This page is all about my photography workshops. Each tab features a different discipline of nature and wildlife photography and explains the requirements and covers some of the different considerations that need to be made when embarking on a particular workshop. Please click on the relevant tabs to read more information about each type of workshop, and feel free to click on the relevant information button to request more information by email.
The Landscape Photography Workshop is about learning to master the “Manual Mode” of your camera, and about learning proper composition, and special techniques such as “Long Exposure” (for capturing motion blur in water features, etc.) , and how to produce “High Dynamic Range” images “in camera” instead of having to rely too heavily on post processing software.
In order to participate in one of my Landscape Photography Workshops, you will need the following gear:
1. A suitable DSLR camera body – it doesn’t have to be the bestest, most expensive, but you do need to be able to remove lenses. A cheap DSLR can produce amazing images – if you do your part.
2. A suitable Wide Angle Lens – Something in the range of 10mm to 50mm is fine and it can be either a “Prime Lens” (fixed focal length), or a telephoto zoom lens.
3. A sturdy tripod – Those “camcorder” type tripods that usually cost around $50 or $60 are NOT suitable (they cannot support the weight of a DSLR and lens combination without introducing “camera shake” which will cause issues with the quality of your images), neither are monopods (great for wildlife photography but not for landscapes). Your tripod should have either a gimbal style or ball head, as these types of tripod head are best suited for holding up to the weight of your camera and lens set up.
4. If you wish to capture motion blur (provides the best effects for images that have water features such as waterfalls or rivers, and gives the impression that the water in the image is actually moving), then you will also need a “Neutral Density” (ND) filter that is sized appropriately to your lens (there’s no point in trying to fit an 87mm filter to a 72mm lens objective).
5. While it is possible to avoid camera shake while the camera is on an appropriate tripod, it is more often than not, unavoidable, thus a “Soft Release” (Shutter Release Cable) or other remote shutter actuation method is advised.
Although it seems like a “No Brainer”, you would be surprised to learn how often people forget the basics of outdoor photography! When you are photographing landscapes, you are usually “out in the field” and “off the beaten path” so it makes sense that you should have proper attire, and other gear to ensure your personal safety and comfort. Slips and falls in the wilderness can become very dangerous, very quickly, so be sure to have clothing that is appropriate to the weather conditions, footwear that is appropriate to the terrain, and a means of staying warm (or cool), hydrated (water or other drinks according to your personal taste), and sustained (snacks or meals) while out in the wilderness. I always cover this type of information (personal safety, proper equipment, etc.) on my workshops also.
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