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By Kevin Raber

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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. 

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.


Tribute To Uwe Steinmueller

By Alain Briot  READ ....

Today Alain Briot shares a tribute to recently departed friend and fellow website master that many of have known for years Uwe Steinmueller.  We are deeply saddened by Uwe passing and thank Alain for helping us remember the good times and contributions made by Uwe.



The Luminous Endowment for Photographers – Into our Third Week

By Michael Reichmann   READ... 

We launched the Luminous Endowment on August 1 and it has received wide attention and enthusiastic support. The number of applications from photographers around the world increases every day. Clearly there is a need in the photographic community for financial support for worthwhile projects, and it is our intention in the months and years ahead to finance as many of these as possible. Why not visit our new site and find out more?


But we need your financial support to make these grants possible. Please visit The Endowment, spend a few minutes finding out who we are and what we are doing. Also, find out how you can 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. The Endowment is a not-for-profit.

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.


Michael Is Returning To Antarctica!

By Kevin Raber  READ . . .

We have two photographic expeditions to Antarctica this coming winter, January 26 – February 4, 2015 and January 31 – February 9, 2015. These will be lead by Kevin Raber and five of the world's greatest instructor / photographers; Art Wolfe, Christian Fletcher, Charlie Cramer, Joe Cornish. Katrin Eismann and Jackie Ranken.

Now, due to a change of scheduling, Michael Reichmann is able to join both expeditions as instructor and traveling companion, his fifth and sixth voyages to Antarctica.

If you've always wanted to work with Michael, and wish to do so on a photographic trip that is as close to visiting another planet as any of us will ever get, then grab one of the few remaining places on one of these voyages. This is the chance of a lifetime.

In addition we have added Peter Cox to our second trip. Peter will round out our instructor line up giving attendees one of the most talented set of instructors every assembled for a workshop.


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.


Vision Part 10- My Vision

By Alain Briot  READ...

Today we share Alain Briot’s newest essay - Vision Part 10, My Vision.  In this essay Alain talks about his vision.  Vision in our photography is something we all strive for.  Alain explains how he defines his.  As always Alain makes us think about a number of things.  Trying some of his ideas for defining vision are a good exercise.  I like one of his paragraphs in his conclusion.  

“I want to create images that represent a vision, a dream. Images that suggest an idea rather than impose a specific meaning.  Images that ask the viewer to get personally involved, to invest something of themselves in order to understand and appreciate each image.  I want to create images that invite the viewer to be charmed, enchanted, even seduced by the image.”


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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