Learn to fully exploit the rapidly changing light of twilight and to understand the principles of capture and composition, to take stunning landscape photographs.
In daytime photography (i.e. in broad daylight) as a general rule, the light remains generally similar outside of pre-dawn and twilight. Plus, the image that your smartphone produces in those broad daylight conditions will probably be just as satisfying as the one produced on your DSLR or mirrorless. When the light levels fade landscape pictures become more interesting. At the same time these conditions make it impossible for smartphones to capture anything worthwhile. There are physical limits to what sensors and lenses in telephones can do.
If you are looking to progress from smartphonography, then you need to master the way a camera deals with low light. Your landscape photography will only evolve to its full potential if you master your equipment in these conditions. Learn how to adjust your camera’s primary settings by manipulating the exposure triangle and use the compositional principles that will all fine-tune your pictures.
You will also learn how to control your camera with filters so that the images you produce in daylight are elevated to a level of artiness that smartphones cannot muster.
If possible we will travel to the beautiful coastline of West Sussex to acquire the images that we will work on together in the IT suite at West Dean.
With demonstration, presentation and practice, this course will change the way you view the landscape.
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.
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.
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)
Benjamin Graham is an award-winning internationally-published landscape photographer with over forty years' photography experience. He has been a category finalist several times in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year and, with a local image of West Wittering beach, was awarded the prestigious title of Overall Winner of the UK Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2017. A private tutor and group leader, dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the UK's coast and countryside, his work regularly appears in the UK and across the globe in major newspapers, magazines and on-line editorial galleries.