Definitive Landscape Photography Seminar by Simon Stafford

Simon Stafford
The Definitive Landscape Photography Seminar
Saturday, 1st September 2012
2.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m.
Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX


Regardless of whether the location is round the corner from your own front door or to be found in some foreign land on the other side of the planet, Landscape is one of the most accessible and popular photographic subjects. For many photographers landscape photography combines two of their strongest passions, taking pictures and being in the great outdoors, which makes it one of the most appealing genres of the medium.

Follow Simon as he leads you through an inspirational, educational and entertaining seminar that has been prepared to help you achieve a dramatic improvement to the quality of your landscape pictures. Simon will share his in-depth knowledge and 30 years of photographic experience so that you can achieve professional looking results. Starting with his advice on the critically important steps of planning and preparing for a shoot, he will lead you through the essential equipment choices, provide hints and tips on honing your camera technique, demonstrate how creative thinking will make your pictures standout, and discuss how to enhance your images once you have captured them with your camera.

Session 1

Spending some time to make sure you and your equipment are ready before venturing out into the great outdoors is essential if you want to make the most of your landscape photography. In this session you will learn about:

Planning and Preparation

  • Scouting locations
  • Researching the fundamentals: times, tides, and weather forecasts
  • Preparing and organizing your equipment
  • Taking care: making sure you and your equipment can cope

Equipment Essentials

  • Tripods: supporting the camera properly
  • Lenses: choosing and using different lens types
  • Filters: the essential filters and how to use them effectively
  • Accessories: using the small accessories that make a big difference

Session 2

Natural light is extremely fickle, with the most magical conditions often lasting no more than a few fleeting moments. The patience and perseverance spent on waiting for such light will have be wasted if your photographic technique lets you down. Proficient operation of your camera, combined with some creative thinking will ensure you capture such memorable moments. In this session you will learn about:

Camera Technique

  • Focusing
  • Exposure modes
  • ISO sensitivity
  • Optimizing white balance and Nikon Picture Controls
  • Control and use of lens aperture and shutter speed
  • Maximizing image sharpness
  • Image review and histograms

Creative Thinking

  • First steps on location
  • Composition: tips and techniques
  • Working the light
  • Shooting the seasons and climatic conditions

Session 3

Back at Base Camp

Investing the time and effort to access a location and then capture a beautiful landscape picture is not the end of the photographic process. Once your images are committed to a memory card there is more work to do to make the most of your endeavours! In this session you will learn about:

  • RAW processing options
  • Editing and filing pictures
  • Basic image corrections
  • An overview of using plug-ins and specialized software


You do not need to have attended an earlier Simon Stafford Course to attend this one.

The cost of the session will be £155 with a special price of £95 if you are a current Nikon Owner subscriber. To book, please email me only with your full name, Nikon Owner user-name, daytime mobile and landline. There are limited places available, so please reply as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. If you are not a current subscriber, you are welcome to re-join whilst booking the workshop to receive the discount on the session.

The session will take place from 2.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. and includes mid-afternoon tea and biscuits.

Travelling to Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX: the nearest underground station is Warren Street, but please do make sure that it is open – it is occasionally closed on a Saturday – if so, Goodge Street station is a good option.

With very best wishes,

Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator



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