Landscape photography is a very popular subject, both with amateurs and professionals, and it’s easy to see why! Enjoying The Great Outdoors, getting a probably much needed dose of fresh air and spending some time admiring nature’s finest work; what’s not to love! However, landscape photography can leave you a little disappointed, after coming home to find all your pics are a bit flat and boring. This is the real challenge with landscape photography: avoiding a stack of bland images that really don’t do your scenes justice. So, if you are interested in taking striking landscape images, come on this awesome two day workshop and find out everything you need to know to achieve a stand out shot!
In Wiltshire, we are lucky enough to be inundated with fantastic landscape photography opportunities, and within just a day’s drive there is so much to see, such as waterfalls, mountains and coasts! Each type of subject presents its own particular challenge and opportunity.
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/shutter priority or fully manual mode.
To ensure individual attention, the course is limited to six participants.
This two day landscape photography 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. Topics explored in depth include photographing moving water, in preparation for our practical outdoor sessions.
Two field visits will enable us to put into practice what we have learned. Bowood Estate is one of Wiltshire’s iconic landscapes, featuring parkland designed by Capability Brown, a lake with Doric temple, arboretum and a cascade. These gardens look fabulous in late October and are also charming in May, when we will have the opportunity to also visit Bowood’s remarkable woodland rhododendron gardens.
On the second day we will visit the most spectacular waterfalls in southern Britain, at Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons. A five mile walk takes us to four stunning waterfalls (one of which you can walk behind) for a variety of close-up and more distant shots. The hike at Ystradfellte includes a couple of moderately steep sections so a reasonable level of fitness is required to enjoy this course.
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.
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
• camera capable of operating in manual mode with control over aperture, shutter speed and ISO
• wide angle lens, standard zoom lens and short to medium telephoto lenses if you have them.
• neutral density filters (not graduated) – ideally four stop (ND16, optical density 1.2) is recommended for photographing waterfalls on the course. A ten stop (ND1000, optical density 3.0) filter is also sometimes useful when photographing reflections, though not specifically needed for this course.
• polarising filter if you have one.
• remote cable release if you have one
Landscape Photography – DAY ONE – 9:30am – 6:00pm
• Introduction to landscape photography
• Finding Opportunities
• Focus and depth of field
• Using light
• Getting Creative: shutter speeds and filters
• Getting Creative: Narrative and impact
• Travel to Bowood – approx 20mins
• Field Visit: Bowood Lake, arboretum and cascade
(also rhododendron garden in May)
• Return to Lacock
Landscape Photography – DAY TWO – 8:30am – 6:00pm
• Drive to Ystradfellte (Brecon Beacons) – approx 2 hours
• Five mile walk visiting and photographing four spectacular waterfalls (packed lunch provided) – 4 ½ hours on location
• Return to Lacock
AFTERNOON TEA BREAK
• The Point of Return
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 90 landscape 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. Robert is also inspired by remote locations such as coasts, mountains and deserts, where untamed land is sculpted by natural elements. He has photographed all Britain’s National Parks at their seasonal best, along with coastlines throughout the British Isles from the southern tip of Cornwall to the northernmost point of Shetland. Overseas, his favourite countries for landscape photography are the United States, Namibia and Norway, each of which he has visited several times.
Visit Robert’s website: www.naturalworldphotography.net
Where to Stay?
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 photo-shoots under the guidance of Robert Harvey. Transport to and from Lacock to the field locations (Bowood and the Brecon Beacons) will be provided. For those students who plan to stay overnight, accommodation is available in Lacock or nearby. We recommend our own B & B at The Old Clubhouse
Once you arrive we look after you for the workshop duration.
Included in the price is:
● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
● Buffet lunch on Day 1
● Packed Lunch on Day 2
● Transport to and from photo-shoot locations