Landscape Photography: Achieving Technical Excellence and Crafting Artistically Expressive Images
Doug & Laura Bennett
Course Number: 1
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
The Bennetts will first share elements of photographic craft and technique essential to landscape photography and to making high quality large landscape prints for high-end sales and for PPA Competition entries. In sharing these techniques, students will learn the underlying “whys”. Students will get practice with instructor assistance in applying these techniques in field shoots.
Students will then learn techniques essential to the heart of landscape photography – the goal of communicating emotions and artistic vision in an image. Great landscape photography is about making images that connect with viewers, making them feel something about the subject. The Bennetts will delve into “Dynamic Symmetry” sharing knowledge in how to design and compose your images. This knowledge will be reinforced with practice during instructor assisted outdoor shooting outings. Additionally, The Bennetts will share techniques for communicating depth in landscape images via “progression of blacks” and the “hierarchy of light”. The class will also explore and practice capturing the unconscious psychological factors that make for appealing landscape photography.
With the images taken by students, the Bennetts will lead the students through RAW conversion and further post processing to include the use of luminosity masks.