Creative composition – Improving your ways of seeing


Many photographers master the technical aspects of their camera gear but still admit to struggling with the essence of ‘seeing the shot’. Join Chris Upton for the day and learn how a renowned travel and landscape photographer judges a scene and sets up for best results. He will cover viewpoint, perspective, lens choice, depth of field considerations and the ‘critical timing’ in a class session before heading out for shooting in the field.

Subject matter for this will day will be Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, which gives us a mixture of formal architecture with the Elizabethan house, a mature parkland landscape, wildlife and lakeside views to hone our skills with. Return to the classroom base at the The University of Nottingham at the end of the afternoon for image evaluation, ensuring you go home with feedback on the work you’ve created on the day too.

Why not treat this is a partner to our ‘Gardens & Flower Photography’ itinerary in July?

What your day includes

  • A class based illustrated tutorial covering 20 ways to improve your images, designed to get you going
  • Use of filters to control exposure, for stylised shooting and to enhance images in the field
  • Guidance through a scene on location, with ‘where’ to find the best image opportunities
  • An opportunity to have your images from the shoot evaluated before you leave the day

This course will best suit those who feel confident working with their camera gear technically, but who want to feel more fluid with their image construction. If you need help with camera controls, please see our stage 1 and stage 2 courses.

Course Dates 2018

Friday 25th May 2018 – Derby Hall, University of Nottingham

Friday 12th Oct 2018 – Derby Hall, University of Nottingham

Course Tutors

Chris Uptonf

Course Times

10:00am – 4.30pm. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Refreshments are provided at the start and end of the day, however you will need a packed lunch as our shooting itinerary des not take us close to cafe facilities.