Creative Landscape Photography Workshops

Artistic Creations from Postcard Locations
Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

Creative Landscape Photography Workshops

Artistic Creations from Postcard Locations
Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
Landscape Photography Workshops 01. Logo. David Osborn

Creative Landscape Photography Workshops

Creativity is the vision. Technique is the means
“Learning a structured approach is a quality approach.” David Osborn

Creativity can be taught if you learn the vision to see it and the skills to communicate it. Creativity is the ability to make artistic landscape photographs personal to you and the objective of the creative landscape photography workshops. The techniques taught are just a means to an end; turning your vision into print. I show you how to take your landscape photography to the next level, from the descriptive to the artistic using one comprehensive workflow.

The digital workflow is taught step by step from camera to print; broken down into three subjects; previsualization, landscape photography and Photoshop post-production. An innovative, yet simple structured photography workflow that gives your landscape photography first, a high quality technical foundation, then a creative overlay; allowing you total creative freedom to make your own unique, personal artistic statements.

Most landscape photography workshops are more photographic holidays with little emphasis on education. Most post-production is taught in colleges with little emphasis on creating real photographs.  Neither teach the complete process of image making. My workshops take an holistic educational approach; one methodical workshop teaching you all the skills you need to make real photographs from start to finish in a simple step-by-step method.

Do I need previous experience? No. No matter what level your previous experience is, every landscape photography workshop student covers the complete digital workflow from start to finish; so you leave the workshop with a documented and practiced, structured process to follow after the workshop ends. The more advanced you are at the start, just means more and more advanced solutions can be taught within the same workshop time frame.

The Workshops Aim: To teach how to create beautiful, personal artistic statements, by changing your approach to landscape photography at the fundamental level.

Options
Here in Great Britain

Landscape photography workshops held in holiday cottages set in the beautiful British countryside.

Your Home Overseas

The full workshop or customized version brought to your home overseas, worldwide.

Travel With You

A “workshop on the road” traveling to a third destination working from hotels or Airbnb properties.

General
One To One Tuition

Workshops are one to one tuition. If more than one person attends, each receives a discount.

Booked on Demand

Workshops have no preset dates, all being booked on demand when you want. Any time of the year.

Duration

UK cottage workshops last 8 days. Workshops outside the UK last 11 days including travel days.

Let’s Start a Conversation
LONDON. GREAT BRITAIN
+44 771 204 5126
Let’s start a dialog to design a workshop that meets your specific needs.

Reserve Your 2019 Landscape Photography Workshops Now. Black and White Photography Workshops and Photoshop Workshops are also available.


“My most valuable investment and an experience to be repeated. An intense but enjoyable week learning a workflow for my landscape photography, beginning from pressing the shutter to learning the necessary Photoshop skills to create an image that’s worth printing. Thanks to this method, now my photos have the “impact and mood” I always wanted to get.”

Carlo Marrazza, Pharmacist, Brindisi, Italy

What Will I Learn?

The landscape photography workshops are not just a Photoshop course in the countryside. What they are about is learning a complete, holistic digital photography workflow that will change your complete approach at the fundamental level, to how you create beautiful landscape photographs. They will make you re-evaluate all your pre-conceived ideas and concepts about how to photograph the landscape. A brief summary follows:

Subject 01. Previsualization
01 WHAT YOU WANT

Judge “What it could become; Not what it is now”. Look at the scene in front of you and imagine it as a final print. Does it have potential?

02 NOMINATE THE HERO

Study the scene. Nominate what is the main actor, secondary actor and supporting cast. Like books, photos need a story. Is the story clear?

03 BUILD TWO MENTAL LISTS

Create two mental lists while shooting. The assets you have already taken and the assets you still require to create the photograph you imagine.

Subject 02. Photography
04 BASE IMAGE

The best possible image taken in a single frame. The image all other assets will be added to when creating the perfect final photograph.

05 TECHNICAL ASSETS

Bracketed exposures for rich shadow detail and highlights. Exposures that make a beautiful quality image. Rich shadow tones. Sparkling highlights.

06 ARTISTIC ASSETS

The light may not fall perfectly everywhere in one frame. When the light does fall on other parts of the composition, these are taken as extra assets.

Subject 03. Photoshop
07 COMPOSITE

Bring all the technical and artistic assets together, to create a single layered image as if the most perfect single raw file taken by the camera.

08 TECHNICAL QUALITY

Take the composited single image and now polish it to become a beautiful image in it own right. Though high quality, it still feels generic.

09 ARTISTIC QUALITY

Turn the high quality, generic image into your own personal artistic statement; adding the artistic layer on top of the technically perfect foundation.

Typical Itinerary

The landscape photography workshops itinerary is designed in a structured way to contain a smooth transition from me demonstrating at the start of the workshop, to you working more hands-on and independently as the workshop progresses and your knowledge of the digital workflow increases. This is to prepare you for working alone after the workshop ends. At every opportunity we take photographs both as workshop images to work on and to avoid Photoshop sessions being too long. A brief summary follows:

01 DAY ONE

Photography. Previsualization and how the camera alters the image tones. Understanding the camera histogram and how to read it to determine the best exposures for great shadow tones. How to break down the contrast problem into various exposures.

02 DAY TWO

Compositing. Editing images. Preparing files then compositing the various exposures together to create a single image that represents the most perfect raw file taken by the camera. Blending and multiple masking techniques, image sharpening and alignment issues.

03 DAY THREE

Technical. Taking the composited image to a beautiful technical image full of rich tonality. Creating the optical illusion of a real landscape with spatial depth, 3d object form, light and texture. A beautiful, but still generic feeling landscape photograph lacking personality.

04 DAY FOUR

Artistic. Transforming the technical foundation into an artistic statement. Color transformations to add a cohesive feel and help spatial depth, tonal transformations to radically alter the image and enhance the light content. General painterly and artistic techniques for creativity.

05 DAY FIVE

Revision. The day is spent with the student doing the complete process alone, ideally with only the help of the documentation. This is to identify then correct any weak areas in either knowledge or documentation that would stall progress when working alone after the workshop ends.

06 DAY SIX

Optional. The day is open ended with the student choosing the agenda. The day can be used to shoot more landscape photographs or work on any weak links in the chain, even working on a new image and working through the complete digital workflow one last time.

Great Britain ~ UK Landscape Photography Workshops

Learn the digital photography workflow in the peaceful green hills of Wales
UK Workshop ~ Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Landscape photography workshops with peace and quiet, free of all the home and work distractions to concentrate on learning the whole process in the beautiful British landscape. A very relaxing, outdoor environment ideal for shooting landscape images at a moment’s notice if the weather is right. Workshops are based in beautiful self-catering holiday cottages.

8 Day Workshop
Workshop Photographs

Snowdonia has great backdrops but the lack of structures, buildings etc, to use as focal points in the photographs and the dependence on weather conditions, makes it a hard area to find good quality photographs. Images taken are good workshop material but not portfolio material. Other workshop options must be considered if portfolio quality photographs are a priority.

My favorite workshop cottage provided it is available ~ Snowdonia National Park, Wales
01 Workshop Location

The landscape photography workshops are held in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, only ten-minutes’ drive from the Welsh village of Betws-y-Coed on the edge of the national park and only 15 minutes’ drive from the hills and mountains.

02 Workshop Duration

Workshops are termed ‘8 days’. The first and last days include travel time to and from London. This means 6 full days spent learning but time is not restricted to 9 am – 5 pm. Days often start earlier and finish later depending on the individual.

03 How Do I get There

If you are travelling from overseas, you are more than welcome to travel with me. My suggestion is to book a hotel near Heathrow Airport where I can pick you up and drop you back on route. The drive to the Welsh landscape is about three hours.

04 YOU NEED TO BRING

Your personal camera equipment and tripod, also your laptop, but a laptop is not essential. Note book and pens and portable hard drive for PC to keep the workshop images. Good warm and waterproof clothing, including walking boots. Washing kit including personal washing towels.

05 INCLUDED

A desktop computer running Windows and current the Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom with a 27-inch Apple Cinema monitor for the teaching of Photoshop. All local petrol and parking costs. All bedding and linen, electricity, heating, cooking equipment; included in self-catering cottage.

06 Not Included

Cottage’s cost about £350 week. Workshops start and finish at the cottage. Travel to and from the UK or the cottage is not included. All meals; being bought in the local pub each night. All personal insurance; travel, accident, property and camera etc, is your responsibility.

07 Book Summer Workshops Early

You must book summer landscape photography workshops, June, July, August, many weeks before. During the UK school holiday season, all cottages get booked up very early. Also, spring, autumn and winter have more moody weather, have less people around and everything from cottages to air fares have great deals available. You will save a great deal of money and have the landscape almost to yourself. Ideal for photography.


08 Accommodation

The landscape photography workshops are all accommodated in beautiful, local and traditional self-catering holiday cottages. Cottages have separate bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and dining rooms, electric and heating but often no Wi-Fi connection. Generally one double room and one single room. Cottages with more rooms can be searched for if required. Cottages normally run Saturday to Saturday.

Above, Your Cottages bedroom. Below, main study area.

“During that one-week photography workshop in Wales, David taught me step-by-step how to make impressive landscape images. Beginning with choosing the correct place to arrange the tripod and camera, then making various photos with different exposures and waiting for the sunlight. At the cottage, working through the Photoshop process. As I am a beginner, he was very patient with me, leading me through the whole process in various chapters; tell, show, do! At the end of the week I had to do it alone with only my notes. Back at home, I can now repeat what I have learnt with the help of my workshop notes. Thank you David.”

Mathes, Dentist, Bavaria, Germany

Werner Kirsch, Cologne, Germany

Snowdonia Creative Landscape Photography Workshop Review

Landscape Photography Workshops 03. Werner Kirsch. David Osborn

Now that I finished my landscape photography workshop with the British landscape photographer David Osborn I must say: It was a hard week! On two days we have got up at five in the morning to get to our destination just before sunrise. There we took pictures over two or three hours. After that the task was editing the photos with Photoshop, then in the evening light, out again in the really breath-taking landscape of Wales. David has not spared me! (To remind: I was his only student for that time.) But I have learned a lot.

WORKING LIKE A LANDSCAPE PAINTER
David’s landscape photos give the impression of paintings – and indeed he is working like a painter! The image files out of the camera are just raw material to him, from which he carves out – by means of Photoshop – the final picture with a lot of precise steps, just like a sculptor out of a block of marble. The biggest mistake you can do, he says, is trying to get the image optimization with a few large steps. Lightroom functions with sliders and auto-optimizations are a kind of barbarism to David. Instead he uses the mouse like a landscape painter his brush with wide and soft strokes, gives more vividness to parts of the picture, brightens or darkens them, elaborates shadow details and highlight definition and much more. Despite the detail work you must not lose the view to the whole landscape picture. You should make up your mind preferably at the beginning (or even before taking the photo) which is the main part and which the additional parts of the landscape picture. How can I guide the view of the spectator, for example, with lightened and darkened sections of the image sections?

David’s workshops are very well structured. First, he tries to get an impression about the individual photographic skills of his student and where are his difficulties. Depending on that he builds up what he calls “the process”: working out a proper photo step by step. Everything starts with taking a landscape photo of course. If you made up your mind about perspective, image composition and so on, then put your camera on a tripod and get your picture with one exposure or a bracket series. And then take a shot every time something special happens: e.g. an interesting sky, a sheep in the foreground, sunbeams or spots of light on the landscape. But you must be patient: It could take hours to gather enough exposures to combine them to an interesting landscape picture afterwards.

GETTING MORE DETAIL IN YOUR PICTURE
After getting back to the cottage we started working with Photoshop. One of the first surprises for me was the fine resolution I can get out of my camera (a Nikon D 800 with about 36 megapixels). Sharpening techniques is the key – not just in one step but rather several well combined actions to get a clean result. (Certainly, I already knew a lot about sharpening techniques.

There are thousands of tricks – each of them the ultimate one of course! But in comparison to David’s method at least all techniques I know are rubbish!) It creates incredible clarity to describe every landscape detail, but David has a very methodical approach to working on landscape photography with Photoshop. First, he explains every step of his process using an example. Then you do the learned skills on your own using your own exposures – with David’s support of course. By and by you get used to a lot of very different techniques to enhance and elaborate your photos with astonishing results. I’d like to present one of the photos I had worked out together with David in more detail: it was taken at the Rhaedr Ogwen (Ogwen waterfall) with a view at the Nant Ffrancon valley during a foggy evening. You can see below the final landscape photograph.

CAMERA AND PHOTOSHOP ARE LIKE BRUSHES AND PAINTS
But David does not have any ready-made recipes or ultimate Photoshop tricks in his pocket, just like many of photo books promise. Instead he puts the focus in teaching several techniques for improving the entire landscape picture or parts of it very precisely – and combining these techniques in a clever way. It is important for him to think forward-looking and be able to anticipate the intermediate or final result. To compare it with landscape painting once more: The camera and Photoshop are like the painter’s brushes, paints and canvas. But just using brushes, paints and canvas does not mean painting like Rembrandt or Picasso! That requires a repertoire of techniques, competence and visionary power.

PHOTOS FOR MORE THAN A SHORT GLIMPSE
This kind of working needs time and patience. But it is a good compensation to the popular quick shooting and producing piles of images. Maybe you have only two or three landscape pictures after a week, but they will catch the interest of the spectator for more than a short glimpse. In that way David’s method is a challenge for an ambitious photographer to put more effort and creativity to his work. The rewards are photos you can be proud of. A few words about the accommodation and the environment: My wife and I have seen a lot of landscapes in the UK but we both agree that Snowdonia National Park is the most breath taking one! The rural style cottage in Capel Garmon near Betws-y-Coed is cosy and very comfortable in a really quiet location with spectacular views – the right environment for creative working. The owners Cathy and Paul are living nearby and are exceedingly friendly and helpful. All in all: David’s landscape workshop was an experience to me. Strenuous sometimes, but enormously instructive and with a long-lasting effect on my future landscape photographic work.

Werner Kirsch, Cologne, Germanywww.kirschfoto.de

Other Landscape Photography Workshop Options

The foundation of all landscape photography workshops
Your Home Overseas

Creative landscape photography workshops brought to your home, freeing you from the wasted time and pain of travelling. This allows you to stay in contact with your business for those urgent day to day needs and meetings as required. Creative landscape photography workshops are the standard syllabus or customized to your needs; placing even more emphasis on landscape photography or Photoshop post processing to suit your needs.

11 Day Workshop
Free Portfolio Days

3 Free Days ~ Worth £1,000. Landscape photography workshops not held in the UK, include three extra days, free of charge called ‘Portfolio Shooting Days’. Days used for landscape photography only; not Photoshop. Extra time to get great images. You gain three extra days of workshop time for free; I gain new photography to keep my website fresh and up to date. All without putting the workshop schedule at risk.

Travel With You

Travel with you to a third location, landscape photography workshops ‘on the road’. Stress free time off work, the adventure of photographing somewhere new while learning at the same time and returning with portfolio images; the perfect balance of travel photo holiday and an educational workshop. This allows us to make good landscape photography as we can hold landscape photography workshops in the most beautiful locations in Europe.

11 Day Workshop
Free Portfolio Days

3 Free Days ~ Worth £1,000. Landscape photography workshops not held in the UK, include three extra days, free of charge called ‘Portfolio Shooting Days’. Days used for landscape photography only; not Photoshop. Extra time to get great images. You gain three extra days of workshop time for free; I gain new photography to keep my website fresh and up to date. All without putting the workshop schedule at risk.

Let’s Start a Conversation
LONDON. GREAT BRITAIN
+44 771 204 5126
Let’s start a dialog to design a workshop that meets your specific needs.

“I called David one day to discuss the possibility to join one of his Workshops. It turned out be a one hour long very interesting conversation. The result from this conversation was one great adventure to the beautiful Lofoten Islands in Norway.”

Magnus Jonassen, CEO, Spetals verk, Oslo, Norway

The Workshop Prices

Landscape photography workshops are intended as private, one-to-one tuition. However, multiple people can attend the landscape workshops at a very reduced price per person. It is up to you to arrange all the additional members, I never put strangers together unless stated as open group workshops.

UK creative landscape photography workshops are limited to one-to-one tuition as holiday cottages in general only have one double room and one single room. Please contact me if more than one person wishes to attend and I will see what accommodation I can arrange.

One Person
£2,900

One To One

Two People
£2,300

Save 20% Each

Three People
£1,900

Save 33% Each

Four People
£1,700

Save 40% Each

The Terms & Conditions

Once the location and dates are agreed, a deposit is requested. On receipt of the deposit the workshop is secured. The balance being paid before the workshop starts. Prices exclude my expenses, reimbursed at cost except food. Airfares, travel, cottage cost, hotels etc.

Payment

Workshops fees are required to be paid by electronic bank transfer only. The client must cover any additional transfer charges. I do not accept credit cards.

Deposit

Workshop deposit of £1,000 and full cottage price paid in full, both non-refundable. Only on receipt of the deposit, is the photography course confirmed.

Balance

The balance must be paid and cleared in full, no later than 30 days before the start of the photography course. I cannot leave London, unless the balance is paid.

Cottage Cost

British workshops are held in holiday cottages. The extra cost averages £350 per week but rise during summer. Charged at cost price. Paid in full with workshop deposit.

Airlines, Hotels, Cars

Airline tickets, hotel cost, car hire and fuel are arranged and paid by the client. Out of pocket expenses, reimbursed to me at cost after the course. This does NOT include food.

Insurance

I am not responsible for any damage, loss or personal injury to yourself, belongings or camera equipment. You need personal insurance to cover all possible eventualities.

Cancellation

If I cancel (never happened) 100% refund. If you cancel: no refund on cottage cost or deposit paid. 50% refund of final balance if already paid in full, 30 days before starting.

Guarantee

I guarantee 100% effort and to be available 24 hours a day. I cannot guarantee what level you complete the workshop. This depends on personal ability.

European Driving

For all our personal safety, if the client is used to driving on the right-hand side of the road, the same as the country we are in, then the client will do the coursep driving.

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