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LOCATIONZ : landscape lessons on location & post-processing

Kick-start your landscape photography with killer compositional tips, then learn to edit your images in Photoshop
Instructor:
Ray Salisbury
199 students enrolled
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Students will fast-track their scenic photography, enhancing their images with pro-level techniques.

About this course:

This masterclass has been created for the Intermediate-level photographer who wants to improve their Landscape Photos.
Each location shoot has been deconstructed into 4 topics:

  1. Chasing The Light: planning, scouting, light quality, and dozens of tips specific to scenic photography.
  2. Composition: how to frame your shots, using techniques to create balanced and interesting images.
  3. Camera Settings: aperture, shutter speed, I.S.O., how and where to focus, plus the use of filters and accessories.
  4. Computer Workflow: how to develop and enhance a digital negative (RAW) file. From basic exposure tweaks, to complex Luminosity Masking.

What will I learn?

  • By the end of this course, you will understand how to plan and implement your location shoots.
  • You will become more confident in using industry-standard software to edit and enhance your RAW photos.

Features:

  • 10 lessons on location (in the field) – from a qualified teacher
  • 10 post-processing lessons in Adobe Camera Raw & Photoshop – from an experienced pro photo editor
  • RAW files from the location shoots, so you can follow along with the tutorials
  • Transcripts of all Photoshop tutorials. Download & print them off for reference
  • 12 x Behind The Scenes movies showing the photographer’s road-trips across New Zealand

Bonuses:

  • 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee on all Udemy courses
  • Preview some of the content – try before you buy!
  • Manually download all the videos and RAW files to your computer – if you are going to be “off the radar.”

What you need:

  • Owning a decent DSLR camera would certainly be helpful.
  • Having a copy of Adobe Photoshop loaded onto your PC (or Mac) is vital if you wanna follow the post-processing tutorials, which form the bulk of the course content. You will need enough disk space to download Ray’s RAW image files, and sufficient RAM to run Photoshop.
  • Adobe Camera Raw is the app bundled with Photoshop, and is a cut-down version of Lightroom. This is free, and part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan subscription. (Older, stand-alone versions of Photoshop also include Camera Raw, though this must be up-to-date).

What students are saying: 

  • Pawel Czerwinski: “A great course! I definitely recommend it. It covers topics like setting
    up your DSLR right for the scene, composition and such.
    The workflow is
    quite demanding but it gives really impressive results (for example
    section 9 on Hooker Lake; amazing!)”
  • Peter George: “The composition lessons helped me understand why some of my photos work and
    others don’t, and helped me be more deliberate in my composition.”

About the tutor:
Ray Salisbury has been shooting landscapes for over 45 years, specializing in mountain and coastal scenery. His work has been featured in calendars and magazines and sold on stock image libraries. For 12 years Ray taught art, design and computing at high school, and brings his passion for teaching to Udemy. His favourite program is Adobe Photoshop, which he has been using since 1992.

Comprehensive Course Curriculum (what’s covered in this course):

  1. Chasing The Light: Planning / Timing / Scouting / Shooting on the coast / Framing / Sunstar effects / Lens Flare / Colour temperature / Reflections / The Photographer’s Ephemeris / PhotoPills app
  2. Composition: Colour Theory /Symmetry & balance / Perspective / Rule of Thirds / Rule of Odds / Lead-in Lines / Focal Points / Foreground Interest / Abstracts / Mood / Getting fresh angles / Striving for originality
  3. Camera Settings: Aperture / Shutter Speed / I.S.O. / Exposure Compensation / Exposure Bracketing / High Dynamic Range / Focusing in Live View / Hyperfocal Distance / Depth of Field / Bulb Mode / Polarising filter / Neutral Density Filters / Graduated Neutral Density Filters / Tripods / Leveling the horizon, etc.
  4. Computer Workflow: Intro to Adobe Camera Raw features & tools / Histogram / Dehaze Filter / Graduated ND Filter / Straighten Tool / Adobe Photoshop basics / Metadata / Image Resolution / Image compression for web / Moving around the screen / Keyboard shortcuts (Mac & PC) / Clone Stamp Tool / Healing Brush Tool / Dodge & Burn Tools / Unsharpen Mask / High Pass Filter / Adjustments Layers: curves, level, contrast, saturation, etc. / Layer palette / Layer Masks / Channels palette / Stacking images / Panoramic Stitching / Luminosity Masks, etc.

Plus: a video will be added soon on Photography Gear for landscape photography.
>>> See the Available Resources section to download your FREE PDF – it’s titled 18 Bits of Kit for Landscapers.

MODULE 1 : INTRODUCTIONZ

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What You Need (to do this course)

In this video you will learn how what this course is about, and what you need to complete it - camera, software, computer, etc.

This course is just about landscapes. It is aimed at Intermediate photographers who want to lift their game.

By the end of this course, you will understand how to plan and implement your landscape shoots.
And you will become confident in using Adobe Photoshop to enhance your RAW photos. 

See the Resources Available section (top left of screen) to get: 

  • 30% discount on Ray's premium camera course, Discover Your DSLR
  • Adobe Photoshop CC | Industry-standard software for photo editing
  • Adobe DNG Converter | If you cannot open Ray's RAW files
  • Express ZIP FILE compression program | To extract Ray's RAW files
  • NiSi V5 Filter Starter Kit | Affiliate link to the exact CPL / ND / ND GRAD filters Ray uses
  • FREE TRIAL of Adobe Photoshop CC | Full program | Lasts 30 days

 


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About This Course

In this video you will learn how this course is structured, and how to get the best out of it.

Ray shows you where the hyperlinks are provided to download the software used, & to the written transcripts of Photoshop tutorials. Plus how to download the video content.

You can also watch the Behind The Scenes movies to get an insight into the triumphs and trials of a traveling photographer.

TIP: Download the UDEMY mobile app, and watch the course - or the Behind The Scenes videos - on your phone!

See the Resources Available section (top left of screen) to get:

  • Link to watch Ray's 12 x road-trip videos (Behind The Scenes).
  • Link to download the UDEMY mobile app
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Planning is critical

Ray emphasizes the need for thorough planning before embarking on a landscape photo expedition

See the Resources Available section (top left of screen) to download:

  • The Photographer's Ephemeris | Desktop & mobile app to plan sunrise/sunset times & angles, + more
  • Photo Pills | Mobile app for planning your location shoots, astro photos, star trails, timelapses + more
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Photography Gear | Cameras

Ray talks you through what camera is best for Landscape Photography. He then explains the difference between full-frame DSLRs and the more common APS-C 'crop factor' variety of DSLR camera.

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Photography Gear | Lenses, Tripods, Filters & Accessories

Ray talks you through what gear is needed for Landscape Photography.
This includes lenses, filters, tripods and accessories.

MODULE 2 : That Wanaka Tree

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That Wanaka Tree | On Location

Ray revisits the most photographed tree in New Zealand: That Wanaka Tree.

In the pre-dawn murk of morning, Ray is surprised to find more than a few faithful, worshiping the willow. In an effort to avoid copycat images, he waits for the crowds to disperse, then shoots the contrasting colours of Autumn.

Learn about contrasting colours and other tools of composition.

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That Wanaka Tree | Adobe Camera Raw

To follow along with the Photoshop tutorial, you will need:

  • Ray's RAW image files - straight from his camera
  • TRANSCRIPT of the instructions, including the keyboard commands

Find these two files in the Resources Available section (top left of screen)

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That Wanaka Tree | Adobe Photoshop

MODULE 2 : Boulder Bank

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Boulder Bank | On Location

How to shoot 4 images & stitch them together into a Panorama.

With permission from the Port, C.A.A. and Dept. of Conservation, Ray makes an arduous pilgrimage to the lighthouse on Nelson's 13-km Boulder Bank. He decides the best way to portray the scene is to fuse 4 photos together into a longer panorama.

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Boulder Bank | Adobe Camera Raw

To follow along with the Photoshop tutorial, you will need:

  • Ray's RAW image files - straight from his camera
  • TRANSCRIPT of the instructions, including the keyboard commands

Find these three files in the Resources Available section (top left of screen)

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Boulder Bank | Adobe Photoshop
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Boulder Bank | Adobe Photoshop ADVANCED

MODULE 2 : FOCUSSING : Boulder Bank

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Boulder Bank | Lessons on FOCUSSING
  • How to Focus using Live View on a DSLR
  • Where to focus in your scene
  • Hyperfocal Distance

MODULE 2 : Moeraki Boulders

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Moeraki Boulders | On Location

Ray arrives early at a popular landmark on the Otago coastline - the famous Moeraki Boulders. But rather than shoot into the sun, he demonstrates how shooting at 90-degrees can produce some pleasing results.

Learn tons of compositional techniques, such as lead-in lines, and the relatively unknown Rule of Odds.

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Moeraki Boulders | Adobe Camera Raw

To follow along with the Photoshop tutorial, you will need:

  • Ray's RAW image files - straight from his camera
  • TRANSCRIPT of the instructions, including the keyboard commands

Find these three files in the Resources Available section (top left of screen)

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Moeraki Boulders | Adobe Photoshop

MODULE 2 : Lake Matheson

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Lake Matheson | On Location

Ray enjoys perfect reflections at New Zealand's most photographed lake.

Learn how to use symmetry to compose a balanced scene.

TIP: Download Ray's quick guides to SYMMETRY & the infamous EXPOSURE TRIANGLE
(See Resources Available section, at top left of your screen)

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Lake Matheson | Adobe Camera Raw

To follow along with the Photoshop tutorial, you will need:

  • Ray's RAW image files - straight from his camera
  • TRANSCRIPT of the instructions, including the keyboard commands

Find these two files in the Resources Available section (top left of screen)

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Lake Matheson | Adobe Photoshop
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Lake Matheson | Adobe Photoshop ADVANCED

MODULE 2 : New Brighton Pier

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New Brighton Pier | On Location

At the end of his winter road-trip, Ray shares his secrets for shooting on the coast. He fits ND filters to his lens to attain a slower shutter speed, thus blurring the movement of water.

TIP: Download Ray's quick guide to PERSPECTIVE (See Resources Available section, at top left of your screen)

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New Brighton Pier | Adobe Camera Raw
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New Brighton Pier | Adobe Photoshop

MODULE 2 : McLean Falls

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McLean Falls | On Location

Near the bottom of the South Island, deep in Catlins country, Ray discovers a gorgeous green cascade hidden in lush forest.

Learn how to shoot a waterfall, and use cloudy conditions to your advantage to achieve a long exposure, aided by ND filters.

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McLean Falls | Adobe Camera Raw
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McLean Falls | Adobe Photoshop

MODULE 2 : Hooker Lake

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Hooker Lake | On Location

Ray and Tom take four hours to crampon to the tourist mecca of Hooker Lake. It's frozen, but the icy debris on the shoreline provides wonderful foreground interest, while the lofty heights of Mt Cook loom above. 

Learn about leveling the horizon and using a cable release.

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Hooker Lake | Adobe Camera Raw
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Hooker Lake | Adobe Photoshop 1
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Hooker Lake | Adobe Photoshop 2
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Hooker Lake | Adobe Photoshop 3

MODULE 2 : Tunnel Beach

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Tunnel Beach | On Location

Time Blending: How to shoot the drama of a dynamic seascape with fast shutter speeds, to freeze the action of crashing ocean waves.

TIP: Download Ray's quick guide to the RULE OF THIRDS (See Resources Available section, at top left of your screen)

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Tunnel Beach | Adobe Camera Raw
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Tunnel Beach | Adobe Photoshop 1
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Tunnel Beach | Adobe Photoshop 2

MODULE 2 : Nugget Point

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Nugget Point | On Location

An early morning vigil at Nugget Point sees Ray nail a nice sunrise photo.

Learn how to avoid lens flare, and use ND filters to turn the tide into a milky millpond.

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Nugget Point | Adobe Camera Raw
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Nugget Point | Adobe Photoshop 1
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Nugget Point | Adobe Photoshop 2

MODULE 2 : Wharariki Sea Cave

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Wharariki Cave | On Location
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Wharariki Cave | Adobe Camera Raw
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Wharariki Cave | Adobe Photoshop 1
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Wharariki Cave | Adobe Photoshop 2
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Wharariki Cave | Adobe Photoshop 3

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CONCLUSIONZ | Ray Wraps Up
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