Landscape Photography Workshops. Portrait of Landscape Photography Workshop Client Dal Ladymon, USA. David Osborn Photography

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops – Review

Dal Ladymon | Director, NetApp. Dallas, Texas, America.

Why the ‘UK Landscape Photography Workshop’ was my choice?

“In my view, going to the UK provided me with two great benefits. A great opportunity to use David’s vast knowledge; to learn all his digital photography workflow without any distraction, allowing hours of personal tuition learning his concepts and the Photoshop post-production. Time spent on personal tuition – you simply don’t get on a group photography workshop. The UK fine art landscape photography workshops option also allowed for a really wonderful stress-free week away from the pressures of work back home; yet still being able to keep in touch via email and phone for any urgent matters. Waking up in the morning and working from the beautiful cottage set in the green hills and the fresh air of Snowdonia, made a very relaxing – yet instructive week away from work.”

Was the landscape photography workshop hard, was it good value?

“If you are like me, learning Photoshop retouching in a way that I can apply to my own personal creative vision, can be a real challenge. Internet videos and tutorials tell only part of the story and so putting the entire Photoshop retouching workflow together can easily become overwhelming. If you have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop – you will benefit greatly from David’s methodologies. David has a deep knowledge of the subject, is passionate and devoted to making sure that his students understand the complete workflow so that when they leave the workshop, they are able to continue the workflow once back at home. It is an intense workshop that packs a lot into the six days, but is taught in a very easy to follow, step-by-step way and is great value for money.”

Landscape Photography Workshops. Portrait of Landscape Photography Workshop Client Ian Strachan, UK. David Osborn Photography

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops – Review

Ian Strachan | Architect. Dordogne, France.

Why was the ‘Your Home Overseas’ option essential?

“When I first contacted David, I was resident architect on the renovation of a French château in the Loire valley, France, and although I had time off during the day – I really needed to remain on the château worksite – as any renovation of an ancient building throws up surprise questions at any odd time. We planned the photography workshop around the various châteaux in the Loire region. Shoots were planned in advance and David created a structured plan that allowed me to stay in contact with my on-site work but learn the techniques in a logical and meaningful manner. Bringing the photography workshop to me was very unique – but the perfect solution given my work situation.”

How did the workshops free extra portfolio days help?

“I found the free portfolio days a huge bonus. The fine art landscape photography workshop is structured and had very specific goals. On our portfolio shooting days, the pressure to learn a specific technique was lifted, so I could observe how David worked and benefited from a more informal exchange on composition, analysis of light and getting all the basic raw material correct, at the camera stage. David is a very patient tutor, open and generous with all his knowledge. A great tutor and very easy to get on with, making learning both easy and enjoyable. I got as much out of our portfolio shooting days as the fine art landscape photography workshops more formal and structured days. If you really want to learn then David puts in the effort and I reckon the week we spent together was worth a year of self-study.”

Landscape Photography Workshops. Portrait of Landscape Photography Workshop Client Edward Cooley, USA. David Osborn Photography

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops – Review

Edward Cooley | Professional Photographer. Arkansas, America.

Why was the ‘Travel With You’ my best option?

“Choosing to travel to a new destination with David for the fine art landscape photography workshop was the perfect solution; I was able to learn how David approached his fine art photography from inception to completion with personal tuition – BUT on ‘real’ travel locations. A valuable insight into David’s entire approach and returning with some incredible portfolio photographs from Prague, all while learning valuable new techniques such as researching, scouting and planning new locations to photograph. By learning the digital workflow with one-to-one tuition and returning home with great portfolio material, made the ‘Travel With You’ option a perfect investment of my time and money.”

How did the workshop change my photography?

“Even though I had 10 years of experience as a full-time fine art photographer, I gained extremely valuable information and techniques during my workshop with David. The idea of spending 11 days with someone I had never met was a bit of a concern – however David is super personable with an approachable, patient, relaxed style of teaching. David presented revolutionary new ideas. I now utilize his step-by-step digital fine art photography workflow in all my landscape photography work. This has taken my fine art photography and post processing to whole new quality levels and made huge improvements in the aesthetic quality of my photography. The fine art landscape photography workshop completed; I cannot imagine absorbing all the information in less time. I whole heartily recommend both David as a tutor and his fine art photography workshops – totally worth the investment in both time and finances.”

Ed Cooley.

Photography Workshop Customer Reviews. Portrait of Client James Waterbury, GEC, USA. David Osborn Photography

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops – Review

James M. Waterbury | GEC. VP & Senior Counsel, NY, America.

Would I recommend David’s photography workshops?

“I was looking for a digital photography workshop – but with an experienced professional photographer that focused on Photoshop; not just on learning all the tools of the software program, easy to do from online courses, tutorials and videos, but their real-world application to achieve an artistic vision. David’s fine art workshop was exactly what I was hoping for. A methodical, step-by-step approach to creating images – a workflow that provides an analytical framework from which to create unique images. The one-on-one format was invaluable; allowing me to progress at my own pace, returning home with all the notes and images to continue my progress and learning independently.”

What was the cottage like and is it easy to get to?

“The fine art landscape photography workshop was set in a peaceful, comfortable, traditional cottage in Wales, surrounded by beautiful rolling green hills, and sheep, of the Welsh mountains outside the front door. The cottage owners are very welcoming, and the cottage itself, the perfect setting to focus on Photoshop, without distraction, yet the quaint town of Betws-y-coed and the Snowdonia National Park were minutes away providing easy access to food and photography opportunities. The logistics were very easy – David did all the work, picking me up in London and returning a week later. And he brought his desktop computer and 27” screen with him – just like home!”

Photography Workshop Customer Reviews. Portrait of Client Dieter Bruderhoffer, Germany. David Osborn Photography

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops – Review

Dieter Bruderhofer | Garden Design, Constance, Germany.

Is David Osborn a good instructor and easy to get on with?

“The first time I stepped across David Osborn´s work I knew: This is what I want to be able to achieve. An advanced, artistic way to transform my photography into real fine art statements. Since I had almost zero experience using Photoshop, I was apprehensive. David turned out to be an excellent, patient teacher with lots of experience. David has a real desire for you to learn and be successful. His great sense of humor helps; he always keeps you laughing to make the fine art landscape photography workshops fun. You won’t get bored! His photography and Photoshop teaching is very well structured. The benefit is tremendous. Best fine art photography workshop I have done so far!”

I use Lightroom. Can I learn Photoshop in just a week?

“During the one-week workshop at my place in Germany, I learned just how powerful Photoshop can be to convert a good photo into a real piece of fine art photography. Before that I used Adobe Lightroom for all my post-processing, but it always left me with doubt; if I had managed to get the best possible result. David teaches Photoshop in an easy, step-by-step way, just one process at any time. You never feel out of your depth or lost as you slowly work through the complete digital photography workflow – but it is amazing how much you learn in one week. Just call him if you want your fine art landscape photography to reach a higher level!”

Photography Workshop Customer Reviews. Portrait of Client Jerry Park, USA. David Osborn Photography

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops – Review

Jerry Park | Professional Photographer. Nashville, America.

Did the photography workshop change my photography?

“Dramatically. In fact, that’s the operative word – drama. I had been thinking of my work as blah. However, after seeing David’s images on his website, it made the decision to cross the pond for a solution an easy one. Not that I use my new knowledge with every photograph – I don’t – but it’s a great, methodical system to follow for when the scene calls for a dramatic emphasis to take it from just raw potential to actual killer image? Now, I know how to do that, my images are now more refined, professional looking with beautiful rich tones and atmosphere. It’s like my work is revived and reborn. I seriously recommend David’s fine art workshops for all wishing to improve their photography.”

Did this create new opportunities since the workshop?

“A local monthly publication – Nashville Arts Magazine – had held an annual photography contest for many years. It’s been open to both amateurs and professionals alike. I had never been selected as one of the 10 winners – until that is, I submitted my fine art workshop image of the beach huts at Teignmouth in Devon. It made it and generated many comments from friends and strangers alike. David’s techniques give you the “Wow” factor that separates your work from others. I am now working on my third book about the backroads of America and what I have learned from David’s UK fine art landscape photography workshop is playing a radical role in how I’m editing those photographs.”

Jerry Park Photography:

Photography Workshop Customer Reviews. Workshop Photo of Snowdonia, Wales. David Osborn Photography

Workshop Photograph by Werner Kirsch, Germany

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops – Review

Werner Kirsch | Photographer. Cologne, Germany.

Snowdonia, UK Landscape Photography Workshops Review

Now that I finished my 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 the next two or three hours. After that then the task was editing the photographs with Photoshop, then in the evening light, out again in the really breath-taking scenes of Wales. David has not spared me! – To remind – I was his only student on the landscape photography workshop – but I have learned a lot from David’s fine art landscape photography workshop in the Snowdonia National Park, Wales.

Working like a painter

David’s photographs give the impression of paintings – and indeed he is working like a painter! The image files out of the camera are just raw material for him; from which he carves out – by means of Photoshop – the final photograph 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 try to get the image optimization with just a few large steps. Adobe Lightroom functions with sliders and auto-optimizations are a kind of barbarism to David. Instead he uses the mouse almost like a painter, using his brush with wide and soft strokes to give more vividness to parts of the picture, brightens or darkens areas, elaborates the shadow and highlight definition and so much more. Despite all the detail work you must not lose sight of the whole picture. You should make up your mind preferably at the beginning – or even before taking the photograph – which is the main part, and which are the additional parts of the photograph. How can I guide the view of the spectator, for example, by means of lightening or darkening areas of the photograph?

David’s fine art workshops are very well structured. First, he tries to get an impression about the client’s photographic skills and where are their difficulties or weak areas. The fine art landscape photography workshop starts with taking the photograph of course; that means making up your mind about the images composition, followed by placing your camera on a tripod and deciding if you can get your photograph with one exposure or it needs a bracketed series of exposures, and then taking an image every time something special happens: e.g. an interesting sky, a sheep in the foreground, sunbeams or spots of light on the scene. But you must be patient: It could take a few hours to gather enough exposures to combine them into the fine art photograph you imagine and want to create afterwards.

Getting more detail in your picture

After getting back to the cottage we started working with Adobe Photoshop. One of the first surprises for me was the fine resolution I can get out of my camera – the Nikon D 800 with about 36 megapixels. Sharpening techniques are the key – not just in one step but rather in several well combined steps to get a clean result. Certainly, I already knew a lot about the sharpening techniques. There are thousands of tricks – each of them the ultimate one of course! However, in comparison to David’s particular methods 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 photographs with Photoshop. First, he explains every step of his process using an example. Then you do all 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 photographs with an astonishing result. I’d like to present one of the photographs I had worked on together with David’s help in more detail above: taken at Rhaedr Ogwen, Ogwen waterfall, with a view at the Nant Ffrancon valley during a foggy evening.

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 so many of the photography books promise. Instead David puts all the focus on teaching several techniques for improving the entire photograph 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. Again, to compare it with painting once more: The camera and Photoshop are like the painter’s brushes, paints and canvas – but just using tools; brushes, paints and the canvas does not mean painting like Rembrandt or Picasso! That requires a repertoire of techniques, competence and visionary power – aesthetic quality that David also teaches as an important part of the fine art landscape photography workshops.

Photos far more than a short glimpse

This kind of methodical 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 viewer for more than a short glimpse. In that way David’s method are a challenge for an ambitious photographer to put more effort and creativity into their fine art landscape photography. The rewards are fine art landscape photographs you can be proud of. A few words about the accommodation and the environment: My wife and I have seen a lot of locations throughout 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 cozy and very comfortable in a really quiet location with spectacular views, just the right environment for creative working. The cottage owners Cathy and Paul are living nearby and are exceedingly friendly and helpful. To sum up the workshop, David’s fine art landscape photography workshop was an experience for me. Strenuous sometimes, but all enormously instructive and with a long-lasting effect on my photographic work.

Customer Review by Werner Kirsch, Cologne, Germany.

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