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Landscape Photography Tutorials

This page is home to my landscape photography video journal with some free landscape photography tutorials. 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. 

Photography Tutorials and Articles

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.

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.

Video Journals and Tutorials

Check out my YouTube Channel for a complete listing of all of my photography vlogs and tutorials.

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 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.

Fall Colors 2019 Series | Landscape Photography in Saskatchewan

Fall of 2019 was a productive photography season for me. Not only did I get to experience some great hiking and some great conditions, I also took home a few photographs that I was proud of and are in my portfolio today. Hiking in White Butte Trails, Fairy Hill, and Wascana Trails, my fall photography didn’t take place far from home. These five videos cover each of my outings, showing some of the behind the scenes, the unedited photos, and some photography tips along the way.

Fall Colours Pt. 1 | Landscape Photography in Saskatchewan

Landscape Photography Fail | Chasing Fall Colours in Saskatchewan

Landscape Photography | Chasing Fall Colours After a Winter Storm

Forest Photography with Flat Light | Autumn Colours in Saskatchewan

Landscape Photography | Photography the Transition Between Autumn and Winter in Saskatchewan

Tonquin Valley hike in Jasper National Park – Landscape Photography

A friend and I do the Tonquin Valley hike in Jasper National Park during a September backcountry camping trip with hopes for some landscape photography. After getting some nice light on Pyramid Mountain behind Patricia Lake the first morning we battled rain and cloudy conditions for the remainder of the 3-day Tonquin Valley hike. I managed to capture some moody landscape photography in Tonquin Valley itself and filmed other pieces of the hike to show what conditions are like on a rainy September.

Wildflowers and Mosquitoes in Saskatchewan | Landscape Photography

In this weeks episode I battle the mosquitoes for some peaceful landscape photography in an area south of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. After testing Deep Woods Off I managed to reshoot a composition that I photographed last year, this time for real! I photographed both the sunset photo and the moon photo with my Nikon D800e on a Tamron 15-30 2.8.

The Search for Abstracts

With winter drawing to a close I head into a Saskatchewan woodland (White Butte Trails) for some landscape photography. With a nice soft light and brown conditions, I hunt for some more abstract type images. No grand landscapes in this photography vlog!

Landscape Photography in “Flat” Saskatchewan

In this photography vlog I head to Crooked Lake, Saskatchewan for sunrise and landscape and abstract photography. Crooked lake is a nature area and has some unique geological terrain. Combine this with some really breathtaking light across the valley floor, an abstract I had been looking for all winter, and you get some good nature photography

Photoshop: How to Focus Stack

This is a photography tutorial where I teach you how to 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.

Photographing Frozen Waterfalls

In my last landscape photography vlog in the Canadian Rockies for the winter of 2019 I hike and doing some landscape photography in Johnston Canyon. Known for ice and frozen waterfalls in the winter months, it proved to be a fairly successful location for some more abstract photography. I was even able to dabble in some forest photography!

Landscape Photography at Emerald Lake: Planning and Patience.

Join me for a morning of landscape photography at the iconic Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park where the most mind blowing light happened. In this photography vlog I talk about planning for landscape photography, being patient for the right conditions to materialize. Also, I walk through how to take a panorama in the field.
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