David Osborn Photography, London

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops

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Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops

Learn How To Create Fine Art Landscape Photography

The ‘Art of Image Making’ by David Osborn Photography, London

Take your landscape photography beyond the literal. Create artistic landscape photography, not conventional and predictable. Landscape photography that communicates ideas and evokes feelings through light, mood, drama, spatial depth, and atmosphere. The perfectionist rejects traditional standards and methods, driven by the pursuit of excellence.

The ‘Art of Image Making’ is my pursuit of excellence. The structured workflow from photography to retouching I use to create my own fine art landscape photography. I can teach you this workflow in small steps, taught in logical order from either the comfort of your own home, with live online training or with a private, one to one workshop in-person on location.

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Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops

Learn How To Create Fine Art Landscape Photography

The greatest frustration is wanting to do better, but not knowing how …

Fine art landscape photography workshops by David Osborn, professional photographer, London. Photograph of Ghent, Belgium.

Improve Your Aesthetics

I don’t want to take a photograph; I want to create a photograph. Unique, beautiful fine art photography full of rich tones, light, mood, and drama. Aesthetic quality. Photographs that grab your attention then captivate you with detail. Photographs with such a strong three-dimensional illusion and spatial depth that you feel you could walk into and travel around the photograph.

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Improve Your Photography

Photography is not about equipment, it is about having a passion for a subject, then the craftsmanship skills to capture the subject in the finest quality possible both technically and aesthetically. Fine art photographs that communicate ideas, feelings, and emotions. Beautiful European locations portraying the story of light frozen in time that create an emotional response in viewers.

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Improve Your Retouching

Retouching is imposing your vision and personality on the image. Drawing on your influences and making the image your own personal fine art statement. Unique to you. Crafting the generic raw files into beautiful fine art photography. Where the precision of science and the creativity of art meet. A work of beautiful fine art will always stand out, it is the generic we should fear most.

Fine art landscape photography workshops by David Osborn, professional photographer, London. Photograph of Lofoten, Norway before Photoshop.
Fine art landscape photography workshops by David Osborn, professional photographer, London. Photograph of Lofoten, Norway after Photoshop.
Reine Harbor, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops

Learn How To Create Fine Art Landscape Photography

The ‘Art of Image Making’ Workflow. A lifetime of knowledge structured into a four-step workflow

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops

Learn How To Create Fine Art Landscape Photography

The ‘Art of Image Making’ Workflow. A lifetime of knowledge structured into a four-step workflow

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Photograph The Exposures

1a. Camera

It all starts with the tools, the camera. Learning how to set up and use the tools the best way from presets to settings. Learning how the camera alters the tones we see and relate that to how we use the histogram.

1b. Capture

The final photograph is a product of Photoshop, not the camera. We use the camera as a recording tool to capture components for Photoshop. We learn about the various base, technical and artistic components.

1c. Composition

Tools covered, we learn the most important subject, ‘What makes a good photograph’. How do we make photographs that convey ideas and evoke feelings through composition, light and aesthetic quality.

Retouch The Exposures

2. Composite The Exposures

The components all need to be composited together, creating a single image containing the best technical and artistic content. No Photoshop signature, artefacts can be left showing. This is our raw ‘uncut diamond’.

3. Create Technical Perfection

We take this single image, the ‘uncut diamond’ and create a three-dimensional illusion of reality. We give the diamond structure, form, and depth. The qualities that make the picture look ‘real’. A solid foundation.

4. Create Artistic Perfection

The final step is to ‘polish the diamond’, make it sparkle. We can now make the picture look ‘unreal’ by radically altering the artistic look and feel, but it will still work as an image, due to the solid foundation of ‘real’ beneath.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops

Learn How To Create Fine Art Landscape Photography

A good travel & landscape photograph communicates more than just the location

Lightroom automation and instant gratification

Why would we buy a book that had no story? What we buy is the story, the book is just the tool to communicate the story. With travel and landscape photography, the literal rendition of the scene just represents having achieved the first step, making a book. If there is no story or it is communicated badly then it is not a good landscape photograph. On the positive side, technology is to be fully commended for making digital photography accessible to millions of people who gain great pleasure from travel and landscape photography as a relaxing and creative pastime. Cameras and sliders make their life easier to produce good results in a short time. I have no problem with that – the problem I do have is this. Digital photography is different to all other forms of art; we do not need any skill to produce an image. Manufacturers are driven by creating endless products aimed at automating photography to make it simpler. Naturally, people adopt these products because they require less knowledge and are easy to use. This cycle of supply and demand concentrates all the conversation on the tools; how to make the ‘book’, not on the content; how to write the ‘story’; communicate ideas visually. It’s like chefs all over the world talking only about cookers, pots and pans and not about the food they cook! Worse, we don’t even realize this is what we are now doing. Ridiculous!

This has now created a bad perception that photography is now just simple ‘automation and instant gratification’. Cameras set on automatic then Lightroom sliders to correct defects, maybe something a bit more complex. This philosophy is now perceived as the correct ‘process’ to follow, so becomes the ‘process’ aspired to learn. The great majority of people who enjoy taking pictures are very happy with the results they get and don’t want to complicate their life further. That is absolutely fine. However, if you want to be a professional chef and work in a luxury 5-star hotel then, it requires a different approach and dedication. Professional photography is no different. Many people want to work at a more advanced level and search the internet for the professional knowledge and training to achieve this. In return, the internet has created an industry of ‘self-proclaimed experts’, presenting themselves as professional tutors and teaching workshops. They present themselves as ‘5-star chefs’, but only qualified to work in a cafe, they could not earn a living as a working photographer; they don’t have the knowledge themselves which makes them unqualified to teach. This may sound a bit harsh but they have no issue promoting themselves as being better than they are, while not teaching what you need to learn and what you paid to be taught, all while eroding photography standards.

This raises the most obvious question: Maybe, I am one of those ‘self-proclaimed experts only qualified to work in a cafe’? Fair comment. I have been a ‘5-star chef’ for 35-years, but as a professional working photographer; the only job I have ever done. Hard news photographer and picture editor for Reuter News Pictures in London, followed by years in corporate photography running a studio in Australia. Companies employed me because I am a good ‘visual problem solver’. That is what you are paid to do as a professional working photographer – Visually communicate an event, story, or concept in a photograph. I am the last generation who could do photography as a full-time professional job. The ‘qualities that make a good photograph’ were very clear and understood by both client and photographer. Implementing those qualities consistently every day, was what kept the photographer in work. The better you were meant job security and higher paid, better quality assignments. Put simply, everyone in the industry knew what a good photograph was. Now this is very important: Technology has changed but the ‘qualities that make a good photograph’ – have not. They are as valid today as thirty-years ago.

Technology has allowed anyone to take photographs and post them on the internet. 99.999% of the people posting those images don’t know the ‘qualities that make a good photograph’. This tsunami has drowned out those photographers that do actually know. There is a large volume of brilliant photographers, but they are now very hard to find. My career gives me a unique perspective and knowledge of ‘what works’. To repeat, the ‘qualities that make a good photograph’ have not changed and quality is recognized, it stands out and will be rewarded. If you want create quality, they must be learnt. The purpose of this essay is to make you realize that if you want to create good quality fine art landscape photography, the volume of what you see and read on the internet is published by people who do not know how to create good fine art landscape photography – their advice is wrong, misleading, uneducated and unsupported by any career proof. I want to teach you the correct way, the qualities that formed the basis of all professional photographers’ careers. I do not begrudge anyone earning a living provided they do and get paid for ‘what they say on the tin’. I have a serious problem with those who market themselves as ‘masters’, false prophets who are totally ignorant. They make it harder for professionals who do know what they are talking about to get work and worse, for the client who has the desire to improve, they don’t get the knowledge they paid for; to improve. That’s theft. A doctor or lawyer would be sued. So, in answer: What I have written – I have ‘practiced what I preach’. It has kept me in constant work for over 35-years. My career and landscape images substantiate and justify my opinion.

Let’s STOP a minute and think about it. Simple ‘automation and instant gratification’ is one way, but not the only way. As said, if you are happy with the results and the time it took to make them, then it makes it the right way ‘for you’. But it comes with limitations. If you limit the tools, you limit the creativity. Lightroom is convenient but massively limited compared to Photoshop. If everyone works within the same creative restrictions, it must create a similar look to everyone’s photos. Limitations limit diversity. The result is all Lightroom pictures look similar. That is the price you pay for speed and ease. The worse problem with this ‘automation and instant gratification’ process is, it requires little or no intelligence or thought. It assumes intelligence, craftsmanship, skill, can all be reduced down to the choice of a Lightroom slider or worse, a preset. This whole process never makes you think about the bigger picture; the ‘Art of Image Making’. How can you be a good chef if you don’t know how to cook? As visual communicators, we must know what ingredients make a good landscape photograph, a foundation of visual knowledge. That’s what nobody is teaching, yet is the core skill required to create images.

What does this all mean? The ‘automation and instant gratification’ philosophy combined with a lack of visual knowledge is making people produce ‘traditional and predictable’ landscape photography because the knowledge, tools, and often desire, are not there to create anything better. The result is clinical renditions without soul or creativity that look like everyone else’s. Automation is flooding the world with soulless images while creating lazy attitudes. It’s time for a reality check. If you want to create quality fine art landscape photography you will have to use Photoshop and it will take time, effort, practice, and thought. Good old-fashioned craftsmanship and a complete change in your approach to photography at the most fundamental level. If you want to create something better than other people, all it takes is more effort than other people.

Landscapes must create an emotional response

Learning how to create good quality fine art landscape photography is not hard, in fact it’s very enjoyable and personally rewarding. First, you need a teacher that can actually ‘create good quality fine art landscape photography’ themselves. Second, an easy to follow and logical teaching structure, communicated well. I break-down the workflow into the four major subjects, then break-down those subjects into small, easy to learn, ‘bite-size’ steps. Learn only one step at a time, add the steps together and the ‘Art of Image Making’ workflow is learnt. Photoshop is a large part of the fine art landscape photography workshop, but must be kept in perspective, it is only a means to an end; where we bring everything together, a tool. Photoshop is irrelevant if we haven’t got the photography correct first and both are irrelevant if we haven’t got the visual theory correct.

Creating good fine art landscape photography requires broader knowledge than the ‘automation and instant gratification’ approach. Aesthetic knowledge to understand how to create artistic quality and scientific knowledge to understand how to create technical quality. Aesthetic quality being how to visually communicate your ideas and emotions using artistic principles without needing words. How to communicate the light, mood, drama, and atmosphere then create an optical illusion of reality; spatial-distance, three-dimensional form, and texture, with composition, balance and cohesion. The old master painters are history’s most qualified practitioners of aesthetic quality for hundreds of years. They have refined the skill and their universal principles have lasted the ‘test of time’. Learn their principles and you have a great head-start because the quality of your photography is defined by its aesthetic quality, not the camera or technique. We respond and judge images on an emotional level first, content, and technical second.

So, how does this all come together? The following may help your landscape photography straight away, by helping you look at creating fine art landscape photography the correct way, the intelligent way. First, we must grab the viewer’s attention by using simple, bold composition then keep that viewer our prisoner; captivated by the detail. We must then reward that viewer by communicating a clear idea or story to give the landscape photograph purpose. Finally, create an emotional response in that viewer through communicating the light, mood, and drama in the landscape. Achieve all this and you have a great landscape photograph, indeed it applies to all photography.

Think of creating the fine art landscape photograph as a theatre stage. We must have one, clearly defined, main subject. The ‘lead actor’ and hero of the landscape photograph. Secondary objects are the ‘supporting cast’ and distant landscape is the ‘theatre backdrop’, setting the context. Finally, sky supplies the ‘stage lighting’. Everything in the fine art landscape photograph must center around making our main hero look fantastic. Bold, clear, and center stage without conflict. The essential emotional response is the synergy created from the cohesion of everything working together, content and craftsmanship towards a single goal. Photographs that create an emotional response, we bond with, they draw us in psychologically and invite us to walk in and around the landscape, searching, exploring, and discovering. They trigger our imagination providing a rewarding personal and emotional journey. We look at those photographs longer, they are the photographs we want to buy. Why buy a photograph we don’t connect with?

A powerful way to create that psychological connection in a fine art landscape photograph and so draw them in, is to give the viewer a convincing optical illusion of three-dimensional reality because that is how our brain expects to see the world. We need aesthetic knowledge to know how to create that optical illusion of three-dimensional form and spatial distance, this is where we look back to old master painters. The camera alters the tones we see and flattens the three-dimensional quality during capture, so we must manually replace, then exaggerate it. We need scientific knowledge to understand how the camera alters the tones during capture so we can counteract the defects and create rich shadows the way we see them in reality. In reality there is minimal pure black in the world we see, yet in landscape photography it is very common to see very black, filled in, heavy shadows. This breaks the illusion of reality; stops us connecting with the photograph creating a barrier that stops us accepting the landscape as real.

Why would a fish bite a hook, that had no bait?

Why would a fish bite a hook, that had no bait? If the fish doesn’t bite the hook, you don’t get the fish! – Fishing requires more knowledge than just putting a hook in the water. The simple ‘automation and instant gratification’ approach may make images, but they don’t captivate the viewer because they don’t have any bait. That’s like fishing and never catching a fish! Pointless. ‘Traditional and predictable’ photographs made with this ‘automation and instant gratification’ approach only offer us ‘what we expect to see’ or ‘this is what I saw’. The fish wants a free meal and we want more than just a polished recording without any soul. If there is no reward, why should we invest time looking?

‘Think first, act second’ makes you take less landscape photography, but what you do take will be high quality landscape photography. Invest all your time and energy in one well thought out and beautifully crafted fine art landscape photograph, not hundreds of variations you discard later. Plan for only one landscape composition, then invest all your time and effort making that one landscape composition, a great landscape photograph. If you keep moving about, shooting hundreds of various angles all you achieve is getting certain elements correct in certain pictures, but you don’t get all the elements correct in one picture. Stay put you get the best elements and the best composition. Winner! Transfer all the questions you ask while editing your hundred images at home after the shoot, to being THE questions to ask at the camera – before you shoot. Try to imagine what the photograph could become, ‘Photoshop’ the landscape in your mind and then ask: – Is this a good photograph? If so, start production, take photographs. This way you create your own success, you don’t rely on one lucky shot in a hundred. You goal is just to create one stunning beautiful fine art landscape photograph of pure quality. Above all else, think about why you are taking the photograph. It’s not about the book, it’s about the story. What do you want to tell me as the viewer about the landscape you see? Compose the subject, photograph the light, print the atmosphere. Tell me a story visually communicated with aesthetic quality and technical perfection.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops

Learn How To Create Fine Art Landscape Photography

3 ‘In-Person Workshops’ – private, one to one tuition, booked on demand, all year round

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Your Home Overseas

The landscape photography workshops brought in-person to your home overseas. 11 Days.

Main benefit: Frees you from wasted time travelling. Allows you to stay in contact with your business for urgent day to day needs and meetings. The landscape photography workshops can be customized to your needs by placing more emphasis on the photography subject or Adobe Photoshop retouching as you require. Includes 3 free “Portfolio Shooting Days”, worth £1,000
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Travel With You Overseas

Travel with you to an alternative country, the fine art photography workshop on location. 11 Days.

Main benefit: Stress free time off work and the adventure of somewhere new while returning home with portfolio images. A perfect balance of a travel photography holiday with an educational workshop allowing us to make great portfolio photography in some of the most beautiful landscapes around Europe. Includes 3 free “Portfolio Shooting Days”, worth £1,000
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Here In Great Britain

The landscape photography workshops in-person in the mountains of Wales, Great Britain. 8 Days.

Main benefit: Peace and quiet to concentrate on learning in the beautiful Welsh landscape. However, the lack of structures makes it hard to find portfolio quality images. Other options must be considered if portfolio images are your priority. Wales is ideally suited for learning the landscape workflow only. Not include 3 free “Portfolio Shooting Days”, worth £1,000
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‘Online Workshop’ – Learn From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

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Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops

Learn How To Create Fine Art Landscape Photography

Additional workshop information

Three “Portfolio Days” ~ Free: Worth: £1,000+

All fine art landscape photography workshops not held in the UK, include three extra days, free of charge and called ‘Portfolio Shooting Days’. These days are used for being out and about, taking new travel and landscape photographs only ~ not learning Photoshop retouching. Extra time to get great portfolio quality travel and landscape images. You gain three extra days of workshop time and knowledge free along with great travel and landscape images for later; I gain new travel and landscape images to keep my website fresh and up to date. – All without putting the fine art landscape photography workshops teaching time, schedule, or quality at risk or under pressure.

UK Photography Workshop Location

The fine art landscape photography workshops are held in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, ten-minutes’ drive from the Welsh village of Betws-y-Coed and only fifteen-minutes’ drive from the mountains. Fine art landscape photography workshops are all accommodated in beautiful, traditional, and self-catering holiday cottages. All cottages have separate bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and dining rooms, electricity, and heating but often no Wi-Fi connection. In general, having one double and one single room. Please contact me if more than one person wishes to attend, I will see what I can arrange. Spouses not taking part are welcome to stay at no additional cost.

UK What To Bring

Bring your camera equipment and good tripod, laptop if you prefer. Notebook, pens, and portable hard drive for PC to keep all the workshop images. Clothing and washing kit, including personal washing towels. Warm, waterproof clothing and walking boots. I will supply a desktop computer with 27-inch Apple Cinema monitor running Windows and Adobe Photoshop. Local petrol and parking costs paid but not travel to and from the cottage, the cottage rental, and meals. Meals being bought in the local village pubs. Fine art landscape workshops start and finish at the cottage. If you need travel from London, you are welcome to travel with me by car and we share the petrol cost.

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Old Town Hall, Praque, Czech Republic

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops

Learn How To Create Fine Art Landscape Photography

Fine art landscape photography workshop – ‘In-Person’ prices

One Person / Private Workshop

One to One Tuition. £363 Day

£2,900
Two People / Price Per Person

Save 20% Each. £288 Day

£2,300
Three People / Price Per Person

Save 33% Each. £238 Day

£1,900
Four People / Price Per Person

Save 40% Each. £213 Day

£1,700
(Discounts are for a group of friends you put together ~ I do not put strangers as group landscape workshops).

Knowledge Is A Lifelong Investment.

Cameras do not make beautiful images. Knowledge does. Without creative knowledge you produce only generic images. The ‘Art of Image Making’ is a lifetime of knowledge condensed, then structured into a simple four step workflow.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops

Learn How To Create Fine Art Landscape Photography

Workshop terms and conditions

Payment

Once the location and the dates are agreed, a workshop deposit of £1,000 is required. In the case of UK workshops, the full cottage rental cost is also required at the time of booking. On average about £350 low season to £550-week high season – both non-refundable. Only on receipt of the deposit, are fine art landscape photography workshops secured. The workshop balance must be paid and cleared in full, no later than 30 days before the start of the workshop. I cannot leave London until workshops are paid in full. Payment by electronic bank transfer only. The client covering any additional transfer charges. I do not accept credit cards at the moment but do accept PayPal.

Expenses

The client is responsible for covering the workshop expenses or reimbursing me back at cost for any expenses I have incurred but this does not include food, meals, or drinks. These expenses do include accommodation; hotel or Airbnd or in the case of UK landscape workshops, holiday cottage rental accommodation. Travel expenses include train or airline fees and car hire if required. 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 the fine art landscape workshop is being held, then the client will do the workshop driving. I will do all the driving on UK based fine art landscape photography workshops.

Legal

The knowledge learnt from the landscape workshops remains the intellectual property and the copyright of David Osborn. The knowledge learnt is for personal use only and cannot be passed on in any way, via any form of media to anyone else, anywhere worldwide. This includes for free or for any commercial profit. Insurance: I am not responsible at all for any damage, loss or personal injury to yourself, belongings, or camera equipment. You need insurance to cover all and any eventualities including those that prevent you from attending the fine art landscape photography workshops. Payment of a fine art landscape photography workshop is an automatic acceptance of these conditions.

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