Bruno Pisani Explores How Details Reveal the Photographer’s Vision

All photos by Bruno Pisani. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Feeling the need for some serious photography inspiration? We’re sure today’s featured series by Italian photographer and videographer Bruno Pisani fits the bill. Aside from being a showcase of moody scenes and stunning details, it’s also a great example of what we can achieve when we work on our creative vision before anything else. If you’re into landscape photography or simply have a fondness for otherworldly imagery, you’re in for a treat!

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7 Great 70-200mm Zoom Lenses Perfect for Portraits and More

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The 70-200mm zoom lens is incredibly versatile and should be in every photographer’s camera bag.

There are quite a few lenses that can be considered the swiss army knives of the photography world. Lenses that spring to mind include 24-105mm lenses, 24-70mm lenses, and when it comes to primes the 35mm focal range is one that works in just about every genre of photography. There is, however, another lens that is equally as versatile as those previously listed. 70-200mm zoom lenses are fantastic in that they can be used for event work, portraiture, photojournalism, landscape photography, sports photography, and even documentary work. In this roundup, we will take a quick look at seven of our favorite 70-200mm zoom lenses. Continue reading…

Al Mefer Reimagines Alien Worlds Through Familiar Landscapes

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Since the dawn of space exploration, mankind has been dreaming of the worlds that could possibly be out there, just waiting to be discovered. Would they look anything like ours? Could they be our home away from home as humans evolve into a spacefaring race in the distant future? We’ve often turned to art, guided by our limitless imagination, to answer these questions of science. It’s always fascinating to see what photographers come up with. Spanish photographer and visual artist Al Mefer, for example, takes us to worlds both alien and familiar in his whimsical two-part series aptly titled Sleepwalking in Outer Space.

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You Really Should Stop Over-Photoshopping Your Landscape Images

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What if we told you that you can make beautiful landscape images without Photoshopping them to death.

Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One, and any photo editing software out there (including Instagram) can help make our images look great. As good as these programs are though, they can easily be abused. Unfortunately, there seems to be a growing trend where photographers are taking things too far during post, especially when it comes to landscape images. The world is a beautiful place, but there are many hell-bent on making their landscape images look like something from an alien planet. When you over-process your pictures, you’re doing the scene zero justice. You’re just destroying what would otherwise have been a gorgeous image. Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

Photography Cheat Sheet: Canon’s Ultimate Landscape Photography Tips

Want to get better at capturing majestic landscapes? Canon has you covered with their ultimate landscape photography cheat sheet!

Many of us naturally gravitate towards landscape photography upon discovering a love for travel and the great outdoors. There comes a need to immortalize the beauty of sprawling vistas and nature’s beauty in photos. For this, there are some key things to keep in mind when shooting. Canon has put together a photography cheat sheet featuring a bunch of simple tips to help us nail shots that go beyond Instagrammable.

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Mitch Rouse: Stunning Aerial Photos in Glorious Medium Format

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If the unique abstract quality of aerial photography is your cup of tea, you must have been on the lookout for our next featured body of work. To inspire you today, we bring the stunning work of Wyoming-based Mitch Rouse, showcasing a variety of landscapes and terrains that look otherworldly when viewed from above. As latest additions to our favorite aerial snaps, they make perfect examples of how changes in perspective can reveal nature’s artistry and penchant for abstract imagery.

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8 Lenses to Pair with Your Fujifilm X-T3 for Stunning Landscape Images

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The Fujifilm X-T3, when paired up with any of these lenses, will become a landscape photographers best friend.

The Fujifilm X-T3 is a master of all trades when it comes to photography. The 26.2 Megapixel X-Trans sensor is capable of resolving a ton of detail, and it can produce gorgeous colors. Couple these thing with the fact that it is weather-sealed, affordable at $1,499, and has a vast library of lenses to go with it, and you begin to see why the camera is so popular. The X-T3 just happens to be great for landscape photography too thanks to these characteristics, and when paired with the lenses we have chosen below, it will help you produce luscious landscapes that will show off the true beauty of the world around you. Continue reading…

Kevin Krautgartner Plays with Light and Shadow in Aerial Photos of Dunes

All photos by Kevin Krautgartner. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We’ve been following a lot of outstanding aerial photography lately for the abstract imagery they offer to intrepid photographers. It’s exciting to see them uncover nature’s breath-taking art that stays hidden from most of us. It’s also interesting how each shot is a testament to the impact of perspective on perception. Case in point is the expanse of sand dunes that German photographer Kevin Krautgartner captured to present a mesmerizing dance of light and shadows.

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Opinion: 35mm Is the Most Versatile Focal Length in Photography

The 35mm lens beats your 50mm and your 28mm lens at everything with its absolute balance on subject matter.

While I personally see the world more in 28mm, 35mm is the best when it comes to versatility with creating images. When first starting out, I was told to use 50mm. And it was wrong. It was dead wrong. I’ve grown to appreciate what 50mm can do, but I’m not a fan of it nor the marketing and cults that seem to be behind it. While I see the world in 28mm, the variety of 28mm lenses on the market right now are just not that perfect. But 35mm lenses are pretty darned great. In an ideal world, we’d have more 40mm lenses; we don’t.

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Review: Panasonic S1R (The DSLR Shooter’s Mirrorless Camera)

With the Panasonic S1R photographers are getting another soon to be great camera system that needs to evolve a bit more.

When the Panasonic S1R was announced last year, I was very excited that a company was creating a real professional competitor to Sony. But when I held it in my hand, I grew concerned about its size. It’s big: the antithesis of what mirrorless cameras are supposed to be. When the time came for me to test the camera, I realized the Panasonic S1R reminds me of a world I left behind years ago: the DSLR world. This camera is designed to bring those who love big, beefy DSLRs over to mirrorless. It’s less designed for the Leica M style users (that I relate to much more). What you’re getting from the Panasonic S1R is very good performance, but I’m not sure it justifies the size.

Editor’s Note: Autofocus section has been updated as of December 2019.

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Andreas Urscheler: Minimalist Mountain Scenes in Monochrome

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Been thinking about going monochrome for your next landscape photography project? If the mountains are your next destination, we have just the right series to inspire you. Zurich-based Andreas Urscheler takes us along the majestic curves and winter slopes of the Davos and Piz Kesch area in Switzerland through his beautiful minimalist snaps in black and white.

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Paolo Pettigiani’s Full Spectrum Nikon D750 Photos of the Aeolian Islands

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Charmed by infrared photography and thinking of taking the plunge into the craft? Our featured landscape series should be more than enough to give you that push. We’re putting the spotlight back on Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani, who previously impressed us with his infrared photos of the Dolomites and New York City’s Central Park. This time, we have our eyes on his surreal infrared snaps of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily.

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Our Favorite Landscape Photographers with Under 10k Instagram Followers

Back again with another selection of photographers under 10k Instagram followers. This time we look at landscape photography.

A beautiful landscape can almost be universally enjoyed. There’s just something about the earth’s nature that makes us all feel good. But creating a jaw-dropping landscape photograph is no easy job. Those glorious views, full of color and light take time, experience, and patience to turn into an image. And that hard work that landscape photographers put in should be valued and respected. The talented bunch below is no exception to the rule, and their efforts need to be seen by more people!

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First Impressions: Capture One Latitude Style Packs (Very Versatile)

The new Capture One Latitude Style Packs deliver some of the most versatile looks of any style packs yet.

Today, Capture One is announcing two new style packs under their new Latitude series: Pacific and Infinite Peaks. These were put together in collaboration with photographers Bryan Minear and John Schell. They’re designed for a variety of different needs; both of these shooters come from different backgrounds. In each style pack, which will run you $34 for a limited time, you’ll get a few presets (or styles) to apply to your imagery and manipulate however you’d like. If you want both, you’ll be able to grab them for $49 for a limited time. Like all other Capture One style packs, they’re easy to import into your software and immediately begin working with. We took a look at them before release and they may be our favorite official packs, even over the Editorial. However, they’re still not beating RNI Films.

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Doug Golupski: Shoot Kodak Aerochrome Like Slide Film

With Kodak Aerochrome still one of the most enigmatic yet sought after emulsions today, we couldn’t help but ask Doug Golupski to tell us how he works with this film to create stunning landscape snaps.

“If you understand how to shoot slide film, Aerochrome is no different,” Doug Golupski said on the common misconception that Aerochrome is a fragile film that requires special treatment. It is indeed a special infrared film, as his stunning results, and many before him, show us. His Kodak Aerochrome snaps are among the best we’ve seen, so we thought it was only proper to put them on spotlight — and ask him more about his tips and tricks for making the most out of this film. If you’ve ever wanted to grab some rolls but also felt afraid of wasting them, this interview feature should be an insightful resource for you.

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Justyna Zduńczyk Reveals the Idylls of the Polish Highlands

All photos by Justyna Zduńczyk. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Poland is home to some of the most stunning and postcard-worthy landscapes, as we’ve seen through the lens of photographers like Przemyslaw Kruk and Kilian Schönberger. But there’s more to the Polish landscapes than the surreal locations they photographed, and we have one more series to add variety to that. Enter the rustic series of another Polish travel photographer, Justyna Zduńczyk, which shows us a slice of idyllic life in the so-called Polish Highlands. If you’re looking for inspiration on capturing life by the countryside, this collection is one you should check out.

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Claire Droppert: What Silence in Dutch Landscapes Looks Like

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The power of stunning landscape photography lies not only in inspiring awe and sometimes wanderlust but also in its ability to emulate certain ideas and emotions. We’ve seen it in a lot of surreal landscapes previously featured, and we’re adding another fitting addition to the roster. In her beautiful collection titled Dutch Silence, Rotterdam-based photographer and designer Claire Droppert take us to some of the most tranquil vistas in the country, showing us how these sights and scenes emulate a relaxing silence.

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Stian Klo Reveals the Stunning Color Palette of Northern Italy’s Autumn Landscapes

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Whether you’re an intrepid travel photographer or a landscape photographer with a keen interest for detail, we’re sure that you pay a lot of attention to the colors of your chosen destinations. Norwegian landscape photographer Stian Klo, for example, showed us the various colors and moods that the snow-capped Finnish Lapland can produce depending on the time of the day. In another series, he reveals the rich colors of Northern Italy during his visit in Fall of 2018, giving us a tip on the best time of the year to visit if you want this color palette on your landscape photos.

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Marco Grassi’s Aerial Photography Reveals Earth’s Most Otherworldly Textures

Marco Grassi shows us more of nature’s wonders that aerial photography opens our eyes to.

With the advent of drone photography came greater accessibility to the art (and technicality) of aerial photography, and it’s been truly amazing to see what photographers have been creating with it. Tom Hegen‘s minimalist-inspired projects are great examples, and we definitely are keen on adding more to the pile. The latest in our roster of favorites is the stunning, otherworldly series of Italian photographer Marco Grassi. If you’re interested in aerial photography or drone photography, we’re sure this series will give you the inspiration and further push that you need.

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Stian Klo Reveals the Surreal Vistas of Finnish Lapland

All photos by Stian Klo. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We’ve seen a fair bit of beautiful landscape photography, in all its surreal glory. It’s stuff we’ll never get tired of. That’s why we’re adding one more series to our favorites: the snaps of Norwegian landscape photographer Stian Klo during his visit to the frozen Finnish Lapland in early January 2019. Whether you have yet to tick off this destination from your bucket list or already have plans to explore its snowy expanse, we’re sure this series will inspire you to brave the cold and bring home some stunning photographic keepsakes of your own!

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Andy Lee Showcases Beauty in Decay in His “Abandoned” Series

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There’s always something about abandoned houses and even ruins that make them perfect subjects for emotive photography. In fact, that’s precisely why there’s a genre — urban exploration photography — especially dedicated to it. We’ve put the spotlight on several photo series set in these abandoned locations, and today, we’re adding the Abandoned series of Pembroke-based Andy Lee to the pile.

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