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Reviews. What customers say about the fine art landscape photography workshops. How my teaching approach to the art of photography and Photoshop editing instruction has made a difference to their own fine art photography. Photography courses are about your knowledge and instruction but are still fun and enjoyable photo holidays at the same time.

“It is one thing to be good at your job, it is another to be able to teach; David is excellent at both.” ~ Jerry Park.

Jerry Park, Nashville, USA. (Beach Huts by Jerry Park Photography)

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Landscape Photography Workshop Review by Werner Kirsch. David Osborn Photography

Werner Kirsch, Cologne, Germany

A Detailed Workshop Review

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 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 picture. How can I guide the view of the spectator, for example, with lightened and darkened sections of the image sections?

David’s workshop is 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 detail, but David has a very methodical approach to working on pictures 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 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 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 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 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 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 the 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 workshop was an experience to me. Strenuous sometimes, but enormously instructive and with a long-lasting effect on my future photographic work.

Werner Kirsch, Cologne, Germany. www.kirschfoto.de

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Photograph of Snowdonia, Wales. Workshop after Photoshop photograph for customer review page. David Osborn Photography.
Photograph of Snowdonia, Wales. Workshop before Photoshop photograph for customer review page
Snowdonia, UK photography workshop photograph by Werner Kirsch, Cologne, Germany

What My Workshop Customers Say

Customer Reviews

“Revival. That’s what I had felt for some time my photography needed, and that’s what spending a week with David did for it. I see differently now and produce work that is much more dramatic with impact. It is one thing to be good at your job, it is another to be able to teach; David is Excellent at Both. Time and money well invested!”

Jerry Park Photography, Nashville, USA. jerryparkphotography.com

“First time I stepped across David Osborn’s work I knew: This is what I want be able to achieve; an advanced and artistic way to bring photography and Photoshop together!  During our first chat I told David that I had not got very deep into using Photoshop, which turned out to be no problem at all for him. So, we arranged a workshop. David came to my place and we had great time together. The Benefit is tremendous! To put it into simple words: David keeps every promise he is giving on his website in an absolutely honest and professional way!”

Ray Pinto, Konstanz, Germany

“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 Lofoten in Norway.”

Magnus Jonassen, CEO, Spetals verk, Oslo, Norway

“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, Brindisi, Italy

“During that one-week photography workshop in Wales, David taught me step-by-step how to make impressive landscape photography. 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.”

Eberhard Mathes, Bavaria, Germany

“The last thing that David taught me was the tricks of post processing. Here is where David is a master. With his instruction I was able to enhance my photographs into artistic masterpieces. Pictures that I wanted to print.”

William Gardiner, CEO and Owner of PENCOM, San Carlos, Ca. USA

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One-week landscape photography workshops brought to your home overseas or here in Great Britain. Three subjects combined into one workshop: Visualization, Photography and Photoshop. You learn the complete workflow to create the photographs shown here and leave the workshop with all the techniques used, fully documented and Photoshop files to create the images yourself. One to one tuition worldwide, all booked on demand with no preset dates, being held all year-round. You choose the location of your choice and your convenient date. Simply send me an email and we plan your photography workshop.

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