Our one-to-one landscape photography tuition sessions are tailored exactly to the client's requirements, so no two days are the same. I will suggest possible shooting areas, but the area selected is also ultimately the client's choice. The two constants are that the days cover superb Yorkshire locations, and clients have always confirmed afterwards that they had a great day and learned a lot to improve the level of their photography.
At the conclusion of the tuition days, I ask clients to send me a small selection of the photographs they were most pleased with from the day. These images give a feel for the locations, and the quality of the images clients have produced during the session.
James is a complete photographic beginner, who bought a Canon G7x Mark II. He wanted to learn how to use the camera outside its fully automatic settings, and learn some of the key points of landscape photography composition. this one-to-one day took place at Bolton Abbey, which offers a huge range of landscape photography opportunities - "intimate landscapes" - including the famous money tree, woodland scenery in Strid Woods, the Strid itself, waterfalls at Posforth Gill and plenty of wider landscape views.
One of the locations we visited, Posforth Gill, gave James two of his favourite shots from the day. There are two waterfalls along Posforth Gill. The lower is visible from the popular footpath leading to the top of Simon's Seat, the second along an out and back path next to the stream. The waterfalls are quite different, with the upper waterfall having an angled slab of dark coloured rock which creates a fan of water, and the lower a split drop into a rocky pool.
This is James' photograph of the lower falls - taking advantage of a fallen tree as a frame:
The upper fall is a few minutes walk up the hill. This is James' image:
The G7x does not have a filter ring - something of a limitation for this type of waterfall photography. We worked round this on this shot by holding one of my 77mm neutral density filters in front of the lens during the exposure. Not ideal,because of the risk of shake or stray reflections, but it did the job here!
During the session we spent a little time exploring the macro capabilities of the Canon G7X. James was pleased with this shot:
At the conclusion of the session James said "I have a far better understanding of how to use the camera controls" and "A truly great introduction into photography. Paul’s session planning, and thoughtful way of teaching, provided a great experience to learn the functionality of my camera and the process of taking a photograph".
I think the photographs James produced show that the modern digital compact camera is capable of producing high qality landscape photographs if used properly - you do not need an SLR to create photographs you can be proud of.