Landscape Photography: Start to Finish

 

Landscape Photography: Start to Finish

 

Lesson Info

Course Introduction

Everybody out there too. Jim said, "Speaking of Hawaii..." And I'm like, "We're going to Hawaii next class aren't we?" And he's like, "No, not happening." All right, welcome guys. Thank you so much for, number one, thank you to the live audience out here for coming out today, and thanks for everybody for tuning in here. So, landscape photography from start to finish, what exactly does all that encompass? We're gonna dive right in, and kind of the format of the class is, it's kind of a one, two and as Jim put it, a three punch, so it's a one, two, three punch, whereas what we're gonna do is punch number one is there's gonna be videos that we throw to that were done before this class. So, I actually came out a couple days ago. We took a crew out into the field. We had incredibly horrible weather, so for all of you photographers who the weather doesn't cooperate, trust me it happens to me all the time. But we got out there. We made some photos. So, we did some stuff out in the field, and ...

then what we're gonna do is, we'll finish those videos. They're all pretty short. They're all somewhere between five and 10 minutes, and then we're gonna come back here live, talk about questions, talk about things. I'm not gonna lie, guys, I'm out in the field, it was cold, it was windy. It's July in San Francisco. I know, I've been here in July before, and I know it's still kind of chilly, but it was cold, it was windy. I'm not gonna lie, like I forget stuff. I forget to talk about stuff. I forget to cover things. As soon as they say cut, I think of oh, I should have said that. So, that's perfect because we come back here and we can talk about those things. You guys can ask questions. We can cover more that way, and that way, you know it's almost like this is the audience that was there with me in the field, but not really. And then the part three of the punch is none of this is complete. It's landscape photography start to finish without post processing. There are certain types of photography where I think the photo is gonna be pretty darn close right out of the camera. If you're into landscape photography, that is not you. Okay? If you're into landscape photography, I'd say the other third of this process is the post production. Our cameras just don't see the world like we see it for a number of reasons: there's dynamic range, there's technical reasons, and then I think there's a lot of aesthetic reasons too that we feel, and that we see when we're there, that we gotta kind of help somebody else feel when they just see a stagnant two dimensional picture on the screen, and I think that's where post processing comes in, and I think it's a big part of landscape photography. So, that's kind of our format. Couple things that I got for you, so we're gonna have, I kind of prepared two things on my website mattk.com/creativelive, and you can go there and put in your email, and I got two downloads for you. You'll see what they are as we get closer to them. One is kind of like, they're both made for your phone, to have up on your phone when you're out shooting and little tip sheets, little things that you can kind of run through as a checklist, so you can check that out there. And then finally, we're gonna jump right into who this class is really for. This part's important to me before we get out into the videos, because I really want to define who I think is gonna benefit the most from this class. So, I think it's people that love shooting outdoors, people with jobs, families, other lives. So, I can't necessarily ask everybody out there on the internet, but we have about 10-12 people here in the room. So, how many of you guys do this for a living, and are making a killing at landscape photography? So, nobody's raising their hand. I think landscape photography's a little bit different. I think we get into it because we love to travel around. We love to experience different things, but at the same time we have, most likely, a job. We've got family. We've got friends. We've got income that we have to mind on how much we spend on photography. How much we spend on going to these places. And I think that's really important to define that. If I'm talking to anybody in this class, that's mainly who I'm talking to, okay? I honestly don't personally know anybody that's making a killing selling landscape photos right now, okay? I know there's people out there that are doing it, I just don't know 'em. So, I know Peter Lik, hey you can go to the art galleries in Vegas, and I guess he's supposed to be making a killing doing it, but that's probably not us. So, people, family, jobs, lives, you know, normal people, just people that wanna shoot and love to shoot. That's who I think this is for. If you're a pro, great. I think the tips that you'll come out with will still help. And then toward the end of the class, I've got some things that've worked for me to make a little bit of extra cash, the business, so I'll share those with you if we wanna help support the habit. We're not probably gonna make our income from it, but we can make a little bit of extra money that maybe buys that new lens or pays for a trip to somewhere to go shoot. Why? So, the why is pretty simple, you know, why are we here? And I think for most of us it's because you know, we're not getting paid. When we do travel, we're usually traveling with family and friends. So why is the stuff that I'm gonna show you here important? Because a lot of the times that I'm shooting, these are the circumstances. I'm with family. I'm with friends. I have limited time. You know, I have a job, my job as an educator. So when I'm not at home in my office making videos, I'm not making money. So, to get out there and shoot, I have limited time, I can't be out shooting, and the other part is I like my family. I like home. Like I don't wanna be gone all the time. I like spending time with my wife and kids. So, it's a big part, as I have a limited amount of time to do this because I have to be home for them. And then, if you fall into this group, the other thing that's cool about what we're gonna cover here is you can't control the time of day. Sometimes you're gonna get to a location at the time you're gonna get to a location, right? You're gonna go, a popular one I had somebody email me, and they said they went to Italy, and they were gonna be on a tour bus on the Amalfi Coast at noon. So, I mean if you haven't seen pictures of the Amalfi Coast in Italy, I mean it's gorgeous. It's this big gorgeous coastline. And I've seen pictures at sunrise and sunset that are magnificent, but that's the time you're going to be there. Anybody go on a cruise ship? I love to cruise. Cruise ships don't get there at sunrise. You know, cruise ships get there at 10 o'clock in the morning, and they leave at 6 o'clock right before sunset. So, I don't get to shoot at the times that I want to. So I think it's when you can't control the time of day. I think we should try to control the time of day. Maybe you can get up early. Maybe you can do something with the wife and the kids, or the husband and the kids while you're out shooting and then be able to get there at some good times of day, but at the same time, we'll show you some tips when you can't. But, a bigger why. So another but why again? Because you love photography. That's why we're here. We love photography. We just wanna do this. We enjoy doing it. It's fun for us to get out there and shoot. Okay, so what? What kinds of things are we gonna cover here? Real quick, we're gonna cover gear. We're gonna cover camera settings. We're gonna cover composition. We'll talk about location. We'll talk about some things that I do to help get and find locations to shoot. When I know that I'm going somewhere, what's the process. Coming out here was actually perfect because Jim and crew had said, "All right, we wanna go out in the field, and we wanna do this, but you know, you have to get permits. You have to do all these things if you're gonna bring a video crew with you. So, we're limited to places that we can go." So it's kind of like, hey Matt, here's where we're going. And I almost think of it as a business trip. This was a business trip for me. I'm coming out here to teach, and I have the opportunity to go shoot. So I'm going to San Francisco, here's where you can go. This is the places where you can go. How do I make a good shot there? I'm going there for business. I wanna take a day to go shoot. What am I gonna do? So, it was actually perfect because I can tell you exactly what I did knowing that I was coming out here, not having been to these locations before and what we did. And then tomorrow we'll finish up with the post processing and editing.

Class Description


It’s one thing to learn how your camera works and study the theory behind landscape photography; it’s quite another to put your knowledge into practice out in the field. Take this class, and you will learn everything you need to know about taking amazing photos of the great outdoors - and turn them into beautiful display-worthy masterpieces.

Join professional landscape and outdoor photographer Matt Kloskowski for this class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to use composition and proper lighting to shoot landscape and outdoor photographs.
  • How to get your images from camera to computer, and how to pick out the best of them.
  • How to enhance your images through Lightroom® and Photoshop®
Matt Kloskowski is a Sony® Artisan of Imagery, and the author of 15 books on post-processing in Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop®. In this class, he will walk you through everything that he does to plan his outdoor shoots, select his gear, capture great shots, and post-process his images to evoke the beauty and grandeur of the outdoors.



Lessons

1Course Introduction
25 Things Every Landscape Photographer Should Know
3Camera Gear
4Gear Q & A
5On Location: Weather & Safety
6On Location Pre-Visualzation Sutro Baths
7On Location: Camera Settings
8On Location: Composition
9Matt Klowskowski - My Story
10On Location: Bracketing
11On Location: Artistic Choices
12On Location: Pre-Visualzation Marshall's Beach
13On Location: Long Exposure
14On Location: iPhone
15On Location: Wrap Location
16Location Challenges: How to Shoot in Open Sun with No Clouds
17Location Challenges: How to shoot Cloudy, Stormy, & Blah Weather
18Location Challenges: How to shoot Beaches
19Location Challenges: How to shoot Waterfalls
20Location Challenges: How to shoot Panorama Vista Scenes
21Location Challenges: How to shoot Lakes
22Location Challenges: How to shoot Mountains
23Location Challenges: How to shoot Deserts
24Location Challenges: How to shoot City Skylines
25Location Challenges: How to shoot Snow
26Location Challenges: How to shoot Backlit Situations
27Outdoor Landscape Workflow & Organization
28Basic Editing in Lightroom: Part 1
29Basic Editing in Lightroom: Part 2
30Lightroom and Photoshop: Intermediate Techniques Pt. 1
31Lightroom and Photoshop: Intermediate Techniques Pt. 2
32HDR for Landscape Photography
33Panoramas for Landscape Photography
34How to shoot Landscape with Adobe Photoshop in Mind
35Sky Replacement in Photoshop
36Processing Project: Stormy Mountains
37Processing Project: Crashing Waves on the Rocks
38Processing Student Raw Images
39Final Q&A