I Need Your Help With My Landscape Photography Class

Hey everyone! In a couple of weeks I’ll begin filming a series of landscape photography classes for Kelby Training online. I have some good ideas in mind for how I want the class to go, but I wanted to turn to all of you because, well, you’ll be the ones watching the class. So here’s the deal.

I Need Your Feedback
Some of the best ideas I get for teaching are usually from reading the evaluations of my classes or emails I get. For example, my Lightroom seminar is constantly tweaked and made better because I read all of the evaluation forms (usually 300-500 of them) after the seminar. If I see a pattern, I realize something needs to be added/changed/removed. So I’m reaching out to the audience that would watch this class and asking for ideas on what you’d like covered and how you’d like it to be covered.

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If I use your idea, I’ll get you set up with a free 2-month membership to Kelby Training ($50 value). That should be more than enough time to watch the class once it comes out. If you’re already a subscriber, your membership will get extended by 2-months.

As I mentioned earlier, I already have an idea for how I’d like things to go in the class. But I’m deliberately leaving the details out of this post, because I’d like you guys to look at this with a fresh set of eyes. Questions to think about:

1) What are the main questions you have when it comes to landscape photography? I want to make sure I answer these first and foremost.
2) What should be covered in the class?
3) How should I cover it? On location? Do you actually need to see me shooting? Am I shooting and talking? What am I talking about?
4) Your thoughts on pre-planning?
5) Any cool name ideas would be great. I’m initially thinking it needs the word photo or photography in it for marketing purposes, but who knows.
6) Anything else you can think of.

Thanks for stopping by and I really appreciate your feedback in advance. I truly want to make this a series of classes that helps people know exactly how to get beautiful landscape photos and I hope you’ll help out. Have a good one!

  • Mark Swift

    Hello Matt,

    Really excited about this as you’re the guy who inspired me to get back into Photography – Landscapes in particular.

    I now have my D7100 in hand I am planning some trips to make the most of it and put the skills I’ve learned to use. Thats said there are still some answers that I’d like more practical information on – something I think you do really well! Iceland is my first adventure – RV booked for May roadtrip!

    Here is what I’d like to see:

    1) Focusing techniques: I’m fully aware of both Hyperfocal and image Blending to achieve optimum ‘focus’ and depth within a shot, but have never seen good solid instructions on how it’s done in practice nor when to chose to employ blending rather than Hyperfocal, or vice versa. I’m looking for tack sharp images and am just not convinced my focus technique is up to scratch. Can you help?

    2) Exposure: Yes, this seems obvious doesn’t it? but I see that many of us are now relying heavily on a single RAW file to produce the image we expect, so this seems to be of first importance. Often because of the golden hours, I find myself pulling shadows quite heavily on a regular basis, obviously I bracket all my shots and make the decision of which one would be the best candidate by trying to chose the one I think contains the ‘most useful information’ dependent on my overall objective. I would like to see some information on how you chose the right shot to use, and most importantly, if there are any methods you employ during the shoot to ensure you end up with the perfect shot for processing. Scenarios with examples would be perfect.

    Thanks again for providing a great resource that’s perfectly executed. You guys at Kelby Media have made photography fun, factual, and you always make me want to go shoot!

    Cheers,

    Mark

  • Steve Wetzel

    I would like to see the whole process from start to finish. From deciding what general area to shoot to doing research on to determine exact locations, to planning out what times you want to shoot where, to scouting the locations when you get there, to taking the photographs, to your workflow (how you back up your images when traveling, how your sort the picks from the rejects, and how you process a few images).

    As for a name, how about “Landscape Photo Shoot: Planning to Post.

  • Sabrena mackenzie

    Hi
    Matt, I think it would be great to address the pre-planning a bit more than it
    is usually addressed in landscape courses. To take nice landscapes you have to
    go to nice places which can be expensive, so if you have a three day trip
    planned to an area you want to make the most of your photographic
    opportunities. I would really appreciate some tips/resources to finding great
    photography spots that are perhaps a little less well known and more accessible
    than say “the wave”, spots maybe you or your colleagues have been to
    on previous courses. For example, your upcoming trip to Washington, where
    exactly is a great spot to get a “rolling hills photo”, sort of a
    “where to” guide to go with the “how to” . Here is a good
    example for Banff National Park http://oopoomoo.com/ebook/banff-national-park/
    (FYI this book has nothing to do with me, I just like the idea). I am looking
    forward to your course. Thanks, Sabrena

  • http://twitter.com/martijnvdnat Martijn van der Nat

    Just love what you are discussing allready but what bugs me the most is when to know to go out. I mean what kind of weather forecast doe you need to have to know that tomorrow morning there’s a big chance that there’s gonna be nice clouds. I now it varies per region but that’s what I’d like to know.
    And would love to see you shooting just how you set up evaluate the landscape, making composition and so on…

  • John Havord

    I’d like to see you, on location, detailing what your thought processes are when you arrive, but I’d also like to learn how you prepare, before going on location. How do you search for locations, etc.
    Once there, I’d like to see you set up and use a variety of equipment, not just the best gear, but gear at various cost points, e.g. different cameras, lens, filter brands, tripods, etc.
    A section on how you protect your gear, when you are out in the great outdoors, would also be useful as well as your outdoor backup strategy.
    I think it would be useful to have a small section on safety. Might seem obvious, but very important, especially in some particular locations.

  • Tom Sliter

    Matt — what a great idea to ask for feedback BEFORE the event. In addition to a lot of the great ideas already presented , let me add two: 1. Have a distinct session/discussion on the art of landscape photography. Not just the Ansel Adams overtly majestic images, beautiful as they are, but what makes a compelling landscape image. You can always add the technical aspects of exposure and processing, but it’s too easy to let those elements distract one from developing your eye for the art of the landscape.
    2. Also consider incorporating what I’ll call ‘smallscape’ photography in your lesson plan; images that are not grand vistas but are smaller in scale to allow one to focus on the fundamental elements of composition, vantage point, light, etc. I find that sometimes really compelling landscape images are in themselves too distracting to function effectively as a teaching tool.

    Good luck and I’ll look forward to seeing your class. Thanks for all the passion and inspiration you put into your work on Kelby.

    Tom

  • http://twitter.com/royourboat44 Rose

    1) What are the main questions you have when it comes to landscape
    photography?
    - Best lenses to use
    - Ideal camera settings

    2) What should be covered in the class?
    - Different types of landscape photography (mountain, ocean, garden, city)
    - Ideal settings for day, night, fog, snow, sun, cloud, dust
    - Equipment needed (tripod? filter?)
    - How to be creative when the scene is already beautiful. Adding that personal touch.

    3) How should I cover it? On location? Do you actually need to see me
    shooting? Am I shooting and talking? What am I talking about?
    - All of the above! Think of your audience and what type of learner they are. Visual (lets see you shoot) Oral (Let’s hear what you have to say when shooting) Maybe have a summary at the end.
    - Talk about the different functions/equipment you are going to use and why. What would the picture look like if you used certain settings.

    4) Your thoughts on pre-planning?

    5) Any cool name ideas would be great. I’m initially thinking it needs the word photo or photography in it for marketing purposes, but who knows.
    - Planet Earth: Landscape Photography
    - Escape: Landscape Photography
    -The Landscape Redemption (Shawshank Redemption)

    6) Anything else you can think of.

  • Miguel Palaviccini

    Wow, a ton of great ideas below. I made a list and read through the comments. So I’m only going to add to (and not repeat) the idea list.

    One thing that I think has become popular with the landscape community is time-lapse photography. Most new digital cameras include a built in intervalometer, so they’ll be able to experiment without buying any new gear (always a plus). My suggestion would be to have a single section on time lapse photography. It could be toward the end after you have talked about everything else (but possibly before you do any editing). I think it could be simple and very effective. No need to go into rails (although you can mention them) and all that fancy stuff. Just show how to make simple time lapse. I would even say it’s as easy (if not easier) than taking a pano!

    Ideally, this is what I think it might go:
    - Talk about exposure mode and Focus. Just like a pano! I would talk about the role of shutter speed for time-lapse (i.e If it’s too fast you get a very choppy looking video).
    - WB (it can be anything if shot in raw and then all photos can be synced to one WB, but I think it would be great to start with the same WB for all – so basically don’t shoot auto WB).
    - Finding a composition with something that moves (clouds are always great!)
    - Setting the intervalometer within the camera. Explain the role of the interval between shots (you don’t need a shot every second).

    Once you get to the editing, this would be a great place to talk about:
    - Batch processing with the Auto-sync feature in LR (or the copy paste)
    - Exporting as small jpegs to make the time-lapse in CS6 OR using LR slideshow to make a timelapse! I know there are some plugins online for the latter. Possibly even talk about adding music with the Slideshow feature in LR?

    Ok, that’s what I have. Hopefully you get a chance to incorporate it. I have a feeling it may be a big hit!

    [I know that Moose has a section on time lapse photography in one of his Romancing the Landscape videos, but I think it was made a couple of years ago and could use a bit of a revamp, especially now that video is such a big thing in photography].

  • Chance Hammock

    1) Outside of HDR (which I like), what’s the best way to capture a vivid sunset/sunrise while capturing details in the foreground?

    Oh darn! I’m leaving town tomorrow and this is the only opportunity I have to shoot this scene. It’s well before sunset, there’s not a cloud in the sky. How can I make the best of this less-than-ideal situation?

    2) Composition & processing

    3) On-location clips would be nice, but a classroom setting for the majority of the session would be fine.

    5) “Landscape Photography: Success is on the Horizon”

  • Eric A

    1) What are the main questions you have when it comes to landscape photography? I want to make sure I answer these first and foremost.

    What do you look for when approaching a landscape? (When shooting around home we see the same things all the time it can be difficult to see the scene in a new way) How do you handle the midday shooting? (when you have no choice but to shoot at
    midday) How do you get a new perspective on scenes that so many others have
    shot? (Yosemite, Yellowstone, ect.).

    2) What should be covered in the class?

    I am not sure your overall goals are based on difficulty. This is what I would personally
    like to see in the class. I would like to see you “scouting” a location. It
    does not have to be an elaborate location as many of us cannot afford to travel
    as often as we like. A simple from your backyard type shoot would be good, just so we can see you thoughts play out on a scene. Then make your picture and explain why you chose that moment in time to make the picture. The head back to Lightroom/Photoshop and shows us your workflow (including how you save your images, aka image organization). You don’t have to go into detail, for example instead of showing us how to use every tool that you are using, assume that we already know that and just do something like: Ok guys, I first take my spot healing brush and take out dust spots, now I take a look at the overall exposure and it looks like I need to increase the exposure
    slightly, now I want to add a little more contrast to make the tree line stand out from the lake, ect. We don’t necessarily need to see the background to each tool or slider, but rather the tools and sliders you use to get your final image and how you use the to make your images “yours”.

    3) How should I cover it? On location? Do you actually need to see me shooting? Am I shooting and talking? What am I talking about?

    I would have it on location, it does not have to be elaborate. A simple local honey hole, like a lake, river, ect. that many of us will experience while shooting in our own
    areas (not all of us can travel to places like Yellowstone regularly). I would
    like to see you shooting and talking. While you are shooting you are saying
    your thoughts out loud. Something like “I am not taking the picture because the
    light is hitting that tree and drawing the viewer’s eye away from my subject.
    Now I am making the picture because the light is on the rock and this tree over
    here which is where I want my viewer’s eye to go.” This helps to see the
    thought process behind the image and not just “use this shutter speed, this
    ISO, and this F/stop on this location”, as photographers we should be able to
    get a fairly good understanding of these things and I would like the thought
    process of applying those settings and not so much coming up with the settings.

    4) Your thoughts on pre-planning?

    I am assuming you are talking about pre-planning the photo shoot. In this case I would like to see how you come up with the time of day for your shoot and if you look for
    any particular weather conditions (rain, light cloud cover, no clouds, heavy clouds,
    moon phase, ect.). I would also like to see how you prep for the possibility of
    changing weather conditions so that if you are in a remote location and the
    weather changes we don’t lose out on an image opportunity.

    5) Any cool name ideas would be great. I’m initially thinking it needs the word
    photo or photography in it for marketing purposes, but who knows.

    A. The Great American Landscape: Photography for XXX (XXX would stand for beginner, advance, expert, ect.)

    B. Behind the Scenes of a Landscape Photographer

    C. Lights, Camera, Landscape! How to Make Great Landscape Photographs.

    D. The Creative Landscape: Landscape Photography for Creative’s.

    6) Anything else you can think of.

    Overall I would like this class to be a class where we get a look inside your head. There is a lot of information already out there about how to make pictures technically,
    but I want to learn how you add that personal touch to a photograph and make it
    unique. I want to learn your creative side and how to think about a landscape
    from a creative side and not so much a technical side (though it would be nice
    to tell us your settings so we can understand how you used the settings to get
    your creative look).

  • Cierra Dimercurio

    - How do you set up to go out and shoot landscape? what do you bring?

  • Joram

    Things like pepping a shoot, you know the homework before a shoot. Use of filters (Lee stuff). What is Plan A fails, what do you do? Location scouting. Title: “Landscaping Matt Style”. Looking forward to the video!

  • Rick White

    A lot of great suggestions already. In addition to what people have already said, I would focus on the whole experience though… start to finish.
    1. Research. How to find good places to photograph.
    2. What kind of gear should I take if I’m backpacking to a location. You’ve mentioned this before when hiking in Oregon to Trillium or pretty much any waterfall. Photography bags that are made for hiking, lenses, tripods, filters, rain equip.
    3. Maybe different scenes. Rivers, mountains, ocean, plains. I would like to see you be on location.
    4. Obviously focus on composition; foreground/background, thirds, leading lines,
    5. Something that still is difficult for me where dynamic range captured by my camera so much different than my eye… sunsets and sunrises. How to effectively do HDR… staying within the dynamic range of the eye.
    6. Editing. Lightroom, photoshop, Nik.

    good luck. I’m looking forward to watching the course.

  • Jiew Peng Lim

    1) Some focus on how to “see the light” will be nice. There are many videos/classes that just tell you to shoot during the golden/blue hours and automatically have better photos, but seldom do I see any class that actually tells you how to analyze the lighting conditions and how to make use of them. The portrait classes usually doesn’t do this very well for landscapes – portrait classes focus mainly on how to modify the light, which isn’t possible in landscape photography most of the time. It is also not always the case that someone will be free to shoot photos during the golden hours, and if they have to shoot during the less than optimal times, what can they do/what should they look out for/any tips in general would be nice.

    2) When does one use HDR/exposure fusion and when does one use graduated filters/black card technique? Many tutorials out there tell you how to do HDR or how to use graduated filters, but none of them tell you when to use each. A lot of people just stick to whatever they like (myself included), but it’s mainly because we don’t know how these techniques or gear really work, so we don’t know what to use.

    3) Some focus on how to find good landscapes out of ordinary places would be nice. Many people can get good photos of iconic places, but how do you “find a photo”? What is the mindset behind looking at how to get a good photo out of a location? This also helps us find new compositions of the popular places, so our photos don’t turn out the same as the 1,000,000,000 other photos out there on the net of the same place.

    I realise I seem to be demanding a lot out of you, but if I really wanted a class that is different from the thousands of video tutorials out there that tell you to use the $1000 tripod and shoot around dusk and dawn, these would really be what I’d like to see. By far, these are the only things I haven’t been able to find out of the many videos I can find online or in books.

  • http://twitter.com/WarTorntheNovel War Torn

    I’d like to know how best to incorporate a person or people into landscapes without the two subjects competing with each other.

  • Scott Siegler

    Matt,

    One thing I think would be great would be for you to explain the aperture setting you chose and why, but to also take the same shot with multiple aperture settings and then to explain and show the difference between them and why the one you chose was optimal for the effect you wanted.

    Would also be great to talk about focusing and where in the scen you set your focus point to get the depth of field you were going for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kolsut.piotr Piotr Kołsut

    Hey Matt.
    I recommend you to contact with Lukasz Piech from Poland, and hi is brilliant in landscape photography. Check his FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Landscape-Photography-Workshops/398892506867632

  • http://www.facebook.com/idontthinkso.martin Idont ThinkSo Martin

    Hi Matt,

    I´m excited about this class and i would love to add some stuff. This is some kind of a brainstormin´twister.

    1. Camera Settings, why is a tripod better, dynamic range, golden hour, what kind of gear do i need, when should i go out, what are you looking for in a landscape, how do you find borders to frame, What kind of light do i need for Mountains or trees or lakes, how can the daytime influence my picture, what am i focussing at

    2. pre-planning, setting up the camera and tripod, why moving is important, basic post-production, what are your biggest lessons learned

    3. On Location would be nice, but i think the most important part is, pre-planning, packing, time schedule, Camera/tripod-setup, post-production. The actual shooting is a little more like waiting while fishing. smile

    4. Why is the pre planning so imortant and why do i have to think about the time i arrive (different light situations).

    5. “Where is this taken?!”-Photography

    I hope i this is some kind of information you are looking for.

    Greetings Martin

  • Janina Cleven

    Hi, How about discussing back up strategies when you don’t have a computer with you. Also what filters you recommend and how to use them, for example, a 1X – 10X filter, what is the best way (app) to figure exposure settings when using the various settings; polarizers – using them for situations other than skies, etc.

  • Dave Koscielak

    I would like to see your process in arriving at a final composition on-site from beginning to end. Start with the overall scene and then share your thoughts in deciding what to shoot.

    Also any pre-planning steps you follow.

  • Jan Jílek

    Hi Matt,

    first of all have to give you credit for this great idea to do a class “based” on feedback from crowd. Here is a list of my things I’d like you to include in your class. Think it will be helpful not just for me but for everybody out there who is interested in this kind of photography.

    1) How do you pick your location + scouting

    2) Show people that you have to shoot at dawn/dusk to get the best possible light. That includes getting video snapshots of time when you get up, getting into location, picking up the best possible spot. (think this one is really important otherwise they wouldn’t think it is so important)

    3) Share with everybody your thoughts, what is your subject, how would you like to approach it, why are you choosing this composition.

    4) Stick on that same spot for several hours and take 2 images. Same subject, same composition, same spot. Just with different light. Show us the difference between being there at 6 AM and 10 AM.

    5) This might be a bit strange approach, but show us images when the light just didn’t happen. Not every time you’ll get that perfect portfolio super selling images.

    Have fun!

  • John Farinelli

    1) What are the main questions ?
    Picking a location, what might make a better location, what might contribute to a worse one ? Framing. How to “balance” the shot. Angles you think about. Focusing, hyperfocusing. Technical things you think about ( camera settings, exposure, balancing highlights in the sky with everything else, ND or no ND, lens choice, do you think about spot metering ? how wide of a range of stops your sensor can expose for without blocking up shadows ?, other technical in-camera things you think about….)

    2) What should be covered in the class?
    Picking a location. Pre-planning, choosing equipment. Problems you have run into on previous landscape classes/shoots, that you now try not to repeat.
    Thoughts about important weather gear ?. Framing, balanced photos. What do you think about when there is water, or sunrise/sunset ?
    Possibly using ND filters.
    Post processing – OK that is a big area, but maybe some of your standard go-to techniques ( I’m OK with or without plug-ins).

    3) How should I cover it? On location? Do you actually need to see me
    shooting? Am I shooting and talking? What am I talking about?

    I often want to understand angles of a photo. Often you are wondering how a particular perspective was achieved. Either I would try to cover this specifically, or allow the video camera to pear over the shoulder so as to show a similar perspective. Yes, I think it can be very helpful to see the photographer in action, but I also think this can be captured with wider still shots that show you in action.

    4) Your thoughts on pre-planning?
    I think this is best done by possibly showing the results of a similar location with and without pre-planning. Maybe go through past examples of when your pre-planning did not work out like you expected, or when you didn’t do it, but should have. Yes, I think pre-planning should definitely be covered….

    5) Any cool name ideas would be great. I’m initially thinking it needs the word photo or photography in it for marketing purposes, but who knows.
    Concentrate on a name that catches the essence of what is different about this course. Good luck :)

  • Marc Schmittbuhl

    Title : Give your Landscapes the WoW Factor

    Suggestion : explain the advantage to shoot 5frames bracketed whenever possible as you can:
    - pick the best exposure for post
    - blend exposures to recover lost details
    - make an hdr to maximize dynamic range

  • Gwyn Rossi

    1) composition – what gives you the vision, framing of the picture

    Focus – where?

    foreground – what, how do you decide what blends with the photo

    review camera setting – focus point on various photos

    what makes the decision for HDR? photo

    2) my request would be to have the class – reviewing basic and proceed to advance shooting then processing techniques

    May be also review plugs in you use

    3) I have no opinion on this except that I do like Moose way with his on location videos
    4) pre planning- yes we all love gear, what do you take, how do you carry it & set up

    5) SunRise – SunSet LandscapePhotography

    thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/alvin.xie.12 Alvin Xie

    My main question of all time would be where to focus. I’m constantly in a guessing mode of where i should focus and if my DOF is enough. This is especially true when i am adding a foreground element into my photograph. Is f/16 enough for DOF with foreground element. or should i bump it up to f/22 (but i dont want to use the max aperture). also, where do i focus it on? one third into the frame? hyperfocal dist (which i never ever understand). which is the best method???

    i think the video should be covered both on location and in the classroom with picture examples on how the shot was made, framed and composed. what were your thought process. did u intend the picture to be taken in b/w or colour, etc.

  • Melinda Anderson

    Can’t wait to see this! My main questions are always what aperture and where to focus for a perfectly focused image. Also- for those of us who don’t have top of the line gear- what would be good choices for lenses? Someday I hope to have a full frame camera- but for now, what would be good lens choices for my D7000. What would be a good plan when starting a landscape shoot- and how do you proceed? I know post-processing is important, but hope you spend most of your time on the photography itself. Shooting and talking? Yes, for part of the time. Title? Something like Top 5(6,7,10?) Secrets of Shooting Landscapes Like the Pros.

  • Bob Koss

    If you will be in any city X, how do you find shooting locations?

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  • http://twitter.com/mike_lao Mike Lao

    would be good to include use of filters… the different kinds (e.g. ND grads and reverse ND grads) and when to use them, and tips on how to best use utilize them and when..

  • John Poer

    So far it appears there is no shortage of great ideas & topics to choose for your sessions. I have seen a few mentions of panos but I ges)would ask for an in depth discussion be included – planning, tools needed. lenses, techniques to use (and avoid), post processing, etc. Can panos be pulled off for night shots (really big sky images) and how are they different ?
    You really have your hands full on this one. Should be a lot of work and great fun doing what you (and us watching) love – catching the light !! Can’t wait to see the end results.
    John

  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.fucci Ron Fucci

    Matt,

    First thanks for all of your clear and usable instruction on the internet. I think all of your content is high quality – it’s easily understood and I can adopt new techniques quickly.

    Let me try to answer some of your questions by example. I just returned from a one day trip to Yosemite National Park, exciting for me as I enjoy simply being in the park as well as the excitement of great photography possibilities and expression.

    1) What are the main questions you have when it comes to landscape photography? I want to make sure I answer these first and foremost.

    For me the essential question is how to prepare to travel to a landscape photography site – I don’t have the luxury of a lot of time, so I want to prepare and understand the physical layout, logistics on how to approach the site, and perhaps most importantly, what kind of light to expect when there. It’s typical not to know exactly what you are going to get, but like any other improvisational activity, mental practice helps

    2) What should be covered in the class?

    Answers to above question on key locations – for me that would be national park settings when I’m fortunate enough to get there – experience on what to expect on photo opportunities during different times of year is important. As an example, how to handle particular locations at critical times of day like sunrise and sunset

    3) How should I cover it? On location? Do you actually need to see me shooting? Am I shooting and talking? What am I talking about?

    Seeing you shoot a location would be fantastic. I read books and blogs to prepare my approach to Yosemite, but that would be no substitute for vicarious learning via video.

    4) Your thoughts on pre-planning?

    Read, watch video. Maybe have the opportunity to ask questions about particular areas of interest prior to the visit.

    5) Any cool name ideas would be great. I’m initially thinking it needs the wordphoto or photography in it for marketing purposes, but who knows.

    How about vicarious photography? – the movie ‘finding forrester’ was about a writer teaching writing to a student with ability, but he wanted to transmit essential techniques but then let the student find his own way – the technique in the story was the teacher wrote a book and gave it to the student and then said it’s yours – now what would you do with it?

    6) Anything else you can think of.

    Discussion of work after work is done. Everything is experiment and thought and getting trusting guidance. Encourage dicipline then the courage to experiment.

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  • Don Johnson

    It’s been a while since this request for input was posted, nonetheless, maybe this will help, albeit late in the game. Too many Landscape tutorials end up being about the photographer, exotic places, the photographer’s equipment, showing off post processing skills, or a particular expensive lens (the latest Nikon shift-tilt), showing off fantastic photograph essays with a list of particulars (shot at ISO: 200; f/5.6; 1/100 sec; 24-70mm f/2.8 lens — and not talking about why the settings or lens was important), or spending an inordinate amount time going over the virtues of using the Nikon D800 or Canon EOS 5D Mark II and associated lens that I could never buy on a fixed income.

    In other words, tell us the best time of day to shoot landscapes or nature, why this or that particular scene is photogenic, why a particular camera setting is important (“I chose f/8.0 over f/5.6 for this shot because …”), I also suggest that the course be divided between close up (including macro), and regular landscape photography — including panorama and HDR essential knowledge (and suggested software). Most of all, concentrate on light and light quality (bringing us back to the time of day).
    I’ve seen many tutorials over the years, and think that starting each landscape session with a planning and research clip for the the day’s shoot; followed by a clip or clips of setting up the equipment and lecturing from the field — mistakes (with corrections) and all –; going over the filters being used; post-processing selected shots (and not always in Lightroom or Photoshop); and a follow-up clip, including a photographer’s notebook session (e.g., hand-drawn diagrams of why a fill flash was used and where and why it was placed as it was, etc),

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