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Defining landscape photography

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Landscape photography can be a tricky thing to define. This is plainly a landscape photograph, and so is this. But what about this, or this? The problem we are trying to define landscape photography is that what one person calls a landscape photo, another might consider to be an environmental portrait or an urban landscape or a wildlife photo. For this course, we are going to take more of a classic view of landscape photography and work primarily with shots where the landscape is the main subject of the image.

Defining landscape photography

Landscape photography can be a tricky thing to define. This is plainly a landscape photograph, and so is this. But what about this, or this? The problem we are trying to define landscape photography is that what one person calls a landscape photo, another might consider to be an environmental portrait or an urban landscape or a wildlife photo. For this course, we are going to take more of a classic view of landscape photography and work primarily with shots where the landscape is the main subject of the image.

Our work will be centered on photos whose subject matter is built out of vistas, natural features, and sometimes man-made features that are now part of the scene. There are many reasons that you might choose to shoot a specific landscape. Sometimes a place stirs such emotions in you that you want to try to express those feelings through an image. At other times, you might simply want to report on a location, show it off to other people when you get home. And then there are times when a scene catches your eye simply because of formal elements, a play of light or shadow, or geometry within the scene.

These are all excellent reasons for choosing to take on a shot, for there are no right or wrong ways to select landscape subject matter, just as there are no exact "right" or "wrong" definitions of landscape photography. If you've never shot landscapes before, but have done other types of shooting, you will probably find that most of what you know still applies. Landscapes might present different exposure concerns than what you're used to, and while you probably won't have to worry about approaching strangers or stopping fast-moving action, you will need to think about weather and gear selection, and you might have to pack some things in your bag that you wouldn't take to a location that's closer to civilization.

As with any other type of photography, your primary concern will be light, and your most important practice will be to shoot a lot. Good landscape photos are often discovered as much as they are crafted, and you will stand a much better chance of finding an image if you maximize the time you spend looking through your camera's Viewfinder. For the most part, no matter what your precise definition of landscape photography, and no matter how you choose your subject matter, the technical concerns of landscape photography will be the same. We'll be exploring both the technical and artistic sides of landscape photography in this course, and when you're done, you should have a better idea of how to find shots and how to compose and work them into a finished image.

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Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography

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  1. 3m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
  2. 46m 35s
    1. Defining landscape photography
      2m 23s
    2. Considering cameras and gear
      10m 41s
    3. Shooting and composition tips
      6m 39s
    4. Why you should shoot raw instead of JPEG
      4m 25s
    5. Making selects
      10m 42s
    6. Understanding the histogram
      6m 53s
    7. A little color theory
      4m 52s
  3. 1h 14m
    1. Opening an image
      4m 42s
    2. Cropping and straightening
      9m 56s
    3. Nondestructive editing
      6m 23s
    4. Spotting and cleanup
      3m 53s
    5. Cleaning the camera sensor
      11m 17s
    6. Lens correction
      6m 26s
    7. Correcting overexposed highlights
      7m 29s
    8. Basic tonal correction
      5m 45s
    9. Correcting blacks
      11m 54s
    10. Correcting white balance
      6m 35s
  4. 21m 34s
    1. Performing localized edits with the Gradient Filter tool
      7m 24s
    2. Performing localized edits with the Adjustment brush
      7m 54s
    3. Controlling brush and gradient edits
      6m 16s
  5. 16m 34s
    1. Working with noise reduction
      5m 33s
    2. Clarity and sharpening
      5m 23s
    3. Exiting Camera Raw
      5m 38s
  6. 58m 5s
    1. Retouching
      8m 23s
    2. Using Levels adjustment layers
      10m 59s
    3. Saving images with adjustment layers
      4m 18s
    4. Advanced Levels adjustment layers
      9m 36s
    5. Guiding the viewer's eye with Levels
      8m 48s
    6. Using gradient masks for multiple adjustments
      5m 32s
    7. Correcting color in JPEG images
      3m 15s
    8. Adding a vignette
      3m 25s
    9. Knowing when edits have gone too far
      3m 49s
  7. 33m 24s
    1. Preparing to stitch
      5m 59s
    2. Stitching
      7m 39s
    3. Panoramic touchup
      7m 17s
    4. Shooting a panorama
      4m 58s
    5. Stitching a panorama
      7m 31s
  8. 27m 18s
    1. Shooting an HDR Image
      7m 53s
    2. Merging with HDR Pro
      11m 52s
    3. Adjusting and retouching
      7m 33s
  9. 24m 4s
    1. Why use black and white for images?
      2m 26s
    2. Black-and-white conversion
      7m 13s
    3. Correcting tone in black-and-white images
      7m 38s
    4. Adding highlights to black-and-white images
      6m 47s
  10. 49m 32s
    1. Painting light and shadow pt. 1
      11m 22s
    2. Painting light and shadow pt. 2
      12m 42s
    3. Painting light and shadow pt. 3
      9m 19s
    4. HDR + LDR
      5m 7s
    5. Reviewing sample images for inspiration
      11m 2s
  11. 48m 2s
    1. Sizing
      9m 8s
    2. Enlarging and reducing
      5m 3s
    3. Saving
      1m 24s
    4. Sharpening
      8m 23s
    5. Outputting an electronic file
      9m 4s
    6. Making a web gallery
      4m 17s
    7. Printing
      10m 43s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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