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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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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Capture Beautiful Fall Landscapes with These Incredible Telephoto Lenses

Telephoto lenses will help you capture fall landscapes in new and exciting ways.

When you think of landscape photography, I’m sure you automatically think of wide-angle lenses. I don’t blame you. For years, wide-angle lenses were my go-to for landscapes. I just love being able to capture sweeping vistas and colossal mountain ranges. However, did you know that telephoto zoom lenses are great for landscapes too? It’s true. You can create some genuinely unique landscape images with telephoto zooms. Landscape images usually have so much going on that gorgeous details get lost. Telephoto lenses will help make those details come to life. After the break, we’ll show you some incredible telephoto zoom lenses that will help you create beautiful fall landscapes.

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Why Live Composite is One of the Best Things to Happen To Cameras

The Live Composite feature is so incredibly fun to play with.

Unless you’re shooting with Olympus and Panasonic, you’ve probably never heard of Live Composite. In our constant search to move away from editing, this is a feature we adore. It means that a photographer needs to think about something beforehand. They need to be very careful. And best of all, they need to not rely on Photoshop. When someone says, “Photoshop it later,” a part of me dies inside. It’s awful. But with Live Composite, a photographer can stay out in the field creating. If you’re a hobbyist or a professional who really just wants to shoot, we encourage you to try it.

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Capture Fabulous Fall Landscapes with These Great Lenses

The fall landscapes you’ll capture with these lenses will be your best yet.

It’s almost here! Soon crisp air will surround us, pumpkin spice everything will be in our faces, and gorgeous fall colors will amaze us. All photographers want to make beautiful fall landscape images. If you want to capture these landscapes and do them justice, you’re going to need lenses that are up to the task. In this roundup, we’ll take a quick look at some beautiful lenses on various platforms that will make your fall landscapes come to life.

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How Photography Was My Shield in Battling Loss and Grief

Like many of you, I’ve used photography as a form of therapy.

“Hey, Auntie Joan, isn’t this the day we cremated Grandpa?” That’s how my day started–by looking at memories on Facebook and remembering a time when I first became content with shooting landscapes. This was an incredibly difficult time. I was in my early 20s and already facing an incredibly rough job at the B&H Photo Social Media Dept. But I remember when my sister called me to tell me about how a stroke had destroyed over 40% of my grandfather’s brain. So my sister, mother and I got into our car, left our home in Queens for a few nights and went up to Toronto. You see, this was a complicated death. It’s one that we had been expecting for a long time. But a few things made this one especially difficult for me, and my Canon 5D Mk II was my only shield. As I type that, I remember the day that I threw it down the trash chute in my old Brooklyn apartment. That camera was my shield. And like many of you, photography has been a welcome distraction for holding back tears and completely losing it.

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Opinion: Instagram Could Really Use AI or Curators for Hashtags

Curated Hashtags were part of what made Tumblr awesome: Instagram could surely benefit from it.

Sometimes I wonder if photographers don’t know the difference between one genre and another, but most of the time I believe folks try to penetrate any hashtag they possibly can in an attempt to get the most traction. It’s pathetic, it’s stupid, and quite honestly it’s a slap in the face of photography. Instagram has proven time and time again that it doesn’t care. They instead serve you ads and keep you on their platform as much as possible. One of the best things they could do is create community-curated hashtags with actual editors, in the same way Tumblr did. Though the now almost-dead platform is pretty much used for porn, well, you know, it did a great job with community curated options.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Using Foreground Interest in Landscape Photography

You’ve heard about putting interesting elements on the foreground of landscape photos. This photography cheat sheet explains how.

Among the important landscape photography techniques every beginner should learn is how to draw the eyes to the shot by adding a foreground element. A common mistake with landscape photography is thinking it’s only about shooting a sweeping capture of the scene: a misconception that reduces the shot to a snapshot that lacks a clear subject or point of interest. This is where today’s photography cheat sheet is useful with some tips on adding foreground interest and leading lines to strengthen your landscape photography.

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Gabor Nagy Showcases the Magnificent Little Volcanoes of Iceland

All photos by Gabor Nagy. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you’ve ever needed more reasons to believe that Iceland is one of the most magical and otherworldly places on Earth, the stunning aerial photographs of Gabor Nagy will definitely give you another. In part four of his Iceland From Above series, the Budapest-based photographer and Sony Ambassador takes us to the Stampar volcanic crater row in the Reykjanes Peninsula. Not only does this selection strongly suggest checking out the region if we haven’t yet, but also showcases more of the otherworldly landscapes that Iceland has come to be known for.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Landscape Photography Checklist

Before you embark on your first landscape photography adventure, make sure to go through today’s photography cheat sheet.

When it comes to landscape photography, being prepared is paramount to getting the picture-perfect shots. This doesn’t only involve picking out the best spots, but also making sure you cover all the other important stuff that you need to do before, during, and after the shoot. For today’s featured photography cheat sheet, we have a simple yet effective check list that will help you avoid making the mistake of being unprepared.

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6 Tripods for Landscape Photography and Great Spring Photos

If you want to capture the beautiful colors that this time of year brings, these tripods for landscape photography are going to help.

For lovers of landscape photography, there is nothing better than seeing long winter months give way to warmer days of spring and the beautiful colors that come with it. To capture all the detail in the magnificence around you, you’re going to need a tripod that can help get the most out of the powerful sensor in your camera. In this roundup, we will take a quick look at six tripods for all budgets that will help you create memorable pictures of spring landscapes.

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Review: Olympus OMD EM1 III (A Travel Photographer’s Imperfect Gem)

This review was updated in August 2022.

Though I’m hesitant to call the Olympus OMD EM1 III a specialized camera, it could be the best way to describe it. Travel, landscape, wildlife, and night photographers will adore its features. The small size combined with small lenses, deep depth of field at open apertures, and the build quality is all highly prized. When the aging sensor at the heart of the Olympus OMD EM1 III starts to rear its ugly head, Olympus can deliver beautiful images via the art filters. In my discussions with other journalists, I feel like the Art Filters are what truly makes Olympus unique. It’s synonymous with Fujifilm’s Film Simulations. If you don’t believe me, I’ve got one word for you: Acros. While traveling, the system is lightweight and one of the most manageable that I’ve used. And no matter where you’re traveling to, the Olympus OMD EM1 III has durability almost comparable to the EM1X. So why would you leave Sony, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica, Panasonic, or Fujifilm for an Olympus OMD EM1 III? Honestly, I’m still pondering who the photographer is that would do just that.

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When It Comes to Landscape Photography and Fujifilm, Use These Lenses

These Fujifilm lenses, when paired with any Fujifilm X mount camera, will give you the results you want when it comes to landscape photography.

When is the best time for landscape photography? Anytime is the best time for landscape photography! And if you have a Fujifilm camera and want to capture the splendor of the world around you, this roundup will help you. There are a ton of great Fujifilm lenses on the market, but when it comes to landscape photography, these are the cream of the crop. Join us after the break to see which Fujifilm lenses we recommend for landscape photography.

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Opinion: Ansel Adams Was More of a Chemist Than a Photographer

Photographer Ansel Adams specialized in landscapes and the development process–and less so on the art of photography.

This piece is written after some very careful thinking about Ansel Adams. He’s a celebrated photographer who took a lot of photos during his time. But, what made him famous more than anything else could perhaps be his development process and his prints. He’s one of the creators of the Zone system, and that translated into the work he conducted in the darkroom. But think carefully: what makes his work different than someone who specialized in laboratory work? Surely, anyone could have shot these same photos, right? But not everyone could have developed the images to be the same, which further means that without the process he created in the darkroom, his images wouldn’t have been anything special.

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Jonas Daley Reimagines Chinese Landscapes as Surreal Scenery

All photos by Jonas Daley. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Among our favorite approaches to landscape photography are those that invite the viewer to abandon the familiar and use their imagination to look at a certain location. It definitely shows in many of the alien-inspired vistas and abstract-driven works we’ve featured in the past. The latest to catch our attention is a surreal series by New York-based Jonas Daley, where he transforms the mountainous expanse of China into an infrared-inspired wonderland. If you like the look and colors of this dreamy aesthetic, we think his work will catch your attention.

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3 Sony Lenses That Excel at Landscape and Cityscape Photography

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These Sony lenses produce gorgeous colors and capture tons of detail, which makes them perfect for landscape and cityscapes.

We recently compiled a list of Sony cameras ideal for landscape and cityscape photographers. Sony makes some of the best cameras and lenses on the market. The three Sony lenses we list after the break are the ones we would leave home with if we were going out to capture the magnificence of the countryside or the awe-inspiring cities we live in. There are cheap, expensive, big, small, and a variety of other lenses in between, but here are the three we think are the best.

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Review: Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD (Almost G Master Sharpness)

The Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD is a lens that wide-angle shooters may not want to remove from their Sony cameras.

When I was testing the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD lens, I almost never wanted to take it off of my camera. Believe it or not, it wasn’t because of the image quality (although it’s good in and of itself), but it’s size. It felt like a lightweight prime that wasn’t overly mammoth. It was a nice reminder of what mirrorless cameras are supposed to be: smaller and lighter with the lenses to suit them. With an $899 price point, I think the photographers who go for the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD are going to be very happy. Pros and enthusiasts alike will appreciate the fact that it can survive heavy rainfall and continue to pump out great images. Couple this with how quickly it focuses and how reliable the lens can be, and you’ve got a winner. If I’m getting your hopes up though, you should note that this isn’t a G Master lens.

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Arild Heitmann Showcases the Stunning Mountain Scenery of Senja Island

All photos by Arild Heitmann. Used with Creative Commons permission.

The last time we shone the spotlight on Arild Heitmann and his work, we had a great tour of the visual wonders Iceland has come to be known for. Today, we want to present another set of magical landscapes from him, this time a place closer to his home: Senja Island in Norway. If you’re looking for the next stunning northern destination to visit and photograph, we’re sure you’ll be convinced after looking through this collection!

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Arild Heitmann Unveils the Otherworldly Highlands of Iceland

All photos by Arild Heitmann. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Iceland is a famed destination sought after by intrepid travelers and adventurous photographers. Just how many of us have drooled over and dreamed of setting foot in such a surreal place? All the photos we’ve seen prove that when it comes to otherworldly locations, we often don’t need to look far. Today’s featured snaps by landscape photographer and adventurer Arild Heitmann are no exception. If you’ve ever needed some convincing to finally fly to the magical island nation, let this stunning series give you the final push!

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Review: Leica SL2 (The Camera for the Photographer That Prints)

The Leica SL2 is the follow up to the Leica SL1 that saved a photojournalist.

Throughout my review of the Leica SL2, I tried to keep in mind who the camera is for. Before you snarkily say that it’s for those with too much money, the Leica SL2 has a lot of merit and value to it. It’s fantastic for printing with its special 47MP full-frame sensor. It handles image noise very well. In fact, the overall image quality is great. This is partly thanks to the stellar lenses for the L mount. But it’s also got autofocus that can’t keep up with the rest of the market. Couple all of this together with the ridiculously amazing weather sealing rating and you’ve got a damned great camera. But then give it a nearly $6,000 wrapper, and you’ll sit there scratching your head. But with all this said, it’s a very solid camera.

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Shooting and Converting Color Landscape Photos Into Stunning Black and White

Thanks to the so-called digital darkroom, it’s now easy to shoot in color to convert the images to black and white later. But you have to do it the right way to get the best results.

Shooting black and white goes more than just taking away the colors or shooting in your camera’s monochrome mode. There’s a lot of things to check and keep in mind before you can get a good black and white image, especially when you’re shooting landscapes. To help us with this, Doug McKinlay shares some of his useful tips when shooting and editing black and white landscape photos in a video by Adorama.

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