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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. 

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.  We have some very good video interviews but for the time being we are not able to include them in the report due to poor internet connections and several failed uploads.  We will keep trying to get these uploaded.  Worst case they may have to wait until Monday when Michael returns home.  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.


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.


Sigma DP2 Quattro Pro Review

By Michael Reichmann and Kevin Raber READ . . . 

Many camera makers are upgrading their present camera models without showing any real new innovation.  However, there is one company that is bold to say the least and not only introduced a radically different looking camera but also put a Foveon chip inside it.  Sigma, recently introduced the Sigma DP2 Quattro.  We had the chance to try this camera out.  Our review Not Ready For Prime Time will show where we think Sigma and Foveon missed the mark.  Some may not agree, read on and see what you think.


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.


Svalbard 2014 - The High Arctic

By Peter Cox  READ . . . 

It’s been ten days since returning from a fantastic back to back workshop in Svalbard, Land Of The Polar Bear.  As we do with many of our workshops we would like to share the adventure and journey.  We have now posted the Svalbard 2014 _ The High Arctic and hope you will take the time to enjoy reliving the adventure with us.  Peter Cox also has included some amazing footage made from his drone that will give you a perspective that you couldn’t see otherwise.

Check back tomorrow when we make a special announcement about our upcoming 2015 Antarctica Back to Back Workshops.

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.


Kimberley Video Now FREE

By The LuLa Team  READ . . .

The Kimberley video is now being offered FREE.  Please enjoy the video and the Kimberley Adventure.  Usually these videos are part of our video subscriber content or are offered for sale.  However, we would like to share this video with you and encourage you to consider joining us for our 2015 Kimberley Trip.  If you register prior to July 16th at 11PM (eastern US time) you will receive $1,000 USD off the registration fee.


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