You will learn and develop skills in discovering and creating different effects and use various materials & equipment to achieve stunning landscape photos.

Parts  of the course are devoted to such things as special affects, colour richness, photographic terms and achieving sharpness. 

Discover how to unleash the natural beauty and uniqueness of landscapes from behind the lens.


This course will guide you through many different types of landscapes and ways to capture them dramatically and effectively.

A course for Professional Photographers or Amateurs, wanting to explore and develop better ways of taking photographs of the landscape.

There are 8 lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Main Principles
  3. Creating Different Affects
  4. Photographing Natural Areas
  5. Photographing Streetscapes
  6. Photographing Water
  7. Developing Your Photographic Style
  8. Major Project

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Course Aims
On successful completion of the course you should be able to do the following:

  • To know and understand the equipment and materials used in photography.
  • Achieve different affects photographing the same landscape.
  • To compose a well-balanced photo.
  • To utilise form to create a three dimensional affect.
  • Develop your own photographic style.
Duration: 100 hours

Here are just some of the things you will be doing:

Revision of the basics of photography.

  • Starting a resource file.
  • The principles of landscape photography.
  • Choosing the right equipment and materials.
  • Using filters.
  • Dealing with a range of problems found in natural areas, including uneven light, shade, glare, etc.
  • Photographing buildings and streetscapes.
  • The characteristics of water and its affect on photography.
  • Selecting and composing a photograph to create the predetermined affect.
  • Create a folio of landscape photographs.

What is in Each Lesson?

1. Introduction

  • Different Approaches –realistic, impressionistic, abstract
  • Understanding the landscape (components, change)
  • Lighting (Shooting into the sun, time of day, weather)
  • Using Filters (Polarising, ultra violet, red, orange, yellow)
  • Snapshots
  • Equipment
  • Camera settings (Shutter speed, aperture,)
  • Introducing Digital Technology
  • CCD’s
  • Resources

2. The Main Principles

  • Open view scenes
  • Closed view scenes
  • Rule of thirds
  • Unity
  • Balance
  • Proportion
  • Harmony
  • Contrast
  • Rhythm
  • Line
  • Form
  • Mass
  • Space
  • Texture
  • Colour
  • Patterns
  • Tone
  • Other compositional components
  • Camera Techniques
  • Movement
  • Depth of field
  • Angles
  • Framing the landscape

3. Creating Different Effects

  • Landscape effects
  • Sunrise and Sunset
  • Weather effects
  • Haze
  • Mist
  • Rain and Rainbows
  • Storms
  • Exposures for landscapes
  • Sun
  • Clouds
  • Creating intense colour
  • Creating different effects
  • Scenic Photography
  • Digital filter effects (Coloured pencil, fresco, sponge, blur, etc)
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Digital toning

4. Photographing Natural Areas

  • Locations (Arid desert, Arctic ice flows, volcanic peaks, tropical rainforests, etc)
  • Grasslands
  • Forest
  • Mountains
  • Rural areas
  • Tropical Rainforest
  • Desert
  • Wetlands
  • Snow photography
  • Coastal plotography
  • Photographing plants
  • Compositional elements
  • Lenses
  • Shooting in bad weather
  • Extreme temperature
  • Extreme Cold
  • Extreme heat and humidity

5. Photographing Streetscapes

  • Modern buildings
  • Historic buildings
  • Viewpoints and perspective
  • Equipment
  • Photographing architecture at night
  • Mirrors and reflections
  • Exposure readings
  • Converging lines
  • Tips for architectural photos
  • Tips for street photography

6. Photographing Water

  • Water characteristics
  • Reflections
  • Exposures
  • Creating effects with water
  • Water in motion
  • Freezing movement
  • Achieving a soft artistic effect
  • Droplets
  • Using filters with water
  • No tripod
  • Seascapes
  • Underwater photography
  • Exposures

7. Developing Your Photographic Style

  • Styles & work of famous photographers (Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Davies , David Doubilet, Carleton E Watkins, etc)
  • Developing a photo style
  • Hints on style
  • Photographing detail
  • Atmosphere
  • Trip or Photographer Themes
  • Know your equipment
  • Computer Techniques (Levels, Channel extraction, Channel mixer, Duotones, Hand tinting, Panoramas)

8. Major Project

  • Uses for Photography
  • Using your work to get a job
  • Photojournalism
  • Freelancing
  • Publishing
  • Form of photo
  • Creating a website
  • Creating works of art
  • Framing
  • Creating a Folio  (In this lesson, you create either a photo essay or a folio as a major project)

How to Photograph Water
Photographing water is a little different to most other types of photography because of the way water and light interacts. Water photography can be both challenging and diverse, and offers more possibilities than what you might think of. Consider photographing a water droplet, pouring from a jug, rapids in a river, waves in an ocean, reflections on still water, rain, fog, splashing, bubbles, spray from a garden sprinkler, melting ice, snow, or underwater photography.

When light moves from water to air, or vice versa, it can change, just as it changes when it moves through the surface of a lens.
Water can bounce light off in sometimes unpredictable directions, and when the water is moving, things can get even more complicated. Photographing water is not all bad though, by any means. These same characteristics that make water difficult to photograph, also provide possibilities for creating images that might never be created, when photographing other subjects.

General Tips

  • Protect the camera from getting wet; unless it is an underwater camera
  • Keep water drops off the lens, as they can distort the image uncontrollably
  • Be careful of extremes in reflective light (e.g. sunlight bouncing off water can be so bright as to distort the clarity and lines in a photo)

Tips for Photographing Moving Water
Choose the subject purposefully, consider the objects (rocks, animals, people structures) that surround the water (both animate and inanimate), time of day (and light conditions) and the affect you want to achieve.

  • Possible subjects may be a waterfall, rapids in a watercourse, a fountain, ocean waves, ripples on a pond, fountains or water running from a tap.
  • Use a slow shutter speed (e.g. 0.5 to 2 seconds) with a camera mounted on a tripod to create a blur in the moving water while retaining sharpness in surrounding inanimate objects.
  • Use fast shutter speeds to catch a clear image of moving water
  • If a shutter is open for a longer period, use a timer or remote trigger so you do not cause any movement to the camera when shooting.
  • Be careful to avoid overexposure. When you have greater contrast in light (bright reflective water to dark surrounding plants or rocks); over exposure is a great risk. A neutral density filter is a common solution to minimize this problem.

Tips for Photographing a Water Droplet

  • Keep lighting subdued, and use a flash, so the exposure is regulated by the flash rather than other light sources.
  • Stage a photo with a camera on a tripod; keep it far enough away from the drop, to avoid any chance of water splashing on the lens.
  • Choose an appropriate droplet source (rain can have a great depth of field and can be difficult to focus on, while a dripping tap can have a measurable focal length. If photographing a dripping tap, hold a solid object in front of the camera directly below the tap, to set focus, before shooting.
  • A 200 mm lens is a good choice
  • Experiment with different types of drops and different sources (e.g.  coloured liquids like soft drink or milk), clear liquids, different viscosities (e.g. oil, glycerine, water)
  • Shoot from a tripod, using fast shutter speeds, to capture the  falling droplet

Photographing Reflections 
A mirrored reflection is best photographed when the water is at its stillest and sunlight is not directly hitting the water. A good time to get such photos is early morning or late afternoon, or when trees or buildings beside the water are casting a shadow over the water