While there are no degrees specific to landscape photography, an associate's- or bachelor's-level program in photography is likely to include courses dedicated to this form of visual art. Photography programs and individual landscape photography courses can be found at community colleges, technical schools and universities throughout the country. In addition, some schools may offer certificates in landscape photography. These courses are very hands-on and train students in darkroom techniques and camera operation, as well as helping students to build a portfolio.
Here are a few common concepts taught in landscape photography courses:
- Darkroom processes
- Film exposures
- Wildlife photography
- Historical concepts of film
- Black and white film
List of Common Courses
Art Landscape Photography 1 Course
Along with developing expertise in photographing the natural environment, students of this course also learn darkroom techniques to process and develop their own landscape photographs. The season in which the course is taken will be a factor in the types of shots students achieve.
Art Landscape Photography 2 Course
The objective of this course is to build on the fundamentals and improve a student's ability to photograph landscape scenery. Students become proficient in correctly exposing film and operating photography equipment. They may also be required to photograph scenes in wilderness areas.
Landscape Photography 3 Course
Participants of this class receive instruction in the technical and aesthetic aspects of landscape photography. Students may visit national parks and monuments or ancient ruins for the purpose of photographing scenery. Course topics may include portrait location photography, wildlife and fine art landscapes.
Digital Landscape Photography Course
This course teaches aesthetic and historical concepts of landscape photography. Photography students learn to contemplate potential landscape scenes and use them to project self-expression. As part of the course, participants must create portfolios of collected landscape photographs.
Location Specific Photography Course
Depending on a school's location, courses may target certain regional features. For example, one West Coast school offers a workshop focusing on photographing the Pacific coastline. That particular course is comprised of 18 hours of lectures and 54 hours of laboratory instruction. Participants receive training in such areas as low light photography, black and white, color slide and infrared.