Forum Login

What's New

18 April, 2014 - Why Photography Projects Are Important

 

 

 

When leading workshops I have a topic I like to cover called “Now That You Got It What Do You Do With It”.  This refers to coming home from a workshops with a lot of good images and not really doing anything in particular with them.  On a workshop recently to Tuscany with Art Wolfe he and I were talking and he said you should have a topic or something you concentrate on while shooting and he referred to it as a project.  On that trip I focused on door knockers and the hanging laundry of Sienna.   Today we have come full circle and Alain Briot as part of his continuing series of essays focuses on the topic of projects. Alain’s Why Photography Projects Are Important is a great read and will be a benefit when going out on your next shoot.  I am now going to go back through some of my past work and look for a theme to develop as a few new projects.


 




15 April, 2014 - Photography And The Death Of Reality

 

Rick Sammon seems to be everywhere these days.  He is a well known photographer that works hard and shares his experiences and knowledge generously.  His first article with Luminous-Landscape - Photography and The Death of Reality is meant to get you thinking about your photography and just how far you take your images in your own artistic quest of reality.
 


 

There aren’t too many places to slow your photography down and to work the landscape as Isle Of Skye. Come join Kevin Raber, Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish on an amazing photographic adventure to this amazing landscape.  It gets even better as this is being held with the cooperation of Phase One as a PODAS workshop and each participant will receive a Phase One camera system to use for the duration of the workshop.  There isn’t a better camera system to do the Islel Of Skye Landscape with than the Phase One camera and digital back.  Spaces will go fast for this workshop.  Your workshop fee provides you with an all expenses paid worry free trip. All you need to do is get to the Inverness airport.  Learn more about this amazing week of photography HERE.

If you can’t make this workshop check out our other workshops.  We have an amazing small ship cruise in July to The Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only select berths left for this trip so please inquire.   And our August Palouse Harvest workshop is filling fast. There are still a few berths left for our second Antarctica Workshop next January. 

Mark your calendars for December of this year in New Zealand, details coming soon and a most amazing adventure next April aboard the True North sailing the Kimberley region of Western Australia.




10 April 2014 - A Trillion Trillion Terabytes

Eric Meola a regular contributor and well known photographer from New York shares his thoughts on the journey we have all been on.  Eric shares his evolution with computers from 1989 until present in A Trillion Trillion Terabytes.  It’s an interesting perspective on a path we have all traveled.  It will make you wonder what things will be like in ten years.


There aren’t too many places to slow your photography down and to work the landscape as Isle Of Skye. Come join Kevin Raber, Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish on an amazing photographic adventure to this amazing landscape.  It gets even better as this is being held with the cooperation of Phase One as a PODAS workshop and each participant will receive a Phase One camera system to use for the duration of the workshop.  There isn’t a better camera system to do the Islel Of Skye Landscape with than the Phase One camera and digital back.  Spaces will go fast for this workshop.  Your workshop fee provides you with an all expenses paid worry free trip. All you need to do is get to the Inverness airport.  Learn more about this amazing week of photography HERE.

If you can’t make this workshop check out our other workshops.  We have an amazing small ship cruise in July to The Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only select berths left for this trip so please inquire.   And our August Palouse Harvest workshop is filling fast. There are still a few berths left for our second Antarctica Workshop next January. 

Mark your calendars for December of this year in New Zealand, details coming soon and a most amazing adventure next April aboard the True North sailing the Kimberley region of Western Australia.




7 April, 2014 - Isle Of Skye - Scotland Workshop

 

There are many special places on this planet and one of the most special for photographers is Isle Of Skye in Scotland.  Come join Kevin Raber, Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish on an amazing photographic adventure to this amazing landscape.  It gets even better as this is being held with the cooperation of Phase One as a PODAS workshop and each participant will receive a Phase One camera system to use for the duration of the workshop. 

There aren’t too many better places to slow your photography down and to work the landscape as Isle Of Skye.  There isn’t a better camera system to do that with than the Phase One camera and digital back.  Spaces will go fast for this workshop.  Your workshop fee provides you with an all expenses paid worry free trip. All you need to do is get to the Inverness airport.  Learn more about this amazing week of photography HERE.

If you can’t make this workshop check out our other workshops.  We have an amazing small ship cruise in July to The Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only select berths left for this trip so please inquire.   And our August Palouse Harvest workshop is filling fast. There are still a few berths left for our second Antarctica Workshop next January. 

Mark your calendars for December of this year in New Zealand, details coming soon and a most amazing adventure next April aboard the True North sailing the Kimberley region of Western Australia.




4 April, 2014 - It's All a Blur

This new article is about creating impressionistic images of subjects in motion. But before proceeding, a word of caution. These images were taken at a bull fight in Mexico. I am not a big fan of bull fighting, indeed I find them mostly unpleasant to watch. But, I accept that in some countries they are an established part of the culture and history. All of the images on this page are done in an impressionistic manner and deliberately none are gory. I have mainly focused on the horsemanship in this collection. If you are offended by the very thought of bull flighting, please do not go to this page, and also, whatever you do, don't write to me with your complaints about it. 

 




1 April, 2014 - Announcing A Unique Swedish Troll Workshop

Iceland, Antarctica, the Amazon, not to mention the National Parks in the U.S. and Canada are old hat. Everyone has been there, done that.

With this in mind, in cooperation with Swedish / Mexican photographer Lars Svenstrom we are expanding our workshop activities in 2015 to include Sweden. We will explore the deep woods on the slopes of the southern Scandia Mountains where bears, moose, wolves, wolverine and lynx roam. 

And if we are really fortunate, we hope to encounter and photograph the highly elusive target of this adventure – trolls.


Just a quick note to our friends, to say that Lula, Chris and I have arrived safely back in Toronto after 5 days on the road driving back from Mexico. Blue skies all the way. Spring is springing.


March's Winner – Charley Nadin, Bunbury, Australia

You can win an all-expenses paid photographic expedition to Antarctica, along with air fare from anywhere in the world. The value of this prize is $15,000.

The Luminous Landscape wants you to try any of our more than 60 training or travel videos and our new free video player. Each purchase is an entry, and an annual subscription that includes all previous as well as new videos counts as six entries. The winner of a free lifetime subscription is also chosen from each month's entries.

 FIND OUT MORE




28 March, 2014 - A Redux Critique Of Contemporary Camera Design

Luminous-Landscape has spent a lot of time lately looking at the camera industry and camera design.  While we were doing this Richard Sexton, well known fine art photographer shared with us an article he wrote - A Redux Critique Of Contemporary Camera Design.  Richard’s article goes quite in depth regarding his opinions of cameras and lenses today.  It’s a follow up article to the one he wrote in May, 2012.  

William Neill well know photographer and author for Outdoor Photographer has just posted an article Antarctica Dreams on the Outdoor Photographer web site.  William was an instructor on our recent trip to Antarctica.  He shares his experience of this trip in the article.

Luminous-Landscape announces The Palouse Photography Workshop.  In cooperation with Phase One, Luminous-Landscape will host a PODAS workshop in the beautiful area of Southeast Washington known as the Palouse.  This is an amazing region of rolling hills and rich soil.  The workshop will be held during the harvest and will provide unique images as the primary crop - wheat is harvested.  Sign-uo today and receive a LuLa Video Subscription as a bonus (expires April 10, 2014).  Each attendee will be provided the latest Phase One camera system for the duration of the workshop.  This is your chance not only to photograph a beautiful part of the US, but also an opportunity to experience what medium format photography can do for your photography.  More information can be found HERE.

Looking for the ultimate summer photography vacation.  We still have a few berths lefts on our Svalbard - Land Of The Polar Bears workshops this July.  This is a small boat cruise into the ice pack to photograph Polar Bears as well as numerous excursions around Svalbard for other wildlife photography and landscapes. This will be an unforgettable trip with a maximum of only 11 participants.




26 March, 2014 - Palouse Photography Workshop

Luminous-Landscape announces The Palouse Photography Workshop.  In cooperation with Phase One, Luminous-Landscape will host a PODAS workshop in the beautiful area of Southeast Washington known as the Palouse.  This is an amazing region of rolling hills and rich soil.  The workshop will be held during the harvest and will provide unique images as the primary crop - wheat is harvested.  Sign-uo today and receive a LuLa Video Subscription as a bonus (expires April 10, 2014).  Each attendee will be provided the latest Phase One camera system for the duration of the workshop.  This is your chance not only to photograph a beautiful part of the US, but also an opportunity to experience what medium format photography can do for your photography.  More information can be found HERE.

Looking for the ultimate summer photography vacation.  We still have a few berths lefts on our Svalbard - Land Of The Polar Bears workshops this July.  This is a small boat cruise into the ice pack to photograph Polar Bears as well as numerous excursions around Svalbard for other wildlife photography and landscapes. This will be an unforgettable trip with a maximum of only 11 particpants.




24 March, 2014 - Uinta 30L Camera Backpack Review

 

If there is one thing worse than gear addiction it is camera bag addiction.  I know vey few photographers who do not suffer from this particular affliction.  Today Nick Devlin shares his views of the NEW Uinta 30L Camera Backpack from Guru Gear.  Nick as usual covers all aspects of this bag while actually using it.

Looking for the ultimate summer photography vacation.  We still have a few berths lefts on our Svalbard - Land Of The Polar Bears workshops this July.  This is a small boat cruise into the ice pack to photograph Polar Bears as well as numerous excursions around Svalbard for other wildlife photography and landscapes. This will be an unforgettable trip with a maximum of only 11 particpants.

 




20 March, 2014 - Two New Books by Michael Reichmann

I'm excited to announce today two new books of my photography to be published over the next few months. The first is a new 72 page soft-cover Monograph titled "Mexico: The Light and The Warmth" published by LensWork. The second is titled "Michael Reichmann – a 20 Year Photography Retrospective". Designed by Arturo Chapa, one of the world's top book designers, this large format, cloth bound, hard-cover book will have 400 pages, containing 380 images. It will be available in two editions; a signed limited-edition in a clam-shell style slip-case, and also in an open edition without slip-case.

I am also making an initial announcement today of The Luminous Endowment for Photographers, a not-for-profit entity which will provide scholarships, grants and awards to photographers world-wide. 




18 March, 2014 - WPPI Trade Show Report

 

There have been a lot of announcements by manufacturers in the last few months and a few more are to come soon.  The Luminous-Landscape's team of Kevin and Chris recently headed to Las Vegas to visit the Trade Show at the WPPI Convention.  They visited a number of manufacturers’ booths and caught up on some of the latest information.  Their report with video interviews of the Trade Show at WPPI is now available.


On Monday March 18th,  X-rite released ColorTRUE a new app that calibrates your portable devices.  It’s very easy to use and is a glimpse into how all our devices will be calibrated to showing the same image accurately no matter what device.  We’ll be reporting more on this app and its uses in the near future.


Sean Reid of Reidreviews has just published his in-depth review of the Fuji X-T1. As always, Sean provides a very photographer-oriented perspective, and pulls no punches. Reidreviews is subscription site, and well worth your attention.

You can win an all-expenses paid photographic expedition to Antarctica, along with air fare from anywhere in the world. The value of this prize is $15,000.

The Luminous Landscape wants you to try any of our more than 60 training or travel videos and our new free video player. Each purchase is an entry, and an annual subscription that includes all previous as well as new videos counts as six entries. The winner of a free lifetime subscription is also chosen from each month's entries.

 

 FIND OUT MORE




14 March, 2014 - Why The Industry is in The Dumper


Date Courtesy CIPA
Graphic Courtesy Lensvid

A funny thing happened on the way to the future – the entire camera industry got blindsided. Camera and lens sales suck, have sucked for a while, and likely will continue to suck for some time to come. The question is – why?


You can win an all-expenses paid photographic expedition to Antarctica, along with air fare from anywhere in the world. The value of this prize is $15,000.

The Luminous Landscape wants you to try any of our more than 60 training or travel videos and our new free video player. Each purchase is an entry, and an annual subscription that includes all previous as well as new videos counts as six entries. The winner of a free lifetime subscription is also chosen from each month's entries.

 FIND OUT MORE




12 March, 2014 - How Photographs Are Sold

Alain Briot a Luminous-Landscape regular contributor offers a new essay today How Photographs Are Sold: Stories and Examples Of How Fine Art Photographers Sell Their Work.  This article serves as an introduction to his new book that consists of stories told by Alain and by seven guest photographers. The stories come from Alain’s experience selling his photographs for twenty years. Alain’s books as well as his knowledge on fine art photography make this a must have addition to your library. 


You can win an all-expenses paid photographic expedition to Antarctica, along with air fare from anywhere in the world. The value of this prize is $15,000.

The Luminous Landscape wants you to try any of our more than 60 training or travel videos and our new free video player. Each purchase is an entry, and an annual subscription that includes all previous as well as new videos counts as six entries. The winner of a free lifetime subscription is also chosen from each month's entries.

 FIND OUT MORE

 




8 March, 2014 - Phase One's Future

On February 18, 2014 Silverfleet Capital announced their plans to invest in Phase One.  As happens in the photography industry this announcement sent the rumor mills into high gear.  Loyal Phase One customers were worried that Phase One may be following the path of its competitor which is now run by a VC firm.  Talk of changes and layoffs also were making the rounds.  So, we felt what better way to get the right story than to go to the source.  Kevin Raber caught up with Henrik Håkonsson CEO of Phase One, in Las Vegas last week at the WPPI show and had a chat with him on what this new investor means for Phase One.


You can win an all-expenses paid photographic expedition to Antarctica, along with air fare from anywhere in the world. The value of this prize is $15,000.

The Luminous Landscape wants you to try any of our more than 60 training or travel videos and our new free video player. Each purchase is an entry, and an annual subscription that includes all previous as well as new videos counts as six entries. The winner of a free lifetime subscription is also chosen from each month's entries.

 

FIND OUT MORE




4 March, 2014 - Fuji X-T1 Further Thoughts

 

The FujiFilm X-T1 is a handsome mirrorless camera in a small DSLR-like body. It offers a complete array of manual controls. But, this retro-style approach does not always work for my type of photography due to a couple of failings that limit the camera's usability. Read Michael Reichmann's Further Thoughts on the X-T1.


You can win an all-expenses paid photographic expedition to Antarctica, along with air fare from anywhere in the world. The value of this prize is $15,000.

The Luminous Landscape wants you to try any of our more than 60 training or travel videos and our new free video player. Each purchase is an entry, and an annual subscription that includes all previous as well as new videos counts as six entries. The winner of a free lifetime subscription is also chosen from each month's entries.

FIND OUT MORE




28 February, 2013 - Antarctica - A Most Amazing Adventure

Just a little over a month ago the Luminous-Landscape team of Michael Reichmann, Chris Sanderson and Kevin Raber along with William Neill lead a group of 61 photographers to an amazing adventure to Antarctica.  This trip was different than previous trips as the group flew over the Drake Passage.  A savings of close to 5 days at sea was saved by a two hour flight.  You had to be there to experience how wonderful this trip was.  The weather was excellent the group was fantastic and we couldn’t have asked for a better expedition team to lead us on this trip.  Enjoy the next best thing to being there and read Kevin’s trip log and photographs Antarctica 2014 - A Most Amazing Trip.  Plus we have embedded a video of the trip in the article.  Maybe, you’ll want to join our 2015 Antarctica Adventure.  Only a few berths are left on the second trip.


You can win an all-expenses paid photographic expedition to Antarctica, along with air fare from anywhere in the world. The value of this prize is $15,000.

The Luminous Landscape wants you to try any of our more than 60 training or travel videos and our new free video player. Each purchase is an entry, and an annual subscription that includes all previous as well as new videos counts as six entries. The winner of a free lifetime subscription is also chosen from each month's entries.

FIND OUT MORE

 



25 February, 2013 - Nobody Knows Anything

A common phrase in the motion picture industry is “Nobody knows anything......", meaning that what it takes to produce a hit movie is not always obvious. The same is true in the camera business when it comes to releasing new cameras. A new article by Michael Reichmann explores who does and who doesn't get it.


You can win an all-expenses paid photographic expedition to Antarctica, along with air fare from anywhere in the world. The value of this prize is $15,000.

The Luminous Landscape wants you to try any of our more than 60 training or travel videos and our new free video player. Each purchase is an entry, and an annual subscription that includes all previous as well as new videos counts as six entries. The winner of a free lifetime subscription is also chosen from each month's entries.

FIND OUT MORE




22 February, 2014 - Kitchen Stories and Other Realities

Over the years I have had the privilege of working with and shooting with some amazing photographers.  Photography to many of us photographers is like a good game of golf.  We can get out there with our friends shoot images, talk about what a great shot it was and feel bad when we just can’t seem to get the shot.  I find it a lot more staisfying and less frustrating than chasing a ball around and trying to whack it with a stick.  Well, Jackie Ranken takes the game of photography to a new level.  I have had the pleasure of working with Jackie on a number of workshops and discovered as a result a whole new way of seeing.  She is one of the most creative landscape photographers that I have ever met and she has certainly gotten the attention of her fellow Australian and New Zealand photographers when she started entering landscape images into major competitions with flying toasters in them.  

I was shooting with Jackie two years ago and while we were out she found about ten feet of twine.  The rest of the day she took this twine and interjected it into the shots she was making.  She was wrapping bushes with it, dangling it from trees and laying it out on the ground.  I found it totally refreshing to see this.  Later during this trip a number of friends shooting with me stopped at an overlook to shoot a landscape vista and the bottom of the overlook hill was a bunch of old refrigerators, stoves and metal junk. One person in our group couldn’t help themselves and said “I see Jackie was already here”.  

We hope you enjoy Jackie’s article Kitchen Stories” and Other Realities. Luminous-Landscape will be working with Jackie in New Zealand this December and our Antarctica Workshops in January. If you can join us for these workshops you’ll get a chance to see Jackie in action. 

                                                                                                Kevin Raber, Publisher


 Are you planning on attending this year's WPPI Trade Show and Convention in Las Vegas March 3-5? If so drop us an email. Kevin and Chris will be there reporting on the show and it would be great to meet some where and say hi.


Don't forget to check out the Luminous-Landscape "Land Of The Polar Bear" workshops this July




18 February, 2014 - Fuji X-T1 Field Report

Possibly the most innovative camera maker today is Fujifilm. From unique sensor designs, to unique viewing systems, Fuji is constantly exploring new ways to help photographers capture images. Now, with the soon-to-be-released Fuji X-T1 the evolving X system has reached a maturity of sorts. Our contributing editor, Nick Devlin, recently traveled to the US Southwest and Canadian Midwest with an X-T1, and gives the net's first field report on this exciting new camera.


You can win an all-expenses paid photographic expedition to Antarctica, along with air fare from anywhere in the world. The value of this prize is $15,000.

The Luminous Landscape wants you to try any of our more than 60 training or travel videos and our new free video player. Each purchase is an entry, and an annual subscription that includes all previous as well as new videos counts as six entries. The winner of a free lifetime subscription is also chosen from each month's entries.

 

FIND OUT MORE





Click here for a listing of the What's New archives.