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Dawn Rays. Algonquin Park, Ontario. September 28, 2014
Pentax 645z with 300mm f/5.6. ISO 100
by Michael Reichmann
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Welcome to The Luminous Landscape, the web’s most comprehensive site devoted to the art and technique of photography.  You will find on these pages instructive feature articles, travel and technical discussions, product reviews and a very active Discussion Forum. 

 Vision Part 11
How to Critique Photographs Constructively

By Alain Briot . . .  READ . . . 

I have been practicing photography in one form or another my whole adult life.  One of the best ways I have learned to be a better photographer is by partaking in print critiques.  Michael and I do this with each others work a lot.  Today’s article by regular contributor Alain Briot, How To Critique Photographs Constructively is all about the process of a photographic critique.  I’m sure you’ll learn a few things from this article.  I particularly enjoyed the illustrations towards the end of the article.  


Stitching - An Advanced Approach

By Bernard Languillier   READ . . .

Many of our reader who frequent the forum will recognize Bernard Languillier who’s article we share today.  Bernard has done a follow up on a previous article on LuLa Having Fun With Panoramas by Kevin Raber.  Bernard takes image stitching to a new level using different software other than Photoshop. His article Stitching - An advanced Approach will allow you to take your Panos and stitched images to a new level.


Photokina 2014 - Wrap-Up Video

By Kevin Raber and Michael Reichmann  READ . . . 

Photokina 2014 is now concluded. Over the past week we have provided a number of articles on it as well as several exclusive video interviews. Today we feature a conversation between Michael and Kevin which took place at the end of Photokina. It contains opinions on various products and companies, as well as on the show in general. The video runs 22 minutes in length

We now have also completed the upload of Part 2 of the Leica video interview and also Part 2 of the Fuji video Interview.  We apologize for the delay, but our Cologne hotel's Internet service had bandwidth limitations.

The Luminous Endowment for Photographers has now received more than forty applications for grants from photographers world-wide. You can view those for the M. Reichmann Grant and the Luminous Landscape Grant at these links.

Michael's new 400 page Retrospective book is available as a gift to donors to the Endowment. If you can, please support other photographers to fulfill their imaging dreams, and if you need money to complete a project, consider applying for a grant.


Photokina 2014 - Day 4

By Kevin Raber and Michael Reichmann  READ . . . 

Today was an extremely busy day and our last day at Photokina.  This has been a non-stop four days.  We have packed as many meetings in as we could.  We have walked miles looking at all the booths and we have learned a lot.  We’re actually very excited about some of the products we have seen and look forward to trying many of these products out and reporting back to you what we learn.  In today’s Photokina Day 4 Report we share a number of videos as well as comments and photos from around the Photokina Trade Show floor. Tomorrow we will wrap up our coverage with a Wrap Up Video. 

UPDATE: We now have completed the upload of Part 2 of the Leica video interview and also Part 2 of the Fuji video Interview.  We apologize for the delay, but our Cologne hotel's Internet service had bandwidth limitations.


Photokina 2014 Report - Days 2 & 3

By Kevin Raber and Michael Reichmann  READ . . .

Photokina has been running for three days now.  Today we publish our Photokina Report For Days 2 and 3

UPDATE: Our 30 minute long interview with Fuji executives about their new cameras and lenses is now online as part of the article.

UPDATE #2: Due to a poor Internet connection the Fuji video is truncated about half way through. We are uploading a new versions and will announce it here when it is online. Sorry for the inconvenience.

We have one more day at the show and on Friday we will visit Samsung and a few others.  Also we will be doing a Michael and Kevin’s recap of Photokina. Please check back tomorrow.


Photokina 2014 - Day 1, Tuesday 

By Kevin Raber and Michael Reichmann  READ . . .

Every two years the world's largest photographic trade show takes place in Cologne, Germany. This year Michael and Kevin are in attendance and will be reporting on those things that they saw of greatest interest to them, and hopefully to you as well.

We will not be reporting on many mainstream items for two main reasons. One, they are being covered very well elsewhere, and two, for the most part that aren't that exciting – al least not to us.    DAY ONE PHOTOKINA 2014


Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep. Thoughts On The Leica T

By Olaf Willoughby READ . . . 

We have published a few articles on medium format lately.  So, today we take it down a notch and share an article by Olaf Willoughby.  He re-visits the Leica T and his experiences as a user.  You can read test reports and reviews but using a camera is the bottom line.  Olaf digs right down to the heart of it in “Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep - Thoughts On The Leica T”.


Upgrading To The Leaf Credo 80

By Robb Williamson  READ . . .

Continuing with our articles on Medium Format we share a story by Robb Williamson today, Upgrading To The Leaf Credo 80.  Not only is Robb a good photographer, but he is a detailed writer.  He shares with us his decision and process of making an upgrade to the Leaf Credo 80.  He also gives good insight into using technical cameras with medium format digital backs.


The Luminous Endowment for Photographers –
Now Accepting Donations via Paypal and Credit Card From Anywhere in the World

Now – Give and Receive From Any Country

During The Endowment's first month of operation we frustrated some people outside the U.S. and Canada because our credit card processing company would not accept international orders.

Now, we have added Paypal. This means that anyone in the world can make a donation and receive a copy of Michael's new 400 page book titled Michael Reichmann – A Twenty Year Retrospective as a gift in exchange for your generous donation to other photographers.

Those outside the U.S. and Canada especially can now donate via either Paypal or Paypal's credit and debit card gateway.

The Endowment is a not-for-profit.  Our purpose is to fund grants to photographers everywhere in the world.

Why Medium Format Digital

By Andy Biggs  READ . . . 

Having been a medium format shooter for the last 13 years I don’t need a lot of arm twisting when it comes to medium format digital.  It’s always good to hear though from someones as they tell their story about making the switch to medium format. Today we share Andy Biggs’s article Why Medium Format.  Andy, a well respected wildlife and landscape shooter takes us through his journey of adopting the medium format digital Phase One system.  Read about the ins and outs of making the switch and what he learned along the way. 


Join Michael in Antartica

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This January and February Luminous-Landscape is once again traveling to Antarctica.  This is a trip of a lifetime.  If you are a passionate photographer of nature and landscapes then this is a once in a lifetime trip.  This is a fly over the Drake Passage which avoids 5 days of sailing in some of the roughest seas in the world.  We have assembled without a doubt one of the best line-ups of instructors for a workshop  – ever.  Now we are adding Michael Reichmann to the list.  Michael, the founder of Luminous-Landscape and the Luminous-Endowment will be joining us for both trips.  

I’m thrilled that Michael can join us.  If you have ever wanted to be part of one of Michael’s workshop then this is the one. With Michael’s involvement with The Endowment now it is hard for him to find the time to do workshops like this.  We have only a few spots left on each trip.  It’s not too late to be part of an amazing adventure with some amazing photographers and world class instructors.


The Pentax 645Z - In Depth Review

By Michael Reichmann  READ  . . .

There has been a lot of talk about major camera companies possibly taking steps into the medium format digital marketplace.  Till now these have just been rumors. But this is a market segment that is not going away, regardless of what some people say.  One of the relative newcomers to this market is Pentax. Over the last few years the Pentax line has evolved and recently Pentax introduced the Pentax 645Z as a major upgrade to their previous 645D.  Did they get it right:? The Pentax 645Z - In Depth Review by Michael will try and answer these questions for you.


The Mirrorless Revolution

By Kevin Raber  READ . . .

There is no question times are a changing and in the photographic world we are witnessing these changing times with the migration to mirrorless camera systems.  A recent report by CIPA and summarized by shows that DSLR shipments are falling and mirrorless camera shipments are steadily climbing.  Recently Michael and I sat down and made a video The Mirrorless Revolution.  We discuss the move to mirrorless and why both of us have adopted it and why we enjoy it and what we think of the present offerings in this market.  Plus, Michael sends a message to Nikon and Canon.  


Michael's Phlog

We are pleased to announce a major new feature that links together The Luminous Landscape and The Luminous Endowment web site. It is called Michael's PhlogMichaels Phlog will regularly feature a new image or two taken by Michael, and then analysed by Michael, with discussions about the locations and situation as well as shooting technique used, and post processing.

We have also set up a new Forum for discussion of each image featured on Michael Phlog.

The Phlog is located on  The Luminous Endowment web site because we want to draw your attention to this new not-for-profit. It is a place for photographers to make donations which will benefit other photographers around the world – and where you receive a copy of Michael's new 400 page retrospective book as a gift for your generous donation. The Endowment site is also where photographers can find out about and apply for grants to fund their photographic dreams.

Why is it called a "Phlog"? Well, though a strange word, it simply means a Photographic Blog.


Don Burrell - The First In Our New Masters Series

By Kevin Raber  READ...

Things are getting very exciting at Luminous-Landscape.  We have a lot of projects in the works.  In addition to the workshops that we are announcing and running, we have been writing articles and producing a number of new and different videos.

As our industry moves rapidly to a total digital environment we leave behind our heritage of film and analog photography.  As part of a number of new video series we proudly offer up the first of a series of videos where we sit down and talk with The Masters.  These are the men and women who have been in this industry and watched it change -  and who have changed with it.  They have fascinating stories to tell and exceptional insight gained through their journeys.

Today we invite you to join Kevin Raber, Luminous-Landscape’s publisher and CEO as he sits down with Don Burrell of Crown Point, Indiana.  Don is a man of inexhaustible energy who at his age is still going with energy that any one of us wish we could have.  His passion for photography and the people that surround him is a good part of his story. This Video is available HERE for purchase or as part of the annual subscription.


The Ultimate Iceland Workshop

By Kevin Raber   Find Out More  . . . 

Iceland, a landscape photographers heaven.  Luminous-Landscape was one of the first to explore and offer workshops in this magnificent country.  That was over 10 years ago and since then there are dozens of workshops being offered there and at times popular locations can be over run by photography workshops and photographers.  As a result we have avoided doing workshops in Iceland until now.

After lots of discussion and work we are ready to offer a workshop in Iceland again and it will be different than all others.  Teaming up with Daniel Bergmann one of (if not) the best guides and photographers in Iceland, LuLa is proud to offer the Ultimate Iceland Adventure.  This workshop will be held next June 22 – July 1st 2015.  

If you have been to Iceland before and now want to see a part that you haven’t seen before then this is the workshop for you.  It will have heavy focus on the beautiful highlands and includes aerial photography.  This 10 Day / 9 night adventure will sell out quickly so visit the Rockhopper Workshops site and register today.


Announcing – The Luminous Endowment for Photographers

By Michael Reichmann   READ... 

After eight months in preparation Michael is launching The Luminous Endowment For Photographers, described in this new articleThe creation of The Endowment and Retrospective book has involved the participation of many colleagues and friends. I thank them all.

Please visit The Luminous Endowment For Photographers to discover what this exciting new charitable venture is all about. I hope that you will be able to support The Endowment through your generosity.

If you are a photographer in need of financial assistance for a special project, please visit the site and consider applying for a grant.


Michael Reichmann – A Twenty Year Retrospective

By Michael Reichmann    READ... 

 Published today, August 1, this large format, cloth bound, hard-cover book has 400 pages, containing 380 images. It was designed by Arturo Chapa, one of the world's top book designers. This book is available in two editions; a signed and numbered limited-edition (500 copies only), contained in a clam-shell style slip-case, and also in an open series hard-covered edition without slip-case.

This design, printing and production of this book is Michael's donation to The Endowment. The book is available to you in both editions through your donation to The Luminous Endowment For Photographers, a new charitable venture created by Michael. The mandate of The Endowment is to provide grants for photographer's worthwhile projects, worldwide. This book will only be available to people who donate to The Endowment, and will not be available in bookstores.


The Publisher of this site is Kevin Raber

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The Founder and Editor-in-Chief is Michael Reichmann

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