Landscape Photography – Fundamentals

Bowood Cascade by Robert Harvey
Bowood Cascade by Robert Harvey

We are delighted now to be able to offer  two  Landscape Photography workshops, Fundamentals and Masterclass workshops.  Each workshop is two days in length, and together they provide comprehensive and informative training in Landscape Photography.

The workshops are structured to follow on from each other, however they can be taken independently dependent upon prior knowledge and experience.  Details of the Landscape Photography Fundamentals are below, details of the Landscape Photography Masterclass are here>>>

Landscape Photography Fundamentals

2 Day Workshop

Limited to six participants.

£295.00

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Landscape Photography Fundamentals
Landscape Photography Course with Robert Harvey
£295.00

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. Within a day’s drive there is even more variety, such as waterfalls, mountains and coasts. Each type of subject presents its own particular challenges … and opportunities.

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.

Cherhill Down by Robert Harvey
Cherhill Down by Robert Harvey

Landscape Photography - Fundamentals

Bluebells, Gopher Wood by Robert Harvey
Bluebells, Gopher Wood by Robert Harvey

This two day course covers the techniques and perception required to take landscape photographs that have impact.  Throughout the course we will be concentrating on the what, why and how of landscape photography.  Indoor sessions will look at composition, focal length and focus, use of light, colour and monochrome.  Examples from Wiltshire and throughout Britain will be shown to illustrate the ingredients that can make a potentially good photograph into a memorable image.  You may have heard it said that there is no such thing as bad light for photography – only light that does not suit the subject.  Is this true and what subjects are best suited to what conditions?

Landscape Photography - Fundamentals

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 day two we will explore four of the best locations in the Marlborough Downs and the Vale of Pewsey, which are part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Locations will be selected to suit conditions on the day and are expected to include the Kennet and Avon Canal, a Neolithic dolmen, a white horse and woodland for autumn colour or spring flowers. Guidance will be given on location, composition and exposure in the field to enable you to get the best out of these delightful landscapes.

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.

Travel on the course and lunches are included (subject to change dependent upon Covid-19 advice), along with refreshments throughout Day 1.

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. The course is ideal for students who have attended the Beginner’s Part I and Part II course at Lacock Photography or who have equivalent knowledge.

To ensure individual attention, the course is limited to six participants.  The course is interactive and your participation with questions, comments and opinions is encouraged.

Savernake Forest by Robert Harvey
Savernake Forest by Robert Harvey

Landscape Photography - Fundamentals

The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to landscape photography in Britain and all the technical details needed to photograph terrestrial landscapes with a digital SLR or Bridge camera. Subjects covered in depth are:

  • The nature of landscape
  • Finding and selecting subjects
  • Elements of composition
  • “Rules” of composition and when to break them
  • The use of different focal length lenses from wide angle to telephoto
  • Focus and depth of field, including focus stacking
  • Colour in the landscape and how it works in photography
  • Monochrome: when less can be more
  • Use of light – finding the right light for the subject
  • Shooting at sunrise and sunset
  • Capturing high contrast subjects using High Dynamic Range processing

Camera Equipment

These courses are suitable for students with DSLR cameras or bridge cameras. Ideally please bring:
• digital single lens reflex camera
• wide angle lens (ideally 16mm on full frame or 10mm on cropped sensor), standard zoom lens (for example 24 to 70mm) and short to medium telephoto lens (70-300mm would be ideal)
• sturdy tripod (essential)
• polarising filter and neutral density filters if you have them (not essential)
• remote cable release (recommended)
• warm and waterproof clothes

Bowood Woodland Garden by Robert Harvey
Astrophotography with Robert Harvey
Robert Harvey

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 as well as overseas. More than 290 of his photographs, including over 100 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. He is the author of “Photographing Wiltshire”, the only photographic guidebook to the county, published by Fotovue in 2020.

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: naturalworldphotography.net

Where to Stay?

The Landscape Photography Fundamentals starts and finishs at Lacock Photography’s studios in Lacock.  The workshop will be delivered as a mixture of classroom/workshop sessions and 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 (subject to Covid-19 advice).  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

What’s Included

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

Above may vary dependent upon current Covid-19 advice at the time.