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Beside the Seaside

Seaside resorts are full of picture potential. Artificial structures-such as harbor walls, piers, marker posts, seafront arcades, and jetties-add interest to the natural beauty of the sea and sand. In the summer, resorts tend to be crowded with tourists, making them a tricky place to shoot. However, during wintertime, or in bad weather, coastal resorts tend to be quiet, almost deserted and forlorn....

Flower Power

Your brief here is to create a set of stunning flower photographs. Flowers are popular subjects, but are mostly shot in frame-filling close-up. Don't overlook their potential to provide colorful foreground interest in broad vistas. During spring and summer, flowers can be found growing in huge numbers at coastal cliff-tops, in woodlands, or as cultivated crops. ...

Into the Woods

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise! Woodland interiors are full of picture potential, and for this assignment you will need to visit a local wood in pursuit of photos. The appearance of woodland can vary tremendously depending on its age and size, and also the season. Ancient deciduous woodland will typically provide the best photo opportunities....

Stay Local

It's tempting to think that you have to travel a long way to shoot landscapes and that only epic vistas will translate into great shots; that a shot only has value if it has been hard to create and shooting close to home is somehow "cheating:' However, there are great landscapes everywhere, and you shouldn't overlook your local patch, even if it isn't home to snow-capped mountains, glaciers, or vast sand dunes. ...

Return to the Scene

No two photographs are exactly the same. You can stand in the same place, use the same camera set-up, and compose your image identically, but the result will still be different. The landscape is constantly changing. Each season will transform the landscape, while the time of day, light, and weather will dictate the mood. Your brief for this assignment is to photograph the same view at different times for an entire year, to capture how that view changes with each of the four seasons. ...

Find Balance

You will probably already be familiar with the White Balance (WB) button on your camera, but do you know what it actually does? For this assignment, you will learn its role and discover that it is a function you can also use creatively. ...

Shoot Against the Light

A correct exposure is really one that records a scene or subject in the way the photographer intended. Once you have fully mastered exposure, you can then manipulate it creatively. One way to do this is to use exposure to create a silhouette of your subject, by using an extreme form of "contre jour;' or "against the light" photography, with the subject strongly backlit and recorded as a black outline, devoid of color or detail....

Capture Contrasts

This assignment takes us back to one of the building blocks of composition: contrast. The importance of contrast was emphasized by the Bauhaus school of art, design, and architecture. The design instructor Johannes ltten felt that contrast was the basis for composition and he produced a list of contrasts, which included these pairs: ...

Kind of Blue

This assignment is all about capturing the "blue hour" - the period of twilight in the morning and evening when the ambient light takes on a natural blue hue. The cool tones at this time lend an atmosphere of mystery and romance to the scene/ It's probably fair to say that cityscapes look their most attractive at this time. ...

Shoot a Sunset

Who can resist a sunset? It's the day's grand finale, and with the right conditions the rich colours and dramatic lighting combine to create potentially stunning images. Shooting a sunset might sound like a simple assignment. However, there's more to it then simply being in the right place at the right time....

Rise and Shine

The most photogenic light typically occurs at daybreak and sunset, the so-called 'golden hours'. Therefore, if you want to capture quality landscapes that ooze with mood, set your alarm early. During spring and summer, this can require getting up painfully early. However, you will typically find locations are quiet - for example, sandy beaches will be free of footprints and no-one will get in the way of your shots....

Colour Combinations

Most landscape photographers use colours instinctively and to a large extent we are restricted in that we can't really choose colours - we have to shoot what's in front of is. However, there is some room for manoeuvre, in that we are able to frame compositions selectively and can seek out particular colour combinations. It's therefore worth getting to grips with basic colour theory before embarking on this assignment....