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In the final session, David pulls everything together, we work through in-depth a number of case studies at a professional level showing how the same subjects can be photographed in very different ways using the techniques discussed. You will of course have been practicing the ideas imparted on the course so far so this final session will really be a boost for you to start you off, with confidence, working on your own projects. The Course Forum and supporting documentation will remain open for 12 months after this final session
There are a number of creative options that can be achieved through shutter speed and aperture. We look at, and give all the technical know-how to create pleasing motion blur images, creating abstracts and using the medium of black and white. We then look at a variety of field techniques such as setting up perches, how to photograph garden birds in flight, stalking techniques and operating a camera remotely in a way that is creative and unique.
The camera records everything it sees whereas we use our eyes selectively when viewing a scene. We discuss learning to look and think about what to include within the frame of the image. Eliminating clutter and assessing backgrounds is discussed and how to use depth of field to control this. The second part of the session deals with how to read the light, when to shoot using front lighting, back lighting, creating pleasing silhouettes and how to use colour when the opportunity exists. You will be also receiving feedback through the forum on the topics covered so far.
Composition is a broad subject within photography so we will look specifically at how it affects bird photography. While we often strive simply to get a good sharp image of a bird, when the opportunity arises or when we can manipulate a situation such as at a garden feeding station, then we can be more adventurous with our composition. We look at how to structure our composition to improve the picture, where to place the bird, when to shoot in landscape or portrait format, framing the subject using various rules of composition and creatively breaking them.
Photography Experts will hold an introductory event to give all subscribers a comprehensive introduction to how the Masterclass course will work. This will include a full tour of your subscriber features, your document and recording repository, and use of the forum features. There will also be tips on how to make the most of Zoom to fully participate in the live sessions, and engage with David and your fellow course members. Access to technical support be Photography Experts will continue through the duration of the entire course.
Lighting is a critical factor in achieving successful landscape images. However, it isn’t all about dramatic lighting … it’s much more about ensuring the ‘appropriate’ lighting conditions for the subject or location you’re photographing. Guy will show various examples of where certain lighting conditions can be used to good effect. He will suggest locations that work in overcast conditions, in low light and in bright sunlight. Some processing tips to give your images that little extra ‘pop’ will also be demonstrated. Beautifully lit landscape images often take a great deal of planning… it’s certainly not all down to luck! The main aim of this session is to help you plan and predict to ensure you’re in the right place at the right time!
Achieving a pleasing composition is probably one of the hardest parts of landscape photography, and the one that takes longest to learn. It is however absolutely fundamental to the success of your images. Guy will use examples to explain his thought process when arriving at a location and deciding where to shoot from, which elements to include and exclude and how to arrange those elements in the frame. The aim of this session is to enforce the most important aspects of landscape composition to provide you with a base from which to then work on your own compositional style. This is a gradual process so Guy will be on hand to guide you via the forum over the next few weeks.
The two most important technical challenges for the landscape photographer are achieving front to back sharpness and controlling excessive contrast. Guy will explain in detail the various techniques he uses (both in-camera and in post-production) to ensure the highest possible technical quality in his images, whilst also keeping the process as simple as possible. Topics covered will include an in-depth look at hyperfocal focussing and focus-stacking. Guy will also explain his method of shooting and blending a bracketed sequence of exposures to capture the full dynamic range of a scene. The aim of this session is to clarify both of these important skills so that you can be confident of achieving technical perfection in the field.
This Masterclass session is all about making sure you’re suitably equipped and have the necessary planning skills to maximise the potential of each landscape location you visit. Although quality landscape photography can be achieved using a fairly modest set of camera equipment, there are features, functions and accessories that can help to make your life much easier and therefore improve your photography experience and success rate. Guy will talk about filters, tripods, lenses, processing software and also explain how to go about planning landscape shoots, especially when working in unfamiliar locations. This will include the use of maps, apps and local knowledge.
We will hold a short introductory event to give all subscribers a comprehensive introduction to how the Masterclass course will work. This will include a full tour of your subscriber features, your document and recording repository, and use of the forum features. There will also be tips on the best use of Zoom to fully participate in the live sessions, and engage with Guy and your fellow course members. Guy will be present to provide a little more insight into the course content. He will also ask you for any additional topics you would like to cover during the course, with a view to including these if possible. Access to technical support by Photography Experts will continue through the duration of the entire course.
George Eastman of Kodak famously said “Know light, know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” Learning to master light underwater not only will allow you to work more effectively, but it will put you totally in charge of the look of your images. In this final session, Alex will explain how best to control light underwater, both the ambient light from the sun filtered down through the water and the ocean and the artificial light from flashes and LED lights that we take with us. There is no one correct way to illuminate underwater pictures and Alex will demonstrate how different lighting styles can transform different subjects and how to create them.
Art is subjective, but in the photographically challenging underwater world there are ideas that work and ideas that don’t. Many popular underwater subjects that have compositions that don’t work and angles that truly unlock their photographic potential. Alex will cover the importance of viewpoint, orientation, picture format, and how to vary composition when shooting macro, fish portraits, big animals, wide angle scenics, wrecks, black and white and people underwater. The aim of this talk is to arm you with solutions that work. This talk doesn’t mention the ‘rule of thirds’ and instead focuses on compositions that show off underwater subjects to their best.