On Landscape Photography

LW_Shark_Bay_2616_550pxLes Walkling: Shark Bay 2616, Inkjet Pigment Print, 1324mm x 1324mm, 2013

This two day Master Class explores contemporary landscape photographic practice from three perspectives: • Pre and post capture equipment and technique • Field work, workflow, and publication/exhibition • History, critique, evaluation and review.

PhotoAccess (Canberra)
•  14-15 October 2017
•  11-12 November 2017

The Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne)
•  09-10 December 2017

Various approaches to landscape photography are engaged, from the representational to the picturesque, including mythical landscapes, poetic landscapes, politicised landscapes, and manufactured or altered landscapes. The Master Class also coincides with the National Library of Australia’s Peter Dombrovskis exhibition and accompanying publication ‘The Photography of Peter Dombrovskis: Journeys into the Wild’. Les spent ten months in the preparation and restoration of over 200 of Peter’s images for the NLA publication and exhibition, and his preparation, editing and printing of Peter’s work along with an analysis of Peter’s camera craft and technique will be a unique workshop highlight. Specific topics include:

The Art of Peter Dombrovskis:
Seeing the light – feeling the moment
Equipment and technique
Photographing beliefs and commitments
Artist statements
Exhibition design and strategy

Working in the field:
Lens selection and perspective control
Tripods and stability – ball heads vs geared heads
Measuring and evaluating light and dynamic range
Setting up a pano-head and capturing multiple images
Focus stacking – controlling depth of field
Exposure stacking – controlling dynamic range

Processing and editing:
Backing up, cataloguing and processing in the field
Increasing presence, depth and dimensionality
Luminosity selections, highlight bump masks, shadow luminosity masks
Processing focus, exposure, and panorama stacks
Compositing images and how to drop-in skies
Pre Press – file preparation and separation for publication

Exhibition printing and presentation:
Fine art paper selection – matte/lustre, warm/cool, smooth/textured
Printer and monitor colour management – the essentials
Soft proofing vs hard proofing
Print scale and aspect ratios
Adapting images for matte surfaced papers
Print lighting, viewing and evaluation

This Masterclass runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm on both days, and includes generous breaks for individual consultation. The workshop is presented through discussion, demonstration and critical analysis, with the National Library of Australia’s Peter Dombrovskis exhibition, publication and prints as its major case study.

There is also a workshop resource website with course notes, videos, and test files.

What to bring?
Please bring along any equipment, files and/or prints if you are having specific issues with any area of your workflow, from capture to processing, editing, and printing. While this is certainly not a workshop requirement, do feel free to bring along anything that you think might be helpful.

About Dr Les Walkling
Les Walkling is a renowned artist, educator and art consultant. Les has been teaching specialised workshops since 1977, and was the Program Director of Media Arts (1993 – 2005) and a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Art (2006-2010) at RMIT University. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and also serves on museum boards/committees of management and cultural and technical advisory groups. As an artist, his work is exhibited and represented in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, and the National Gallery of Australia. In recent years his practice has expanded to include major collaborative projects with other artists including Peter Kennedy, Polixeni Papapetrou, Tony Hewitt, Peter Eastway, Christian Fletcher, and Bill Henson.


PhotoAccess (Canberra)
Manuka Arts Centre,
Cnr Manuka Circle & NSW Crescent, Griffith, ACT
Email Enquiry or phone PhotoAccess on 02 6295 7810

Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne)
404 George Street, Fitzroy, VIC
CCP Online Shop, or Email Enquiry, or phone the CCP on 03 9417 1549