Landscape Photography

Study the principles of landscape photography online. Learn how to create effects and develop your style photographing natural landscapes, streetscapes and water.

Course Code: BPH203
Fee Code: S2
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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STUDY THE ART and SCIENCE OF LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Create inspirational Images of the Landscape

  • Explore and develop your creativity -capture the essence of landscape in your images.
  • Work in Photography, start a business or seek a job; or just follow a passion
  • Start anytime, self paced, 100 hours of study
  • Be guided by highly qualified and experienced professional photographers
  • Get a start by publishing your photos in our online student magazine

This Applies to all types of Landscapes

  • capture history, sunsets, water, land, sky, cities and country, beach and forest
  • learn specialised techniques
  • photographic terms
  • learn how to achieve sharpness
  • get feedback on your work from highly qualified and experienced photographers.  Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Different Approaches (realistic, impressionistic, abstract)
    • Understanding the landscape (components, change)
    • Lighting (Shooting into the sun, time of day, weather)
    • Using Filters (Polarising, ultra violet, red, orange, yellow)
    • Snapshots
    • Equipment
    • Camera settings (Shutter speed, aperture,)
    • Introducing Digital Technology
    • CCD’s
    • Resources
  2. The Main Principles
    • Open view scenes
    • Closed view scenes
    • Rule of thirds
    • Unity
    • Balance
    • Proportion
    • Harmony
    • Contrast
    • Rhythm
    • Line
    • Form
    • Mass
    • Space
    • Texture
    • Colour
    • Patterns
    • Tone
    • Other compositional components
    • Camera Techniques
    • Movement
    • Depth of field
    • Angles
    • Framing the landscape
  3. Creating Different Effects
    • Landscape effects
    • Sunrise and Sunset
    • Weather effects
    • Haze
    • Mist
    • Rain and Rainbows
    • Storms
    • Exposures for landscapes
    • Sun
    • Clouds
    • Creating intense colour
    • Creating different effects
    • Scenic Photography
    • Digital filter effects (Coloured pencil, fresco, sponge, blur, etc)
    • Hue/Saturation
    • Digital toning
  4. Photographing Natural Areas
    • Locations (Arid desert, Arctic ice flows, volcanic peaks, tropical rainforests, etc)
    • Grasslands
    • Forest
    • Mountains
    • Rural areas
    • Tropical Rainforest
    • Desert
    • Wetlands
    • Snow photography
    • Coastal plotography
    • Photographing plants
    • Compositional elements
    • Lenses
    • Shooting in bad weather
    • Extreme temperature
    • Extreme Cold
    • Extreme heat and humidity
  5. Photographing Streetscapes
    • Modern buildings
    • Historic buildings
    • Viewpoints and perspective
    • Equipment
    • Photographing architecture at night
    • Mirrors and reflections
    • Exposure readings
    • Converging lines
    • Tips for architectural photos
    • Tips for street photography
  6. Photographing Water
    • Water characteristics
    • Reflections
    • Exposures
    • Creating effects with water
    • Water in motion
    • Freezing movement
    • Achieving a soft artistic effect
    • Droplets
    • Using filters with water
    • No tripod
    • Seascapes
    • Underwater photography
    • Exposures
  7. Developing Your Photographic Style
    • Styles & work of famous photographers (Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Davies , David Doubilet, Carleton E Watkins, etc)
    • Developing a photo style
    • Hints on style
    • Photographing detail
    • Atmosphere
    • Trip or Photographer Themes
    • Know your equipment
    • Computer Techniques (Levels, Channel extraction, Channel mixer, Duotones, Hand tinting, Panoramas)
  8. Major Project
    • Uses for Photography
    • Using your work to get a job
    • Photojournalism
    • Freelancing
    • Publishing
    • Form of photo
    • Creating a website
    • Creating works of art
    • Framing
    • Creating a Folio
    • (In this lesson, you create either a photo essay or a folio as a major project)

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Identify and explain the equipment and materials used for landscape photography.
  • Create different effects photographing the same landscape.
  • Compose a well-balanced photo.
  • Utilise form to create a three dimensional effect.
  • Develop your own photographic style.

What You Will Do

  • Review of the basics of landscape photography.
  • Building a resource file.
  • Applying principles of landscape photography to evaluate published photos.
  • Choosing equipment and materials appropriate to specified needs.
  • Using filters to create different effects.
  • Dealing with a range of problems found in natural areas, including uneven light, shade, glare, etc.
  • Photographing buildings and streetscapes.
  • The characteristics of water and its effect on photography.
  • Selecting and composing a photograph to create the predetermined effect.
  • Create a folio of landscape photographs.

Tips for Landscape Photography

Landscapes appear as though they are the easiest subjects to photograph. but taking consistently great landscape photographs is actually extremely challenging. This is because a person’s naked eye views a landscape by ‘sweeping’ it and constantly changing focus.

Once the person looks at the same view through the camera lens, this effect is instantly negated. To get the similar view that the naked eye see’s, a person would need to use several different lenses. By being selective with the chosen view, and having a variety of lenses from which to choose, the photographer can achieve a more stunning landscape photograph.

UNDERSTANDING A LANDSCAPE

A landscape consists of both living and non-living things. These are the components of the landscape. Examples of non-living components might be rocks, gravel paths, timber, walls, hills, buildings, water etc.

These non-living components can be looked at in two ways:

  • As the materials which they are made up of, and
  • As the structures or things which the materials are used to make.
The living components of the landscape are the plants (and perhaps the animals which inhabit it).

A landscape is made into a good landscape or a bad landscape by the way in which these components are both selected and are arranged together. The photographer might not have an enormous amount of control over whether a hill is or isn't in the landscape he photographs, but he can choose which part of the hill to shoot, or whether to shoot another hill instead, what time of day to shoot, and whether to shoot when cars are on the road or when they are not on the road.

The landscape is constantly changing, and a good photographer must foresee and account for changes which are likely to occur. Plants grow, flower and die. Things look different at different times of the day. Cars, animals and people enter and exit the landscape. Wooden structures rot and metal ones rust. Earth can erode. The landscape continually changes through the cycle of the season. A skilled photographer will not only be aware of, but will use these changes.

 

JOB TIPS for a Working in Photography

A qualification helps open doors, but it's only part of what you need

  • Get Experience, even if it is unpaid. 
  1. Volunteering can be a great way to get a leg in the door. Offer your services for free to be the "official" photographer for an event (eg. an agricultural show, garden show, festival, etc), for a place (eg. a botanic garden, a national park), or for a business (eg. a dive shop, wilderness tour company, a community newspaper or magazine)
  2. Approach publications (eg. newsletters, magazines, blogs, web sites) and offer photos for them to use. Find out what they need and go after those images. After a while you may even get paid for some; but initially the most important thing is to get some work being used.
  • Networking is critical -We show you how and get you started in this course. Often it's who you know as much as what you know that gets you the job. Join and get active with social media; join a photographic club or society, attend events like exhibitions.
  • Submit photos into competitions. Even if you never win anything, your name and work will begin to gain some level of recognition.
  • Prepare a Folio, but keep it as a work in progress -keep adding and replacing contents with better contents
  • Be prepared to do anything to get started. Many successful expert photographers started out sweeping floors and making coffee in a gallery, publishing house or photo shop. Others started out taking photos of children in department stores or people at restaurants, for very minimal pay. Persistence is key for two reasons: it gives you experience, and it demonstrates your dedication.
  • Your prospects for being employed or supported by anyone, from publishers to galleries and businesses; will grow as your resume grows. When you can list places that have published your work, and clients you have worked for, you will then have an ability to convince a client or employer to choose you. It may not matter whether you have ever had a paid job before or not; but it will matter that you can demonstrate some measure of past success.

 

 

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

John Edwards

Professional photographer. Experienced in Environmental and Water Services management. Has traveled extensively for photography projects. John has a BA (Hons) Photography, BSc (Hons) Env.Mgt, PGCE

John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner.
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Christine Todd

University lecturer, businesswoman, photographer, consultant and sustainability expert; with over 40 years industry experience
B.A., M.Plan.Prac., M.A.(Social).
An expert in planning, with years of practical experience in permaculture.





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Kara Wight

Kara gained an HND in Animal Care and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Bioscience and Zoology. She has a wide range of experience working with animals such dogs, small pets, birds, zoo animals, British wildlife and reptiles. Kara gained this experience working within animal parks, canine rescue centres and a wildlife hospital. She also managed an animal care training facility for a college. At this training facility she instructed and lectured students within Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing from National Certificate level to Higher National Diploma levels.

Kara also gained an HND in Photography and Imaging and has 5 years’ experience within this sector. She ran a small portraiture and wedding photography business and also exhibited work in art exhibitions. Kara gained more experience photographing sporting and festival events.

Kara currently runs a pet care and training business in the UK and also has entry to undertake her MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law this academic year.

Gaynor Hartley

Dip.Hort.Sc., Cert.Tiss.Cult., MAIH

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