Search for and shoot a series of two simple landscape photographs in your local area. Your project doesn't need to be shot in a spectacular environment, instead you can shoot in local public open spaces. Make the shooting side easier by choosing a location where you are guaranteed access to a wide range of scenes and views. National Trust parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, landscaped gardens, anywhere where you will get good results without having to walk miles. If you've got limited time, then make best use of this by planning well ahead.
Landscape photography isn't only about making dramatic shots about wide open spaces, but can also be about capturing the raw essence of the area in a few simpler shots. Consider the following techniques when you are out on location:
Use your zoom lens to crop out any unwanted foreground and make tighter compositions
Less is more. There's no need to cram everything into your viewfinder
Make sure you include some areas of sky to use for your creative image editing.
Play careful attention to exposure if you've got large areas of dark and light in your viewfinder.
image editing techniques
In order to get the best result from your raw camera files, process your images first by using the Levels controls to regain contrast. You can get more advice on this technique in the Resources section of our website or by clicking here.
Make your own graduated filters
After correcting contrast, make your images look even better by applying your own graduated filters in the skies. Apply a coloured grad to each of your two images. Further advice on this technique can be found by clicking here.
Don't go overboard with richly saturated colours, or your results won't look very convincing. Apply your grad to a separate layer to preserve your original Background layer.
After you've completed your work, reduce the Image Size to 800x600 at 72 dpi.
Stuck for ideas or inspiration? Try looking at these landscape photographers to get some ideas:
Don't hesitate to contact your tutor about anything to do with this project.