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Photographing flat and minimalist landscapes

Event info

A hybrid workshop with Alex Hare for up to 6 participants.  Tickets will go on sale on 1 November.

This is a hybrid workshop with a Zoom session with event leader, professional landscape photographer Alex Hare, followed by a self-directed practical session out at locations of your choosing. Your workshop concludes with a constructive image review four weeks later with Alex and your course colleagues, also via Zoom.

We’re not all blessed with mountains and deserts on our doorstep and, as I live in Kent, I know how this feels! Yet landscapes that are more ‘flat’ or minimalist (those with less classical ingredients, shall we say) are spaces to be seen as a source of new and original ideas and inspiration for our photography, rather than an obstacle to our creative work in this genre.

This workshop is designed to help anyone keen to get out and explore any flatter landscapes with renewed ideas and enthusiasm for finding creative responses to them, perhaps those local to you or within walking distance.

Specifically, we will:

• explore the differences between and identify various types of flat and minimalist landscape, even in Scotland!
• see how they provide ample scope for exciting photography
• explore how previous artists, such as Constable, Gainsborough and Turner worked in these landscapes and responded creatively.
• consider various camera and creative techniques for capturing flat landscapes
• consider different options for lighting, timing & composition
• see how factors beyond the seasons, weather and time of day can unlock the secrets of flat landscapes
• look at history and stories in the landscape to inform our work and shape projects to theme our creative outcomes around.

Alex will provide many examples from his work in Kent (even in Scotland!) that illustrates well the wonderful opportunities we have for highly personal and original creative engagement with these landscapes.

We will see how these places are a very good means for developing our own vision and style away from the tried and tested locations.

Alex is an experienced landscape photography tutor so this is ideal for beginners and experienced photographers seeking a fresh creative challenge. Alex is the author of the forthcoming book ‘Photographing Kent’, published by Fotovue. He is also a brand ambassador for Fotospeed and Kase filters and you will receive a special RPS workshop 10% discount code for any Kase products and a 15% code for Fotospeed paper, courtesy of Alex’s association with these brands.

Ticket prices for this event include a £2 carbon offsetting charge.  For more information click here.




In the light of recent developments, the latest government guidance and leading industry practice the RPS Landscape Group has adopted the following updated guidelines for events involving meeting in person.

  • Before attending one of our workshops or events please take a lateral flow test and do not attend if the result is positive.
  • Unless you are medically exempt you are encouraged to be fully vaccinated (i.e. 2 vaccinations, plus a booster if applicable) to attend one of our events. If you are not fully vaccinated (for whatever reason) you must follow rigorous social distancing measures including:
    • maintaining a physical distance of at least 2m from other participants and the event leader whenever possible
    • wearing a face covering whenever it is not possible to maintain such a distance
    • following any other social distancing and infection prevention measures and advice issued by relevant public health authorities.
  • You must not attend any event if you have symptoms of covid-19 or have had a positive covid test result within the last 14 days.
  • The event leader may ask you to wear a face covering at certain times e.g. while indoors or while any tuition necessarily takes place in close proximity to the tutor or other participants. Unless you are medically exempt you must comply with the event leader’s requests.
  • Decisions regarding the implementation of these precautions will be those of the event leader, taking account both of current government guidance or regulations and, if this would lead to a more cautious approach, common sense. The event leader's decision will be final.  If you are not willing to comply with any such instructions, please don't book a place.

You should take out insurance to cover cancellation in the event that you contract Covid-19 and are unable to attend.


Carers and helpers

Any person who has a health condition or disability and needs a carer or helper may bring them along to an RPS Landscape Group event without charge. You must book a carer/helper ticket for your helper.

The carer/helper is there to assist you and will not be given any tuition or be permitted to participate in the photographic discussion. Attendance is free of charge but any out of pocket costs such as meals, transport or accommodation will be borne by the attendee.


Your data

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  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.
  • contact you at short notice before or during an event in case of any emergency or last-minute changes (eg because of weather).

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Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.



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