Landscape Photography Online

Landscape Photography Online – Fundamentals & Masterclass

each three two-hour sessions 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Introduction

Developed from our popular face-to-face Landscape Photography Workshops, we are delighted to be able to offer live online versions of the Landscape Photography Fundamentals and Landscape Photography Masterclass workshops.  Each workshop comprises three two-hour sessions and together provide comprehensive and informative training in Landscape Photography.

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?

The workshops are streamed from Lacock Photography’s studio using Virtual Classroom technology, and are presented by tutor Robert Harvey.  Joining in is easy, no need to download anything!  We send you a weblink, you just click on it and register to join our Virtual Classroom around 15 minutes before the start time.  The courses are interactive and your participation with questions, comments and opinion is encouraged throughout.

Bowood Cascade by Robert Harvey
Bowood Cascade by Robert Harvey

Landscape Photography Fundamentals

This course, delivered online in three two-hour sessions, 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. 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?

Over the three two-hour sessions, a comprehensive introduction to landscape photography in Britain will be provided, including all the technical details needed to photograph 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

Landscape Photography Masterclass

Having mastered the fundamentals of exposure, light and composition, how can we develop our creativity to make images that truly stand out?

Over the three two-hour sessions we will cover:

• Weather: Sunshine, cloud, mist, frost, snow and rain all present opportunities and challenges. What subjects work best in what conditions?
• Seasons: How can we bring seasonal influences to the fore and add that extra ingredient to our pictures?
• Photographing Water: Whether still or flowing, water is a dynamic element in the landscape. We will discuss the effect of weather, time of day, shutter speed and filters to capture movement and reflections.
• Photographing the Coast: Our coast is the spectacular wild edge of Britain. How can we optimise the use of light and tides to fulfil the tremendous photographic potential of beaches, cliffs, sea stacks, lighthouses, castles and storms?
• Photographing Deserts: For photographers able to travel overseas, deserts represent landscapes in the raw. How can we make the most of exquisite light to capture their patterns?
• Impact and Narrative: Some of the most compelling pictures capture a moment or tell a story.

Knowlton Church and earthworks, Dorset © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM

This masterclass covers the techniques and perception required to take your landscape photographs to the next level. Concepts explored in detail throughout the course will be thinking creatively, planning ahead and making the most of opportunities.

The course will conclude with a presentation on “The Point of Return”, looking at pairs of images of the same scene taken in different lighting and weather conditions to maximise the potential of landscape compositions.

Equipment Requirements

These courses are suitable for students with DSLR cameras or bridge cameras. Equipment available to students should also include;

• 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)

The Virtual Classroom

Joining in the Virtual Classroom is via clicking on an internet link, no special software is required to be downloaded. The meeting will be interactive using webcams and microphones.

Dates and times

Clear selection

The Virtual Classroom will work on Windows or Mac systems using an up to date Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge Internet Browser. Safari will work on iPad but not on Mac or Macbook.  You can do a quick technical check to see if your equipment is suitable by clicking here>>>.  If in doubt please contact us and we would be happy to log you in to the Virtual Classroom to check that everything works beforehand.

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