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Lesson 21 of 39

Location Challenges: How to shoot Lakes


Landscape Photography: Start to Finish

Lesson 21 of 39

Location Challenges: How to shoot Lakes


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Location Challenges: How to shoot Lakes

Lakes, so we love glassy reflections. The more glassy we can get. Foreground, you know the other things for lakes? Framing. See the trees framing the lake here? Lakes are great if you can find a natural frame. There's just something about a lake with kind of a tree hangin' over it. It's tough to do. You gotta practice this one because there's a fine line between distraction and frame. And we've probably all seen it. You see a tree that's halfway hanging down over the photo, that's distraction. So there's a fine line between all that. And I can even do a self-critique of myself on this photo and say, if I sent this in to a photo competition, I'm gonna get torn apart for that. Blurry leaves in the foreground, because they're so close to me, this kinda interrupts part of it. But framing in lakes really helps out reflections. So what kinds of things can we do to help with that? Early morning, late evening. You ever notice hot air balloons? When do the hot air balloons go up? Early morning,...

late evening, why? Winds are at their lowest early mornings and late evenings. I'm not saying they're always gonna be down there but by and large, that's when you're gonna have your calmest winds. So if you think you're gonna be near a lake and if you can get out there in early morning or late evening, it's the best time to go. That shot right there, I got to it like, probably an hour, hour and a half before sunset and it was just ripply. And I'm like, oh, man, I'm not gonna get the shot that I thought I was gonna get because I thought I was gonna get that perfect reflection. And sure enough, right at sunset, it just died down and just crystal clear.

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.

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