Notes on Landscape Photography : Rod Trenchard

Rod Trenchard Workshop – Landscape Photography
Planning
• Know your location
• Take a day trip to study it or use apps like Google Earth
Learn How to Read the Weather
• Satellite images
• Phone Apps which show weather, storm and lightning activity etc
• Local knowledge
• Golden Hour – the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset
• Blue Hour – the our before sunrise and the hour after sunset
• Look out for approaching or receding weather cells where the light can break the clouds at the
horizon – get out in wild weather conditions for great photos
Rod recommends ultra wide angle lenses for landscape photography Full frame 14-17mm
Cropped frame 10mm
To get a well-focused image he stacks photos – starts with focus on the horizon and then brings
focus ring in shooting a number of sequential frames with focal points coming nearer. He then
blends the images in Photoshop.
Safety Gear
• Coat
• Non slip shoes or gumboots
• Headlamp (preferably with red light option) and spare batteries
• Water
• Insect Spray
Camera Gear
• Manual Camera
• Wide angle lens
• Solid tripod
• Filters – polarizer is most essential as all other filters can be applied in photoshop or
lightroom. Rod prefers to expose for the light and shadow and then merge in photoshop
Location
• Arrive EARLY to location
• Find your composition
• Look through the lens at different heights – Rod prefers to get down very low to dramatise
foreground and create extra depth in his images
• Look in all directions
Basic Composition
• Front lit (photographing in the direction of light) gives highest contrast
• Side lit highlights shadows and gives dimensionality
• Backlit – Rod usually avoids backlighting, but it has benefits such as a wider dynamic range and
is good for rainbows
• Rule of thirds
• Reflections – reflection line in centre of image usually works best
• Oversized foreground – get down low
• Leading lines – be creative, look for them in roots, nature not just jetties, roads and rail
tracks
• X-Factor – the image forms an x and creates triangles
• Balance – not one object as focus. For example if the focus is a rocky outcrop, balance it with a
clump of grass
Exposure Settings
• In manual mode – choose main setting – either shutterspeed, aperture or ISO and balance other two
to get correct exposure
Camera Settings
• Raw
• Manual
• Live View
• Mirror Locked up
• Cable/ Remote shutter release
• Focus 1/3 of the way in but check Depth of Field
• Watch Dynamic Range – Bracket or use graduated ND filters
Things to look for
• Colour
• Movement – Ocean, Rapids, Traffic, People
• Atmosphere – fog, mist
• LIGHT!!!!
How to get better
• Read Books
• Do workshops
• Look at and study other photographer’s work
• Shoot as much as possible