There are many tripods out there, so how do you know which one to use? In this lesson we'll discuss basic tripod characteristics, including ballhead types, the tradeoff between size and stability, and some examples of what NOT to use.
Now that you are familiar with the equipment you'll need, the next step is capturing the scene. This chapter will teach you how to set up your shot and explore some special techniques you can use to enhance your images.
Capturing the Scene
In this lesson you'll learn how to read the all-important histogram. With it you can make sure your exposures are correct to accurately capture the detail in the lightest and darkest parts of the image.
Reflections in still water create beautiful geometric patterns and colors. In this lesson you'll learn how to capture this kind of shot and get tips on the best equipment, settings, and composition for both black-and-white and color images.
In this lesson you'll learn why you should always shoot using manual exposure techniques. You'll also see how to balance the dynamic range of your image with manual bracketing, ensuring that you get the best image possible.
In this lesson we will take to the skies and explore how to best photograph clouds. You'll learn a special trick for capturing the detail in clouds without losing the detail in the landscape. Be ready to move quickly: Conditions change and clouds move rapidly.
No matter how carefully you shoot your photographs, you will always need to do some post-processing to optimize your images. This chapter introduces you to some useful programs for this kind of work and walks you through the most efficient workflow.
This lesson introduces you to several programs that work together to create an efficient image-processing workflow. You'll learn about Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, and Capture One.
The possibilities for adjusting your image globally in Adobe Photoshop are endless, so don't be afraid to experiment. However, there are a few adjustments that are standard in landscape photography, as you will see in this lesson.
High dynamic range (HDR) is primarily used as a special effect to create edgy images, but it can also be used as an easy dynamic range balancing tool. In this lesson you'll see an example of exactly how to do this using Photomatix.
The Shadow/Highlight dialog box in Adobe Photoshop is a great way to bring down the brightness of an image in order to balance out the dynamic range or to reveal a portion of your image that is hidden by darkness. Watch this lesson and you'll see how.
Don't short-change the clouds in your images - they can turn an uninspired scene into the shot of a lifetime. In this lesson you'll learn how to use Topaz to punch up the cloud detail in your landscape photographs.
In this lesson you'll learn how to effectively and efficiently prepare your image for printing. Some of the important considerations include cleaning up sensor dust, adjusting the contrast using a layer mask, and correctly sizing your final image.
Adobe Photoshop is the workhorse software program for most photographers, but there are a number of plug-in programs that play well with Photoshop and can really help improve your image. You'll learn about Topaz, Nik software, and Neat Image in this lesson.