Last Week’s Meeting – ‘Developing Landscape Photography’ with Andy Latham

Saltwick Bay © Andy Latham

Saltwick Bay © Andy Latham

Our Press Officer, Syd Cumbus writes a regular piece for the Lancaster Guardian’s social scene column and we’re pleased to be able to offer these recaps on the website too.

Sally Anderson, President of the Society introduced Andy Latham from Bolton who presented a lecture entitled ‘Developing Landscape Photography’ Andy had developed his skills and techniques after winning the 2004 Practical Photographer magazine first prize and declared Practical Photographer of the Year. He is also an author with his first book published in 2010 – ‘Landscapes of the Ribble’ For his work he used a Mamiya 6 x 7 camera and Fuji Velvia film.

Andy is also a regular contributor to Outdoor Photography magazine. The presentation was mostly of landscapes in Lancashire, Yorkshire Dales and Scotland

The talk was divided into sections:-

  • Appreciation of Light – which included helpful tips such as ‘Don’t try to get too much into one photograph’ and observing the rules of beauty, simplicity and mystery to create a winning image.
  • Composition – with many examples of woodland scenes taken in different seasons. Andy had a love of limestone in his landscapes pictures and often used the natural formations of the rock to act as a lead in for the eye to a distant landscape.
  • Critique – a section where landscape images were projected and the audience allowed to comment.
  • General advice – Get to know a location thoroughly so that you can return in different seasons and lighting conditions. Develop an affinity for your own local area.
  • Projects – Always have a project, this provides an incentive to go out in poor weather and gather images.

The final sequence illustrated Andy’s own projects of landscapes around his Bolton home. He showed projected images of Winter Hill, Woodland Pools with tree canopies.

Mike Atkinson proposed the vote of thanks for a most interesting and informative evening.