LEARNING LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography is both an art and a craft. As such, learning landscape photography is best done by doing, following an expert tutor’s instructions and advice. During our Workshops together, I will share with you everything I know about photography and art. Below you’ll find a quick list of what we will be working on during our landscape photography Workshops.
MASTERING COMPOSITION | Mastering composition is the first, and most fundamental, step when learning photography. During our Workshops, I’ll help you bringing your vision to life and creating great images by organizing the available elements of any given scene in the best possible way.
In particular, we’ll work on the spatial relationship between different elements in the frame, on near-far compositions, on the compositional effects created by changing shooting point and by using different focal lengths, on how choosing different shutter speeds and different apertures affects composition, on the compositional importance of the weather, and more.
MASTERING THE LIGHT | The second fundamental step when learning photography is mastering the light. During our Workshops, we’ll work together on how to put every possible light condition, even those most photographers would discard, to the best possible use.
From the golden hour to the blue hour, from a stormy sky to a completely clear one, I’ll show you how to use any light available to us to create your own interpretations of a landscape, expressing different moods and enhancing the beauty of different subjects.
MASTERING POST-PROCESSING | Mastering post-processing, either digital or analogic, is the third fundamental step when learning photography and ironically one too often neglected nowadays. Even the most wonderfully composed photograph, taken in the best of light, needs masterful post-processing to express its full potential. Conversely, even the most wonderfully composed photograph, taken in the best of light, can be completely ruined by bad post-processing.
I believe that it’s nearly impossible to truly share knowledge leading large-group Workshops, and this is even more true when it comes to post-processing. Thanks to our trademark small group size (3 people and smaller), during our daily post-processing sessions we’ll work together in-depth on bringing to life your photographs’ true and hidden potential.
MASTERING FILTERS | Even in today’s digital world, mastering filters is a fundamental step when learning landscape photography. High quality glass filters help you control and balance the light, enhance colours and increase their saturation, and control shutter speed, in ways that are often impossible to achieve in post-processing.
During our Workshops, I’ll help you select the most useful filters for each shooting situation, sharing with you the reasons behind my choices and showing you how to use them for maximum effect. If you don’t have your personal filter kit yet, don’t worry! During our Workshops, we always bring with us an extra Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra kit for you to experiment with.
MASTERING LONG EXPOSURES | Mastering long exposures allows us to show the passing of time and to interpret movement in our photographs. When used appropriately and with measure, long exposures allow us to express different moods and emotions in our landscape photography. More, since they transform the physical aspect of things such as water and clouds, long exposures are an extremely powerful compositional tool as well.
During our Workshops we’ll explore in-depth the potential of long exposures, and I’ll show you how to put their amazing possibilities at your service to fully bring your vision to life.
MASTERING IMAGE RATIO | One of the most underrated aspects when learning photography is image ratio. The world doesn’t always fit into 3:2 or 4:3, the two most common image ratios available on today’s digital cameras, and a photograph can be made much stronger by choosing the image ratio that best suits a particular landscape. During our Workshops, we’ll talk in depth about how to choose the best image ratio for your photographs and why.
MASTERING THE WEATHER | As we know, a large part of learning photography in general is learning how to master the light. When it comes to landscape photography, your ability to master the light will depend greatly on your ability to read the weather. During our Workshops, we’ll work on reading the light, on understanding the tides and the winds, on how to interpret the clouds’ movement, and more, to put all that information at the service of your photography.