Photography Workshop: Simon Stafford’s Landscape Photography Seminar

Simon Stafford’s Landscape Photography Seminar

Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 6DX

Saturday, May 26th 2012

2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Mountain Landscape Photography

Regardless of whether the location is round the corner from your own front door, or to be found in some foreign land on the other side of the planet, landscape is one of the most accessible and thus popular subjects for photographers. For many photographers landscape photography combines two of their strongest passions, taking pictures and being in the great outdoors, which makes it one of the most popular genres of the medium.

Follow Simon as he leads you through an inspirational, educational and entertaining seminar that has been prepared to help you achieve a dramatic improvement to the quality of your landscape pictures. Simon will share his in-depth knowledge and 30 years of photographic experience so that you can achieve professional looking results. Starting with his advice on the critically important steps of planning and preparing for a shoot, he will lead you through the essential equipment choices, provide hints and tips on honing your camera technique, demonstrate how creative thinking will make your pictures stand out, plus discuss how to enhance your images once you have captured them with your camera.

Waterfall Landscape Photography


The cost of the training session will be £155, with a special price of £95 if you are a subscriber to Nikon Owner magazine; if you are not currently a subscriber, you are welcome to join or re-join at the same time as booking this seminar in order to receive a £60 discount. The price includes mid-afternoon refreshments. There is a limited number of places, imposed strictly to ensure everyone attending fully benefits from the seminar. To reserve a place please email your full name, Nikon Owner user-name if available and daytime telephone number to Gillian Greenwood: gillian.greenwood@graysofwestminster.co.uk

It is vital that you send an email rather than telephone and due to the very limited number of places available please reply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. (Please note attendance of one of Simon’s previous seminars is not a prerequisite of this training session.)


Session 1

Spending some time to make sure you and your equipment are ready before venturing out into the great outdoors is essential if you want to make the most of your landscape photography. In this session you will learn how to:

Planning and preparation

  • Scouting locations
  • Researching the fundamentals: times, tides, and weather forecasts
  • Preparing and organizing your equipment
  • Taking care: making sure you and your equipment can cope

Equipment Essentials

  • Tripods: supporting the camera properly
  • Lenses: choosing and using different lens types
  • Filters: the essential filters and how to use them effectively
  • Accessories: using the small accessories that make a big difference

Session 2

Natural light is extremely fickle, with the most magical conditions often lasting no more than a few fleeting moments. The patience and perseverance spent on waiting for such light will have be wasted if your photographic technique lets you down. Proficient operation of your camera, combined with some creative thinking will ensure you capture such memorable moments. In this session you will learn how to:

Camera Technique

  • Focusing
  • Exposure modes
  • ISO sensitivity
  • Optimizing white balance and Nikon Picture Controls
  • Control and use of lens aperture and shutter speed
  • Maximizing image sharpness
  • Image review and histograms

Creative Thinking

  • First steps on location
  • Composition: tips and techniques
  • Working the light
  • Shooting the seasons and climatic conditions

Session 3

Back at Base Camp

Investing the time and effort to access a location and then capture a beautiful landscape picture is not the end of the photographic process. Once your images are committed to a memory card there is more work to do to make the most of your endeavours! In this session you will learn about:

  • RAW processing options
  • Editing and filing pictures
  • Basic image corrections
  • An overview of using plug-ins and specialized software

Delegates’ Comments from previous training sessions:

“I found the session extremely useful – possibly the best ever – and excellent value! I would certainly recommend it to friends and colleagues.” MA

“Where Simon scores for me is not so much in the area of ‘how-to’ but in the ‘why’ things operate in the way they do… in short a seriously excellent day.” JB

“I very much enjoyed the seminar and your professionalism and depth of knowledge.” WW

About Nikon Owner


Standard Annual Subscription – current price £59 (shortly to increase in price)

  • 1-year Subscription to Nikon Owner + 3-yr warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • Nikon Owner magazine, a superb, glossy full-colour 60-page quarterly magazine that is 100% Nikon. Each issue delivers benchmark technical reviews of the very latest Nikon equipment, thought-provoking interviews and articles with world-class images
  • Private user-name and password to subscribers-only website
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 18-month warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • 10% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Discounts on events and training sessions
  • 10% off any training courses run by Nikon UK

Gold Subscription – special price £349 (normal price £450)

  • 4-year subscription to Nikon Owner
  • 5-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • 2-year warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • Gold Priority waiting list for all new Nikon releases (top of the waiting list)
  • A half-hour tutorial on the phone or face to face, by appointment
  • Special offers to Gold subscribers throughout the period of subscription
  • A signed copy of Heather Angel’s Wild Kew while stocks last.
  • A Grays of Westminster umbrella (in store only) or a Simon Stafford Nikon Magic Lantern Guide of your choice
  • Nikon Owner quarterly magazine as above
  • Private user-name and password to subscribers-only website which includes forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events’ page and use of a photo gallery
  • Gold subscription card
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 15% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster (this month only)
  • Special trips and events
  • Substantial discounts on training sessions organised by Grays of Westminster, including Mike Maloney’s Workshops , Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops, Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture and Macro
  • Training Sessions, Michael Eleftheriades’ panoramic and colour-calibration seminars and Chris Weston’s Photographic Courses
    10% off any training courses run by Nikon UK



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