We launched a new IT training category! Check out the 140+ courses now.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Travel Photography: Desert Road Trip
Illustration by

Travel Photography: Desert Road Trip

with Ben Long

Video: Intro to desert landscape photography

(MUSIC). There are people that say that the desert is empty, that it's barren, that it's a wasteland, that there's nothing there. And honestly, I just don't understand that perspective at all. There is light in the desert that doesn't exist anywhere else, the colors of light, a purity of light because of the dry air, and contrast in textures that you just don't see other places. And for a photographer, that's something that you can explore endlessly. And in this course, you're going to come along with me as I attempt to do that. We're takin a road trip into the desert, a three day road trip, where we're just going to do nothing but shoot.

Watch this entire course now —plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Travel Photography: Desert Road Trip
1h 55m Intermediate Jun 07, 2013

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Every type of location presents its own photographic challenges. For the stark wilderness of Death Valley National Park, these can include harsh desert light, stark landscapes, and a vastness that can be daunting to capture in a single frame. In this course, travel along with author, teacher, and photographer Ben Long to Death Valley to learn about the challenges and techniques behind capturing the exotic beauty and surprising details of the desert.

Topics include:
  • Looking at the light
  • Composing a shot to show rock texture
  • Taking a shot with haze and working it in post
  • Shooting sand dunes in changing light
  • Exploring the vistas for a more dramatic shot
  • Understanding the pace of a place
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Lighting
Author:
Ben Long

Intro to desert landscape photography

(MUSIC). There are people that say that the desert is empty, that it's barren, that it's a wasteland, that there's nothing there. And honestly, I just don't understand that perspective at all. There is light in the desert that doesn't exist anywhere else, the colors of light, a purity of light because of the dry air, and contrast in textures that you just don't see other places. And for a photographer, that's something that you can explore endlessly. And in this course, you're going to come along with me as I attempt to do that. We're takin a road trip into the desert, a three day road trip, where we're just going to do nothing but shoot.

Now when a lot of people hear the word desert, they think big, pillowing clouds of dust blowing off of a sea of dunes that goes all the way to the horizon, and certainly, that is one kind of desert. But desert simply means an area of extremely low rainfall. There's just not a lot of water in the desert, and there are a lot of different places that fit that description. We're going to the low desert. The very low desert. We're going to the lowest place in North America. Death Valley. Along the way you're going to see me trying to carve compositions out of this incredibly vast landscape.

You're going to see me dealing with simple logistical issues. How do I make the best use of light that comes at the beginning and end of the day, over an area that spans hundreds of miles? How do I get by in an environment that's incredibly harsh? What kind of gear do I use? We're going to tackle all of these issues as we prowl back and forth across Death Valley, and a little bit into the surrounding area. So I hope that this course will help you see the photographic potential of the great outdoors. As well as give you an interest in coming to a place that a lot of people describe as empty. But which I see as overflowing.

(MUSIC)

There are currently no FAQs about Travel Photography: Desert Road Trip.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Travel Photography: Desert Road Trip.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.