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2 July, 2013 - Upcoming Announcements

Firstly, a slightly belated Happy Canada Day to everyone up here in the rainy northland, and a Happy 4th of July to all of our America friends.


Our new Advanced Guide to Lightroom 5 video tutorial has been selling extremely well, and has gotten rave reviews. But, the 20% off launch discount ends next Monday, July 8, so if you own or are thinking of owning Lightroom 5, this is the week to buy our tutorial. Nothing will get you up to speed faster. I promise.


We are about to announce two new Antarctic Expeditions for early 2015. These trips have the most remarkable line-up of world-class instructors. The announcement will happen in the next day or two. Watch this page!


Sean Reid has just published in in-depth review of the new Ricoh GR, a pocket-sized APS-C sensor camera. Reid Reviews is a subscription site, but the depth of his reviews is unlike any other.

"Michael's and Jeff's tutorial videos are absolutely awesome, not only because of the information transmitted but also because of the casual, conversational style which somehow really makes things stick in your memory."




3 July, 2013 - Antarctica 2015 by Air - 7 Top Instructors

The best ship, the best tour operator, and seven of the world's best photographic instructors. The Luminous Landscape today announces two spectacular new Antarctic Photographic Expeditions for January and February 2015.

It just doesn't get better than this...Art Wolfe, Joe Cornish, Christian Fletcher, Charlie Cramer, Jackie Rankin, Katrin Eisemann, and Kevin Raber. The top instructors from the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

And even better – you'll fly from the tip of South America straight to your ship and the calm waters of the Antarctic penninsula. Two hours by air instead of the two stomach wrenching days in heavy seas on the Drake Passage that other voyages provide.

Find Out More Now
These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do.

 




5 July, 2013 - Alpa FPS - An Enduring Camera

Have you ever fallen in love with a camera? Our good friend and regular contributor to this site, Mark Dubovoy, has – with the Alpa FPS. His second report on this medium format camera is now online.


20% Off Discount ends July 7


The Luminous Landscape has just announced two spectacular new 
Antarctic Photographic Expeditions for January and February 2015

Find Out More Now
These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do.




7 July, 2013 - Last day for 20% discount on Lightroom 5 tutorial

20% Off Discount ends July 7




8 July, 2013 - Anticipating the Blackmagic Pocket Cine Camera

The revolution in the cinema / video segment of our industry continues. Blackmagic, a respected video equipment manufacturer out of Australia, is about the ship its Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

If you're a meat-and-potatoes still photographer, why should you care? Well, maybe you shouldn't. But if you're a film / video creator of any stripe this is another major step toward the democratization of high quality production equipment at an amazingly low price.

And if you're one of the major camera makers, well, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. Here's a relatively small Ozy company trumping you all by producing a video camera that shoots raw video for under $1,000, including an active Micro Four Thirds mount and a touch screen. Be afraid!


The Luminous Landscape has just announced two spectacular new 
Antarctic Photographic Expeditions for January and February 2015

Find Out More Now
These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do.




11 July, 2013 - Beyond Calibration 2.0

Today Christopher Schneiter follows up on his very popular first article on the topic, titled Beyond Calibration, with Beyond Calibration 2.0.

The Luminous Landscape has just announced two spectacular new 
Antarctic Photographic Expeditions for January and February 2015

Find Out More Now
These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do.




13 July, 2013 - Lightroom 4/5 Training Video Bundle Discount

We have just announced a $20 off discount for the combined purchase of our Lightroom 4, 4x and 5 Training Videos.

These three tutorial videos are the most comprehensive way to learn Lightroom, and cover virtually every aspect of the program, both basic features as well as the more advanced and latest additions.


The Luminous Landscape has just announced two spectacular new 
Antarctic Photographic Expeditions for January and February 2015

Find Out More Now
These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do.




15 July, 2013 - A Matter of Interpretation

What story do you want your photographs to tell? What decisions when shooting and when processing do you make that either aid or hinder that process.

In A Matter of Interpretation Michael Reichmann explores the making of one image and the thought processes that were involved.


The Luminous Landscape has just announced two spectacular new 
Antarctic Photographic Expeditions for January and February 2015

Find Out More Now
These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do.




17 July, 2013 - Debugging Profiled Inkjet Printing

Our contributor, Edmund Roland looks at the printer makers' colour workflow as a means of diagnosing print profiling issues.


The Luminous Landscape has just announced two spectacular new 
Antarctic Photographic Expeditions for January and February 2015

Find Out More Now
These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do.




19 July, 2013 - Antarctica By Air 2015 Selling Out

If you've been considering joining one of our Antarctica By Air expeditions in early 2015 this is a heads-up that Singles and Triples are sold out on Voyage #1, and that the Single cabins are sold out on Voyage #2.

Now is the time to take the plunge – so to speak. This is the finest Antarctic Expedition for photographers and their spouses (and children 18 years and over). Fly over the turbulent Drake Passage in 2 hours by jet, instead of 2 days by sea. Join seven of the world's leading photographic instructors. 

"Having been to Antarctica with Michael and Kevin, I would say after having traveled the world and shot nearly my entire life as an exhibiting photographer,  it was one of my highlights in my life and I talk about it, all the time.  The images and experience of seeing something visionary and nearly extinct from the world, to see and experience the wildlife and scenery that does not fear humans is amazing.  The images I shot there won me two Smithsonian awards and nearly 18 other international awards". – Tim Wolcott

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These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do.




23 July, 2013 - A Must Have APP For Every Photographer

Every now and then a new app is published that gets our attention. Photopills is just that kind of app. This is not just another app where you can add effects and retouch your photo. This app is a tool that does a lot and does it well. Imagine taking your iPhone out and aiming it at a location and seeing where the sun and moon will be as well as what time they will be in certain positions in the sky. In addition this app has everyday tools like DOF calculator and much more. Our review A Pill To Get Hooked On will introduce you to this app.


Our friends Peter Cox, Daniel Bergmann and Charles Glatzer have just had a berth open up on their workshop cruise in the high Arctic around the Svalbard Islands. It runs from August 24th to September 3rd. It promises to be a fantastic trip with some great instruction and opportunities to photograph polar bears and dramatic Arctic landscapes. Visit Peter's website for more details and to book your spot. Luminous Landscape’s Kevin Raber will also be on this trip.

Don’t forget our 2015 Antarctica By Air workshops. This is the finest Antarctica Expedition for photographers and their spouses (and children 18 years and over). Fly over the turbulent Drake Passgae by jet, instead of 2 days by sea. Join an all star cast of 7 of the world’s leading photographic instructors. You’ll return from this trip with some amazing images.

 "Having been to Antarctica with Michael and Kevin, I would say after having traveled the world and shot nearly my entire life as an exhibiting photographer,  it was one of my highlights in my life and I talk about it, all the time.  The images and experience of seeing something visionary and nearly extinct from the world, to see and experience the wildlife and scenery that does not fear humans is amazing.  The images I shot there won me two Smithsonian awards and nearly 18 other international awards". – Tim Wolcott

 

 Find Out More Now
These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do.




24 July, 2014 - The Antarctic Experience - A Free Streaming HD Video

What's it like to be aboard a photographic expedition to Antarctica? Find out by watching our new free 23- minute-long HD streaming video.


Fuji has updated the firmware for the X-Pro 1 and several lenses to allow for improved autofocus as well as adding focus peaking during manual focus, along with other enhancements.

         

 "Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! 
I learned so much I 
think my brain is going to explode.




26 July, 2013 - Hasselblad Jumps The Shark

No doubt you've heard of the Hasselblad Lunar, that company's gussied-up version of the Sony NEX-7, sold at 6X the normal price of that soon to be superceded camera.

In an essay just published today I let you know in no uncertain terms what I think of this Wretched Excess.




29 July, 2013 - Why Do We Photograph

Today's new article is an essay by regular contributor, Alain Briot. It is titled Why Do We Photograph?, and if the fourth part of a continuing series.




31 July, 2013 - The Digital Print - a review and video interview

Our friend and colleague Jeff Schewe has written a new book titled The Digital Print. It has just been published and is available as of today from leading book sellers.

We now have a review of the book online. The page also includes a ten minute long streaming video interview with Jeff conducted by Kevin Raber.




1 August, 2013 - Good News / Bad News

We normally don't publish news reports, leaving that to those sites who feed us all a daily stream of new product announcements. But, there were so many interesting developments in the past few days that we thought it worth bringing them to your attention.

– Adobe has released updates to both Lightroom and Camera Raw. These include bug fixes and support for several new cameras.

– Sigma has announced a new service that will allow owners of their latest series of lenses to change the lens' camera mount when one changes systems. A cool and innovative service.

– The Swiss company Ilford Imaging has stated to it has been unsuccessful in finding new owners or investors, and has laid off 220 employees in prepartion for bankrupcy filing.

– Panasonic has announced the anticipated (leaked) GX7, which looks like their most innovative and competitive camera yet. I had an opportunity to try out the camera at a recent Panasonic press event and was quite impressed. I expect to have a review in the weeks ahead. In the meantime DPReview has a First Impressions report.

– Camera sales suck. The Japanese camera makers association reports that for the first half of 2013 sales are down a stunning 43%. All the usual suspects could be named, including the growing use of smartphone cameras. But, I would suggest that the old paradigm of doling out modest annual feature improvements has had its day. Camera makers need to start thinking outside the box and get some cojones when it comes to creating new market opportunities. I'll have more to say on this in some upcoming articles.

– There are reports that the highly anticipated Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has started shipping, and could be in user's hands within the week. We have two units on order for use in our productions, and Chris and I will have a rolling-review here as soon as we start working with them.


"Having been to Antarctica with Michael and Kevin, I would say after having traveled the world and shot nearly my entire life as an exhibiting photographer,  it was one of my highlights in my life and I talk about it, all the time.  The images and experience of seeing something visionary and nearly extinct from the world, to see and experience the wildlife and scenery that does not fear humans is amazing.  The images I shot there won me two Smithsonian awards and nearly 18 other international awards". – Tim Wolcott

 Find Out More Now
These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do




2 August, 2013 - Fuji X-M1 Quick Look

Fuji continues to try and fill all of the available compact system camera market niches, this time at the low end with the Fujifilm X-M1. My Quick Look Review and some thoughts on the marketplace is now online.


Blackmagic has made some major announcements today. Their 2.5K Cinema Cameras in both EF and MFT mounts have had their prices reduced by $1,000. The new price is $1,995, and applies to all orders not yet delivered.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has started shipping. The new 4K camera has been delayed by about a month though, but September deliveries look pretty certain. Good news all around, and hot news for anyone interested in video production.




5 August, 2013 - The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Regular contributor Miles Hecker continues his series of Geotagged Travel articles with The Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu.




6 August, 2013 - The Setup...preparing for our next video production

Here's s short video showing taking apart my studio to set up for filming our next major training video – this time on Capture One 7. Four hours in 45 seconds.

 




8 August, Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar - The World's Best Lens?

There are a number of truly great lenses on the market, but with the new Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar may have outdone even themselves. 




10 August, 2013 - Edward Curtis and Helicopter Production

Two new articles grace our pages today. The first is titled Edward Curtis, The Man Who Never Slept, by Eric Meola.

The second is the opening helicopter sequence to our Capture One 7 video training tutorial, which we just completed shooting. A helicopter sequence? Seriously? Yup.




13 August, 2013 - Sony DEV-50 Review. The Year's Best Gadget

Does anyone really need a 12X pair of digital 3D binoculars with built-in HD camcorder? Likely not. But the new Sony DEV-50 is an absolute blast to use, and is my suggested best gadget of 2013.




16 August, 2013 - The Life and Times of Mark Stothard

Today we begin a new series of articles which will feature write-ups, interviews and videos about excellent photographers that Kevin and Michael have met in their travels around the world.

These are not famous people, and you likely havn't heard of them. Many are unpublished. But they are fascinating, talented, hard working, and probably like you, passionate about their photography.

We begin the series with Mark Stothard, from Australia.




18 August, 2013 - Panasonic FZ70 Field Report

I received two new cameras for testing recently, the Panasonic GX7 and the Panasonic FZ70. The GX7 is coming with me to Mexico on vacation this week, and I'll be putting it through its paces there with a variety of lenses, shooting both stills and video.

My review of Panasonic's latest superzoom, the FZ70 is now online.




21 August, 2013 - Leica 50mm f/2 APO Summicron ASPH Review

Every now and then a new lens comes along, that while necessarily expensive, sets photographer's hearts a-flutter with its potential for extremly high image quality.

Such a lens is the new Leica 50mm f/2 APO Summicron ASPH. Our Editor at Large Mark Dubovoy has been using one for a few weeks on his Leica M as well as on a Monocrom. Find out what Mark thinks of the new 50mm APO.




23 August, 2013 - Revenge of the Camcorder

Are camcorders obsolete? For out in my review of the new JVC PX100 – Revenge of the Camcorder.




26 August, 2013 - Why 4K Matters

What is 4K? It's the next evolution in TV and video, and LuLa plans to be in the forefront. Find out what it's all about in Why 4K Matters.




29 August, 2013 - The 10 Commandments of Cinematography for Still Photographers

When still photographers first approach shooting video or cinema, they sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed by the new jargon, and especially the techniques needed to produce quality images.

Our latest article, The 10 Commandments of Cinematography for Still Photographers may help with understanding the basics.




31 August, 2013 - Vision and Creativity - Part Five

Today Alain Briot continues his current series of essays with Vision and Creativity, Part Five.




4 September, 2013 - Kenyon Labs Gyro Stabilizer

There are situations where even the best in-lens or body stabilization isn't enough. What to use? In today's featured review Neal Rantoul explains the Kenyon Labs Gyro Stabilizer.




6 September, 2013 - Blackmagic Cinema Camera First Impressions

Imagine if your DSLR, and indeed all affordable cameras had very small sensors, and could only shoot JPGs; highly compressed and in a limited colour space. Imagine if only very expensive medium format cameras could shoot raw with large sensors.

That's been the case till recently in the world of video. Small sensors, no depth of field to speak of, restricted colour space, and baked JPG type images. Not a pretty picture – literally.

Now a small Australian company, Blackmagic, has a series of moderately priced cameras that can shoot raw video. We have been working with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in MFT mount, and our First Impressions report is now online.




7 September, 2013 - A Free Video Interview with Thomas Knoll

Thomas Knoll is the co-inventor of Photoshop. We have just placed on-line a free 47 minute long streaming video interview between Thomas, Michael and Kevin.

In it Thomas talks about the origins of Photoshop, the concerns that people have had with moving to "the cloud", and the new solution for photographers which Adobe has just announced.

This is both an informative and timely discussion.




9 September, 2013 - Understanding The Left and Right Brain

Most photographers pay little attention to the psychological aspects of image perception. Yet how we perceive things and the way the brain's different hemispheres interpret what we're seeing plays a huge role. Find out more in Sharon Tenenbaum's new article – Understanding The Left and Right Brain.




11 September, 2013 - Grading CinemaDNG in Lightroom, Camera Raw and Capture One

It hasn't happened yet in still photography, but there is a growing movement to adopt a standardized raw format for video. It's called CinemaDNG.

In my newest tutorial I show how these files can be processed in your favourite raw processing program; Lightroom, Camera Raw or Capture One. But – slowly.

Better alternatives are DaVinci Resolve (free up to 1920X1080), or better yet, the just announced update to Adobe's Premier Pro CC, which will handle CinemaDNG files natively without the need for rendering or transcoding – coming October, 15.

Find out more about this is Grading CinemaDNG in Lightroom, Camera Raw and Capture One.




12 September, 2013 - Won Over to The Cloudy Side

Where do you stand on the cloud? I mean the Adobe Creative Cloud, which has been of considerable debate these past few months. Subscription-based software rental rather than a purchase and perpetual license. Not an easy decision, with pros and cons both ways.

I've been quiet on the subject because I wasn't sure what I would do, myself, but some recent developments have moved me toward subscribing. I discuss this is a new brief essay titled Won Over to The Cloudy Side. 




13 September, 2013 - Panasonic GX7 Field Report

Though Compact System Cameras, including MFT, remain underdogs in North America and European markets, this is currently the segment with the most innovation.

I recently had an opportunity to work for a week in Mexico with the new Panasonic GX7shipping very soon – and found it to be the best MFT camera yet. Both stills image quality and video capability are first rate.

My Field Report on the Panasonic GX7 is now online. 




16 September, 2013 - Olympus OM-D E-M1 Field Report from Paris

Micro Four Thirds is heating up. Panasonic's GX7 has a lot of people excited, but last week Olympus announced the OM-D E-M1, its latest flagship camera.

I have received a review sample, just prior to my leaving for a week-long vacation in Paris, France. The E-M1 will therefore be the subject of a daily blog here on this site. Check in every day for updates.




17 September, 2013 - Olympus E-M1 Field Report Undate

My field report on the Olympus OM-D E-M1, in the form of a daily blog, has just been updated.




18 September, 2013 - Tree On The Hill

Today Kevin Raber shares Tree On A Hill a how to article on taking an ordinary image and dramatizing it. This is an image made and published on the Home Page recently.  

Also, continue reading the updates on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in Michael Reichmann's ongoing blog as he tries out this new camera while traveling in Paris. (Updated 07:00 GMT)

On Saturday, October 5th Kevin Raber will lead a Worldwide PhotoWalk in Indianapolis. If you live in the area and would like to learn more then please Click Here.




20 September, 2013 -Navajo National Monument

Miles Hecker a regular contributor shares a new article on the Navajo National Monument.  

Kevin Raber has posted a new image on the Home Pgae.  This image was made last month on a journey from Svalbard.  Polar Bear On The Edge illustrates the environment the Polar Bear lives in.  This was a fascinating trip to learn of the challenges facing the Polar Bear all throughout the north.  

Check back often for an update to Michael Reichmann's continuing review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

 




21 September, 2013 - Final Instalment of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Field Report from Paris

The week is up, and my trip to Paris and testing of the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 has drawn to a close.

The full report is now online.




22 September, 2013 - A Different Kind Of Backpack

Mark Dubovoy, Luminous-Landscape's Editor At Large shares his article,  A Diiferent Kind Of Backpack, The RPT P3 

Michael Reichmann's final installment of the Olympus OM-D E-M! Field Report From Paris is now Available Here

 




26 September, 2013 - Creativity Remembered

Our regular contributor, Alain Briot, has just added Part 6 in his series of essay on creativity, titled Creativity Remembered.




28 September, 2013 - Capturing a Mysterious Incident

During their testing of the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Chris, Kevin, and Michael witnessed a strange occurance. A brief video, which they were able to capture shows what happened. You may view this on the site's Home Page.

 




30 September, 2013 - Photographing From The Heart

We are happy to publish an article by Steve Gosling today on Photographing From The Heart.  Steve is a good friend and I have had the opportunity to work with Steve at several workshops.  His approach to seeing and capturing the image is truly from the heart.  If you get the chance to shoot with Steve you'll enjoy a new way of seeing and you'll smile a lot as he is truly one of those unique and unforgettable individuals.  We hope you enjoy his article.




3 October, 2013 - Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera Review

Whereas the rate of change in the still camera industry seems to have reached something of a plateau, video is rife with developments. A small Australian company called Black Magic has just started shipping the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera which is shaking up the video marketplace. (updated here)

I have just spent the past week working in the field with it and my review is now online. Also published today is an article titled The Making of Algonquin Autumn, which describes the process of making a short film with the BMPCC over this past weekend.


"Having been to Antarctica with Michael and Kevin, I would say after having traveled the world and shot nearly my entire life as an exhibiting photographer,  it was one of my highlights in my life and I talk about it, all the time.  The images and experience of seeing something visionary and nearly extinct from the world, to see and experience the wildlife and scenery that does not fear humans is amazing.  The images I shot there won me two Smithsonian awards and nearly 18 other international awards". – Tim Wolcott

 Find Out More Now
These Expeditions Will Sell Out Quickly. They Always Do




7 October, 2013 - Capture One 7 Tutorial Now Available

Luminous-Landscape releases the long awaited Capture One 7 Pro Tutorial today.  This 7.5 hour multi-segment training video answers all your questions about Capture One.  Learn this very robust program from top to bottom with Kevin Raber, Michael Reichmann and David Grover of Phase One.  Learn more about this new release by CLICKING HERE. You can go directly to our e-shop by CLICKING HERE

There has been a lot of things happening at Luminous-Landscape.  Check back tomorrow evening and you'll get a taste of what we have been up to.


UPDATE:

It is with considerable sadness that I have to write that our friend, and regular contributor to this web site, Miles Hecker, passed away yesterday. It is reported that he became ill while on a biking tour in Croatia.

He was a valued member of the photographic community and will be greatly missed. – Michael

 




8 October, 2013 - Welcome to the NEW Look

Welcome to the NEW Look of Luminous-Landscape.  We are happy to introduce what we feel is an easier to read and easier to navigate web site.  Watch our NEW Intro Video and read the article to learn some of the new features.  Explore the site and take a moment to read some of the content.  Everything can be accessed with the easy to use pull down menus. 

In addition we have launched our NEW Video Service as well as the NEW Capture One 7 Video Tutorial.  Please come back often.  You can use our RSS feed if you use RSS Feed readers.  If you haven’t visited the Forums lately stop on by there too.  Always some interesting discussions going on, a number of relevant topics.

 "I have finished downloading these C1 tutorials and they are excellent...a wealth of information.  I use both C1 and Lightroom, as they both have their strong points and these new C1 videos will really help me make the best use of this software processing program."

We lead off the NEW Luminous-Landscape look with a NEW Article by Peter Cox.  His article is a timeless piece titled Better Photographic Composition or The Best Camera Won't Make You A Better Photographer.  You might think you know compossition.  But, after reading Peter's article you'll find you still had something to learn.




11 October, 2013 - The Art of Fooling Around

Do you take your photography too seriously? Are you offended when someone asks, "Was that Photoshopped?" If so, you might find our latest essay, The Art of Fooling Around, of interest.

A quick word of thanks to everyone who has commented on our new site design, both pro and con. It was a long time in development, and sometimes it isn't until something is live that flaws are visible.

In the past 48 hours we have been tweeking the design a bit and are now happy with what we have. We have also tested on virtually every current web browser and hand-held device and in all cases the site displays properly. Thanks again for your comments and support. 




13 October, 2013 - Egypt - Along The Nile

Recent violence and unsettled politics in Egypt has turned one of the world's most important and well visited historical areas into a tourism ghost town. Given the singular quality of the antiquities, curiosity about the culture, and the Egyptians’ centuries of economic reliance on tourism, the tour busses and cruise ships will inevitably return. 

Don Whitebread's new travel article documents a recent photographic exploration of the Nile River.


LuLa Video

If you haven't yet noticed, we have recently launched our new LuLa Video service. All of our travel and tutorial videos are now available using our new free video player, for PC, Mac, I devices and Android.

You can download, you can stream, you can purchase, or you can rent. The choices are yours. And, our new annual subscription service is on sale at just $100, discounted from our regular $150.




15 October, 2013 - Win An Antarctic Expedition

We have just announced our latest and largest competition yet – an opportunity to win a free Antarctic Expedition berth along with free air fare from anywhere in the world. The total value of this prize is $15,000, making it one of the richest drawings by a photographic site, ever!

How do you enter? Simple. We want to familiarize you with our new LuLa Video store where you can download or stream any of our more than 60 training and travel videos. Our new video player is also free, and works on all computer platforms, including I devices and Android.

We will have 10 monthly semi-finalists, each of whom will win a free life-time subscription to all of our videos, past and future. Every video purchase, including annual subscriptions which count as six entries, made at any time between now and August 1, 2014 counts as an entry. Find out more and enter.

 




16 October, 2013 - Sony Alpha 7R Hands-On & More

We have three new articles being published today. The first is a brief report on the three new cameras that Sony has just introduced. These are going to shake up the industry a bit (as Sony tends to do).

The second article is a hands-on report written following my spending a few days earlier this month working with the exciting new Sony Alpha 7R.

The third is a new essay from our regular contributor Alain Briot titled In Praise of Amateurs.

WIN AN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 




19 October, 2013 - Son y AX1. The First Affordable 4K Video Camera

The Sony FDR-AX1 is the first practical and affordable 4K video camera. It becomes available in North America in the next few days. Is this the 4K camera for those that don't want or think they need 4K?

 WIN AN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 




22 October, 2013 - An Appeal for Divergence and Simplicity

Mark Dubovoy's latest essay is an appeal for DIVERGENCE instead of CONVERGENCE for those photographers not interested in video. It is also an appeal for badly needed and apparently forgotten simplicity in Pro cameras of all kinds.

 

 




25 October, 2015 - PDN PhotoExpo - Staying Alive

I've been attending the Fall photo equipment show in New York for quite a few years. The show's name changes every now and then, but in a non-photokina year it's an opportunity to meet with friends and associates in the industry and to take the pulse of what's happening. This year the theme for the industry seems to be "staying alive", which is also the theme of my included video.

UPDATED – Oct 27

 




28 October, 2013 - The Master Never Stops Being The Student

Following Michael's bemoaning the banality of this year's PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, Nick Devlin writes that he attended the show, and can't disagree that this was a slow year for new bling. But in a corridor of meeting rooms below the gear-porn, the art of photography was alive and well




1 November, 2013 - Kevin and Michael's Toy Shop

A few months ago Michael, Kevin and Chris were part of the instructor team on a Phase One PODAS workshop in the Kimberley Region of Austrailia. The trip took place on the True North, an amazing expedition ship with an onboard helicopter that allowed us to explore some incredible locations. While on the cruise we did a number of video interviews as well as a video on the whole trip. Watch for all of these soon. In the mean time enjoy a video with Michael and Kevin discussing the gear they brought on the trip. Kevin and Michael’s Toy Shop 

 


  WIN AN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
WORTH USD $15,000 

The winner of a Lifetime Video Subscription in our October contest is...

David Gibson of Hexham, Northumberland, UK 

David is now also a semi-finalist in our grand
Antarctic Expedition Contest – worth $15,000


 




3 November, 2013 - Sculpting With Light

Our newest article is a great tutorial on how to paint with light.  Harold Ross is a master at the technique of using simple lighting tools to light large size scenes and create amazing images.  After reading this article go out and try some of the techniques for yourself. Sculpting With Light


  WIN AN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
WORTH USD $15,000 

 




9 November, 2013 - An Interview with Bjorn Rorslett

Our latest video interview, part of an on-going series with world-famous photographers, is with Bjørn Rørslett, on location in Norway.

Bjørn is one of Norway's leading nature photographers and a respected scientist. He is a renowned author on the Nikon camera system and also an expert in Infrared and Ultraviolet photography.

This video also features locations throughout Western Norway's fjords and mountains.

Subscribers will have the video automatically visible within their LuLa Video App. Refresh, then type "Norway" in the search field to find it.

If you are not a subscriber, but already have the LuLa Video app, just click 'Add to my Library'. It is without charge for our annual subscribers and just $10 for everyone else.

First time buyers can find it on our new store. Type "Norway" in the search field to locate the specific video.


Vistek – Toronto
3-day Workshop with Master Portrait Photographer Greg Gorman,
November 15-17

Vistek is presenting master portrait photographer Greg Gorman in an exclusive lecture and 3 day workshop experience. Photographers of all walks will have unprecedented access to Greg, including Q&A, portfolio review, autograph sessions and so much more. Gorman, a 45-year portraiture veteran, has created some of the most iconic, instantly recognizable celebrity portraits in recent memory. Those stars include Andy Warhol, Michael Jordan, Diana Ross, Jimi Hendrix and many more.

Find Out More




11 November, 2013 - Paris Photo Show

Edmund Ronald is a consultant to the photographic industry and a regular contributor to this site. He visited the Paris Photo show this past weekend and now provides us with his report

Today's Home Page photo was taken during a shoot in Norway with Bjørn Rorslett. Bjørn is the subject of our latest video interview. See the November 9 entry below.




14 November, 2013 - Once Upon a Time in Olympus-Land

The family of Olympus Zuiko High Grade and Super High Grade lenses are among the best zoom lenses ever made. Originally designed for the Four Thirds format, they now have new life and a new home on the just shipping Olympus OM-D E-M1 due to its use of on-chip Phase Detection autofocus as well as Contrast Detection AF.

These lenses are expensive, but for anyone who wants the best possible glass, yet who values the versatility of zooms, there are none finer.




18 November, 2013 - Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography

In our latest tutorial, An Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography, Adam Woodworth describes many of the tools and methods that he uses to create fine art landscape astrophotographs.  He focuses on capturing photos of the Milky Way with minimal star movement. 


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.

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21 November, 2013 - Video Interview with Master Printer and Scientist Ctein

Our newest video was done by Michael with Ctein – master printer, scientist and writer. The conversation covers Ctein's journey from Film and Dye-Transfer printing to Digital Cameras and Inkjet Printers.

Topics of discussion include the mastering of quarter-tones in inkjet printing, the current state of cameras and inkjet printers in 2013, a look at the future of both cameras & printers, and a close look at some of Ctein's recent prints.

The duration of the video is 60 minutes, and the cost is just $10 from our new store. The video is free to all current and new subscribers.

 




23 November, 2013 - Free C1 Training Video Offer

Phase One has announced  that this weekend, the first 50 people to complete a purchase of a Capture One Pro 7 single user license in the Phase One online store will receive an unique voucher code to use at Luminous-Landscape, which grants a 100% discount on the tutorial a – USD $60 value.




26 November, 2013 - Miles Flint - My Photographic Journey

One of the benefits of leading workshops to various worldwide locations is you get a chance to meet exceptional people and photographers.  Miles Flint and I met in the fall of 2009 and over the last few years I have had the opportunity to see Miles at several PODAS workshops.  I had the chance to sit down with Miles on the Kimberley, Australia PODAS workshop and talk about his photographic growth over the years and to take a peek at his gear bag.  Luminous-Landscape will be doing more interviews and articles like this in the future.  Article and Video . . .




30 November, 2013 - Canada to Mexico in One Hour

Chris Sanderson, Michael Reichmann and Lula (Michael's dog) drove last week from Toronto, Canada to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a distance of 4,000 kilometers. We covered it in 40 hours, spread over four and half days of driving. We also filmed the entire trip with a dash-cam.

Since no one in their right mind would watch a forty hour video, we compressed it down to less than one hour. You can find it online here, if you're crazy enough to watch it.




1 December, 2013 - November Antarctic Context Semi-Finalist Announced

We are pleased to announce the November semi-finalist in our Win An Antarctic Expedition Contest. It is Charles Kurtzman of Fort Worth, Texas. Congratulations Charles. You've won a free lifetime subscription to our videos as well as becoming one of the semi-finalists in our Antarctic Expedition contest.




2 December. 2013 - Antarctica 2013

Kevin Raber, LuLa's publisher returned just a week ago from a trip to Antarctica.  This was his 4th trip to the bottom of the planet.  Kevin shares his adventure in the form of a daily log as well as a collection of photos.  There are links in the article to a more extensive gallery of images as well as links to the 2015 LuLa Antarctica trip.  Antarctica is an amazing place and if you can be sure it is on your bucket list. In the meantime enjoy Kevin's trip and images.  Read . . . Antarctica November 2013 




6 December 2013 - The Fine Art Photography Business

The LuLa team has been quite busy on a number of fronts.  Michael as you have seen in our recent video has made his annual trek to Mexico with Chris.  Seems though that Mexico has lost their internet somewhere. Based on headlines they have been loosing a number of things lately. So, Michael and Chris have very spotty internet and hopefully will be back on line 100% very soon.

It's always good to switch gears and today our regular contributor Alain Briot has done just that.  We share his essay The Fine Art Photography Business.

Update: Chris and I are now back online. Telmex has to be the world's worst Internet service. It's up and down like a Yo-Yo. Yesterday we had connection, but the country's DNS servers were down. Go figure.

 




9 December, 2013 - Sony RX10 Report

Some camera makers are content to put new chrome and tail fins on last year's model. Not Sony. They believe in pushing the envelope, and with the just shipping RX-10 they have created a new camera that blends characteristics of several previous categories and models, yet which manages to forge new territory. But how successful have they really been with the RX10 and can it justify its price?




12 December, 2013 - The World's Finest Sensor Meets the World's Best Lenses

The new Sony A7r has, arguably, the finest 35mm format sensor ever made. Leica's M lenses are, again arguably, the best 35mm format lenses ever made.

What happens with they mate? Indeed – what could go wrong?

Find out in our latest review.

 




15 December, 2013 - Finding Photos In Your Garden, etc.

It has been a cold week in the US.  Here in Indianapolis it got down to 5 degree (F) a day ago.  For you Celsius people that is -15.  We have published a lot of Antarctica images and ice and it is all too much a reminder of winter.  So, today we switch gears and give you a glimpse of warmer times to come.  Frank Sauer shares his article on Garden Variety.  This is an essay on photographing in your own backyard.  However it is a lot more.  It reminds us that we can find a lot of things to photograph near our homes without having to travel great distances.  Take your camera off the shelf and get out and find something close by that you have seen many times and try to see it differently.  Take some images and if you are bold enough share them on the forum.  

There was great response to Adam Woodworth’s recent article on Landscape Astrophotography.  Adam has made a 30 minute video illustrating how he works the image to come up with the final image.  It’s a great Photoshop tutorial on blending and layers.  Check it out HERE.

My good friend and fellow workshop leader Josh Holko from Australia recently completed a beautiful video about the Arctic.  There is some excellent photography in the video and it is well done.  Enjoy Arctic Expedition

Speaking of Arctic Expeditions, stay tuned this week as LuLa launches 2 back to back Arctic trips this July.  These will be most unique so look for our announcement very soon.


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.

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18 December, 2013 - The Full Frame Myth

Given the advances in sensor technology over the past few years, is Full Frame really necessary? Up until recently I might have said "Maybe not...". The latest generation of smaller sensor cameras have gotten so good, and the appeal of smaller and lighter bodies and lenses is so great, that in many parts of the world DSLR sales are being trumped by Compact System Cameras.

But now with Sony's new A7 and A7r Full Frame cameras, which are actually smaller than some MFT models, which way are things going to go? Find out more.


New Travel Video Online for Subscribers

Video Subscribers will find that there is a new travel video online as of today. It is titled The Palouse: A Washington State Photo Trip. You'll find it in your Video Library of your device, or it can be viewed online in your browser. The video is also available for purchase and may be streamed or downloaded. Check under Subject / Travel & Locations.

 


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 




20 December, 2013 - 25% Off Sale Now On

It wouldn't be the holiday season without a sale, now would it? So we're having a 25% Off Sale on everything in our online store.

The sale runs from right now through the end of New Year's Day. To obtain your 25% off on any purchase just enter

HappyNewYear-25pc

in the Coupon Code box when you check-out.




23 December, 2013 - Building a Better Profile - It's All In the Receipe

A number of years ago I (Kevin Raber) was drivng through the Iceland countryside with Mark Dubovoy.  Our discussion was about printing. Mark was sharing how he makes profiles and how important it is to be precise.  No surprises there if you know Mark.  I told him I didn't do any of that because I had been using ImagePrint Software for years and the profiles included with ImagePrint were so good that in my experience, I couldn't even come close to making such a good profile.
Bottom line: Mark tried Imageprint out. Lo and behold he switched!  He even
reviewed Imageprint on this site.  

Today we hear right from John Pannozzo who is the man behind ImagePrint with an article Building A Better Profile - It's All in The Recipe


 




27 December, 2013 - Field Review - Zeiss Touit 12mm lens

 All of us at Luminous-Landscape hope you had a good holiday.  In less than a week we start a new year and you can count on new articles, reviews and videos as well as a new line up of workshops.

Legendary glass maker Zeiss has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years as they started to make lenses for the DSLR camera systems.  They didn’t miss a beat when it came to the APS-C sensor category either. Earlier this year they released two lenses with the family name of Touit. The two new lenses are a 12mm 2.8 and a 32mm 1.8 for the Fuji X system and the Sony NEX cameras.  Today’s article by István Nagy takes a closer look at the Zeiss Touit 12mm lens.  There are plenty of reviews of this lens out there but István takes a look at the lens in real world use. Read . . . Field Testing the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens

If you are a Fuji X system user and you haven’t heard, there is now new firmware updates available for the X-Pro1 as well as most of the lenses.  This is a nice update and you should visit the Fuji Update page to learn more.  You’ll also be able to update your lenses.  Fuji also updated firmware on the original X100.  We have to give Fuji Kudos for keeping there cameras updated with the latest firmware features.


It wouldn't be the holiday season without a sale, now would it? So we're having a 25% Off Sale on everything in our online store.

The sale runs from right now through the end of New Year's Day. To obtain your 25% off on any purchase just enter

HappyNewYear-25pc 

in the Coupon Code box when you check-out.


New Travel Video Online for Subscribers

Video Subscribers will find that there is a new travel video online as of today. It is titled The Palouse: A Washington State Photo Trip. You'll find it in your Video Library of your device, or it can be viewed online in your browser. The video is also available for purchase and may be streamed or downloaded. Check under Subject / Travel & Locations.

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 




30 December, 2013 - Best New Camera of 2013

Yes, I know. Not another "Best of...". But, why not? I've used a dozen new cameras this year, and tested and reported on many of them on these pages. But inevitably there is one that keeps asking to go for a walk, to be taken on a trip, and to simply be used more than any other. This year's hands-down winner is the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

UPDATE – This article has been updated with a solution to the problem of easy switching between shutter and AF button focus locking.

 It wouldn't be the holiday season without a sale, now would it?
So we're having a 
25% Off Sale on everything in our online store.

The sale runs from right now through the end of New Year's Day.
To obtain your 25% off on any purchase just enter...

HappyNewYear-25pc 

...in the Coupon Code box when you check-out.




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