Over the years the understanding and use of natural lighting together with compositional structure in landscape work has been refined to perfection in untold numbers of world-famous images. As we “… stand on the shoulders of these giants …” landscape photographers of today are the beneficiaries of their effort, creativity and discoveries.
In the ‘Masters Program’ Landscape Photography Workshops and ‘Art Light’ Landscape Photography Field Workshops, Tom Gamache and Van Webster have compiled decades of their research and writing into a comprehensive program of real world artistic principles and techniques that photographers can use to immediately improve the quality and attractiveness of their work.
What participants will learn:
• What does Art have to do with it?
• Camera control!
• The different types of audiences and how they react to photographic images!
• What is it that attracts a viewer to landscape art?
• Three fundamental types of natural lighting and what types of subjects are best
rendered by each.
• How to create the sensation of depth / real looking landscapes using composition & lighting.
• How to maintain focus or the appearance of focus throughout an image, Why is it important?
• The principles of theatrical staging that can add dimension & interest to your images.
• How to “See as the camera sees.”
• On what “grounds” is the sense of visual reality based?
• How the rule of thirds is but a starting point for advanced composition.
• The inseparable duality - Sharpness and Contrast.
• Why contrast is king! The difference between chiaroscuro and local color.
• The two most important horizontal lines in a landscape image.
• Perspective: Vanishing Points and Picture Planes.
• How to compose images for large prints.
• LTS – The space/time between looking and seeing, the most difficult space in your mind to fill
• Filters – Which, Why and When?
• How to make sure your work gets noticed!
• Can haze ever be a good thing?
• HDR (High Dynamic Range) – What is it and how can it help or hinder?
• Panorama: History, purpose, effect, how to!
• Who is Phil de Frame?
• And much more …
New ideas and concepts are introduced, demonstrated and reinforced daily. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learn during in-the-field work in the local landscape. All field exercises are instructor directed and assisted. Participants have the opportunity to wander about to consider the landscape and capture it in their own way.