A Great Guide For Everyone: Ian Plant’s Landscape Photography Course

A landscape photography course from someone who finally gets it.

Do a quick search on Google for landscape photography guides, and you’ll quickly get a few million results thrown back at you. Sure, you could pick one of those courses, and you might learn a thing or two. Still, it’s important to know that not all photography courses are created equal. I recently had the chance to sit through and learn from the $29 Ian Plant’s Ultimate Landscape Photography Course. As a landscape photographer myself, I was interested to see what Ian’s course had to offer over others out there. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. Whether you’re a seasoned landscape photographer or a beginner, find out what makes this course so good in our essentials review.

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A Woman’s Perspective on the Nino Batista Retouching Tutorial Series

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Retouching is part art, part technical savvy. The Nino Batista Premium Retouching Video tutorials build on the latter. The series of 30 retouching videos cover topics from retouching skin to perfecting color. Skin is one of the trickiest edits — and as a glamour photographer, Nino Batista does a lot to work with in his edits.

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Opinion: Your Photography Sucks Because of Lazy Shooting Methods

Take your camera off of Aperture priority and become a more active part of the picture-taking process.

You’re lazy. Sometimes I’m lazy. Sometimes this staff is lazy. Sometimes even the best professional photographers are lazy. There is a part of me that wishes autofocus were never developed (but the flip side to that is that my legal blindness would sort of hinder my shooting abilities). And I think that we, as photographers, have come to rely too heavily on technology as a crutch. The best of us have used it to create and capture moments no one else has. But we’ve used access, anticipation, and understanding of moments to help immortalize those scenes in photographs. Know that I’m not saying there is something wrong with the way you shoot: it’s to hammer in the fact that if you make things harder for yourself and give yourselves challenges, you can create better images. And what better way to do that than to simply set things back to the bare essentials.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Buying a Tripod: And Why You Should

If you think the world of buying cameras is daunting, just wait until you look at the world of purchasing a tripod.

Fact: you’re not as stable as you think, and a tripod will do a much better job than level ground most of the time. There are entire swaths of photographers out there who will tell you they don’t need a tripod. But truth be told, there are loads of times when tripods are handy. If you’re a landscape photographer or an astrophotographer, then you understand how fantastic a tripod can be. Image stabilization can’t do everything, but tripods do something that makes you more prone to creating a better photo. In this post, we’re going to explore the world and ideas behind buying a tripod.

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Learn How to Capture Perfect Landscape Light with Nigel Danson

The Landscapes In All Lighting Conditions course is part of the fantastic 5Day Deal photography bundle, which can be yours for just $89!

Have you ever wished that you could capture gorgeous lighting in your landscape photos all the time? Did you know that there are steps you can take to ensure that you find ideal conditions regularly? Nigel Danson’s landscape lighting course shows how to be in the right place at the right time. Get inside the mind of one of the UK’s most celebrated landscape photographers. If you’re a landscape photographer, this course is a must-have. I recently completed the tutorial, and I’m inspired to put his practices into action. This guide from Nigel Danson usually retails for the cost of the 25 lessons you’ll find in the $89 5DayDeal Photography Bundle. You’ll find our short review of Nigel Danson’s Landscapes In All Lighting Conditions tutorial after the break.

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5DayDeal: Learn from the Best for Just $89, Save a Massive $2,875

The clock is ticking on the 5DayDeal which features 26 class-leading photography packages for just $89!

By now, you have likely seen and heard about the incredible Complete Photography Bundle 2020 from 5DayDeal. If you haven’t taken the plunge on this deal yet, you might want to act soon. At Noon PST on October 20th, this incredible deal will be gone forever. This package of photography tutorials isn’t your run-of-the-mill bundle. This deal features photography tutorials from some of the best photographers, editors, and creators in the world. You’ll get them all for only $89. If purchased individually from the artists directly, this package would cost close to $3,000! Come on in to see what you can get, what you can win, and who you can help.

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Beyond Manual Mode Teaches You What You Don’t Know

Beyond Manual Mode is perfect for the beginner and brand new photographer.

If you’re just getting started in photography, then Beyond Manual Mode is going to help you out a lot. It’s one of the courses included in the 5 Day Deal. As it implies, it’s very much for beginners. You’ll explore various aspects of photography, including the lesser discussed options. Photographers will learn about light, color, theory, dynamic range, shutter speed, and other things. And there’s even bonus content where they talk about creative applications of these concepts. That’s the important part after you’ve learned all the rest, of course!

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This Cheat Sheet Will Help Make Printing Your Photos Easier

Printing your photos doesn’t need to be incredibly complicated; let us help!

Our friends over at Red River Paper helped us out with a colossal printer problem. As experienced as we are, we still don’t know all the sizes and information about papers. They’re kind of confusing even for experienced people. I mean, what’s another term for 8×10? Or a legal-sized paper? And do you know what the name for 17×22 inch paper is? Honestly, printing your photos is sometimes very confusing. If you’re in front of software, that can aid you quite a bit. But if you’re not, then it gets so complicated. So we hope this infographic will help. We hope it will make printing that much easier.

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Save, Give, Learn, and Create with the $89 Complete Photography Bundle

The complete photography bundle from 5DayDeal will allow you to save big bucks, learn new skills, and help those in need.

Do you want to learn new techniques? Do you want to understand how some of the most respected photographers in the world achieved their success? If so, you’re in luck. It’s not every day that you get to learn from the world’s best. With this $89 complete photography bundle from 5DayDeal, you can learn from Serge Ramelli, Matt Granger, Scott Kelby, Jerry Ghionis, Nick Page, and many more. You can own over 20 class-leading tutorials for just $89. On top of those tutorials, you’ll get a 6-month subscription to SmugMug too! As a bonus, you’ll be helping those in need as 5DayDeal gives 10% of your purchase to charity. Find out more after the break.

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Learn How Powerful Photoshop Is for Landscape Photography with Nick Page

Essential Photoshop For Landscape Photography with Nick Page is one of the brilliant tutorials in the incredible $89 5DayDeal bundle.

Be honest. How long have you been scared of Photoshop? For me, it’s as long as I can remember. I am incredibly comfortable using Lightroom and Capture One, but Photoshop is terribly intimidating. I’ve found out, though, that it doesn’t have to be that way. As a landscape photographer myself, I have always wondered what I might be missing out on by not having an understanding of Photoshop. Well, Nick Page just showed me. Essential Photoshop For Landscape Photography is only one of the 25 tutorials in the $89 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2020, and honestly, it’s worth the price of admission alone. Here’s our quick review of this enlightening tutorial.

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This Photo by Stephen Dalton Isn’t Photoshopped. It’s Kodachrome!

Stephen Dalton shot this mesmerizing image in 1973 in a single shot.

If you looked at the lead image today, you might think it was done in Photoshop. But you’d be wrong. Sadly, we’ve lost the art of creating in-camera. But photographer Stephen Dalton shared with us how shot this picture. In his book Capturing Motion: My Life in High-Speed Nature Photography, he shares short stories on this shot and so many more. Would you believe us if we said that this image was shot in 1973? And most importantly, it’s a single shot!

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5DayDeal: Save 96% on the Complete Photography Bundle 2020 ($89)

The 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2020 is the most comprehensive photography learning package you can get your hands on.

The 5DayDeal is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Do you want to learn from the most respected photographers in their respective fields? If so, the $89 Complete Photography Bundle 2020 from 5DayDeal is the bundle you’ll want to get! From October 15th to the 20th, you can save $2,875 on 25 courses from Joel Grimes, Nick Page, Serge Ramelli, Chris Orwig, Nicol S. Young, Matt Granger, Jessica Drossin, and more. Your purchase will also help out many charities too. 5DayDeal donates 10% of each sale to Make a Wish, Mercy Ships, Orbis, others. Find out more after the break.

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You’ll Learn Something New From This Street Photography Masterclass

Thorsten Overgaard’s Street Photography Masterclass will give beginners the most to chew on.

“You have to find a balance of taking photos; not too many, not too few,” says Thorsten Overgaard in his street photography masterclass. And honestly, this course is evidence of that. If you’re all about reality, then Thorsten Overgaard shoves a ton of it into his Street Photography Masterclass. Available as part of the current 5 Day Deal, you’ll get this course along with a ton of others. You can skip around to various parts. And best of all, you’re bound to learn something no matter what. As a 12-year photo veteran, I even picked something up.

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Here Are the Advantages a Messenger Bag Has for Photographers

Most photographers swear by their messenger bags.

How does the saying go? You can pry it from my cold, dead hands, right? Well, that’s how some photographers feel about their messenger bags. Messenger bags have a unique appeal to those who want to be more fashionable or old school. They’re very functional and have lots of uses. The wider ones can act as a platform for doing other things. They also can hold all the gear you really need. We’ve reviewed a ton of them over the past decade. So in this infographic, you’ll learn what we’ve come to know.

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The Reasons You Need a Backpack as Your Next Camera Bag

Getting and choosing the right camera bag is crucial for so many reasons.

Of any standing photo publication, we’ve done the most reviews of camera bags. If you’re looking for one, you come to us. So today, we’re presenting an infographic on choosing the right camera bag. This is specifically for choosing a backpack. I used to love messengers bags, and still think they’re superior to camera bags in some cases. But overwhelmingly, backpacks are the better choice. If I had a week, I wouldn’t have enough time to explain why. But I’m going to try in this blog post.

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Exposure Preview: The Worst Thing for Your Camera’s Autofocus?

We talked to a couple of photographers and tech reps, and it seems like Exposure Preview could be hurting your camera’s autofocus.

Most people shooting with mirrorless cameras shoot with the Exposure Preview on. I’ve never been a fan of it, and I’ve always turned it off. In my mind, you should just learn to read the damn light meter to begin with, and not rely on what the screen says. One could think this is an old school way of thinking, but there are lots of performance benefits. If you’re shooting with a strobe, for example, there’s a great reason to turn exposure preview off. You’re usually shooting at a low ISO setting and faster shutter speeds. Plus, the camera won’t render what the scene will look like with your strobe output anyway. And for years, folks have used exposure preview as a crutch. That isn’t a bad thing, it’s just how people evolved to use cameras. I still recommend that everyone learns to shoot film and learns the art of Sunny 16: it will make you a better photographer. But all this is the long way of my saying that exposure preview is also messing with your autofocus.

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How Many of You Know the Blue Cellophane Rangefinder Trick?

Blue cellophane comes standard as a protective cover on your rangefinder’s viewfinder, but the blue cellophane rangefinder trick can also help you!

I’ve known about this trick for many years and thought everyone else did too. But the truth is most people do not, especially those new to photography. If you shoot with a Leica, Voigtlander, Canon, Zeiss, Zorki, Yashica, or Olympus rangefinder, then you’re in luck! Besides doing a CLA (Clean Lube Adjustment), there are better ways to make your rangefinder more visible. Older rangefinders didn’t have bright patches, or the ones they had deteriorated over time. To make them appear even brighter, there is a little trick involving blue cellophane and the viewfinder, not the rangefinder. Let’s dive into the blue cellophane rangefinder trick!

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Getting the Best Results When Shooting with Natural Light at Home

Most of us are homebound at the moment due to the pandemic, but you can still create great images at home using these natural light photography tips.

One of the tenets behind being a photographer is the mastery of light. Cameras and lenses aside, light is the most important element in image-making. Many professionals prefer to shoot with artificial lighting thanks to how it helps to deliver consistent and repeatable results. However, artificial lighting can be intimating. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges as well. Even for photographers comfortable shooting with artificial light, not all of them own artificial lighting or have access to it while sheltering in place. The good news is that natural light is still available (provided that the weather cooperates). And as long as there’s light, we as photographers can create. Right now, the simple act of creating can be an important therapeutic exercise for many. Check out these natural light photography tips to help you create great images even when you’re stuck at home.

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Why You Should Adore the Awesome 50mm Lens for Photography

As the Reviews Editor for The Phoblographer, I’m often solicited for lens recommendations from beginner photographers. Time and time again, I find myself recommending the 50mm. 50mm lenses make for great additions to every photographer’s arsenal. This is especially true for those just starting and wanting to graduate beyond their kit lenses. It’s a versatile focal length that bridges the gap between wide-angle and telephoto. 50mm lenses, particularly f1.8 versions, are very affordable as well. So versatile, in fact, that many photographers colloquially refer to their budget 50mm lens as a “Nifty Fifty.” On the fence about picking up a Nifty Fifty of your own? Head past the jump to see all you can achieve with the 50mm focal length.

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Buying a Medium Format Camera? This Is What You’re Diving Into

Those getting a Medium format camera will want to know precisely what they’re dealing with.

Photographers, as we know, are very used to what full-frame cameras can do. But they’re not so used to medium format because it’s not as common. A medium format camera is fundamentally a whole different ball game. For starters, you’re going up in pricing and quality. And a photographer will expect the absolute ultimate performance, but they also probably don’t know how to make the most of it. Medium format cameras traditionally were only used for weddings, documentary journalism, landscapes, and portraiture. In some ways today, that’s still the case, but it’s evolved.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Rembrandt Lighting

Named after the 17th-century Dutch master painter, Rembrandt lighting is a popular portrait lighting technique that can create very pleasing results.

When it comes to portrait lighting techniques, there are a ton of variations to choose from. For many portrait photographers, Rembrandt lighting is among one of the most popular. The technique is named after Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, the prodigious 17th-century Dutch master painter whose portraiture subjects frequently showcased this telltale lighting pattern. In our latest original infographic, we will be exploring what Rembrandt lightning is and how you can utilize it in your next portrait shoot.

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