Landscape Photography off to a good start

Dawn, Birch Tor, Dartmoor – a classic landscape.

Last Thursday was the first session of the 10-session continuing educationLandscape Photography course I teach at Mohawk College in Hamilton. The class is full and there is a waiting list, so, if you’re interested, you’ll have to wait until next Fall when it’s offered again.

The course is comprised of 8 classroom sessions plus two field sessions. We explore the techniques required for producing “classic landscapes”: 3-dimensional “grand vista” portraits of Earth with a strong foreground anchor and a real or apparent horizon. The two field sessions are devoted to natural landscapes and urban landscapes to provide wide and varied  experiences. Three of the classroom sessions are spent “processing” landscapes using ACR and Photoshop (and, if you have a laptop, Lightroom). By the end of the course, students are producing compelling landscapes – the kind you feel like walking right into.

Mohawk College has an excellent continuing ed. photography programme, offering two certificates, one in Applied Photography, the other in Art Photography (see their page here). I also teach the Lightroom course for this program. If you are already proficient in some areas of photography, you can apply for “Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition” where you submit the requirements for a course, pay a lower fee than taking the full course, and, if successful, are granted credit for that course.

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