Photography Exercises – Landscape, Still Life and Portraiture

March 12, 2019

I am at art school this year, doing part-time studies in drawing, painting and digital photography.

As part of my training I am slowly learning how to use Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as manipulating shutter speed and aperture settings on my DSLR camera.

It’s only been a few weeks, but I think my skill levels are improving.

Here’s a couple of galleries of images I’ve taken for the first photography assignment. We have to submit six landscapes, six still life images and six portraits.

I haven’t selected my final images yet, but these are some of the practice shots in my expanding portfolio.



I am interested in dawn views and the early morning light. I also find reflections interesting and the intrusion of the urban/industrial into nature.

The second series is more traditional landscapes.



I am still getting my head around the idea of photographic still life, but here’s a few that I shot over the weekend. I am interested in light and depth of field. I like to find and focus on detail in the composition and to add incongruous elements.



I understand that portraiture is difficult, though perhaps photography is a bit easier than trying to render a likeness in paint or pastels. So far I’ve only managed to capture my cat Calliope Cutlass, but she is a very worthy subject.