Landscape Photography - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Field trip: Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Whether you are an experienced photographer or just getting started, the amazing landscape photographs you see have all got a few things in common. The reality of landscape photography is that not only are you reliant on your own ability and skill of seeing and composing an image, but also on Mother Nature. But regardless of whatever weather you encounter, there are countless opportunities to be able to capture spectacular landscape photographs.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Seattle Program Center, Goodman A
9:00 AM

Expect the class to end around 2:00 PM

After a 2 hour lecture, we will walk around Magnuson to practice some of the techniques we discussed in class.

Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • how to scout for the best locations
  • learn to be patient, use the best light
  • why a tripod is important
  • maximize your depth of field
  • think about composition and look for focal points
  • think about foregrounds
  • consider the sky and horizons
  • leading lines
  • working with weather
  • using neutral density and polarizing filters
  • using your camera's histogram
  • why you should shoot in RAW format

As part of the workshop, depending on weather, the instructor may take the students around Magnuson Park to practice after the classroom segment. There may also be an optional field trip scheduled.

There will be an optional photo critique on March 26, 2018, 7pm at the Seattle Program Center, so go out and shoot some landscape photos!


Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment


Option: tripod, neutral density & polarizing filters

Walking shoes and comfortable clothes.

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