Posted by Mark Sunderland on February 27, 2012
With a good understanding of exposure this will free up more time for you to concentrate on the artistic side of landscape photography. We’ll start your workshop with a short talk (with examples) covering the key elements that go into making a great landscape photograph, and follow these up in the field throughout the workshop:
Subject selection – without a strong subject to work with, no amount of waiting for the light and struggling with composition will yield the great image you want. Seeing your subject is the first step and we’ll explore a variety of examples from big vistas to intimate landscapes and details.
Light – With a bit of planning you can get yourself in the right place at the right time with a good chance of getting some decent light. Add to this a little luck with the weather and it could be great! Here we’ll be looking at time of day and year, direction of light and comparing the use of direct, diffused and reflected light to make the most of your chosen subject.
Composition – This is where you design your photograph, presenting your chosen subject in a visually pleasing way. Producing a well balanced composition is critical to producing a great image. We’ll talk about image orientation and framing, focal point, foreground and lead-in, using patterns and lines and abstraction.
These elements come together to form your artistic vision of the image you want to make, and your understanding of exposure allows you to capture that vision. Our workshop magazine style handout also contains sections on subject selection, light and composition with lots of examples for you to refer back to after your workshop.