack Curran – “The Art & Craft of Black and White Landscape”

Bio

You might say there was a natural collision of circumstances between Jack’s nearly lifelong love of nature, and that of photography. His wondrous journey into nature began when he attended an Outward Bound month-long wilderness course at age 16. At 18, (just over 40 years ago) he picked up his first camera, developed his first B&W print in the darkroom and quickly put his two passions together.

In recent years Jack’s photography has been exhibited in Paris, Athens, Berlin, Moscow, and Malaga Spain and domestically in the US. Most recently, Jack was ranked the #2 Black and White photographer in the world by One Eyeland, which included all genres of B&W. In 2018 Jack had a Monograph book of his work published by LensWork magazine, representing eleven – six image portfolios, following the theme of “Seeing in Sixes.”

Jack has been internationally awarded, having won Gold or 1st place in IPA, PX3, ND Awards, Moscow International Foto Awards, Tokyo International Foto Awards, International Gala/Pollux Awards, Black and White Spider Awards and Black and White Photography Magazines Portfolio Awards.

Jack has a new video tutorial series “Mastery of Light” available on his Website, as well as a new YouTube channel where he makes short-form videos of his process available for free.

He continues to look through the lens with an eye toward discovery, and that is what he hopes to share with us tonight.

For Jack, it’s all about the “Lure of Light.”

Additional Information:

RECENT NEWS
2019 – NEW Mastery of Light Video Tutorial #2 COMING SOON – June 2019
2019 – MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN – SHAW NATURE PRESERVE – + WORKSHOP
2019 – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM + WORKSHOP
2019 – ST LOUIS CAMERA CLUB + WORKSHOP
2019 – MONEP – Missouri Outdoor and Environmental Photographers
2019 – PATAGONIA ASCOUTING TRIP + LIMITED WORKSHOP
2019 – Podcast F-Stop Collaborate Matt Payne
2019 – Haida Filter Sponsorship
2018 – Mastery Of Light Video Tutorial #1 release November 2018
2018 – ST LOUIS CAMERA CLUB + WORKSHOP
2018 – LensWork Publishing – “Eleven By Six” Monograph Book- April 2018
2018 – Ranked #6 Landscape Photographer Worldwide by One Eyeland
2018 – Ranked the #2 Black and White Photographer Worldwide by One Eyeland.

AWARDS
2018 – Ranked the #2 Black and White Photographer Worldwide by One Eyeland
2018 – Ranked the #6 Landscape Photographer Worldwide by One Eyeland.
PX3 – 3 Gold, 5 Silver, 5 Bronze, 15 Honorable Mentions
IPA, – 1 First Place, 35 Honorable Mentions
ND Awards, 2 1st Place, 2 2nd Place, 3 3rd Place, 28 Honorable Mentions
TIFA, 2 Silver, 2- Bonze, 7 Honorable Mentions
MIFA, 3 – 1st Place, 2 2nd Place 3 – 3rd Place, 12 Honorable Mentions
FAPA, 2nd Place Landscape, 8 Nominees
BW Magazine, Three-time Portfolio Contest Winner, Three-time Single Image Award Winner
LensWork, Two-time Winner “SEEING IN SIXES” Special Edition Book
Gala Awards, Two-time Gold Award Winner

PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA
2019 – Black and White Magazine – Portfolio Excellence Award Winner
2019 – BLOG – F-STOP COLLABORATE – Interview with Jack Curran by Matt Payne
2018 – LENSWORK – “Eleven By Six” Monograph Book- April 2018
2018 – BLACK AND WHITE MAGAZINE – Portfolio Section
2018 – BLACK AND WHITE MAGAZINE – Single Image – People Choice Award
2018 – BLOG “Ishoottravels.com” Interview with Jack Curran
2017 – LENSWORK MAGAZINE “Seeing In Sixes” Special Edition – 1 PORTFOLIO
2017 – BLACK AND WHITE MAGAZINE – Portfolio Section
2016 – LENSWORK MAGAZINE “Seeing In Sixes” Special Edition – 2 PORTFOLIO’S
2016 – B&W MAGAZINE SINGLE IMAGE People Choice Award Special Edition Published December
2016 – LIGHT AND LANDSCAPE MAGAZINE “In Discussion With Jack Curran” – 10 IMAGES
2016 – LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE May 2016 Addendum Artist Statement and 10 images
2015 – OUTDOOR Photographer – August – BW Special Edition Article, THINK – FEEL – DO
2015 – B&W MAGAZINE – Portfolio Contest Excellence Award – Published June 2015 6 Images
2015 BLOG – IMPROVED PHOTOGRAPHY – Interview with Brian McGucken THOUGHTS ON PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST Black and White Photography discussion with Brian McGuckin
2014 – Black & White Magazine (Published June 2014) Portfolio Edition Winner and Multipage Spread Black and White Big Sky Portfolio

Exhibitions: Available upon request…

Social Media links

Website: https://www.jackcurranphotography.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jackcurranphotography/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackcurranphotography/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq4SVMrAyFG7lyjIfFCBJ3g
Products/workshops: To be announced – Out of Yosemite

Image by Jack Curran
Image by Jack Curran
Image by Jack Curran
Image by Jack Curran

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