How to take fabulous landscape photos: a Suffolk professional shows you how

PUBLISHED: 15:33 12 August 2020 | UPDATED: 15:33 12 August 2020

Gill Moon is known for her beautiful coastal images of Suffolk. This is Shingle Street. Photo: Gill Moon

Gill Moon is known for her beautiful coastal images of Suffolk. This is Shingle Street. Photo: Gill Moon

GILL MOON

How you can join Gill Moon, one of the best known photographers of the Suffolk coast, on a free photography walk and tutorial

Suffolk photographer Gill Moon is running free photo walks to show how to take better landscape images. This is Gill's shot of Walberswick. Photo: Gill MoonSuffolk photographer Gill Moon is running free photo walks to show how to take better landscape images. This is Gill's shot of Walberswick. Photo: Gill Moon

Gill Moon is one of the best known names among photographers of Suffolk’s coast.

A professional photographer for 13 years, her career grew out of a hobby. “I’ve always taken images but I was inspired to pursue a career when I moved to a house at Ramsholt overlooking the River Deben,” she says. “I walked the river banks every day with my dog and my camera and was captivated by the quality of the light and the changing of the seasons.”

Gill was invited to put some of those images on the walls of her local pub and soon began selling them. “My confidence grew and I foud I could different things with my photography.” She got involved with the east coast sailing scene and began taking pictures of yachts and sailing events for the boating press.

But it was the natural world that really captivated her. “I’ve always enjoyed nature and love the wild open landscape of the Suffolk Coast,” she says. “I’m keen to promote the more natural landscapes of Suffolk and will often shy away from iconic Suffolk coast landmarks in favour of more natural areas.” Shingle Street, Orford to Bawdsey, and the River Deben are favourites.

Ramsholt photographed by Gill Moon. Gill is running photo walks to share how she takes such stunning shots. Photo: Gill MoonRamsholt photographed by Gill Moon. Gill is running photo walks to share how she takes such stunning shots. Photo: Gill Moon

Two years ago Gill started offering landscape photography tuition and has now tutored hundreds of adults of all ages. Many are regulars who attend different workshops. “It’s lovely to see people returing time and again, and a privilege to watch as their photography develops,” she says.

Now Gill is returning to the origins of her professional career with a project that’s all about ‘walking with your camera’. Supported by funding from Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, the project comprises a book and a series of free photo walks about observation and connecting with the landscape.

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Gill’s second book about Suffolk has been a year in the planning and writing. The walks cover some of the most scenic and diverse areas of the Suffolk Coast and can be undertaken with any camera – even a phone camera. “I wanted to give people a focus when taking a walk and a reason to look at the countryside more closely,” she says. “Good photography is all about observation and composition, but it is also about having a connection with the landscape, something that I hope this book will promote.”

Free photo walks

Suffolk photo walks are part training session, part social event. They take place along the Suffolk Coast in groups of five, to keep them in line with current Covid-19 restrictions, and are suitable for any camera type – again, even a phone camera. Essentially, they are about observation, learning to ‘see’ the environment and having a bit of fun with creativity.

Less technical than individual tuition days, the walks are suitable for beginners and are a great way to meet and chat with other photographers. Photo Walks last two hours, each walk covering between one and two miles at a leisurely pace to provide lots of photographic opportunities and time to ask questions.

The walks are based on the idea of a scavenger hunt and each has theme which is kept deliberately vague to encourage creativity. Examples could be ‘looking up’, ‘something that floats’, ‘blue’, ‘texture’, or ‘patterns’.

All participants are encourage to share their images after the event on a special Facebook page – Photograping Suffolk.

“It’s brilliant to see the range of images that participants produce,” says Gill. “We all go to the same locations and all have the same scavenger hunt list but the images are always different. This is one of the huge joys of teaching photography – it’s lovely to

observe how differently we all see the world and interpret the same landscape.”

Free photo walks will run until the end of October. For details go to www.landscapephotographytuition.co.uk

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