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Get The Most Out of LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY (Downloadable files)

teacher avatar Zoltán Nagy, Olympus and Manfrotto ambassador

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      My Best Advise for Compositions


    • 3.

      Exposure Bracketing


    • 4.

      Camera Settings


    • 5.

      How to Stitch Panoramas in Camera RAW


    • 6.

      Editing in Camera RAW


    • 7.

      Stretch and Crop Our Image


    • 8.

      Fixing Sky


    • 9.

      Adjustments in Photoshop


    • 10.

      Sharpening (FREE version)


    • 11.

      Save for Web (sRGB)


    • 12.



    • 13.

      Other Courses / Good Bye


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About This Class

In this course you will learn how to take cool panorama photos that can stand out from the crowd. The best way in my opinion to take really cool image of a place that packed with photographers is to find a different composition, perspective and a cool foreground. In this course you will learn how to do that.

The best way to learn photography is by going through real life examples. I will tell you everything from A to Z, all you need to know to take an amazing landscape photo.

You can download the RAW files. You will learn much faster if you follow all the steps in the videos.

We will look at the following:

  • Camera settings
  • Stitching panorama
  • Editing in Adobe camera raw
  • Advanced editing techniques in Photoshop
  • Effective and FREE sharpening techniques
  • How to export your photos for web

All you need to complete this course is some basic photography knowledge, Photoshop and love for photography.

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Zoltán Nagy

Olympus and Manfrotto ambassador


I'm Zoltán. I'm a travel photographer and an ambassador for Manfrotto and OM Digital Solution (formerly known as Olympus) in Hungary. My favourite topics are landscape, cityscape and astro landscape photography. Since 2018 I have been traveling around the world as a digital nomad. Visited many countries and I usually stay a couple of months each time. 

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1. Introduction: Hey everybody, this is alternate from Hungary and professional landscape photographer, ambassador of OMC system, aka Olympus and Manfrotto in Hungary. In this video, we will learn on this image and actually you can download all the raw files and follow along and follow all the steps I do in Photoshop and camera at all. In this video, we learn much quicker. In my opinion, I was lucky enough to have the permission and climbed a walk-in or twice actually. And I had to wait months for the perfect condition when the top of the volcano is snowy and the foreground is frozen, It's just really, really rare. It was a real journey to take this image. And I hope you will appreciate it and you will learn some new techniques that you can use on your own images in the future. So don't hesitate to download the row fires and let's get started. 2. My Best Advise for Compositions: Hey everyone. This is the image we will edit together. But before we start editing, we need to discuss the few things. Start with the composition. I really want to give you some cool tips. I don't want to just talk about boring and composition rules. So every photographer in his or her life goes through an evolution. So first you learn composition rules, then you break all of them probably. So It's really important to learn these rules, but later on, the balance and then some other things I just share with you now will be more important. This more important thing is your viewer and the people who watch or look at your images. And what you need to do is to guide them on your picture. So you can do it in multiple different ways. Generally speaking, most of the people, when we look at the picture and watches the main subject, we choose the mountain or actually volcano here. By the way, this is the volcano, it's in ten or if Canary Island and this is the highest point in Spain. So the first thing we, the people will look at is the mountain itself. Then the second thing, probably the foreground and the third thing, probably this ROC curve. Then, then try to explore the other interesting elements because we have a few, we have demand team, we have these mountain range. We have a nice green something here. We have really nice colors. We have color contrast, which is really cool. You need to focus on color contrast. If you are planning to take photos on a professional level, which is, let, let's say warm and cold here, like blue and orange. So you need to, need to be conscious about what people do and look at the picture because dad, hundreds and thousands of images taken of this volcano every single day and many of them are really professionals or good-quality, really nice composition. But 95% of them take and read the same spots. So what do you need to do to stand out from the crowd? You need to find the nice foreground. So this is, of course, this is just one way to stand out with your images. But I think the coolest and actually the easiest way you need to find the cool foreground. You need to go there and walk around and find a cool foreground, not just any foreground, a cool one, which looks good with ads to the picture. I was walking around a lot to find this. I didn't no branches or I don't know why this is the other thing is timing. So we got some snow on the top of the mountain. I had to wait for this for months actually, to be able to photograph the tie the volcano with snow on the top. I came here at Sunrise. So these are the first sunlight on the top of the mountains. And as you can see, we have really nice soft colors on the sky. And we have a frozen foreground that's where which is absolutely unique here. So you need a timing, you need a nice composition and foreground. That's how you can stand out from the crowd. I hope these thoughts will help you to make and take better photos in the future. Let's get started in Photoshop. 3. Exposure Bracketing: We have our images and we have 18 images. We will use only six and you can download six of them and follow all the steps. In this way, you will learn so much quicker. But we have 18 images and let me explain why. I open it in Photoshop. Because they are raw images. Photoshop opens it in camera roll. And if you prefer Lightroom, adobe Lightroom, you can use that as well. It's not a problem at all. First look at the left side, we have our raw images here, and we have 18 of them. As you can see, we have a medium exposure, a dark exposure, and the bright exposure, then we have the same bracketing, so a medium exposure, but I looked with a little bit to the right and the dark and the bright and so on, so on. We have these free images six times. So why did I do this? Because I wasn't sure I can capture everything on one picture. Because if something is too dark like here, if I expose to the highlights, if everything is too dark, I can brighten my image, but probably it will be noisy and not maybe lose some really nice details if it's, let me reset it. If we have a two bright exposure, which is cool for the dark part of the image, there is a risk we lose the sky. That's why I always do these free image bracketing. But as you can see, the captured really nice details on this guy, even if it looks like it's blown out, it's not. That's why you need to test them and understand your camera. So always take overexposed images than the dark and Lynn, Dan, and USC, not your camera are capable of. 4. Camera Settings: Now have a look on the right hand side on the top. This is our histogram and we can see the settings here. So the camera was in manual mode. I put it on the tripod and I turned off image stabilization. It's super important. Turn off image stabilization. If you have a tripod, I said ISO 200 because that's the lowest I can use. And then the lower the ISO, the better the qualities or less noise in the picture. Let's say the focal length is 12 millimeter. And this is the equivalent of February meter on a full frame. It's 24 millimeters, so it's a fairly by then go but it's not ultra wide angle. F1. F1 was more than enough for me to capture the horse seen in sharp in focus. But if you have a full frame or even an APS-C camera, maybe you should experience with the higher f-number, the unit what? Google it, hyper focal distance. If you look up hyper focal distance on the internet, you will understand how to take and how to set up your camera if you want everything in focus. Okay, So the trick that the securities for a really sharp image is hyper focal distance. And I have a shutter speed. I just mentioned you, it was early in the morning, so we haven't got so much light. And of course f Taney's are really, really small aperture. So I used von third of a second shutter speed because it was in manual mode. All my bright images have the same same settings. 5. How to Stitch Panoramas in Camera RAW: I highlight the bright exporters here on the left-hand side. One more thing. If, for example, if the sky was blown out here, I would highlight all of them. And I would press on these three dots. And here is the merge to HDR panorama. In this way, you can manage all 18 images and blend all the images to one panorama, but you will have all the data of all 18 images, okay? But we don't need it. It would be a really huge file to work with them and we just don't need that. So I just married to a panorama. When this popup window show up, just check out these settings. So usually you need to choose one of these here. And sometimes the spherical, sometimes they're cylindrical, sometimes the perspective is better. So you should check always all of them. I think on this scene I like the cylindrical the most and I think it doesn't work. Perspective. Yes, it doesn't work. So cylinder, curious, fine. The other thing here is this boundary. If you don't have any straight lines like horizon and buildings, so vertical lines, you should just, you can just warp image and voila, It looks great. But because we have actually a straight almost trade line here at the horizon, it hasn't looked dead good. We could fix it later, but actually we can crop it so it doesn't matter. I don't use this warp. I just leave it on 0 and we can merge it. If you press on Merge will ask you where to save it and I save it on my desktop. 6. Editing in Camera RAW: When you're panorama image shows up the bottom of the list here, the first thing we need to look at is the profile. I prefer landscape, Adobe Landscape profile because it's just a little bit more saturated and less contrasty. So when I take landscape photo, I usually choose Oliver landscape profile. Then the second thing we need to do is just bounce the light because it's for two, it's overexposed the pillars. So I reduce exporter by 0.35 exposure because it roughly looks good on the foreground. And as you can see, this guy is still blown out. If I was to reduce it until this guy looks good, everything else in the foreground is just too dark, it's just boring, it doesn't look good. So that's why I don't do that may be a reduced, a little bit more, let's say minus, minus 0.5 exporter. Okay, so in the foreground looks great like this. So how do we fix this guy? We can use actually a mosque for that. So here you can just press Select Sky. Usually does a really good job. Select this guy. And now I can reduce the exposure separately on the sky, let's say minus 1.2. It looks good on the sky, but we have one problem, which is here on the top of the mountain. It's a little bit Dole, as you can see, so we just reduce the exposure there as well. So here is a button, it's called substract. Just press, press brush. Just a little bit. You can up, sorry, flow and everything to 100%. Just be careful with the horizon. It looks good. Like this. Okay, cool. Before we carry on with the other mask, just go back to the basic steps. So most of the people would just play, read all these sliders, I teach you another way. So when you balance the lights, which usually only you, only you need to use maybe some exposure, a little bit of highlights, shadows and everything. So usually with two or three sliders, you can just balance the light. You need to work with the color temperature. I think it's a little bit too cold. So let us say 7 thousand and it's a bit maybe too purple for me. Let's say. Yeah, it looks, actually it looks so good. When the vendor white balance is good and the lights are imbalanced, the next thing, just skip everything here. Don't, don't touch anything here. Go to the details filled on the details are sharpening is on 40 on the fault. And the problem with this, we usually need the sharpening anyway, but the problem with this, it sharpens everything, even the, even then the noise. So if I zoom in like, I don't know, 400%, I sharpen the image. You can see we sharpen everything, even the noise. But if I just move them mosque slider, Let's zoom out. Just press and hold Option or Alt, move the mask Slider. And as you can see where the mask is black, you want sharpen anything where it's white, you will sharpen the image. So I think here maybe 3035, it's perfect. We don't want to sharpen too much this point of the editing. It looks so much better than other thing here. Have a look at the histogram. We have a gap on the right that has asked probably these should a little bit brighten the brightest part of the images instead of just brighten the exposure because everything gets me a bit too overexposed. Or we can just move the white because that's the right or even better work with the curve. I think the curve is the best solution for that. So just grab and hold the top-right and move it until you see that the red shows if blowers blowing out, and actually the blue shows where it's too dark, there is no information anymore. So you can turn on and off these here. So this is for the dark part, this is for the bright parts, or they should be on almost all the time. So I think we are good here. We stretched. It says more to the right. It's perfect. The next thing, optics, I don't want to explain now, try to keep this tutorial as simple, but show you some advanced techniques at the same time, if you don't understand what's chromatic aberration or profile correction, you should look it up there. Usually you just need to check both and let it I don't check the second loan because it doesn't do anything with my image. The next calibration, this is the part but less photographer use and this is really, really powerful. You remember I mentioned you don't touch, don't touch anything, don't touch the colors here because this is the, this is that part, the last part, the calibration value, you should touch the color first. Usually, you should play around with all the sliders. But whether I use most of the time is blue primary saturation slider and just move it to the right. First, you should focus on the warm colors, the yellows and the warm colors. And they just the difference. It's just the looks so much better. So you can use a higher number on this image. I set it to 770, usually comes with a negative effect, which is the blue. We'll be over a saturated, but it's fine, I think here, but a little bit over saturated. But after that they usually comes here. He just sell saturation and they just reduce the blues until it looks natural, let's say minus 25 here. Yeah, that's good for me. After that, you can come back here to the basics and you can play with these sliders, play with the colors. And I think on a plus ten vibrance, It's fine. It looks good for me. Okay, So this is the moment when most of the photographers would say, okay, I'm done, It looks great. You see, this is the starting point. This is where we are right now. But I don't think it's done. It's far from done. Let's go back to the mosques. I need a new mosque, so create new radial gradient. And the first question is, what's our main subject? And I think it's the volcano. So the wonky know, should be somehow emphasized or highlighted. So just draw her relatively big radio here. And instead of brightening up our volcano because I think it's bright enough already. Dark and everything gets, we could draw, darken everything gas. So come here to the right on this icon, which inverts the masks. So we will, we will affect everything. But the volcano can be a little bit bigger, like so. I just reduce the exposure here by half a stop. As you can see now, we emphasized the volcano because it's brighter than everything, yes. But what S We would like to highlight a little bit. I think the foreground here, it should be a little bit brighter. So again, we need a new mask. Radial gradient. Now, I just want to brighten, go and increase the exposure back to buy a half extra exposure and maybe the whites, because if you just raise the whites, you will increase the contrast and bright them at the same time. So it's cool for us. It looks, it actually great. We have this anchor point. Small rock may be, I would like to emphasize or highlight that as well. So another mask can be smaller and a little bit of exposure. And the whites, Let's say 2525. Cool. It looks good though we have too much dark here and here. And if you have a look on the histogram again, we a little bit underexposed. So come here again. The left until it looks great here. And this is the dark bark. So what it happens? So this part is a 100% black, this is the, a 100% white and everything in between. So if I raise this bar just a little bit, we will have a nice smooth dark parts of the image, so shadows, it looks much, much better in my opinion. Go back to the mosques, create another mask. Radial gradient here to our volcano again. And I think we need more contrast. But instead of using the contrast slider, which is okay, I think it's totally okay to use that. We should increase. We are actually at just experience with the Dehaze slider. It usually looks much better for me. So let's say on 20, it's fine. Okay. So this is the before. This is the after. It's so much better. I think. Let's open it in Photoshop and I show you some other tricks there. So breast and open. 7. Stretch and Crop Our Image: Here we are in Photoshop. First of all, I just make a copy and I call it row, and I turned it off. So just just to have a Becker before we cut the part you don't like on this image, I showed you a trick. I think the foreground is a little bit too big and our mountains are a little bit small. I mean, it's because the wide-angle and the panorama and it's far so it looks a little bit smaller than I would prefer. So I assure you a really cool trick. Select these rectangular tool somewhere here at the horizon. Let's say here I select everything. And we just selected the top part of the image. If you press Control or Command T, you can change the just the top part of this image. But if you press and hold Shift, then move the slider. You can play with the size. I want this mountane a little bit bigger. I press enter. Then I select the bottom part of this image, com wonder Control T. And I press and hold shift again, the name make the bottom part a little bit smaller. I think nine just looks much, much better. I move my images and image on the top, the middle, sorry. Now let's Copic. I press on the crop tool. 16 by ten. I prefer 16 by ten over the 16 by nine because taller the image better it looks on any kind of social media. For example, on Instagram, four by five is the best, that's the tallest, that's the image that the occupies the biggest, biggest surface of the screen and on Instagram and similar in Facebook as well. If you cut the 16 by 10.5 right in the middle, here in the middle, you end up with 24 by five images. And that's a perfect swipeable post on Instagram. So it was just a long, steep, That's what I usually do. Let's crop our image. I don't need so much on the left side for sure. I don't need some parts. May be here on the right as well. I think it looks good here. When you crop. If you think these box delete, delete cropped pixels, if you take it and press OK or breast and enter, then you crop everything forever. I think it's fine. We don't need those parts anymore. 8. Fixing Sky: But as you can see, we may need more sky, so I don't want an even bigger mountain because that looks unnatural. But we can do some other things. The easiest way, again, if you just select the sky, Control T or Command T, press and hold Shift and you can stretch it, but sometimes it sometimes it doesn't look so good. Sometimes it's okay. Let's say we don't want to do that. There is an other ways. Polygonal lasso tool. Select these parts. Just roughly. Don't need to be very precise. Then Shift F5 or you can come here, the edit and fill. It does the same. Choose Content-Aware and press. Okay. Wait for the magic and install on, and it looks great. Okay, So let's call it stretch the image. All right, It's already looks really great. The next one is, I don't like these clouds, so let's fix it. I choose this Patch Tool, select it and fix it. That's it. It looks perfect. 9. Adjustments in Photoshop: At this point, the best thing you can ask yourself, what would make this image better? So I, what I wouldn't do is just talk in a little bit more in the sky and brighten This. Maintain top or at least just increase the contrast. First of all, I need, even though you can use level or curves, I prefer curves or level. So if I just grabbed the mid, middle part of the curve, you can see if I decrease the exposure, we have really nice colors on the sky. But again, we dark and everything else. But we don't want to do that. So how can we fix that? But what can we do about it? Silicon? This guy here is this Quick Selection Tool. I just scale it a setback the sky roughly. And as you can see, it's not perfect. So try again. If, for example, you end up selecting the mountain as valid few press and hold Alt, you can just deselect those parts. It looks okay for me, but it's not perfect. Now been either mosque with the selection. So I delete this mask with an active selection and the curve layer selected if you press on this mask, and now if I click here twice and decrease the exposure, as you can see, we can darken our sky, but anything else is untouched, and that's what we aim for. But usually if we do that, we end up with a really strange edges sometimes because our selection is just not perfect. What I usually do is soften this edge. So you can select this mask again. I can delete it. Then go to Select Modify, Expand. Let's say we expanded by five pixels. So now if I zoom in, you can see we selected the five pixels in the mountains. So now we need a new mosque. So press again, we have a new mask. So it's still bad because now we have a dark edge here, which I don't like at all. But we can soften this edge because we know we have five pixels inside to the maintain. We can just press twice on this mask. On the Federal. You can increase the it either by three, maybe even four pixels. And now we soften these edges, and now it looks much more natural. So this is how we can darken the sky and leave really nice bright mountain top. And if you want to increase the mountaintops and brightness, you can create another layer to do that. So let's start, let's make another curve layer. And on the mask, I just come here. So there are many, many ways I can show you much complicated and much more precise ways, but really don't want you to overwhelm. I show you an easier way. Just go here, image, apply image and press. Okay. Now we created the mosque. We need to do it again. So go to the mosque, image, apply image. So what we want to see here is a mask where the mountain top is more selected. I think it looks okay. What do I want to do now is increase. So I just grab it and move it up a little so it will be a little bit brighter. But as you can see, again, we brightened many other things we probably don't want. So I just moved this curved layer two or folder and I can give a mask to default or just press it. If you remember, we have a mosque could be the sky. Press and hold Command, and click on the mask. We have an active selection of the sky. Come here, delete it. And we need a mosque like this, but inverse. So if I press the mosque here I have and Moscow in the sky, but I have them mosque off everything S Bob, this guy. So what, how can we do that? If you have these active selection press and hold option and press this mask again. And we have an inverted mask. As you can see, we have masked out our sky because that's black. So everything I do read this with this layer doesn't affect our sky, but it affects everything else. Which is, which is really cool for us. Let's say, looks great. This. So I put these two in a group and I call it adjustments. There are so many other techniques and the tricks are probably would do with this image, but I really try to keep it simple. So just a couple of more adjustments are in this group or directory. And just create an, again a curve layer. Now I just move this slider to the left because in this way, as you can see, I can brighten the image and brighten the brightest part more than, than the other parts. So I just brighten it a little, then I mask it. So we already have a mask here. So I don't want this adjustment anywhere. Mainly here on the foreground maybe, and less on the sky. So for example, here is this gradient tool. It's really important the mask is selected. And from the bottom to the, let's say half of the mountain. Just draw, draw a mask. And as you can see, our mask looks really, really nice and probably really natural. We affect the foreground. We lay sorry, it much more alive. It looks great in my opinion. And we can create another adjustment like curve again. Brighten it again, change it to black, just inverse the mosque. So press and hold Command or Control. And I brush, brush tool, white color, let's say 45%. I can bright and some part of this image here, that's fine. That's okay. I just wanted to brighten this these bush there. It looks much better. In my opinion. I would probably play with the channel and mosques more, but I really tried to keep it simple, as I mentioned before. Just one more thing and go to the adjustment again. Curves. And now a simple S-curve, that's a more traditional curve. So this lower part, I, I just darken it, and maybe in the middle, I brighten it. This way. We have a little bit more of a contrast. Just looks more professional in my opinion. 10. Sharpening (FREE version): Let's sharpen our image. We need a copy of everything. The easiest way to do that is press and hold Shift option and command or on a PC Shift Alt Control and press E. And now we have a copy of everything. I call it sharpen. I open the filter, other and high-pass filter. If you press on high-pass, everything goes to gray. It doesn't matter if do this, this is good. Choose the one big cell I usually go for, go with one pixel. So I'll just press. Okay. Now we need to change the blending mode. The blending mode, do we need this overlay? So in this way, the gray is gone, but we sharpened our image. So let's have a look. For example, on the mountane here. If I turn off this layer, you can see two little bit blurry. If I turn this on, it's really nice and sharp. And if you need more sharpening, instead of increasing that number, the number one I just showed you. Instead of that, just, you can just copy this, copy this layer multiple times and it will be super sharp. Let's see here. Turn these off. You see it's probably over sharpen now. Whereas you can see it's super sharp. Let's say we need to. So I did it. One of them. I put them in a group and I call it sharpen. This is the before. This is the after It's super sharp, It's cool. But as you remember, if you sharpen an image, you will sharpen the noise as well. And we really don't want any noise on the sky. So what we're gonna do about it, of course, we create a mask. So let's go to our image. Here. Select sky. We have an active selection of the sky. So we need an inverted mask because we don't want to sharpen the sky, we want us to sharpen everything else. So press and hold option and press Mask. And in this way we have a Mosque of the foreground, which is cool, looks super nice and sharp. 11. Save for Web (sRGB): The last thing we need to do is to save our image. Just go to File, export and Save for Web. And this is really important. So if you save this image and you don't import or export for web, all the colors will change when you upload it to the web or further on. Upload it to any kind of website or social media site or anything. These nice colors and contrasts will be gone this way or be probably an awful image. This is a really important part. So come here. Export, save for web in my usual settings are JPEG 85, personal quality, optimized embedded color profile and convert to sRGB. The Internet is SRGB, so it's really important to convert it to sRGB, Internet standard, sRGB, I usually say all the metadata I have and that's it. I usually save it, but this is a huge image. I don't need this big, so let's decrease or resize it. Save. 12. Summary: Okay, so let's summarize what we did together. So we had a stitch panorama and before any editing it looked like this. Then we edited this image, and of course it's a little bit cropped already. Then we stretch this image. We changed a little bit of perspective here and made the mountains higher than in a bit. Then we have some adjustments. One curve for the sky actually, I think it's a little bit too much, but doesn't matter, so I just fix it. We darken the sky a little bit. Then we brightened, be brightened up the top of the volcano. And we'll give some life to the foreground, as you can see. Then for the bush here and a little bit of this mountain range. Then a little bit more contrast. All the adjustments together from here to here. Then we sharpened our images. And this is the before. And this is the after. So this is the before. This is the after. So that's it. I hope you liked this video and you learned some new tricks and techniques. 13. Other Courses / Good Bye: Hey everyone, thanks for watching my tutorial until the end. I hope you've learned some new techniques. Now, I want to ask you a favor. Please download the raw files, follow the steps in the course if you haven't already. And the end result, the image you just edited upload here as a project, I promise you, if you follow the steps, you will learn much, much quicker. Also, don't forget to subscribe here on Skillshare. I already have some other courses may be you are interested in doors as well, and I will upload a few more in the near future. Thanks for watching again and see you in another course.