Digital landscape photography – autumn colour with Roy Matthews

Photography and digital image manipulation

Ref: SWE11164


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About this course

Discover the secrets of capturing landscape images in autumn with maximum visual impact. Best use of equipment and the importance of pre-planning are covered, alongside how to enhance your images.

Course Description

Discover the secrets of capturing autumn landscape images with maximum visual impact.

In this practical workshop, you will explore the techniques and ideas essential to producing stunning images, including presentations in technique and in-depth critiques.

Walks of two to four miles are planned taking in the picturesque grounds of West Dean Gardens and the surrounding area of the South Downs as our locations. The workshop will look in depth at the importance of light and composition, the best use of lenses, the use of filters and the importance of pre-planning for best results. The workshop will also cover an introduction to post processing using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software and how to best enhance your images.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • A Digital SLR or mirrorless camera and all the lenses you have, ideally covering from wide angle to telephoto. ‘Bridge’ or Advanced compact cameras that have full manual control over exposure settings are fine too. Camera instruction manual (if available).
  • Any lens filters you have, e.g. a circular polarizer, would be useful but is not essential
  • A tripod – essential
  • Fully charged and spare camera batteries – and charger
  • Camera memory cards
  • Camera to computer USB leads
  • Cable release or remote (can also use self-timer on camera if you do not have these)
  • USB memory stick to save your images
  • Be prepared to work outdoors, so bring appropriate clothing, including waterproofs and suitable waterproof footwear
  • Pen and paper
  • A note of your Adobe ID login may be useful

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • USB Memory sticks
N.B. It is essential that you are familiar with using a computer, as while the tutor will give instruction on getting to grips with imaging software, basic computer skills will be assumed. Basic familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom software (Creative Cloud version) would also be an advantage. The course will be taught using full versions of the software (not Elements). The course is for up to eight participants. Each student will be allocated a PC in the College’s PC-based digital photography suite.


Roy Matthews

Roy has been a commercial photographer since the mid 1980's having started his career as a studio assistant before becoming freelance in the early 1990's. He has worked in many different genres including studio, reportage, architectural, portraiture, editorial and sport. Always keen to pursue his personal work as a balance to the commercial world he has been widely published and has exhibited in many locations over the years.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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