Mastering Landscape Photography & Digital Post Processing

Learn how to master Landscape Photography, and your Digital Post Processing skills with a Professional Photography Tutor with over 44 years of Photography experience and over15 years of Digital Post Processing experience.

In this comprehensive course, including 2 × 4 hour field trips at Cronulla and Cape Solander, students will learn advanced principals and techniques of Landscape Photography including; Sunrise photography – long exposure photography; using SOLID neutral density filters; i.e. 5 x stop / ND 1000 -10 x stop / 15 x stop filter(s), GRADUATED neutral density filters (half clear/half tinted), using a polarizing filter CPL for Colour and Black and White (monochrome), comprehensive camera and tripod setup, interpreting light, previsualisation, depth of field DOF, Composition and point of view POV.

In 4 × 2 x hour classroom sessions, you will learn how to; Digitally Post Process both RAW and JPEG formats and how to achieve the highest quality possible of your photographs in both Black and White and Colour including; Colour Post Processing including adjustment of; White Balance, of colour tone and saturation, Masterclass Black and White Post Processing, Stylized combinations of black and white Post Processing, How to post process using High Dynamic Range Software – HDR, all using proven techniques by the Tutor.

If you do not have access to a laptop / notebook, participants can share access to the Tutor’s laptop with most programs installed that can process RAW and JPEG, for most camera makes and models, connected to a memory card reader for Compact Flash and SD format.

Course Outcome:

What you will learn:

Advanced camera set up, including;

  • Image settings large fine JPEG and or RAW
  • ISO Film speed
  • Light meter settings
  • Colour Space settings; ARGB or SRGB
  • White Balance
  • Noise reduction
  • Proper camera set up for Colour and Black and White (monochrome) Photography
  • Picture Control / Picture styles

Learn advanced principals and techniques of landscape photography including;

  • Depth of field
  • Point of view POV
  • Composition
  • Interpreting the light
  • Previsualisation – thinking before you press the shutter button
  • Filters for landscape photography; using a polarizing filter CPL for Colour and Black and White (monochrome) and GRADUATED neutral density filter(s) (half clear/half tinted)
  • Sunrise photography and long exposure photography using a SOLID neutral density filter;
i.e. ND 1000 / 10 x stop * filter

How to digitally post process both RAW and JPEG formats in both Black and White and Colour

  • Colour Post Processing including adjustment of; White Balance, of colour tone and saturation
  • Masterclass Black and White Post Processing
  • Stylized combinations of black and white Post Processing
  • An introduction on how to post process using High Dynamic Range Software – HDR

Skill Level:

This course is suitable for students, whom have a thorough working knowledge of their camera and controls, shutter and aperture settings and or have completed either a;

  • Beginner’s Photography Course or similar
  • Basic DSLR / Digital Photography Course or similar
  • Intermediate Photography Course
  • Landscape Photography Course or similar
  • Digital Photography Post Processing Class or Course or similar

Course Outline:

Comprehensive Photography Tuition of Landscape Photography over 2 x Field trips including;

  • Comprehensive camera setup
  • Comprehensive tripod setup
  • Interpreting light
  • Point of view POV
  • Composition
  • Depth of field DOF
  • Previsualization

Using Filters for Landscape Photography

  • Using SOLID neutral density filters; i.e. 5 x stop / ND 1000 -10 x stop / 15 x stop filter(s) for long exposure photography
  • GRADUATED neutral density filter(s) (half clear/half tinted)
  • Circular polarizing filter – CPL for monochrome and colour photography

Classroom Digital Post Processing modules;

RAW and JPEG Post Processing

  • Non-destructive and destructive post processing
  • Workflow

Final output

  • TIFF versus JPEG
  • Dots per inch – DPI
  • Resolution
  • Quality

Sizing Width and length for Print

Sizing Width and length for Electronic i.e. monitor / internet-web / social media:

  • Personal Computer
  • Laptop / Notebook
  • Tablet / Smartphone

Interpretation of your photographs, how will I post process my photograph(s)?

  • Learning how to judge when your post processed photograph(s) looks right
  • Colour Post Processing in both RAW and JPEG

Colour Post Processing including adjustment of;

  • Changing picture control / picture style (RAW)
  • White balance
  • Colour tones
  • Colour saturation
  • Correction or addition of colour casts
  • Minimalising / desaturation of colour

Black and White RAW and or JPEG Post Processing
Interpreting your photographs correctly for black and white
Adjustments;

  • Contrast
  • Exposure
  • Brightness
  • Shadows
  • Highlights
  • Sharpness (last) and final output

Masterclass Black and White Post Processing
Adjustments;
Adding or changing filter preference;

  • Toning adjustments; Sepia/ blue etc
  • Digital Filter preference; yellow / red / orange / green etc
  • Stylized combinations of black and white Post Processing

Introduction of Digital Post Processing in HDR – High Dynamic Range

  • The benefits of HDR
  • Learn how to increase the dynamic range in your photographs through post processing using HDR software
  • HDR post processing in both black and white and colour

What to bring:

Camera Equipment;

Any adjustable digital camera; DSLR / 4/3rds / Mirrorless with;

  • RAW / JPEG image capability
  • adjustable ISO / film speed settings
  • with adjustable exposure settings; shutter, aperture and manual exposure i.e. S or TV, A or AV and M,
  • with manual / auto focus capability
  • also if your camera has adjustable picture control / picture style settings i.e. monochrome standard, neutral etc
  • A spare camera body if you have one
  • Batterie(s) charged and ready x 2 if you have them
  • Memory card(s) x 2 if you have them

An extra battery and memory card, are strongly recommended, as your camera will be ON for most of our practical sessions, and field trips including long time exposures, and reviewing your photographs frequently

Lens(es)

Zoom lens(es)
18 – 55 mm , 18 – 135 mm , 16 – 35mm , 28 to 80 mm, 10 – 20mm , 40 – 150mm , 70 – 200 etc
and or
Prime lens(es) ie 15mm , 20 mm , 35 mm , 50 mm , 85mm / 135mm

Lens notes;

  • any lens with a fast aperture of f1.4 / f1.8 / f2.0 / f2.8 / f4.0 etc for sunrise photography

Filter kit;

  • A set of slip in GRADUATED neutral density filters (half clear/half tinted); 1, 2 , 3 x STOP * i.e. Cokin H250 filter set or similar, a slip in filter holder and ring adaptor to fit your lens.
  • At least a one 10 x STOP * SOLID neutral density filter known as ND 3.0 or ND1000 or a 10 x STOP * is recommended (to do time exposures at sunrise / daylight) Please bring at least one of the following or a set of filters if you have them;
  • A SLIP IN SOLID neutral density filter(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 x STOP * (ND1000) *

and or

  • A SCREW IN SOLID neutral density filter(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 x STOP * (ND1000) *
  • Please note *always buy filters by the x STOP factor
  • A circular polarizing filter known as a CPL

Tripod gear;

  • A sturdy tripod
  • Tripod plate and spare plate if you have one
  • Tripod head / tripod ball head
  • A connected electronic cable release for your camera, as timing is crucial
  • A spare connected electronic cable release or remote release if you have one

Please note a sturdy tripod and tripod / ball head and an electronic connected cable release (is essential as timing is crucial), Releasing with the delayed timer on your camera or button remote is not recommended

What to wear:

  • Weatherproof clothing for Field Trips
  • Cool / wet weather warm clothing / jumper, mini umbrella or light rain jacket
  • Warmer weather – comfortable clothing, hat and sunglasses

Footwear:

Closed in footwear for your safety, for field trips acceptable; closed walking / running shoes / hiking boots with rubber soles (no thongs / sandals / high heels etc)

Additional items for field trips:

  • Own food, snacks and water
  • Note pad and pen
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Money – cash is preferable for coffee / snacks / lunch / brunch (no split bills)

Classroom Digital Post Processing classes:

You will need to bring;

Digital Photographs:
That you have taken, in either RAW and or JPEG format either on your;

  • Laptop or
  • Notebook or
  • Surface Go or
  • Surface Laptop or
  • Surface Book or
  • MacBook Pro or
  • MacBook or
  • MacBook Air or
  • USB flash drive or USB back up drive with corresponding cable or
  • SD memory card / Compact FLASH memory card with a corresponding memory card reader with corresponding cable

Computer equipment:

You will need to bring;

  • A Windows PC; Laptop, Notebook, Surface Go, Surface Laptop, SurfaceBook or similar and power supply with Windows operating system

or

  • An Apple; MacBook Pro, MacBook, Macbook Air or similar and power supply with Apple Mac operating system.

RAW Processing software requirements;

Participants should have installed or install the RAW Processing software that came with their camera i.e.;

  • Canon – DPP Digital Photo Professional
  • Nikon – Nikon Capture NX-D or NX2
  • Sony – Image Data Converter
  • Olympus – Olympus Viewer and Olympus Studio
  • SIGMA – Sigma Photopro
  • SILKYPIX studio / RAW processor for Fujifilm, Panasonic LUMIX, Pentax and Ricoh
  • Free Legitimate RAW processor i.e. RawTherapee

Legitimate free post processing programs

For RAW format; Raw Therapee, and Lightzone.

For JPEG format; Fotor and Photoscape X

Commercial RAW processors or similar third party RAW Processing software

Software Document:

Please follow this hyperlink for more information about RAW processors
Download Detailed Information and Disclaimer Document
http://leisure.sgscc.edu.au/sites/leisure.sgscc.edu.au/files/Detailed_Information_and_Disclaimer.pdf

This document includes a detailed description of camera RAW software / RAW processors; available for both MAC and WINDOWS

RAW processor vendors WINDOWS only and MAC only,

Includes a detailed disclaimer, *please read this before downloading /purchasing or subscribing

  • Most software above is available for recent Windows and Apple operating programs.

Software Installation:

Please note: You must at least have the camera manufacturer RAW processing software, and or third party processing RAW software, installed on your computer prior to course, as there are no facilities or time to download or install software during the actual class

Students will be emailed with links to some manufacturer / legitimate free post processing programs for both RAW and JPEG format prior to the first night of digital post processing class

For software downloads;
A connection to the internet, and have access privileges to download and install software onto your PC, Laptop, Notebook or Surface tablet)

For classroom sessions other additional items:

  • seat cushion
  • notepad and pen
  • water
  • glasses if you need them

Tutor’s Laptop:

Shared access will be available to participants

If you do not have access to a laptop / notebook, participants can share access to the Tutor’s laptop with most programs installed that can process RAW and JPEG, for most camera makes and models, connected to a memory card reader for Compact Flash and SD format.

Special notes: Weather:

Both field trips will run regardless of the weather, to give participants an opportunity to photograph in fine or wet weather. A field trip will only be postponed to a future date if heavy weather / thunderstorm is forecast or it is continuously raining

Batteries
Ensure your battery / batteries are fully charged whether they are half full or not, as your camera will be on for the entire first class lesson, and to charge your battery / batteries before each class.

Memory cards
An extra memory card is strongly advisable, the Tutor will advise students of what and how purchase a second / extra high quality memory card

Field trip locations:

Cronulla Marker number 33 on the promenade at the southern bath / pool
Cronulla beach

Start: 5.00 am
Finish: 9.00 am

Time and where to meet: Meet the Tutor at 5.00 am outside Sealevel Restaurant and Bar, Perryman Square Cronulla, on corner of the Esplanade, the actual street address is 2 Kingsway, Cronulla NSW 2230

Cape Solander Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell

Start: 9.00 am
Finish: 1.00 pm

Time and where to meet: Meet the Tutor at 9 am at the entrance of car park at Cape Solander, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell. Parking is available at the Cape Solander lookout, cost is $8 per vehicle per day applies in the Kurnell area only coin-operated pay and display machines at the entrance have credit card accepting payment facilities.

About the Tutor:

"My name is Neoklis Bloukos, and I have had a passion for Photography since I was 14 years old, with over 44 years of experience in Photography and camera equipment, over 25 years of experience as a Press Photographer, and over 15 years of experience of Digital Post Processing.

I am now a Professional Photography Tutor, teaching Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Photography Courses, One Day Classes and bespoke Photography Field Trips including; Landscape, Macro, Night, Action, and Black and White Photography at SGSCC.

I am passionate about Photography, I love to teach and share both classic and modern Photography techniques, and believe it is the most significant visual medium on this planet.

My Courses, Field Trips and Classes, are not just about learning Photography, but experiences with like minded people, whom want to share and enjoy the experience of learning Photography together, in an formative, but relaxed and comfortable atmosphere." Neoklis

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