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 have a fantastic diverse landscape that provides a wealth of photography opportunities. This workshop is designed to allow you to develop the techniques you need to take your landscape photography to the next level so that you can capture the bast of the landscape, whether here in Wiltshire or in some distant land whilst on your travels.
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.
This two day landscape photography course is based at Lacock Photography’s studio in Lacock and comprises indoor classroom sessions designed to develop students’ in-camera and post processing techniques, and trips out into the field to put things into practice in an easy going, supported environment. During the morning of the first day, classroom 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 a supported practical outdoor session in the afternoon at nearby Bowood.
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 the Spring and Autumn. The course dates have been selected for the weeks of the year when we expect our 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 morning of Day 2 will involve visits to 2 field locations – selected from some of the potentially most rewarding landscape destinations in North Wiltshire. These include Cherhill Down, Gopher Wood, Avebury, Savernake Forest and Roundway Down. We will select which to visit as the workshop progresses, based upon the development of the season, the weather and the unique opportunities which each can provide.
Following the field trip on Day 2 and a packed lunch, the group will return to the Studio in Lacock for a session to, under the guidance of the tutor, review and post process sample images captured by students during the visits to Bowood on Day 1 and the field locations on Day 2.
While your in-camera technique is most important, the ability to post-process your landscape images also plays a role in your final product. Each photographer approaches the digital darkroom in their own way.
This session will be led by the tutor as an interactive tutorial in how to get the best from what’s been captured using Adobe Lightroom. A systematic approach to post processing will be demonstrated along with a number of essential editing techniques commonly used when processing Landscape images. You will learn some important work flow tips which will be forever useful when post-processing your landscape photography.
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 – 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
• Field Visit: Bowood Estate
• Return to Lacock
Landscape Photography – DAY TWO – 8:30am – 4:30pm
• Field trip to 2 Wiltshire locations for photo-shoot including packed lunch
• Return to Lacock
• Image review and post-processing
• The Point of Return
• 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) if you have one – ideally four stop (ND16, optical density 1.2) is recommended.
• polarising filter if you have one.
• remote cable release if you have one
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 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 selected Wiltshire sites) 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