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Seascape photograph taken by Martin Osner

Landscape Photography Course


Join Martin Osner for a one-of-a-kind experience in our most popular course. This incredible one-week masterclass is hosted from his studio in Hout Bay, Cape Town, and comprises a series of lectures, on-location workshops, and practical demonstrations.

If you're interested in learning advanced techniques for capturing stunning photos of forests, landscapes, and seascapes, this course is a must! Presented during a season change or in winter when the weather is best for outdoor photography, it offers excellent natural lighting opportunities and creates incredible moods in landscape photography.

Prepare yourself for a week of fun, inspiration, and creativity. Most of the course is practical on-location workshops, as Martin firmly believes that one-on-one 'over the shoulder' instruction is the best way to learn this exciting genre. During the course, Martin will take you to some of the most exciting locations in and around the Cape Peninsula, where you can practice the techniques taught to yourself.

What sets Martin's teaching apart from many instructors is that he provides students with space to achieve their vision with over-the-shoulder guidance. He also does not take his camera onto location, instead giving his undivided attention to his students.

The program for the week will change according to the weather where you will learn:

How to find a composition
Technical know-how
Learn how to work with natural light
HDR control
InfraRed photography
Panoramic shooting and stitching
Fill lighting
Learn RAW file control and processing
Design elements in the composition
A creative approach
Identifying locations and pre-planning for a shoot


Never before have I attended a photography course that will beat Martin Osner's - One Week Masterclass in Landscape Photography!!

Originally, our course dates were set for the end of May 2020, but due to COVID-19, it was postponed, and it was postponed yet again until eventually the end of November finally dawned. The long wait was really so worth waiting for.

Intense, fun, technical, creative, a gazillion opportunities, new friends, and really just WOW!!

If Landscape tickles your fancy and you have a serious tickle, this is the REAL DEAL!!
Martin is a Masterclass all on his own, and his daughter Samantha really adds so much value.
At the end of the course, I walked away with a wealth of newly gained knowledge, and to cap it all, my very own A2 print, which I will have framed to hang in my lounge!

Thank you, Martin and Samantha, for an absolutely grand time, and I most certainly hope to see you both again on some of your other courses in the not-too-distant future.

Alan Mason  |  Johannesburg

Landscape Masterclass


Desert Harmony landscape photograph by Martin Osner

Consider doing this course if you ...

  • Enjoy outdoor photography, travelling and exploring.

  • Have a sound understanding of your camera and can work in manual mode.

  • Can process your work in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom.

  • Are not achieving the "Wow" factor in your outdoor photography.

  • Can walk or hike short distances with ease.

Watch these videos, which offer insight into the course and an understanding of the genre.

Martin Osner taking a photograph of a landscape from the roof of his landrover defender.
The art of landscape photography. A photograph of mountains by Hougaard Malan
Landscape photograph overlooking a valley in Villiersdorp



20 - 25 May 2024

ZAR 16900 +- $900

12 - 17 August 2024

ZAR 16900 +- $900

  • Do you offer this course online without having to attend a scheduled zoom class?
    Absolutely! In this comprehensive self-study program offered at the Art Photography Academy (, participants can embark on their art photography journey immediately without the need for scheduled Zoom classes. This unique course provides in-depth content, and participants have the flexibility to learn at their own pace. Moreover, they will be part of a dynamic online classroom with other students, fostering collaboration and community engagement. Additionally, participants gain access to an extended network of artists who have completed the course, further enhancing their learning experience. To complement the self-paced structure, I personally meet with participants on a monthly basis to answer questions and provide mentorship, ensuring a well-rounded and supportive environment for their artistic development.
  • Why is there a difference between the price of your live zoom class compared to the same course offered at the Art Photography Academy
    The pricing difference of approximately $100 between the live Zoom class and the "Getting Started in Art Photography" course at the Art Photography Academy is attributed to the enhanced structure and depth of content provided by the academy. In the academy course, while the core content remains the same, the detailed structure, absence of live teaching, and the incorporation of supporting videos and thorough explanations contribute to a more comprehensive learning experience. The monthly meet-ups for questions and mentorship further enrich the participant's journey. This additional level of depth and ongoing support reflects in the pricing difference, ensuring that participants in the Art Photography Academy receive a robust and well-supported educational experience, tailored to foster their growth and proficiency in art photography.
  • What platform do you use to teach this online course on?
    At the moment we are using ZOOM for live courses.
  • Is this course only taught online or do you still offer face to face classroom teaching?
    Until COVID 19 has run its course and it is safe to offer classroom teaching this basic to intermediate course will only be taught online for now.
  • What is the difference between the content of the online course and a face to face classroom presented course?
    The course content is identical.
  • How many students do you accept on a course?
    We accept no more than eight students per course. We keep the class size small to promote interaction and enchourage mentorship and relationship.
  • What camera equipment will I need to do the course?
    We recommend either a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera or a digital mirrorless camera. The most important thing is that the camera has a full manual (M) mode which can easily be adjusted. If you do not have a camera yet and will be purchasing one before attending the course, we can help you with a recommended list depending on your budget.
  • I don't know anything about photography, but I would like to know how to learn fine art photography, is this a concern?"
    There no need to worry. The lessons are really simple and the course is taught in a step by step manner. Very often it is easier to teach a person photography from scratch than to change bad habits.
  • What happens if I miss a lesson?
    Ideally, it would be better if you could attend the course without missing a lesson. But we do understand that life happens. This course has recorded lessons for students who may have to miss a class. This is especially helpful for those who are interested in learning how to learn fine art photography, as it ensures that they don't miss any crucial information or techniques that are covered during the course. Catching up before the next module is presented ensures that students can stay on track and continue to build upon their knowledge and skills throughout the course.
  • What if I find the course too basic?
    As the course goes through to an intermediate level this rarely happens. Usually by the third lesson people who have prior knowledge of photography learn from the content. So should you feel that the course is too simple for you, you would know this by the end of the second lesson. At this point you could move onto an advanced class free of charge, or get a full refund should you wish not to continue.
  • Do you issue a certificate on completion?
    On request, we would be able to issue a certificate of attendance on completion.
  • Is the online course taught live, or is it pre-recorded?"
    Martin Osner teaches the course live.
  • How long has this course been going?
    For close to twenty five years now. It has been revised for digital, but the mechanical understanding of the photographic system remains the same regardless of medium. Thousands of students have completed successfully completed this program and gone on to enjoy their photography.
  • Should I do this course before doing the Fine Art Photography or Landscape Photography course?
    If you do not have a solid understanding of the basics of photography, and you are not able to operate your camera in full manual mode with confidence, then it would be advisable to do this course first.
  • Is this a good course on how to learn fine art photography?
    Yes, it is the perfect course on how to learn fine art photography as it is practical and you receive person mentorship and guidance all the way. You will also be with a class of like minded photographic artists making the journey easier.

Read this insightful article about the art of landscape photography.

A beautiful black and white photograph of trees in a frame on a wall in a modern interior



" Dear Martin, thank you, thank you, thank you for one of the best weeks of my life. I have admired your work for a long time but never knew what an excellent teacher you are.  I have learned more in the last week than in the previous 10 years since I bought my first DSLR.   I really appreciate your style – the personal attention, the confidence you gave me that I will be able to have an amazing image by the end of the week, and the way you freely shared your knowledge."
Jacoba van Zyl - Cape Town


Landscape Photograph by Graham Stapleton
Landscape Photograph by Mike Murray
Landscape Photograph by Robin Larmuth
Landscape Photograph by Carol Stewart
Landscape Photograph by Ann Baret
Landscape Photograph by Heinz Maier
Seascape Photograph by Yana Niewodniczanska
Landscape Photograph by Graham Stapleton
Landscape Photograph by Cavin Hill
Landscape Photograph by Carol Stewart
Landscape Photograph by Mark Geldenhuys
Creative Landscape Photograph by Ann Baret
Creative Landscape Photograph by Rosie Burton
Landscape Photograph by Sonelle Slabbert
Creative Landscape Photograph by Rosie Burton
Creative Landscape Photograph by Mike Murray
Landscape Photograph by Milanie van Huyssteen
Creative Landscape Photograph by Rosie Burton
Landscape Photograph by Alan Mason
Landscape Photograph by Mike Murray
Landscape Photograph by Tristan Niewodniczanski
Landscape Photograph by Mike Murray
Seascape Photograph by Sonelle Slabbert
Landscape Photograph by Graham Stapleton
Creative Landscape Photograph by Cathy Bell
Creative Landscape Photography by Cathy Bell
Seascape Photograph by Graham Stapleton
Seascape Photograph by Heinz Maier
Landscape Photograph by Graham Stapleton
Landscape Photograph by Bryn Morse
Landscape Photograph by Bryn Morse
Landscape Photograph by Cathy Bell
Creative Landscape Photograph by Tristan Niewodniczanski
Landscape Photograph by Bryn Morse
Seascape Photograph by Yana Niewodniczanska
Landscape Photograph by Robyn Elliot
Seascape Capture by Tristan Niewodniczanski
Well done to all the Heroes who have completed
the landscape week. 
Group photograph of landcape photographers who have just completed the masterclass
All the students who have complete the landscape masterclass
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