Capturing the beauty of the natural world is a passion for many, but turning it into a career begins with a landscape photography course.
Study the art and method of professional landscape photography to inspire a career or to pursue your passion as a hobby photographer.
Our Certificate of Landscape Photography is an online professional development course that will help you explore and develop your creativity! Learn how to use lighting, filters, equipment, camera settings and digital technology to develop your own photographic style and create stunning landscape photography.
You will also discover how to photograph in natural settings, from tropical rainforests to snow-capped mountains and deserts, and city and streetscapes, including historic buildings and modern architecture.
Outcomes achieved by undertaking landscape photography course include:
- Review of the basics of landscape photography.
- Building a resource file.
- Applying principles of landscape photography to evaluate published photos.
- Choosing equipment and materials appropriate to specified needs.
- Using filters to create different effects.
- Dealing with a range of problems found in natural areas, including uneven light, shade, glare, etc.
- Photographing buildings and streetscapes.
- The characteristics of water and its effect on photography.
- Selecting and composing a photograph to create the predetermined effect.
- Create a folio of landscape photographs.
- Identify and explain the equipment and materials used for landscape photography.
- Create different effects photographing the same landscape.
- Compose a well-balanced photo.
- Utilise form to create a three-dimensional effect.
- Develop your own photographic style.
5 Famous Landscape Photographers of Australia
If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, look no further than these successful Australian landscape photographers.
Born in Melbourne, Peter has been capturing the beauty of landscapes both in Australia and throughout the world almost his whole life. It all began at eight years old, when Peter took a photograph of a spider web in the family’s garden with his Brownie Kodak camera, which was a gift from his parents. Since then, he’s established himself as one of the world’s most celebrated fine art photographers.
Ken Duncan OAM is a world leader in landscape and wildlife photography. He is regarded as one of Australia’s most acclaimed landscape photographers, gaining prominence for pioneering work with panoramic landscapes and limited-edition photographic prints.
Julie is an enthusiastic Australian landscape photographer who loves the challenge of capturing wildlife. She’s passionate about teaching and inspiring the next generation of photographers – especially women. Julie’s work is featured in many national and international publications. She’s also a proud recipient of over 50 awards.
“My passion for photography centres on my love for Australian adventure and the great outdoors. I’m always in search of new and unique locations, avoiding cliché where possible and travelling to remote parts of Australia to capture the fresh and unique landscape and nature images.”
Mark Gray is a leading international panoramic photographer based in Australia. He specialises in panoramic fine art landscapes of Australia and the world. He’s entirely self-taught and has a growing list of 260 international awards. Many of Mark’s works sell for up to $44,000 and are collected in 32 countries worldwide.
“For me, my camera is simply a tool which allows me to capture the breathtaking artwork of the master painter – so that all can see beyond any doubt that heaven exists…”
Luke Tscharke (“Sharkey”)
An Australian landscape and nature photography, Luke is a recipient of many photography awards and is a regular contributor to Australian Geographic and Australian Photography magazines.
“I’ve been fascinated by the natural environment ever since I was a child, and have been able to merge this interest with a love of bushwalking to photograph some of Australia’s most stunning and wild natural environments. My favourite place to photograph is Tasmania where I’ve explored …. the World Heritage Listed wilderness.”
How to Work as a Landscape Photographer
As your portfolio expands, your chance of being employed or commissioned for your photography grows. Whether your portfolio consists of paid pieces or works you’ve created for yourself – every bit helps. As long as your portfolio demonstrates past success and talent, you have a sales tool that will help build your career or business.
An online landscape photography course will help you get started, but it’s just the beginning of the journey to becoming a professional. You’ll need to get experience and exposure to hone your skill and market yourself, and there are many ways to achieve this as a beginner.
Get experience, even if it is unpaid
Your photographs are your passion so why not share them with the world for free to build your portfolio. Volunteering is a great way to get started in your career as a photographer. You could put yourself forward as the ‘official photographer’ at school events, music festivals, garden shows or for businesses, such as a tour company or community magazine.
Become a freelancer
Many professional photographers freelance. When you’re starting out, remember no job is too small when you’re trying to gain experience. Every job is a learning experience, providing an opportunity to develop your skills with lighting, creative framing and more.
Submit work to publications
When you’re starting out as a photographer, it’s useful to send your work into publications. Look at newsletters, magazines, blogs or websites that might benefit from your work. Make sure to ask for any guidelines that the publication adheres to before you submit your piece.
Networking is critical
Learn how to network in our landscape photography course. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s who you know (as well as what you know) that helps you get the job. Join and get active with as many social media platforms as possible. You can also join photographic clubs or societies and attend photography events like exhibitions.
Enter photography competitions
Enter as many photographic competitions as you can when you’re starting out as a photographer. It doesn’t matter if you don’t win – your name and work will still gain some recognition.
Prepare a portfolio
A photography portfolio is a collection of all your work that illustrates your style and skill. A portfolio website is ideal, allowing you to showcase your work to the world. Adobe Portfolio is an excellent platform to showcase your work and is free with a Creative Cloud subscription or for a small monthly fee.
Gain the confidence to take on a significant landscape photography project for work or pleasure with a landscape photography course, like our Certificate of Landscape Photography.