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Location Challenges: How to shoot City Skylines

Matt Kloskowski

Landscape Photography: Start to Finish

Matt Kloskowski

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24. Location Challenges: How to shoot City Skylines


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1 Course Introduction Duration:08:52
3 Camera Gear Duration:11:26
4 Gear Q & A Duration:33:04
7 On Location: Camera Settings Duration:21:59
8 On Location: Composition Duration:27:09
9 Matt Klowskowski - My Story Duration:06:28
10 On Location: Bracketing Duration:15:15
11 On Location: Artistic Choices Duration:16:12
13 On Location: Long Exposure Duration:15:05
14 On Location: iPhone Duration:17:31
15 On Location: Wrap Location Duration:02:15
32 HDR for Landscape Photography Duration:07:54
35 Sky Replacement in Photoshop Duration:18:48
38 Processing Student Raw Images Duration:41:03
39 Final Q&A Duration:14:17

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Location Challenges: How to shoot City Skylines

City skyline, I think you guys already know what I'm gonna say about this one. I think I said it today. So what are the challenges? Challenges are trying to be there at the right time. I think skylines look best with their lights on, kinda like lighthouses. I see a lot of pictures of lighthouses taken midday and they're nice, I mean, lighthouses, most of 'em are beautiful. But to me, I want a picture of a lighthouse with the light on. It's the same thing with a city skyline, I think they really look great with the lights on. It's tough to do, tough to capture it at the right time. I think that twilight time right before sunrise, right after sunset is gonna be your key time, because a black sky just doesn't look as good in those photos. So I think we wanna try to avoid those black skies in there and so we wanna get some color in there. Again, you see a little bit of color. I did a longer exposure on this one. I did like, a 30 second exposure on it, so I'm on a tripod and you see the str...

eaky clouds? It just kinda adds a little bit something different to the photo. So what do you do? Lights should be on. You can't always control this, but try to put yourself there on a day where you think the lights are gonna be on. Weekends are gonna tend to be the worse for city buildings, twilight color for the sky.

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.


Christian Ruvolo

Mat Kloskowski class is really amazing, full of very useful tipps and inspiration. Wonderful pictures by him help to understand the explanations an I am learning A LOT from him!!! Thank you for the class!!! TOP!!!!


I love Matt's teaching style, humor, honesty, friendliness. I love On1 and all the other demos and critiques he does. He makes me enjoy the craft/art of photography much more and is a great inspiration.

a Creativelive Student

This class was for beginners and I believe Matt did a great job of giving students an great introduction to landscape photography. More on the practical than technical side, but that seems appropriate for an intro class. He comes across as a "real" guy who loves what he does and is eager to share his knowledge. Those new to photography will get a lot of helpful information and tips in this course.