Location Challenges: How to shoot Mountains


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Location Challenges: How to shoot Mountains

Mountains. What do we do with mountains? One of the things I can tell ya is if you can get first or last light of the day on mountains, looks great. That's one of those things where I don't necessarily, I said I love twilight, after the sun goes down, before it comes up, mountains are one of those things I like the sun to be up just a little bit. See the red glow on him? I want there to be color. See how that first morning light gives you all that texture and that depth there? If you can get that first early morning or last evening light on the mountains, to me that's the way that I think that they look their best. Look at the one off in the distance again, on the left there, that's early morning. Fill the frame. I don't have it here, I don't think I was able to do it on this shot 'cause they're still pretty far off in the distance, but this is Mono Lake. Zoom in. When you have that first morning or late evening light on mountains, sometimes the shot can just be a zoomed-in shot of the...

mountain. Looks cool. In fact, I would've done it, I think I did do it there, and it's still a cool photo too. Zoom in, that can be your photo. Zoom in, fill the frame with it. There's a little thing, you guys ever hear of Alpenglow? You know what's funny about it is, it's called Alpenglow. I thought it was alpine glow, I thought somebody was just mispronouncing it. It's actually named, the person's last name is Alpenglow. But it's the glow after the sun goes down and reflects light on the mountain. That's really what it is, it's not actual direct light on the mountain, it's the sun's down and it's reflecting light and it gives you a glow, which is really kinda what a lot of that is, too. I just thought glow, and it looks like it's glowing, like somebody named it alpine glow. But it's actually the last name of a person. Many of the useful facts that I know in life.

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.


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


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.

Rita Ortiz

Great class by Matt, one of my top favorite teachers at CL. Easy to understand, great tips and amazing photos :) thanks!