Digital Photography - The Digital SLR Camera - Landscape (Yorkshire)

Course Information

  • Course Code: EC111
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Price: £99.00
  • Start Date: 01-Aug-19
  • Days: SAT
  • Times: 10:00-18:00
  • Delivery Type: PT

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The course is suitable for those who own a digital SLR camera and would like to learn about the many ways of creating effective landscape photographs. Additionally this course would be suitable for employers looking to train staff in the use of DSLR cameras, where such knowledge may be beneficial to their business or organisation. 


This course should be seen as a progression from the ‘DSLR – Beginners’ course also offered by Blackburn College.


Students will learn about their camera and how best to use it to create landscape images.  The student will learn how to use DSLR camera techniques and supplementary equipment and environments to create a variety of landscape imagery. 


About the Tutor – Matthew Savage:

Matthew has been practising photography since the age of seventeen, and now in his early twenties he’s primarily working in the fields of landscape and astrophotography.  As a child, he was lucky enough to travel around Europe frequently with his family.  His nostalgia for this time evokes a feeling of wanderlust that cannot be shaken. The desire to travel further has taken him to Norway, Iceland, Morocco, Cape Town, Europe, South-East Asia and more in recent years.  He has also invested time into places much closer to home. 


Over the years he has had publications with Ribble Valley Live, Lancashire Life, Forest of Bowland and Yorkshire Dales.  In addition, with his night’s sky photographs of North England, he has helped gain recognition for ‘Dark Sky Discovery Sites’ across both Lancashire and Yorkshire.


His love of photography is a pure desire to share the moments he finds beautiful, allowing his experiences to become pieces of art that others may also enjoy, fragments in time which otherwise would slip away in the blink of an eye, allowed to live on through the medium of photography.


To see some of Matthew’s work, visit

What will I study?

A series of taught location photography sessions will challenge the student to engage with digital technology whilst at the same time allowing them to explore how to create an effective landscape photograph.  The tutor will review the developing photographs and advice will be offered on how to further improve the images throughout the day.


Course Content:

  • Composing landscape photography
  • Variety of subjects within the scene to photograph
  • Effective camera controls and techniques such as focusing and exposure control for making striking landscape photographs
  • Recommended supplementary equipment
  • Advice on post-production techniques


During the first part of the course you will learn how to take control of your camera and how to adjust the lens aperture, the shutter speed and the ISO to achieve effective exposures.  You will also learn about creative focusing techniques and how to control the ‘depth of field’.  The histogram is a valuable way of understanding the brightness range in your photograph; you will see how easy it is to use this tool to make better exposures.


You will be taught how to set-up your camera to achieve better quality images, especially for printing and how RAW format may be preferable to JPEG particularly in processing an image via a suitable piece of software.  Controlling white balance within your photographs is important for practical and creative purposes and you will see how this can be done.


You will enjoy practicing these lessons when out in the landscape and through the analysis of your photographs as they are made, you will learn how to place the elements within your image to create balanced compositions and we’ll help you to realise how important a tripod and filters can be in creating exciting images!


Please find below full course itinerary which will give you more information about the workshop activities.



10.00am          Friendly meet over tea/coffee with brief introduction to workshop (The Lister Arms, Malham, BD23 4DB)


10.30am          Walk to Malham Cove & Limestone Pavements. DSLR settings, correct equipment use & composition will be discussed.


1.00pm            Short drive to Janet’s Foss Waterfall (Gordale Lane, BD23 4DL).  How to create ‘milky water’ effect and focusing on smaller details within a landscape.


2.30pm            Return to The Lister Arms for lunch. Opportunity for group discussion, review of photographs captured and questions to be asked.


3.30pm            Drive to Ribblehead Viaduct (Blea Moor Rd, Carnforth, LA6 3AS).  How to photograph sunset and creating dramatic landscapes using featured subjects.


5.30-6.00pm    Course concludes with time for questions and advice on post-production of photographs.


This one day course will include:

  • Tuition/seminars
  • Photography critique and discussion
  • ‘In the field’ experience with a professional landscape photographer
  • Meal at The Lister Arms in Malham (drinks not included)
  • Visiting some of the most iconic locations across Yorkshire
  • Blackburn College Certificate of Attendance


Photographic locations:

  • Malham Cove & Limestone Pavement
  • Janet’s Foss Waterfall
  • Ribblehead Viaduct
Entry Requirements

Required Equipment (Students MUST bring their own):

  • DSLR Camera with wide lens (35mm and wider)
  • Tripod
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Appropriate clothing (Warm, waterproof coat and gloves)


You should have a reasonable level of fitness to take part in this course. You need to be comfortable carrying your camera equipment and a tripod whilst walking up to two miles on uneven ground with a certain amount being uphill.


Please note:


  • Many of the external courses involve walking or other physical exercise, often carrying camera equipment. It is the responsibility of the client BEFORE THE COURSE DAY to enquire on the degree of physical exertion required. It is assumed that by the client joining the course on the day that they accept responsibility for and are capable of the required exertion.


  • Clients with special needs or requirements MUST advise us BEFORE the event so that appropriate measures can be taken and the tutor can confirm whether he feels that the course is suitable for the student.


  • Students are totally responsible for the safety of their camera or all other equipment brought to the course by them. No claims for loss or damage, however caused, will be entertained by the College.  Students should ensure that their camera bags etc. are weatherproof.


  • Whilst on some outdoor courses it may be necessary to decant indoors in the case of sudden bad weather, if an outdoor course has to be curtailed due to inclement weather after the course has begun, no refunds on the course will be available. We will however look to re-schedule the course to another date.   We will of course keep an eye on the weather beforehand and should it look as though there will be an issue delivering the course due to the weather, we will endeavour to reschedule before the course start date.


  • Please note that drinks at lunch time at Lister Arms and extra drinks/meals other than stated above will be the attendee’s responsibility.
How will I be assessed?
What can I do next?

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