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Skills you will learn

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

In the field sessions

Basic Skills

• 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

Light and dynamic range, use of GND and ND filters

• 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

Classroom sessions

Introduction to the basics

• 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

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

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