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Landscape Fundamentals - Robert Harvey ARPS

Event info

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Limited to 8 participants.

(Live workshop using Zoom)

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. Each type of subject presents its own particular challenges … and opportunities.

This one day course covers the techniques and perception required to take landscape photographs that have impact. Throughout the course we will be concentrating on the what, why and how of landscape photography. We will look at composition, focal length and focus, use of light, colour and monochrome. Examples from throughout Britain will be shown to illustrate the ingredients that can make a potentially good photograph into a memorable image.

The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to landscape photography and all the technical details needed to photograph terrestrial landscapes with a digital SLR camera. Subjects covered in depth are:

  • The nature of landscape
  • Finding and selecting subjects
  • Elements of composition
  • “Rules” of composition and when to break them
  • The use of different focal length lenses from wide angle to telephoto
  • Focus and depth of field, including focus stacking
  • Colour in the landscape and how it works in photography
  • Monochrome: when less can be more
  • Use of light – finding the right light for the subject
  • Shooting at sunrise and sunset
  • Capturing high contrast subjects using High Dynamic Range processing

Outline schedule:

09.30 Introduction by tutor and participants

09.50 Module 1: The Nature of Landscape

10.50 Break

11.00 Module 2: Composition

12.00 Module 3: Lenses and Focal Length

13.00 Break

13.30 Module 4: Focus and Depth of Field

14.30 Module 5: Colour and Monochrome

15.30 Break

15:40 Module 6: Light and Exposure

16.40 Close


To get the most out of the course students should already understand the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO; and be comfortable handling their cameras using aperture/shutter priority or fully manual mode.

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), “Photographing Wiltshire” (2020) and “Britain’s Best Landscapes and How to Photograph Them” (2021)

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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