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Landscape Masterclass - Robert Harvey ARPS

Event info

Only one place left - next date 07 & 28 September.

(Live workshop using Zoom) limited to 8 participants.

Landscapes are perennially popular subjects for photographers. However, capturing a really good landscape image is challenging. Everyone can photograph the landscape … but what makes a striking landscape photograph? How much is down to planning and how much is serendipity? Why and how does a superb photograph stand out from the rest?

This masterclass, over two half-days, covers the techniques and perception required to take your landscape photographs to the next level. Concepts explored in detail throughout the course will be thinking creatively, vision, planning ahead, making the most of opportunities and developing your photographic style. The course is interactive and your participation with questions, comments and opinions is encouraged.

During the course we will cover:

  • What do we mean by photographic vision and style?
  • Weather: Sunshine, cloud, mist, frost, snow and rain all present opportunities and challenges. What subjects work best in what conditions?
  • Seasons: How can we bring seasonal influences to the fore and add that extra ingredient to our pictures?
  • Photographing Water: Whether still or flowing, water is a dynamic element in the landscape. We will discuss the effect of weather, time of day, shutter speed and filters to capture movement and reflections.
  • Photographing the Coast: Our coast is the spectacular wild edge of Britain. How can we optimise the use of light and tides to fulfil the tremendous photographic potential of beaches, cliffs, sea stacks, lighthouses, castles and storms?
  • Photographing Deserts: For photographers able to travel overseas, deserts represent landscapes in the raw. How can we make the most of exquisite light to capture their patterns?
  • Impact and Narrative: Some of the most compelling pictures capture a moment or tell a story.

The course will conclude with an exercise on “The Point of Return”, in which participants will be invited to look at landscape photographs and suggest how different lighting, seasonal or weather conditions could maximise the potential of the composition. The tutor will then show a second image of each scene demonstrating his approach to creating a better image.

In between the two half-day sessions, students will be invited to use what they have learnt to take photographs that convey seasonal and/or weather elements of the landscape and send them in for discussion by the tutor at the beginning of the second session.

Day 1:

14:00 Introduction by tutor and participants

14.20: Introduction: Vision and Style

14:50: Module 1: Finding Opportunities: Seasons

15:50 Break

16.00 Module 2: Finding Opportunities: Weather

17.00 Module 3: Photographing Water

18.00 Close

Day 2:

13:00 Review of participants’ images

14.00 Module 4: Photographing the Coast

15.00 Module 5: Photographing Deserts

16.00 Break

16.15 Module 6: Impact and Narrative

17.00 Exercise: The Point of Return

18.00 Close


To get the most out of the course students should already understand the fundamentals of exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, composition and using light; and be comfortable handling their cameras using aperture priority and manual mode. Our “Landscape Photography Fundamentals” course is the ideal preparation for this course but all amateur photographers with significant experience of landscape photography are welcome to attend.

This course is suitable for students with DSLR cameras, a range of lenses from wide angle to telephoto and sturdy tripods. To ensure individual attention, the course is limited to eight participants. The course is interactive and your participation with questions, comments and opinions is encouraged.

Internet access

A webcam or microphone for interacting (your laptop may have these built-in already)

Speakers to hear the presentations


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The Tutor: Professional photographer Robert Harvey holds the Excellence award of the Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique. He is inspired by remote locations such as coasts, mountains and deserts, where untamed land is sculpted by natural elements. HIs photographic schedules are often dictated by sunrise, sunset, moon, tides and weather.

Based in Wiltshire, Robert leads photography tours throughout Britain, as well as overseas. He regularly lectures to specialist photographic audiences around the country and is the author of several books on photography and astronomy including “Photographing the Heavens” (2019), “Night Sky” (2019) and “Photographing Wiltshire” (2020).

Image: Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM

Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.



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