On Monday we were joined by Mark Helliwell, a semi-professional landscape photographer, living in Macclesfield, on the edge of the Peak District. Mark invited members to look into his head to see the thoughtful and carefully structured approach he has developed to capture award winning and commercially attractive landscape images. His good practice guide was peppered with practical advice that will remain at the front of member’s thoughts as they venture out not only to take images but to scout for vantage points and eye catching compositions, and gather knowledge about the impact on these compositions of the seasons and the rising and setting sun.
Mark is a self confessed ‘planner’ and members were left in no doubt that a structured approach, and a determined, committed and patient attitude are the cornerstone of striking landscape photography. Mark’s good practice notes on identifying a personal style of photography; preparing for landscape shoots; organising workflow in the field; composing and exposing images, using filters, and blending exposures will surely become a much used reference by both established and new members. Mark's notes in pdf form are available here.