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LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIALS

This page is home to FREE landscape photography and night photography tutorials, both written and video. Learn the basics of landscape photography or go further in a more advanced topic. I started these with the hope that these would inspire and teach you some landscape photography tips, my approach, my philosophy, and a bit of my workflow. 

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY AND ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY ARTICLES

Landscape Photography Guide: Light and Composition

Every landscape photograph taken, past and present, is a combination of composition, light (and potentially colour). That’s not to say that every landscape photograph uses light correctly or has a compelling composition. It’s usually the opposite, many (including my own) fall short in one or both. This failing is what leaves our viewer and ourselves unsatisfied with the image. The purpose of this article is to help you recognize the types of light that exist combined with a solid understanding of the subject in composition, can create compelling landscape photography that first speaks to you, and ultimately, the viewer.

A landscape photograph of methane bubbles on abraham lake during sunrise in the winter

Beginner Guide to Night Photography

Have you wondered how to photograph the night sky? Do you enjoy taking pictures of the stars, but wish you could get better results? In this night photography guide for beginners, you will learn all you need to know about photographing the night sky with the landscape. By the end of this article you will understand the fundamentals of night photography, the camera settings required, and, as a bonus, the six things I wish I knew when I began night photography.

The milky way core arches in a full panorama over a lone tree in Saskatchewan

Deepscapes: Leave the Wide-Angle Lens at Home

This is an article I wrote for another website and covers my enjoyment of Deepscape landscape astrophotography. The goal of this article is to engage people with the night sky beyond just the milky way. To hopefully shift people into more creative pursuits of night photography. In the article, I cover my journey into Deepscapes, chat about how I approach them and go through the story behind my NASA APOD winning Deepscape photograph of the cosmic triangle created by the Moon, Venus, and the Pleiades.

An astrophoto of the conjunction of the moon, Venus, and the Pleiades over the Saskatchewan landscape

Free Planning Tools for Night Photography

When I first picked up night photography a few years ago, planning barely included filling up my car with gas. I’d simply drive away from the city in any direction, moon or no moon, and snap a photo. It didn’t take long before I became frustrated with this approach and I determined I needed to learn the tools that it takes to plan thoroughly for night photography. The other thing you need to know about me, I am cheap. So my planning workflow needed to include tools that were completely free for me to use.

Night photography of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex rising over some Saskatchewan trees

Landscape Photography Video Tutorials

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5 Beginner LANDSCAPE Photography Tips I Wish I Knew

Starting landscape photography? Here are the 5 landscape photography tips I wish I knew when I was a beginner. In this tutorial, you’ll learn that new cameras and lenses aren’t going to improve your photos, how to think about settings and exposure differently, the first step to creative landscape photography, destination vs. local photography, and getting the right light for your scene.

Recognizing Light in Landscape Photography

Light is arguably THE most important part of landscape photography. In this landscape photography tutorial, I’ve distilled the types of light into three main types. Recognizing light will help move you from beginner to master of landscape photography. Understanding light will help you take better photos and aid you in your compositions. I hope that this beginner landscape photography tutorial encourages you to become a student of light. Which I believe helps us tell the stories, and find the freedom to express, what we need to express in our landscape photography.

6 Tips for Better Image Composition in Landscape Photography

In this landscape photography tutorial, I’ll review 6 tips for better composition in your nature and landscape photography. However, this isn’t just another video talking about the rule of thirds and other rules for image composition. My goal is that by the end of this tutorial, you’re encouraged to free yourself from restrictive composition rules in landscape photography so you can be truly creative. To help you with that, I’ll be sharing my 5 favorite approaches to composition in the field, and share some tips for defining the subject of your photo.

Photoshop: How to Focus Stack

This is a landscape photography tutorial where I teach you how to focus stack your landscape photos in Photoshop and in the field. It is a photographic and post-processing technique used to overcome softness in the parts of your photos that aren’t in perfect focus. Also, I will include one tip that saved me hours and isn’t a technique that many know about.
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