Based near Grasmere in the heart of the Lake district, we'll spend 5 days photographing the most photogenic locations of this UNESCO world heritage site. The autumn colours are at their best in early November and sunrise is at a very civilised time (7.15).
We'll explore the Langdales, Coniston, Rydal, Derwentwater, Ullswater and Buttermere. As the leaves change colour, we'll capture the reds, yellows and oranges reflected in the different lakes. If the valleys fill with morning mist, we'll head to high ground hoping to photograph the landscape backlit at first light.
From Ashness landing pier on Derwentwater to the clump of trees on Blea Tarn, you're sure to come away with some stunning images.
What You'll Learn on this Photography Workshop
I prefer a hands-on approach rather than a classroom. It's much more fun and beneficial to learn by practising different techniques in the field, so here are some of the topics we'll cover:
Composition is paramount in creating a successful landscape image. We'll try to produce well-balanced images which are full of impact. A good foreground, lead-in lines, a well lit subject are all important. How different formats effect the composition such as the rule of thirds, positioning the subject in the centre of a square shot or creating a story with a panoramic shot.
Light: Working with directional light and how this effects the image. Back lighting, side lighting and front lighting all have different effects on the outcome of an image.
Filters: Which filters to use and when. How to create an image which is evenly lit using graduated filters. When to use a polarising filter. How to use a Neutral density filter for long exposure.
Lens choice: When to use a wide angle, standard or telephoto lens.
Depth of field: How to create images that are sharp from back to front by changing the aperture or by focus stacking.
Shutter speed: Choosing the appropriate speed for moving water, still water and cloud movement
Histograms: Understand the exposure and the importance of 'shooting to the right' in RAW
Manual settings: Take control of your camera by shooting in manual. Understand the correlation between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.