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By Jim Heid | Thursday, July 22, 2010

Taking the long view on landscape photography

Last week, we published Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography, a new course from Ben Long. Ben is a veteran photographer, teacher, and author. I’ve been reading his articles on photography and Photoshop for years, and my copy of his book, Complete Digital Photography, is as dog-eared as my dog’s ears.

True to its name, Ben’s course focuses on using Photoshop CS5 to make landscape photos look their best—to optimize their appearance and composition in ways that do justice to the original scene.

And because photography isn’t just about Photoshop, Ben and our live-action crew ventured into the great outdoors to shoot some downright gorgeous on-location movies that deal with everything from choosing equipment to shooting images for panoramas and high-dynamic range (HDR) processing.

If the phrase “landscape photography” makes you think of Ansel Adams taking a week to shoot a single photo using a camera the size of a phone booth, think again. All of us shoot landscapes when we’re on vacation or driving along a scenic road.

“One of the most important techniques a landscape photographer needs to master is the U-turn,” Ben once told me.

So whether you specialize in fine-art landscapes or simply like to capture the beauty of the world around you, you’ll benefit from Ben’s creative insights and exceptional teaching ability. Watch a few minutes of Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography and let us know what you think.

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