Landscape Photography on Dartmoor
Date: 14th September 13
Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Postcode: PL20 6SG
Members Rate: £75.00
Type: Education Workshops
Tutor: Nigel Hicks FBIPP
Location: Dartmeet, Dartmoor, off the A38, between Exeter and Plymouth, Devon.
About the Tutor
Nigel Hicks has been a professonal photographer for over 20 years, photographing all over the world for a range of travel clients and photo libraries, including Dorling Kindersley and the National Geographic Image Collection. He is a Fellow of the BIPP, and has been running his own photography workshops, mostly in southwest England, for the past eight years. Although he works in a number of photographic genres, his first love is landscape photography, and it is in this field that most of his teaching is concentrated. To see examples his work go to www.nigelhicks.com.
The day will cover photography of Dartmoor's late summer landscapes, starting in one of the national park's most beautiful valley, riverside woodlands, and then - if time and weather permit - out on some nearby open moorland.
The aim will be to teach the following skills:
1. How to control and make use of the balance between shutter speed and lens aperture to gain the best exposure;
2. How to use some of the semi-manual modes, in particular shutter-priority and aperture-priority, in order to help you to get away from 'auto-everything'.
3. How to use a few other important digital camera functions, such as the ISO setting, the image histogram and exposure compensation;
4. Spotting elements within the landscape that may make for good images, and then previsualising how it might be possible to compose them in an image frame;
5. Executing the the image, using positioning, perspective, focussing, and lens focal length to create simple, strong compositions.
Participants should have at least a basic understanding of what shutter speed and lens aperture mean, plus a knowledge of how to operate their own camera in order to get at least basic images.
Beyond this, the only requirements are enthusiasm, and an open mind and readiness to learn!
What to Bring
Camera equipment: Participants can use either a digital SLR or a compact camera. For those with interchangeable lenses a focal length range from about 17mm up to about 200mm is ideal. Those without interchangeable lenses, or who have just the one lens, should not worry - they will still be able to take perfectly good images, and they won't have to worry about which lens they should be using!
Those with macro/close-up equipment should feel free to bring it, though close-up photography will not be taught. Those with neutral density graduated filters should also bring these. Such filters are not necessary, so those without them should not worry.
All participants should bring a tripod, spare camera batteries, and spare memory card(s).
Anyone with doubts about how to use their camera should bring their camera manual.
Other items: a) water-proofing for both their camera gear and themselves; b) good quality walking shoes, or possibly wellingtons if the weather has been wet; c) a packed lunch and snacks; d) a torch in case we're still out at dusk; e) mobile phone.
Meeting place: Dartmeet car park, on the B3357 Ashburton-Tavistock