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26 November, 2014 - Luminous-Endowment Grant Winners Announced and More


For our US readers, Happy Thanksgiving.  We wish you a great Holiday and we hope you enjoy a lot of turkey and time with your family as well as some good ole US football.  

So much is happening at LuLa these days.  We’re busy working on a lot of projects and on  new interesting articles and reviews as well as videos.  Today though we want to share some special news.

As you hopefully are aware Michael Reichmann the founder of Luminous-Landscape started earlier this year the Luminous-Endowment.  This is a program to help fund photographers that are working on special photographic endeavors.  Today we announce the winners of the first round of grants. We are proud to announce that we have awarded $20,000 USD in grants this past week.

Luminous-Endowment Grant Winners

The amount of grant requests were incredible and we hope to see many more in our next round of grant requests.  This program would not be possible without donations from our readers as well as some very generous private and corporate donors.  Please take a look at our site and consider how you can be part of helping aspiring photographers make their dream projects come true.

A Special Opportunity For Giving And Receiving

We are also announcing a Special Opportunity For Giving and Receiving starting today and running to Christmas Day. To help raise money for the Endowment, to be used to finance future grants, The Luminous Endowment has created a special new and lower donation level of $200. The reward that you will receive for this tax-deductible donation is a copy of Michael Reichmann's new book – A Twenty Year Retrospective. Normally this book requires a $350 donation to be received as a reward for your donation. This will be the price again after December, 25th.  Please consider donating and helping the Luminous-Endowment.


Michael's beautiful book would make a great Holiday gift for the photographer in your life or maybe you want to hint to someone special that you would like this as a gift.  To learn more on how to Give and Receive - click here.

25 November, 2014 - Yellowstone In The Winter


In the last week just about all parts of North America received a very early preview of winter.  In Buffalo they received nearly 6 feet of snow.  And that is before Thanksgiving.  So, in honor of a cold winter ahead we present Nigel Turner’s article on Yellowstone In The Winter.  Nigel who shared an article Symphony In Stone takes us deep into Yellowstone during the coldest part of winter.  Enjoy some beautiful photography and remember just because it is cold out doesn't mean your cameras need to gather dust sitting on the shelf.

24 November, 2014 - Samsung NX-1 First Impressions


It’s been an exciting week at LuLa.  All the cool new products that were announced at Photokina are finally shipping and arriving at our doorstep for testing and reviews.  Every Photokina has its surprises and this Photokina the buzz was all about the Samsung NX-1.  The specs of the NX-1 were certainly impressive.  Of course we were skeptics as the camera was made by Samsung, a relatively new player in the camera field.  So, does the NX-1 live up to its specs?  Read Michael Reichmann’s Samsung NX-1 First Impressions article to see.

23 November, 2014 - Antarctica 2015 Trip Winner Announced


Earlier this year Luminous-Landscape announced a special promo for our video subscription services.  The offer was that if you purchased an annual subscription to our videos we would enter your name for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to our 2015 Antarctica Workshop Trip.  We are happy to today to announce the winner of this trip, Michele Sons from Roanoke, Virginia USA.

19 November, 2014 - Photographers Block


I’m sure you have experienced what is commonly called writers block.  A time where you just can’t seem to get something on paper the way you want.  The same thing happens to photographers too.  It’s when you reach a point of not being able to creatively create an image the way you want.  It can be frustrating to say the least.  Today, Alain Briot dives into Photographers Block and how to get out of it.  His article Photographers Block will help you find ways out of the doldrum and back to your groove.

 UPDATE: – Nov 21

Not more than a week after Michael's article on Astrophotography with the Pentax 645z article was first published Ricoh / Pentax has announced a firmware update that allows turning off long exposure noise reduction. This was the most significant limitation that the 645z had when doing astrophotography.

Either Pentax is the fastest responding camera company in history, or Michael wasn't the only person complaining about this limitation. Either way – thanks Pentax!

15 November, 2014 - My Astrophotography Adventure


Lately, as many readers know, Michael Reichmann has ventured into a new area of interest for himself – astrophotography, When Michael dives into something he dives into the deep end head-first.  Today’s article is a look into his journey – An Astrophotography Adventure.

Don’t forget we still have a small number of berths available for the Antarctica Trips due to a few cancellations.  It’s still not too late to join us on Antarctica 2015.  Also we have only a few spots left on our Iceland workshop in June.  If you want to explore Iceland differently than other workshops then check out this Iceland 2015 Workshop .

Europe's Landscape Photography Event of the Year - Streamed Live


Image By Joe Cornish

onLandscape magazine's landscape photography conference takes place amongst some of Britain's most dramatic countryside in the English Lake District on 22nd and 23rd November 2014.

Billed as Europe's biggest landscape photography event of the year it brings together some of the continent's best known and loved photographers and the entire weekend is to be beamed out live via satellite and streamed around the world by StreamScape.

Luminous-Landscape is happy to announce that our readers can stream the video from the conference or download segments all for a special price. (see below)


The Swedish photographer Hans Strand tops the bill talking about the opportunity and inspiration Iceland has given him in his photography. Rafael Rojas the Spanish photographer, now living in Switzerland, who runs, a massively popular photographic website, will be looking at which ingredients are needed to produce fine art landscape photographs.

While Britain's best loved landscape photographer Joe Cornish pushes photographers to think at a higher level about their photographs, discusses some lesser known works and provides some thought provoking concepts for landscape photographers to take on-board.

Other speakers include the critically acclaimed Jem Southam whose work has been displayed in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Alan Hinks OBE, the only British photographer to climb all 14 of the world's mountains over 8,000 meters.

The list goes on with David Ward, Paul Gallagher, David Clapp and Paul Wakefield all offering inspiration and insight any landscape photographer would love to hear.

Streamed Live

The streamed event will give internet viewers the opportunity to question the speakers in special internet only “Green Room” interviews after each of their presentations. Particular need to viewers who are in different time zones has also been taken into account with special DVR functions allowing viewers to tune in at any time and rewind to the start of the day.

For those who are unable to watch over weekend all the videos will be available to watch on-line or download for at least 1 year after the event.

The cost of the streaming weekend pass with the Luminous-Landscape discount code is £12.95 – just over US$20 and offers amazing value. Tickets to actually attend the event are still available at £225 (US$375). 

The Luminous-Landscape discount code is LL35 and active till the end of the conference.

To book your weekend pass and for more information visit



Todd R Shaner, using Photoshop

Have you tried buying one of those legendary high-quality film scanners recently and been frustrated by their scarcity and high prices? Do you have countless slides and negatives (especially the latter) you would like to digitize but get turned-off by the time and boredom of scanning and the learning curve of scanning software? Using a camera instead of a scanner for photographing the film isn’t a new idea, but Mark Segal and Todd Shaner decided to revisit this approach with fresh thinking about equipment, techniques and novel processing approaches. They developed two very different workflows for “scanning” negatives that they found so successful they thought it worthwhile sharing them with those interested. Their research findings and recommended workflows are in a comprehensive PDF available in their article Scannerless Digital Capture and Processing of Negative Film Photographs

Mark D Segal, using Color Perfect MakeTiff and SilverFast HDR8

2 November, 2014 - Five Brief Audio Interviews from PhotoPlus

The PhotoPlus 2014 show in New York in late October saw a few new products being announced, for the first time in North America at least. I had been at Photokina in Germany the month before, and frankly, with only a few exceptions, found the industry to be a bit in the doldrums, as well as in a transition state.  PhotoPlus, because it is a consumer show, was much more lively and the crowds seemed to looking at everything with enthusiasm.

Because I was at the show for only one day, I was traveling light, and so instead of the more extensive video interviews which Kevin and I did at Photokina in September, I did mostly audio interviews at PhotoPlus. I also focused my attention on some of the smaller companies exhibiting for the first time, but also with Epson who is just now announcing the SureColor P600 photo printer in North America, though it was shown at Photokina earlier.

1 November, 2014 - Luminous Endowment Grant Applications


As a visitor to this site you are one of over a million people each month who visit here from all over the globe. We share a common passion for photography.

But you may not know that a few months ago Michael Reichmann created a new not-for-profit called The Luminous Endowment for Photographers. The Endowment’s purpose is to fund photographic projects worldwide. Projects by photographers like you.

Our first grant period has just come to a close. Here are links to the applications received; a total of one hundred and thirty two for five different grants. There are some very exciting projects seeking funding, and you may enjoy reading about them.

80 Luminous Landscape Grant applications

41 M. Reichmann Grant applications

5 Mylo Grant applications

4 Lenswork Grant applications

2 N. Kitto Grant Applications

The number of applications is very satisfying. I wish that we had more grants and more money to give, But I must say that I am disappointed in the donor support receive thus far. The Luminous Endowment for Photographers will only thrive if it is support by photographers like you.

Please consider making a donation and receiving a beautiful 400 page book by Michael Reichmann as your reward for giving. These books will make fantastic Christmas presents!!

The winners of these grants will be announced before the end of November, and a new grant period will commence on December 1.

29 October, 2014 - The Optimum Digital Exposure


One of the most popular articles on Luminous-Landscape is by Michael Reichmann Expose (to the) Right from 2003.  It’s an article that has been referenced numerous times and even today makes total sense.  Today, Bob DiNatale revisits this concept in his article The Optimum Digital Exposure.  It’s a different take on achieving a good exposure with today’s digital cameras.

Michael and Kevin are traveling this week.  Michael is headed to PhotoPlus East (PPE) and Kevin is headed to Scotland to lead a Rockhopper Workshop.  Michael will publish an update from PPE and Kevin will publish articles from Scotland (if the internet cooperates).  We will be back full force the week of November 10th.

23 October, 2014 - Arches National Park - A Quick Guide To Photography



The National Parks in the US offer a wide variety of photographic opportunities for the landscape photographer.  There is so much to see and photograph, and all of these great parks have something unique to see.  This is the second of a continuing series of National Park Quick Guides by QT Luong.  In his previous guide QT described all the good location in Acadia National Park.  Today QT takes us to Arches National Park, which is one of the most famous parks for photographers.

20 October, 2014 - About Photographic Competitions


Every now and then Alain Briot contributes an article that starts good discussions in the forum.  Today’s article About Print Competitions will be just that kind of article.  In his last article Alain did a very good essay about Critiquing Photographs.  Now he takes us into the area of judging prints entered into competitions.  Alain covers just about all aspects one could think of when it comes to judging prints in competitions.  For many photographers this is a part of learning as well as recognition.  You decide after reading the article. In my own experience over many years I have found it interesting to see how images are judged.  I also wonder many times how judges would react to some of the classics of photography. In many ways that images are judged, they would never had received an honorable mention in todays competitions.  This is a very enlightening essay and thank you Alain for this.

Our good friend Thomas Knoll the inventor of Photoshop recently shared his images as a slide show at The Adobe Max 2014 program.  Thomas is a very fine photographer and we thought you might want to see his excellent photography. Enjoy his 9 minute slide show HERE

We still have a few spots open on our first and second Antarctica Trips.  Take a look at the instructor line up and give some serious consideration in joining us for this amazing adventure.  If you have any questions contact Kevin Raber.  You can learn more about these two trips HERE. 

17, October, 2014 - I Wish I Knew How To Paint


Sometimes it is good to slow it down and reflect on our photography.  In his last article Frank Sauer showed us how much we could find to photograph in our own backyard.  Today we share Frank Sauer’s newest essay I Wish I Knew How To Paint.  I hope you enjoy this essay and take some time this weekend to explore the world around you and try some photography like Frank describes.  

We still have a few spots open on our first and second Antarctica Trips.  Take a look at the instructor line up and give some serious consideration in joining us for this amazing adventure.  If you have any questions contact Kevin Raber.  You can learn more about these two trips HERE.

15 October, 2014 - View Luminous Endowment Grant Applications


As a visitor to this site you are one of over a million people each month who visit here from all over the globe. We share a common passion for photography.

But you may not know that a few months ago Michael Reichmann created a new not-for-profit called The Luminous Endowment for Photographers. The Endowment’s purpose is to fund photographic projects worldwide. Projects by photographers like you.

Our first grant period is coming to a close at the end of this month. Here are links to the applications received so far. There are some very exciting projects seeking funding, and you may enjoy reading about them.

The M. Reichmann Grant

The Luminous Landscape Grant

The Nicholas Kitto Grant

The Mylio Grant

There is one thing missing though. You! 

We need your support in the form of donations to fund the grants and to help your follow photographers fulfill their dreams. You can make a contribution and also receive a copy of Michael new 400 page 20 Year Retrospective Book as a reward for your donation.

Please support The Luminous Endowment for Photographers. – Thanks, Michael

From the Sublime to The Ridiculous

I have always had a great respect for Leica the company as well as their products. Long-time observers will also note that in addition to their "normal" series of camera models, from time to time Leica has released special editions. Cameras with blue alligator leather and gold trim, for example; usually for the Asian market.

But today Leica announced a new camera, the "Leica X “Edition Moncler”, which even surpasses Hasselblad and their horrendous Lunar and Stellar models in its display of bad taste.

I don't know what else to say. I hope that they sell a boatload of these fashion accessories because if it helps Leica's bottom line they'll have more money for engineering and development. But really, Dr. Kaufman. Can dreck like this this be released with a straight face? Hasselblad has the excuse that it is currently run by venture capitalists who haven't a clue about the photographic industry. But Leica? Come now. This is 2014. Let's leave tacky co-branding behind (no matter how lucrative) and instead embrace a new era, where Leica thrives based on its product excellence. – Michael Reichmann

10 October, 2014 - Two Weeks With The Olympus EM-1


In the real estate business there has always been a phrase “location, location, location”.  Lately, the photography industry is getting more about “weight, weight, size”.  A few years ago I wouldn’t have believed I’d be traveling with a small light weight system on a major trip.  In the last year I have become totally hooked on the mirrorless versions of cameras that are available.  I own the Fuji XT-1 and the Olympus OMD E-M1.  I love both systems so choosing one to use is usually a flip of the coin.  On my recent trip to Photokina and Cornwall, England, the Olympus won the toss.

Today I share my experience of Two Weeks With The Olympus EM-1.  I hope you’ll gain some insight into using the Olympus in a variety of situations. 

We have just a few spots left on the Antarctica Trips this January and February.  We have a few single cabins, a few berths in triple cabins and one twin cabin that is open on the first trip.  This will be a trip that you shouldn’t miss.  The instructor line up including Michael Reichmann and Art Wolfe is top notch.  Plus, you can be part of my wedding as I get married in my most favorite place on the planet.  

On the second trip I have only two berths left in twin cabins. 

Don’t hesitate, reserve your space today.  Get in touch with me if you have any questions or have an interest.


Michael's Phlog was just updated on October 13


8 October, 2014 - The Think Tank Navigator and More

Many of us do a lot of traveling to capture the special images that we enjoy so much.  Getting to these special locations is a challenge these days. We face weight and size limitations of the airlines not to mention our own as we do everything we can do to reduce size and weight of our kits.  Over the years I have collected way too many bags trying to accomplish the ultimate carry solution for my gear.  Today I share one of the newest and best bags I have owned as well as some other tips on how I travel with my gear.  Check out The Think Tank Navigator article as well as a short video and hopefully you’ll find some good information that will help you in your travels. 

I thought I’d share a website I have just bookmarked that you may find handy too. Glossary Of Photographic Terms .

5 October, 2014 - Pentax 645z Astrophotography Using the iOptron SkyTracker

The night sky holds wonders for photographers. If you live near or have access to a site where there are dark skies; dark enough to see the Milky Way, it's possible to explore our galaxy with your camera.

In Pentax 645z Astrophotography Using the iOptron SkyTracker I describe how to produce extreemly high quality deep-sky images. There are many approaches to this. I chose to use the new Pentax 645z with its very high image quality as well as extreemly clean high ISO capability. A moderately priced tracking accessory and a sold tripod and clear skies are otherwise all that's needed.

3 October, 2014 - Thomas Knoll Donates Print Sale to The Luminous Endowment

Thomas Knoll, the co-author of Adobe Photoshop and the designer of Adobe's Camera Raw, is auctioning six large framed prints of his work, with proceeds going to The Luminous Endowment for Photographers.

Tom will be speaking at Adobe MAX this year about his photography and how he uses Photoshop and Lightroom to process his own photographs.

As part of his talk, Tom will showing raw capture / intermediate / final stages for a number of his photos.  For six of these photos he has made large prints which will be displayed at the conference and then auctioned off, with the profits donated to The Luminous Endowment for Photographers.

Thomas is also using an on-line auction site to make the bidding
available to people outside the conference – including you!

You too can own one of these prints, and at the same time help support this important charity, which in turn supports photographers world-wide to pursue their photographic projects.


1 October, 2014 - Guide To The Fuji XT-1


Luminous-Landscape pioneered instructional videos years ago with the very successful Lightroom Tutorials.  Now, LuLa takes the same format and applies it to the operation of popular cameras.  Our first in a series of Camera Guide Tutorials we introduce today – Lu-La’s Guide To The Fuji XT-1.  This new tutorial is 3 hours in length and covers all aspects of the set-up and use of this popular camera.  Kevin Raber, LuLa’s publisher along with Jarrid Spicer of Roberts Camera in Indianapolis, Indiana walk you through the process. 

The LuLa Guide To The Fuji XT-1 is available now for LuLa Video Subscribers as well as an individual download for $29.95.  There are 14 videos totaling three hours.  Each video has chapter markers to quickly access the control or menu item you may be interested in.  There is also a PDF available with all the chapters listed.

29 September, 2014 - Critiquing Photographs


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.  

Our friend Sean Reid just published his hands on full review of the Leica M Edition 60.  Sean’s is a paid site but well worth the investment, and his reviews are very thorough.  Check it out.

Michael has published a new image in his Phlog, Blue Hotel.  Have you seen the Luminous-Endowment site?  Take a look at the site and be part of the effort to give grants to photographers worldwide by purchasing Michael’s 20 Year Photography Retrospective .

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