TWO DAY COURSE Dawn Start on Day 2
Landscapes are perennially popular subjects for photographers. However, capturing a really good landscape image is challenging. Everyone can photograph the landscape … but what makes a striking landscape photograph? How much is down to planning and how much is serendipity? Why and how does a superb photograph stand out from the rest?
In Wiltshire, we are fortunate to have great landscapes right here in our county. There are vistas of rolling downland, sweeping vales swathed in autumn mist and ancient woodlands carpeted with spring flowers. Our evocative ancient monuments are world-famous.
This two day course covers the techniques and perception required to take our landscape photography to the next level. Indoor sessions will look at composition, focus, use of light and in-camera creative techniques. Examples from Wiltshire and throughout Britain will be shown to illustrate the ingredients that can make a potentially good photograph into a great image. You may have heard it said that there is no such thing as bad weather for photography – only light that does not suit the subject. Is this true and what subjects are best suited to what conditions? The course will provide inspiration to seek new photographic opportunities and make the most of whatever opportunities present themselves.
Two field visits will enable us to put into practice what we have learned at two of Wiltshire’s iconic landscapes: Castle Coombe and Stourhead. Frequently used as a film location, Castle Coombe is rated one of England’s prettiest villages and is surrounded by mature limestone beech woods carpeted with spring wild flowers. Stourhead is arguably England’s finest landscape garden, offering classic vistas across a lake to carefully placed temples and follies nestled amongst a wonderful variety of exotic trees and shrubs. The course dates have been selected for the weeks of the year when we expect these two locations to be at their best. In spring our photographs will be enhanced by the vibrant colours of freshly formed leaves and flowers. Autumn offers a very different colour palette of pastel hues and golden leaves.
To get the most out of the course students should already understand the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO; and be comfortable handling their cameras using aperture priority mode.
To ensure individual attention, the course is limited to six participants.
The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to landscape photography and all the technical details needed to photograph terrestrial landscapes with a digital SLR camera. Subjects covered in depth are:
• Opportunities provided by seasonal change
• Using weather conditions such as mist, frost, reflections, snow and storms
• Finding and selecting subjects
• Elements of composition
• “Rules” of composition and when to break them
• Focus and depth of field, including focus stacking
• Use of light – finding the right light for the subject
• Shooting at sunrise and sunset
• Capturing high contrast subjects using High Dynamic Range processing
• Photographing water and the effect of different shutter speeds
• The effect of neutral density and polarising filters
• Thinking creatively
• Impact and narrative in landscape photography
• Planning a shoot
• Making your own luck
Landscape Photography – DAY ONE
• Introduction to landscape photography
• Finding Opportunities
• Focus and depth of field
• Using light
• Getting Creative: shutter speeds and filters
• Getting Creative: Narrative and impact
• Field Visit: Castle Coombe village and surrounding beech woods
• Travel to Mere (or other overnight accommodation)
Landscape Photography – DAY TWO
May Course 5:00am -3:00pm November Course 7:00am – 5:00pm
• Dawn shoot at Stourhead
• Morning shoot at Stourhead
• Return to Lacock Photography Studio
• Review and Process Group’s Images
• Conclusion: The Point of Return
Camera Technical Requirements for Students
This course is suitable for students with DSLR cameras or bridge cameras. Ideally please bring:
• digital single lens reflex camera
• wide angle lens (at least 24mm on full frame or 16mm on cropped sensor), standard zoom lens and short to medium telephoto lens (70-300mm would be ideal)
• sturdy tripod (essential)
• neutral density filters (optional) – ideally four stop and ten stop
• polarising filter (optional)
• remote cable release
• waterproof clothes
The Tutor – Robert Harvey
Professional photographer Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM has created Natural World Photography, dedicated to creative images of landscapes, wildlife and the beauty of the night sky. A Chartered Natural Scientist and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, Robert leads photography tours throughout Britain. More than 200 of his photographs, including over 20 astrophotography images, have been accepted in international exhibitions worldwide.
Living near the World Heritage Site of Avebury, some of Robert’s favourite images have been taken in Wiltshire, where our ancient past resonates through the landscape. Monuments such as Stonehenge, Avebury, Devil’s Den, Lacock Abbey and Glastonbury Tor regularly feature in his astrophotography images. Robert’s astrophotography includes the moon, stars, planets, galaxies, aurorae and eclipses.
Robert is inspired by remote locations such as coasts, mountains and deserts, where untamed land is sculpted by natural elements. His astrophotography portfolio has involved extensive travel, most recently to Oregon for the total solar eclipse on 21 August 2017. Other recent destinations include Arctic Norway for the aurora borealis, Utah for spectacular foregrounds and meteors, the Namib Desert to photograph the Milky Way and the Falklands where the far southern hemisphere skies are exceptionally dark and free from light pollution.
Landscape Photography Workshop Content
The Landscape Photography workshop will start and finish at Lacock Photography’s studios in Lacock. The workshop will be delivered as a mixture of classroom/workshop sessions and two photoshoots under the guidance of Robert Harvey.
Once you arrive we look after you for the workshop duration.
Included in the price is:
● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
● Lunch on Day 1
● Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2
● Transport to and from photoshoot locations