This free “Ultimate” travel and landscape photography tutorial is three hours long

Jan 20, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This free “Ultimate” travel and landscape photography tutorial is three hours long

Jan 20, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Travel and landscape photography has always been popular, but since everybody now has a camera in their pocket and many are also choosing to take things further with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, it’s really taken off. Finding information on travel or landscape photography isn’t exactly difficult, but Taylor Jackson has combined all his knowledge into this three-hour “Ultimate” travel and landscape tutorial video.

In the video, Taylor goes over everything from tips on learning to “see the light” in the first place, the gear camera settings, dealing with problems you may come across on location and how to overcome them, as well as some specific techniques for you to try and experiment with. I’m not going to touch on every topic he mentions, but here’s a handy index with timestamps.

  • 0:36 Overdramatic Intro
  • 1:40 Learning to See Light and Composition
  • 2:39 Important Foundational Element
  • 3:22 One Tip from Manny Ortiz
  • 4:23 Lenses, Cameras and Character Types
  • 16:30 Gear – Other Important Items
  • 26:12 Camera Modes (Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority)
  • 27:23 Camera Settings
  • 30:18 Light – The Most Important Aspect of Photography
  • 33:00 App for Golden Hour and Blue Hour
  • 33:37 Shooting into a Sunset
  • 36:56 Rule of 3rds, and My Take On It
  • 37:55 Let Me Tell You About My Boat
  • 40:59 Why I’m Shooting Less Through The Viewfinder
  • 42:14 Auto Focus Modes
  • 43:16 White Balance
  • 44:17 Viewfinder Vs. LiveView/Monitor
  • 44:36 Getting More Depth and Sharpness
  • 45:28 Why Use Long Lenses in Landscapes
  • 46:13 Blue Hour vs. Golden Hour
  • 46:39 General Handheld Shutter Speed Rule
  • 47:19 Waiting for Northern Lights in Iceland
  • 47:50 When Locations Just Don’t Work
  • 49:59 Showing Movement in The City / Slow Shutter Handheld
  • 50:51 Frames // Interlinked
  • 51:38 Natural Frames
  • 55:46 Polarizing Filters
  • 57:31 Mid Day Harsh Sun Photos
  • 1:00:00 Waterfall Long Exposures in Iceland
  • 1:00:13 LOL Whoops
  • 1:00:29 It’s Probably a Great Transitional Scene. You’ll Never Know.
  • 1:02:26 Very Important Japanese Toilet Content
  • 1:03:32 Long Exposures in the City at Blue Hour
  • 1:06:10 Times to Use a Super Wide Angle Lens
  • 1:07:22 Long Exposures WITHOUT a Tripod
  • 1:08:56 Shibuya Crossing, and Including People with a Super Wide
  • 1:10:19 Ice Caves, and Complimentary Images
  • 1:11:20 Panning and Capturing Movement
  • 1:13:20 Rooftop City Scapes
  • 1:15:04 Symmetry Reflections and Panoramas
  • 1:17:20 The Element of Random – City Photography from a Moving Car
  • 1:18:52 Photographing The Stars
  • 1:18:24 Northern Lights Photography
  • 1:21:38 Blue Hour City Scapes and Natural Contrast
  • 1:23:39 Blue Hour City Long Exposures
  • 1:26:16 Post Processing
  • 1:26:48 Get a Tablet
  • 1:28:49 Adobe Lightroom
  • 1:31:03 Photo Mechanic
  • 1:32:45 Adobe Lightroom Library View – The One Thing I Use It For
  • 1:34:44 Adobe Lightroom Overview – All The Tools and Sliders I Use
  • 1:41:45 Editing RAW Files From Video In Lightroom
  • 2:20:51 Making a Long Exposure From Multiple Frames
  • 2:29:12 Building and Editing Panoramas
  • 2:55:12 Adobe Photoshop – The Only Thing I Use It For
  • 3:04:49 Final Thoughts

Taylor uses the Nikon Z6 throughout the video, and he has actually made all of the raw files (48 of them) available to download for free (if you sign up to his mailing list) so that you can take a crack at editing them yourself.

One of the things Taylor wants to emphasize with this video is just how much you can do with little gear. Equipment is very capable these days compared to what most of us were using a couple of decades ago, and it’s become much easier to go away somewhere and come back home with some great shots.

What’s your biggest travel or landscape photography issue that wasn’t addressed in the video?

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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