Landscape Fundamentals Course
This workshop will be led by professional photographer Robert Harvey and will have of maximum of 6 participants.
Start Time: 10:00
Finish Time: 19:30
Venue: The Castle Hotel, New Park Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1DS
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?
This course, held at the Castle Hotel in the market town of Devizes, Wiltshire, 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. We will look at composition, focal length and focus, use of light, colour and monochrome. Examples from throughout Britain will be shown to illustrate the ingredients that can make a potentially good photograph into a memorable image.
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:
- 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
After the indoor sessions, there will be a field visit to a nearby downland location where we can put into practice what we have learned. Guidance will be given on location, composition and exposure in the field to enable you to get the best out of a delightful landscape. The following day a full-day landscape photography workshop in Wiltshire is available through the RPS Landscape Group (bookable separately).
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.
Recommended Photographic Equipment: digital single lens reflex camera or equivalent, wide angle lens (16mm on full frame or 10mm on cropped sensor), standard zoom lens and short to medium telephoto lens (70-300mm would be ideal), sturdy tripod (essential), hiking shoes/boots and waterproof clothes.
Indoor session: 10am to 5pm with break for lunch. Outdoor field trip: 5pm to 7.30pm.
Included: Tuition, lunch, refreshments. Not included: transport to Castle Hotel, transport to field location, parking.
Terms for all Participants in RPS Landscape Group Events:
Tickets for events that involve travelling include a £2 carbon offset charge that will be paid to a carefully researched and selected offsetting partner.
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Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.
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RPS Landscape Group Committee
Events organised by the Landscape Group of the Royal Photographic Society.
The Castle Hotel, New Park St, SN10 1DS Devizes
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