The course aims at beginners and intermediate level photographers to consciously improve their expertise in the field of landscape photography with a focus on DSLR camera skills. It covers topics that include, but not limited to, basic and advanced camera settings, equipment, shooting techniques, post processing, knowledge and planning aspects of your photographic adventures. Most importantly, to help making your work special, it focuses on soft skills that include composition and properties of a good image.
To see what goes through a photographer's mind, the lectures take you outdoors, behind the scene, for practical examples where depending on the situation; we adjust our camera settings, use the right equipment, compose images and change perspective to be effective.
Post Processing tools like Adobe Lightroom harness the field work with the final outcome of the image for personal and client satisfaction. Course lectures take you through a basic workflow of organizing your images and processing them for a stunning finish.
Join this fun and practical course, equip yourself with knowledge, and take your landscape photography to a higher level.
For any form of photography, it is important that a photographer knows how a camera works, and what are its main components. Basic understanding of camera settings and components will help you become a good photographer and taking your photography results to a great new level.
Aperture controls the amount of light and Depth of Field (DoF). It resides in the camera lens. To know how to adjust aperture, and why it is important to use it properly is the key to successful photography. Watch the video to know more.
Learn what are the various settings on your camera dial and how can you adjust aperture values using them.
Shutter is an important part of your camera body. Together with ISO and Aperture, it controls the amount of light that falls on your digital sensor, or the film. How does it help us in photography? Watch the video to find out more.
ISO determines the sensitivity of the camera's sensor towards light. Without ISO and basic understanding of it, photography is incomplete. Aperture, Shutter and ISO, all three of them, form the foundation to any form of photography. Watch this lecture to know more.
Learn what are the various settings on your camera and how to adjust ISO through the dial or the back screen.
Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode is preferred by many landscape photographers. Learn how shooting in aperture priority mode can give you desired results for landscape photography, and why should you use camera in aperture priority mode.
Learning ISO and how it helps you obtaining high quality photos is very important. By adjusting ISO to various values, lets see how it effects the photos.
It is quite important to understand what do the various values/numbers for ISO, Aperture and Shutter mean. Let's look at ta chart that will help you understand the various f-stops. By putting the camera in complete Manual Mode, I demonstrate how three different photos of the same location, with three totally different ISO, Aperture, and Shutter values gives us the same result.
To invest in the right camera equipment is extremely important as a long term strategy. Depending on your budget, the right choices need to be made for learning and growth.
Learn what types of cameras are available for landscape photography, and what are the advantages and disadvanatges associated with those camera bodies.
The choice of lens in landscape photography is extremely important. Watch this lecture to see what types of lenses are available for landscape photography and what should you invest in.
Landscape photography is incomplete without a tripod. Depending on your budget, choose the right type of tripod for the photography you want to do.
What i shutter release cable, and why is shutter release important in landscape photography? To get high quality images, it is a tool that is high recemmonded. Watch the lecture to know more.
Are camera filters a must when it comes to taking landscape photos? Well, the answer is no, but if you have a filter for a particular situation, then use it... Learn more about filters for landscape photography by watching this lecture.
Every photographer has their own list of "optional extras" or "extras" or "essentials", here is a short lecture to give an overview of some of the tools I believe are quite important.
A short quiz on camera and camera equipment for landscape photography.
Learn the use of polariser filters to help darkening the skies and reducing glare.
To me, photography is incomplete without a polariser filter in the forest. Watch the video in which I demo how it can block reflections of leaves, water, rocks and other objects.
See how a Grad ND filter can help you blocking light from certain areas of your photos for high contrast scenes. In the section "Practical Tips & Techniques on Location", I will again use the Grad ND filter to show you its usage.
What makes a good photo...? Watch these guidelines to see elements that I look for when taking a photo and post processing it.
Composition either makes or breaks the photo. In this lecture, we are going to see a few guidelines to help you understand what makes a good photo. Remember, these are guidelines and not hard rules.
Just like JPEG (also known as JPG) image file format, RAW is also a file format that landscape photographers prefer to set as the quality for the image. Watch the lecture to know what is raw, and why should you be setting to RAW when in landscape photography.
Learn the camera settings to choose various image quality options on your camera.
At the back of your camera's LCD screen, a graph appears when you take a photo. It is called an image histogram. Watch the lecture to know benefits of keeping an eye on the histogram.
To bring back great photos, White Balance is one of the settings that must not be ignored. RAW format is ideal if you want to play with White Balance. Watch the lecture.
The camera settings we learnt in this section are extremely important, and their strength to get the image right on location must not be underestimate. See the text content of this lecture for the practice exercise.
Let's go to a forest and see what goes through a photographer's mind when it comes to oppertunities for taking photos.
Let's go to a world famous beach in Cape Town, and see what goes through a photographer's mind when it comes to taking photos of the beach and its sarroundings.
See the text content to see the practice exercise.
To focus on the right point is extremely important for high quality results. See a few examples to know where to focus, also learn what are the focus points on your camera.
explore the beach with me, take long exposure and observe what challenges photographers face at sunset.
Learn to observe a scene, asses the situation for camera settings and choose the right filter for the moment.
Learn what setting and filters to use during mid day. Learn to scout the area and observe the situation for better composition.
Learn which camera equipment is required for night photography, what are the settings and how should you use the situation for a better composition and results for Star Trails and Milky Way.
Don't let your photos lie around, organise them properly so that it is easy to locate them and view them.
Don't rush to upload your photos or share them with others. Take ownership of your photo and be critical. Avoid common mistakes and fix them before presenting them to a world wide audience.
Let's explore Lightroom and see what it has to offer us in terms of photo organisation and post processing.
Watch the video in which I take a RAW photo from scratch and post process it for a final finish. Using Lightroom's develop module, a photo can be enhanced so that it is presentable for internet and printing.
I am a Cape Town based photographer with a passion for landscape photography. Nature’s colors bring joy to my heart, and its sounds are music to my soul. Getting lost in the miracles of the world is my escape and my serenity. My passion for photography sprung from years of travel, hiking and exploring. Before I bought my first camera in 2006, I always collected photos digitally, often printing them and sticking them on my wall as a student. They were a world into which I escaped in thought, imagination and dream. Although my love is for landscape photography, I enjoy capturing people and expressions as well, and find pleasure in the human tale conveyed in an image.
Aristotle said, “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know”, and the more I have known, the more I have realised that I need not only to learn, but to share as well. This is one of my motivations in creating tutorials, both video and textual – to share what I have learnt.
I am thankful to my parents, siblings, and to my beloved wife for always supporting me in so many ways. As I continue my life-journey, it is my wish to travel the reaches of world, and to immortalize the experiences through image.