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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 .

Please note that if you have been considering a subscription to the Luminous Landscape's videos, Sept 30 is the last day of the $25 discount.

25 September, 2014 - Stitching - An Advanced Approach

Well it’s back to business as usual.  Photokina is behind us and we look forward to seeing some real products that we can try out soon.  Many readers who frequent the forum will recognize Bernard Languillier whose article we share today.  Bernard has done a follow-up on a previous article on LuLa Having Fun With Panoramas by Kevin Raber.  Bernard takes image stitching to a new level using software other than Photoshop. His article Stitching - An advanced Approach will allow you to take your Panos and stitched images to a new level.

22 September, 2014 - Leica and Fuji Video Interviews Concluded

 UPDATE: We now have completed the upload of Part 2 of the Leica video interview and also Part 2 of the Fuji video Interview.  We apologize for the delay, but our Cologne hotel's Internet service had bandwidth limitations.

20 September, 2014 - Photokina Day 4 Report


Today was an extremely busy day and our last day at Photokina.  This has been a non-stop four days.  We have packed as many meetings in as we could.  We have walked miles looking at all the booths and we have learned a lot.  We’re actually very excited about some of the products we have seen and look forward to trying many of these products out and reporting back to you what we learn.  In today’s Photokina Day 4 Report we share a number of videos as well as comments and photos from around the Photokina Trade Show floor. Tomorrow we will wrap up our coverage with a Wrap Up Video. 

19 September, 2014 - Photokina 2014 Report Days 2 & 3


Photokina has been running for three days now.  Today we publish our Photokina Report For Days 2 and 3

UPDATE: Our 30 minute long interview with Fuji executives about their new cameras and lenses is now online as part of the article.

UPDATE #2: Due to a poor Internet connection the Fuji video is truncated about half way through. We are uploading a new versions and will announce it here when it is online. Sorry for the inconvenience.

We have one more day at the show and on Friday we will visit Samsung and a few others.  Also we will be doing a Michael and Kevin’s recap of Photokina. Please check back.

16 September, 2014 - Photokina 2014 Report - Day 1


Every two years the world's largest photographic trade show takes place in Cologne, Germany. This year Michael and Kevin are in attendance and will be reporting on those things that they saw of greatest interest to them, and hopefully to you as well.

We will not be reporting on many mainstream items for two main reasons. One, they are being covered very well elsewhere, and two, for the most part that aren't that exciting – al least not to us.

Click here for our first day report, images and video coverage.

Our friend, Sean Reid of Reidreviews, a subscription site, has just published the web's first in-depth review of the new Leica X.

14, September, 2014 - Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep


We have published a few articles on medium format lately.  So, today we take it down a notch and share an article by Olaf Willoughby.  He re-visits the Leica T and his experiences as a user.  You can read test reports and reviews but using a camera is the bottom line.  Olaf digs right down to the heart of it in “Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep - Thoughts On The Leica T”. 

It’s Photokina time and I am publishing this article from the Delta Lounge at the Atlanta Airport.  The show opens Tuesday and Michael and I will be there covering all the new announcements and possibly a few new surprises.  We’ll be providing daily updates on what we see.  We also have some appointments for interviews and these should be interesting.   So, check back on a regular basis as we bring you the 2014 Photokina Report.

11 September, 2014 - Upgrading To The Leaf Credo 80


This is date I hope many of us take a moment to reflect on as it is the anniversary of 9/11.  This was a most tragic day and one I'll never forget.  Please remember those that have fallen and those that serve.  I have two sons in the military (Navy and Army) as well as a daughter in law serving in the Army.  Like all their brothers in arms they serve with dedication so we can live the lives we do.  I am very proud of them. Also, don't forget all of those victims of that day, and those that served and have not come home.  Let's hope we can get through the challenges ahead.  As the FDNY says "Never Forget"  

Continuing with our articles on Medium Format we share a story by Robb Williamson today, Upgrading To The Leaf Credo 80.  Not only is Robb a great photographer, but he is a detailed writer.  He shares with us his decision and process of making an upgrade to the Leaf Credo 80.  He also gives good insight into using technical cameras with medium format digital backs.

Michael and Kevin leave for Cologne, Germany on Sunday and they will be covering Photokina.  This is the largest photo show in the world and happens only every other year.  Unlike in the past when most manufacturers actually announced products at the show, mostly everything that is new has already been announced.  As usual though, there will be surprises.  Michael and Kevin have a number of interviews set-up with some of the big wigs of the industry.  They will be making regular and daily reports on what they see and hear.  So, check in regularly next week to keep up on the latest.

LuLa also has a number of soon to be released videos as well as a large number of interesting articles and reviews.  We’ll be working hard during the next few months to give you more content and informative articles as well as announcing some new workshops for the next two years.  Plus we’ll have a few surprises too.

10 September, 2014 - Beta Testers Needed


Once in a while a new and different program comes along in the photography field that gets our attention.  One in particular is Mylio.  Previously in the post we were helping them get 100 Beta Testers.  Mission Acomplished.

It only took a few hours but the 100 Beta Testers have been signed up.  Watch here for an announcement when the next wave of Bata Testers will be announced.


Michael's Phlog was updated on September 10th



7 September, 2014 - Why Medium Format


Having been a medium format shooter for the last 13 years I don’t need a lot of arm twisting when it comes to medium format digital.  It’s always good to hear though from someones as they tell their story about making the switch to medium format.  Today we share Andy Biggs’s article Why Medium Format.  Andy, a well respected wildlife and landscape shooter takes us through his journey of adopting the medium format digital Phase One system.  Read about the ins and outs of making the switch and what he learned along the way.  Enjoy!

Have you wanted to travel to the bottom of the world and experience one of the most incredible photographic environments there is?  Well you can this January and February with the Fly Over The Drake - Antarctica Workshop.  Don’t hesitate register today.

The Ultimate Iceland Workshop.  See the Iceland others don’t.

Michael's Phlog was updated on September 9th


6 September, 2014 - Join Michael In Antarctica


This January and February Luminous-Landscape is once again traveling to Antarctica. This is a trip of a lifetime.  If you are a passionate photographer of nature and landscapes then this is a once in a lifetime trip.  This is a fly over the Drake Passage which avoids 5 days of sailing in some of the roughest seas in the world. We have assembled without a doubt one of the best line-ups of instructors for a workshop  – ever.  Now we are adding Michael Reichmann to the list.  Michael, the founder of Luminous-Landscape and the Luminous-Endowment will be joining us for both trips.  

I’m thrilled that Michael can join us.  If you have ever wanted to be part of one of Michael’s workshop then this is the one. With Michael’s involvement with The Endowment now it is hard for him to find the time to do workshops like this.  We have only a few spots left on each trip.  It’s not too late to be part of an amazing adventure with some amazing photographers and world class instructors.

Kevin Raber, CEO & Publisher of Luminous-Landscape will be having a one man show at the Tarkington Gallery in Indianapolis opening on Friday, September 12, 2014.  The Gallery is located at 4000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.  If you are in the area please joint Kevin for an opening reception from 5:30 - 7:30 PM on the evening of the 12th.  Kevin will be displaying a selection of large prints he has made from around the globe.  Any questions please EMAIL Kevin.

4 September, 2014 - The Pentax 645Z - In Depth Review


There has been a lot of talk about major camera companies possibly taking steps into the medium format digital marketplace.  Till now these have just been rumors. But this is a market segment that is not going away, regardless of what some people say.  One of the relative newcomers to this market is Pentax. Over the last few years the Pentax line has evolved, and recently Pentax introduced the Pentax 645Z as a major upgrade to their previous 645D.  Did they get it right:? The Pentax 645Z - In Depth Review by Michael will try and answer these questions for you.

Have you wanted to travel to the bottom of the world and experience one of the most incredible photographic environments there is?  Well you can this January and February with the Fly Over The Drake - Antarctica Workshop.  Don’t hesitate register today.

The Ultimate Iceland Workshop.  See the Iceland others don’t.

Michael's Phlog was updated on September 5th


1 September, 2014 - Sigma DP2 Quattro - Not Ready For Prime Time


As the digital photography age matures we are all waiting for the newest big thing. So far this year there hasn’t been anything really big. Many camera makers are upgrading their present camera models without showing any real new innovation. However, there is one company that is bold to say the least and not only introduced a radically different looking camera but also put a Foveon chip inside it.  Sigma, recently introduced the Sigma DP2 Quattro. We had the chance to try this camera out. Our review Not Ready For Prime Time will show where we think Sigma and Foveon missed the mark. Some may not agree, read on and see what you think.

You have to love a Photokina year. The next few weeks are going to be crazy with a large number of anticipated announcements as well as hopefully some big surprises. Both Michael and Kevin will be at Photokina this year and you can expect daily updates on the latest from the show floor. More on this over the next two weeks.

Michael's Phlog was just updated on September 3rd




27 August, 2014 - The Mirrorless Revolution

There is no question times are a changing and in the photographic world we are witnessing these changing times with the migration to mirrorless camera systems.  A recent report by CIPA and summarized by Mirrorlessrumors shows that DSLR shipments are falling and mirrorless camera shipments are steadily climbing.  

Recently Michael and I sat down and made a video The Mirrorless Revolution.  We discuss the move to mirrorless and why both of us have adopted it and why we enjoy it and what we think of the present offerings in this market.  Plus, Michael sends a message to Nikon and Canon.  

Have you wanted to travel to the bottom of the world and experience one of the most incredible photographic environments there is?  Well you can this January and February with the Fly Over The Drake - Antarctica Workshop.  Don’t hesitate register today

The Ultimate Iceland Workshop.  See the Iceland others don’t.


Michael's Phlog was just updated on August 30


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