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Landscape Photography: Capturing Adventure

Lesson 9 of 13

Midday Shooting

Ryan Resatka

Landscape Photography: Capturing Adventure

Ryan Resatka

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9. Midday Shooting


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1 Class Introduction Duration:02:02
2 Planning Trip Research Duration:03:21
3 7 Principles Duration:04:01
4 Gear Considerations Duration:07:22
5 Packing Essentials Duration:06:14
6 Location Scouting Duration:04:19
7 Sunrise Shooting Duration:18:48
8 Composition Basics Duration:06:14
9 Midday Shooting Duration:03:47
10 Adding Human Element Duration:12:32
11 Sunset Shooting Duration:12:52
12 Post-Production Duration:25:38
13 Wrap Duration:02:29

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Midday Shooting

I like to try and shoot at all times a day. I know a lot of photographers shoot primarily golden hour, which is considered one hour before and after sunset or sunrise. But I really think that mid day offers like a whole new aspect of shooting and there are certain colors and contrasts and lighting aspects that you cannot get other times a day. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna discuss scenes like this behind me and how to utilize it during middle of the day, and how to maximize our time while we're shooting. Oh, I can get a shot of that guy kayaking. Let's do it. (camera beeping and shuttering) So right now what I'm doing is I'm making sure my shutter speed, is pretty good. So that way I can capture his movement. I mean there's no blur. Usually around like 200 frames per second or higher or faster, excuse me. Would be where you'd wanna be at for getting photos like that. (camera beeping and shuttering) Yeah, so it's really cool. Just seeing him head out to Goose Island. And right n...

ow he's like in the reflection looks like he's floating. So I think he's gonna keep going over to there. I wanna see if I can get a photo of him next to the island too. And if I can get a photo of them kind of side by side with those mountains in the background, which will look awesome. So right now it's Mid Day, and there's a reflection, which is actually somewhat rare. Usually middle of the day, there's more air pressure and change in wind. So this reflection right here is, it could go away at any moment. Within the next five, 10 minutes, it could just be gone. So we wanna make sure that we're utilizing the time right and again capturing the photos while we still can before it goes away. I'm gonna move around and try and see if I can get another perspective of him. Think right here is pretty cool just because it gives me an opening for him between these two trees and the island. So that way there's like nice space. I obviously don't wanna shoot him when he's like right coming at, see right now he's coming out of the tree. So there we go. Just gonna wait for him a little, get a little bit closer. Gonna move over. And. (camera beeping and shuttering) Hey they're awesome. (camera beeping and shuttering) And yep, there he is, he made it. So a lot of this has to do with a lot like we we're really lucky that that guy was out there and we were able to get here just in time to capture him, swimming out. His canoe or kayak was also red. So red and this entire landscape is really gonna pop just because of the color contrast. Color contrast in general is very important if you're trying to get good images with subjects that pop. So right here as you can tell, most of this is green and blue and having a red kayak going through is gonna be very noticeable and really stand out. So now that we kind of have a good idea of the lake and were able to get reflections from this spot, we're gonna kind of just go back and forth and see other creative angles we can get while we're taking advantage of this mid daylight.

Class Description


  • Plan and research for your most photographable experience
  • Scout your locations and determine the best time for shooting
  • How to incorporate people into your composition
  • Considerations for sunrise and sunset
  • Gear solutions to keep you trekking without the weight


Get out and explore and capture amazing images as a part of your memories. Adventure Photographer, Ryan Resatka, will take you in the field as he explores and captures one of the most incredible National Parks. He’ll teach how to research and plan your trip in advance so you understand the park guidelines, how to prep your lodging and maximize your success. He’ll walk through his process on a variety of different locations from lakeside to vistas to show how to work through any situation. He’ll teach how to direct, style and work with people to add different compositions to your landscapes. Ryan likes to stay on the road and shooting, so he’ll talk through packing and gear essentials to keep you ready for any photo opportunity that greets you on your journey.


  • Adventure photographers
  • Travel photographers
  • Landscape Photographers


Ryan Resatka is an adventure photographer based out of Los Angeles, California who has a passion for the outdoors and traveling. His passion for adventure has allowed him to work with a variety of world-class brands, companies, and tourism boards. Whether it be the arctic tundra or a tropical beach, Ryan captures the absolute best content for companies that allows them to engage with their audience and consumers. 



This is actually a question....regarding "park guidelines". Will you cover what permits are needed, costs; and most of all "insurance". I'd like to take my photography "pro", but these "hoops" appear to be confusing and expensive. Is there any way around them? Or to get the cost down to reasonable? I live in Nevada near Death Valley and travel to California often.