Landscape Photography

Are you sometimes disappointed with your landscape photos? Do your images fail to capture the feel and beauty of the scene as you remember it? This class will teach you the basic techniques for improving your landscape photography including composition rules, when to get the best light and which filters and other equipment to use.

The day will be a mixture of class based presentations and practical work outdoors, in a woodland setting, putting the theory into practice. Your tutor, Vanessa Lees is keen to pass on her enthusiasm and to help you develop your eye while inspiring you to reach new creative heights in your image-making.


  • The Basic composition rules for landscape photography
  • Quality and direction of light
  • Camera settings for landscapes
  • How to use polarising and graduated filters


We will start off in the classroom looking at composition rules, camera settings and tips for getting the best out of your photographs before venturing outdoors. The tutor will take you on a walk through the woods where we will look for the best vantage points to capture stunning woodland scenes and be on hand to answer your questions, offer advice and discuss your images with you throughout the day. At the end of the day you’ll return to the classroom to review and discuss your images as a group.


  • All cameras welcome but a DSLR, Bridge or mirrorless camera that lets you set shutter speed and aperture will be advantageous.
  • Fully charged battery and a spare if you have one
  • A blank memory card
  •  Your camera manual – if you can find it!
  • A tripod
  • A circular polarising filter if you have one.
  •  A medium or large ziplock bag and an elastic band
  •  Suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day. We will be outdoors for at least 3 hours.

Optional Equipment:

  • A spare memory card
  • Neutral Density filter
  • Shutter release cable / remote shutter release.
  • Wide angle lens or any addition lens you want to try out on the day
  • Black bin bag/kneeling mat

Tutor Profile – Vanessa Lees

After many years of working as an IT and Business professional, I decided to follow my passion and retrain as a professional photographer, gaining a first class BA(Hons) degree in Photography from the University of West London in June 2015. I had been a photographer, in my spare time, for many years but I wanted a more formal qualification and an opportunity to be in an environment which would enable and encourage me to be more experimental and creative in my work.

Although portraiture and event photography is one of my specialist areas, fortunately I have been able to marry up my passion for photography with my obsession for travel and exploring the world. Travel photography has become an increasing part of my work and I undertake several trips a year to work on landscapes, travel portraits and personal projects.

I also teach photography to adults and children, either on a 1-1 basis or in groups. I really enjoy teaching and seeing people develop their skills and confidence. I’m very enthusiastic about my craft and encourage my classes to break the rules and get more creative in their work.

How to Apply

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Key Information

Start date:

28th September 2019 at 10:00am


members £55, non-members £67


Surrey Wildlife Trust




Workshop & Practical Skills


Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, United Kingdom

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