• LEARNING

    What we work on during my Workshops

I have been very happy about this Workshop that went a bit out of the classic “street” philosophy associated with Leica, Vieri showed us that with these exceptional cameras you can create also different images.

Matteo Braschi, Cinque Terre 2017

LEARNING

COMPOSITION

Mastering composition is the first pillar of a successful photograph. During my Workshops, we’ll work on the spatial relationship between different elements in the frame, on near-far compositions, on the compositional effects of changing shooting point, of using different focal lengths, of choosing different shutter speeds and different diaphragms, and more. Together, we’ll learn how to master the composition of a great image organizing the available elements of a scene in the best possible way.

Canyonlands (USA, 2016)
Dorset's Jurassic Coast (England, 2017)
Neist Point (Scotland, 2017)

USE OF LIGHT

Mastering the light is the second pillar of a successful photograph. Together, we’ll work on how to put the most different light conditions to the best possible use. From the golden hour to the blue hour, from a stormy sky to a completely clear one, we’ll learn how to use available light to express different moods and to enhance the expressivity of different subjects.

Mesquite Dunes (Death Valley, USA, 2017)

POST-PROCESSING

Post-processing is the third pillar on which a great photograph stands. Even the most wonderfully composed photograph, taken in the best of light, needs masterful post-processing to express its full potential. Not to mention that even the most wonderfully composed photograph, taken in the best of light, can be completely ruined by bad post-processing. Post-processing, sadly, is too often neglected and it is impossible to work on it properly in large groups Workshops. Thanks to my Workshops’ small group size (3 participants or One-on-One), during our daily post-processing sessions we’ll work together in-depth on digital development to realise all the potential hidden in your photographs, learning how to master both colour and black and white.

USE OF FILTERS

A fundamental tool for landscape photography, filters are extremely useful to control and balance the light, to enhance colours and increase their saturation, as well as to control shutter speed. Together, we’ll learn how to choose the most useful filters and how to use them for maximum effect – and if you don’t have your personal filter kit yet, don’t worry: I always bring with me an extra full kit of filters for you to experiment with.

IMAGE RATIO

The world doesn’t always fit into 3:2 or 4:3, the two most common image ratios available on today’s cameras: a photograph can be made much stronger by choosing the image ratio that best suits a particular landscape. During my Workshops, we’ll learn how to choose the best image ratio for your photographs and why.

THE WEATHER

Successful landscape photography depends in large part on the ability to read the weather. During my Workshops, we’ll learn how to read the light, how to understand the tides and the winds, how to use the clouds’ movement, and how to put all these information at the service of your photography.

LONG EXPOSURES

Long exposures, when used appropriately and with measure, are a wonderful tool to express emotions with landscape photography. Long exposures allow you to show the passing of time, to portray movement, and are an extremely useful compositional tool as well. Together, we’ll explore all the potential of long exposures in the field, learning how to master their amazing possibilities.

Dorset's Jurassic Coast (England, 2017)
Sligachan (Scotland, 2015)
Badwater (Death Valley, USA, 2017)
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