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Skills you will learn

Here is an exhaustive list of the instructions and techniques I usually teach to my workshops students.

In the field sessions
Basic Skills
Light and dynamic range, use of GND and ND filters

Essential gear for a landscape photographer: dslr camera, lenses, tripod, filters, backpack
Seeing like cameras see
Learning to see
Scouting an area
Imagination and pre-visualization
Playing with focal lengths - many pictures inside a picture
Portrait and landscape orientation
Advanced Techniques
Understanding the light
How to deal with sceneries with a dynamic range that is beyond the range of the camera
shooting into the sun. How to avoid flares and how to manage them if they are not avoidable.
What Neutral Density graduated filters are for
how to use exposure bracketing when the use of ND grad filters is not possible
how to combine the use of ND grad filters and exposure bracketing in the same picture, in sceneries with extreme contrast (from deep shadows to blown out highlights)
how to use ND grad filters when shooting into the sun with the sun close to the horizon line. Differences between straight grad filters and reverse grad filters

what Neutral Density filters are for
how to achieve very long exposures in broad daylight with strong ND filters
how to compose and pre-visualize images with strong ND filters
how to combine the use of strong ND filters and graduated ND filter
Close-ups, intimate views, abstracts
how to see potentially great pictures in subjects that at first might look of scarce or none interest, and how to make great abstracts and/or series (i.e. triptychs) out of these subjects.
how to isolate small, interesting subjects and make powerful images out of them.
Looking for shapes, patterns and texture, and turn them into powerful abstracts
Minimalism, simple and strong compositions
how to use lines, textures and geometries to create powerful compositions
how to achieve order out of chaotic sceneries
how strong ND filters can help a lot in simplify a potentially chaotic composition
how to wisely break the basic rules of composition and get images of higher impact
Image stitching and panoramas
why image stitching
how to recognize panoramic compositions within a scenery, and how to pre-visualize them
how to shoot a sequence of pictures to create a panorama. How to keep the shots within the sequence consistent
how and why image stitching may be of great help in composing the image exactly as desired, increasing the field of view, correcting perspective distortions, producing as a result images of higher resolution that may print much bigger than a single shot
how to compose and shoot panoramas with wide angle lenses
Still waters, flowing waters, reflections
how to create powerful abstracts with reflections in the water
how to compose effective mirrored composition with water reflections
how the look of a reflection changes by increasing the exposure time
how to turn rippling water into a highly reflective surface with the help of strong ND filters
photographing moving subject matters
how to choose the  proper shutter speed: freeze the motion or motion blur
how to make beautiful abstracts out of flowing waters or other moving subjects with the help of strong ND filters
how to effectively compose a picture with the help of the most common composition rules
how to expose properly with the help of the in-camera exposure meter
how an image changes with different apertures and shutter speed
how to ignore the reading of your exposure meter and create images of greater impact and higher artistic content
how to get the most out of your camera with manual settings
how light changes at every minute and how this can play in your favour
Depth of field - how to achieve maximum sharpness
how to avoid or minimize distortion and converging lines
how to make good use of converging lines and make them a strong element of the composition when it is not possible to avoid them
Basics of Raw processing with the most common software tools
Classroom sessions
Introduction to the basics
Advanced Techniques of Image Processing
how to process RAW files, and how to choose the correct processing procedure to achieve the desired look
how to reduce digital noise, vignetting and chromatic aberration in RAW files
how to process many times the same image to have a set of Tiff files to be merged into a final image
how to process a sequence of RAW files to produce a stitched panorama
how to keep consistent the processing within a sequence
how to manually merge, in Photoshop, different exposures to create the final image
how to stitch panorama's sequences in Photoshop
different ways of stitching in Photoshop (reposition only, perspective, cylindrical, spherical, collage); how to choose the best stitching procedure depending on the focal length at which the sequence has been shot
how to remove or minimize distortions in Photoshop with the tools Scale, Perspective, Distortion and Warp
fine tuning of the images, how to enhance contrast, brightness and saturation on selected areas of the image, by mean of selection masks

how to prepare the image for their final use, such as web display, publishing and printing as fine art prints
Brief notes about colour spaces and maximum printable size according to the resolutions
Italy Photography Workshops