Les Walkling | On Landscape Photography Masterclass | 11/12 November 2017 (7 places)

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(Image: Les Walkling, Lord Howe, 2013, pigment print, 1500mm x 1520mm)

Dr Les Walkling
On Landscape Photography

Masterclass | Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 November 2017

Les Walkling's Masterclass On Landscape Photography is a rare opportunity to receive specialist instruction from one of Australia's leading landscape photographers and most prominent photographic educators. The Master Class also coincides with the National Library of Australia’s Peter Dombrovskis exhibition and accompanying publication ‘The Photography of Peter Dombrovskis: Journeys into the Wild’. Les spent ten months in the preparation and restoration of over 200 of Peter’s images for the NLA publication and exhibition, and his preparation, editing and printing of Peter’s work along with an analysis of Peter’s camera craft and technique will be a unique workshop highlight.

We are now calling for expressions of interest in this Masterclass

This two-day Masterclass explores contemporary landscape photographic practice from three perspectives:

  • Pre and post capture equipment and technique
  • Field work, workflow, and style
  • History, critique, and review

Various contemporary approaches to landscape photography are engaged, from the representational to the picturesque, including mythical landscapes, poetic landscapes, politicised landscapes, commercial landscapes, and manufactured or altered landscapes. The overall aim is to ensure the individual is expertly informed, and to dramatically improve their practice, especially their technique, process, presentation and analysis. Specific topics include:

Working in the field:

  • Seeing the light - feeling the moment
  • Perspective and where to stand
  • Measuring and evaluating light and dynamic range
  • Water proofing cameras and cleaning lenses and sensors
  • Setting up a pano-head and capturing multiple images
  • Focus and exposure stacking techniques

What is in the camera bag:

  • Lens selection and perspective control
  • Sensor format - medium vs full frame 35mm

  • Weight and portability
  • Tripods - testing stability, ball heads vs geared heads
  • Filters - pre production vs post production
  • Panorama equipment - GigaPan vs Really Right Stuff

Landscape into Art:

  • A brief history of Land represented as Landscape
  • Pictorial design - how pictures function
  • Cultural design - how pictures think
  • Photographing Things
  • Photographing Feelings
  • Artist statements and contextual essays

Processing and editing:

  • Backing up, cataloguing and processing in the field
  • Focus Stacking - controlling depth of field
  • Exposure Stacking - controlling dynamic range
  • Compositing images and how to drop-in skies
  • Luminosity selections, highlight bump masks, shadow luminosity masks
  • Increasing presence, depth and dimensionality

This two-day Masterclass will run from 9.30am to 4.45pm each day, and includes generous breaks for individual questions and answers. The workshop is presented through discussion, demonstration, critical analysis, case studies and practical applications. There is also an online resource page including course notes, videos, images and test files.

What to bring?
Participants are encouraged to bring their own camera equipment, as well as image files and/or prints. A laptop computer is not required. Please note that lunch is not provided.

About Dr Les Walkling
Les Walkling is a renowned artist, educator and art consultant. Les has been teaching specialised workshops since 1977, and held teaching and research positions at Melbourne’s RMIT University for seventeen years. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers for his services to photography. As an artist, he has exhibited in institutions in Australia and the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia. In recent years, his practice has focused on collaborative projects with artists such as Polexini Papapetrou and Bill Henson.

$530 (for current PhotoAccess members)
$565 (including 12 months membership of PhotoAccess)

Maximum class size of 12 (7 places available)
Book soon to secure a place.

Who is this workshop for? Confident intermediate and advanced photographers. Completion of Camera Skills Intermediate (or equivalent experience) is highly recommended. Contact us for further guidance on whether this Masterclass is right for you.