Introduction To Landscape Photography
Whether you are a beginner just learning the basics or a skilled amateur SWP can help you get more from your camera, allowing you to create truly breathtaking images.
An excellent way to learn new skills and gain hands-on experience. My Landscape Photography course is set in the stunning coastal scenery of the Vale Of Glamorgan in South Wales.
This is a very informal and relaxed course - on a one-on-one basis. It also gives you the opportunity to ask plenty of questions and gives us enough time to work on the techniques and camera controls.
The course is very relaxed and sometimes due to questions and example shooting we can jump from one thing to another but the course follows the below structure.
Equipment & Camera Care
Looking at the digital SLR and its functions, lenses for landscape photography, camera supports, accessories and camera care.
The Kit Essential For Good, Sharp Images
How To Get Your Images Tack Sharp
Its not how good your equipment is, its how you use it!
Landscape photography is accessible to almost anyone with a camera.
With a keen eye for detail its possible to take good images with even the most basic kit.
Here we spend a little time looking at the correct techniques and camera settings to achieve that tack sharp image.
In this section we look at exposure, aperture, shutter speed and how they are related. We also discuss the exposure modes on your camera, the histogram, white balance and getting the right depth of field.
In this section we will explore the basic rule of composition is to achieve a pleasing balance between the elements in the image
Lead In Lines
Lead in Lines are another great way to emphasize the main subject in your image. Lead in lines are a great way of leading the viewers eye through the frame.
During the 1-to-1 shoot we will identify examples and look at how they transform an image.
One of the main reasons Landscape Photographers fail to get a “wow” image is that they don’t convey the sense of depth that the human eye can see in reality.
In this section we look at the tricks and techniques associated with composition and creating depth in your image.
In this section we look at the direction and quality of light and how we use it. Also discussing the use of filters and what they do.
Photoshop is just the modern photographers darkroom and if used correctly can really enhance an image.
In the final section we look at the different files used during processing. Including processing RAW files, J-PEG, resizing images, colour correction, image sharpness and image noise. We also look at black & white conversions as well as using layers in photoshop.
JPEGS ( JOINT PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERTS GROUP)
JPEGs are the most common file format for both capture and storage. It is a compressed file so adjustments to the image are made in camera creating a small file but a high degree of reduction in image quality. Its a “Lossy” file type which means that each time you save a JPEG you will lose some of the original data.
RAW files are “undeveloped” digital negatives. Each file needs to be processed before being viewed. RAW is a very flexible format and my absolute favourite to shoot landscapes. Any changes you make are non-destructive. Due to its flexibility and high degree of control I strongly recommend that you use the “RAW” format to capture images.
TIFF FILES (TAGGED IMAGE FILE FORMAT)
TIFF is one of the output files from RAW format and is a “Lossless” file which means there is no loss of image quality when re-saving. I also save my files as a TIFF from the conversion stage.