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.
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.
We are pleased to announce a major new feature that links together The Luminous Landscape and The Luminous Endowment web site. It is called Michael's Phlog. Michaels Phlog will regularly feature a new image or two taken by Michael, and then analysed by Michael, with discussions about the locations and situation as well as shooting technique used, and post processing.
We have also set up a new Forum for discussion of each image featured on Michael Phlog.
The Phlog is located on The Luminous Endowment web site because we want to draw your attention to this new not-for-profit. It is a place for photographers to make donations which will benefit other photographers around the world – and where you receive a copy of Michael's new 400 page retrospective book as a gift for your generous donation. The Endowment site is also where photographers can find out about and apply for grants to fund their photographic dreams.
Why is it called a "Phlog"? Well, though a strange word, it simply means a Photographic Blog.
Today Alain Briot shares a tribute to recently departed friend and fellow website master that many of have known for years Uwe Steinmueller. We are deeply saddened by Uwe passing and thank Alain for helping us remember the good times and contributions made by Uwe.
We also share today and article by Christopher Schneiter - The Digital Zone System. Christopher writes on the concept of how the analog idea of a zone system can be equated to digital photography today.
Rockhopper Workshops, the exclusive provider of photography workshops for Luminous-Landscape is presently running a workshop in the Palouse. This is beautiful area of southeast Washington state. The harvest is happening right now. Check the Rockhopper Site’s blog over the next few days for updates. The workshop officially kicked off Monday afternoon.
The Luminous Endowment for Photographers announced today the availability of a new grant... The Nicholas Kitto Grant For Emerging Photographers In Greater China.
The grant is sponsored by Nicholas Kitto, a long-time resident of Hong Kong, who after 35 years as a professional accountant is now enjoying full-time commitment to his life-long passion for photography.
The grant is valued at US $5,000 and is awarded twice yearly. It is open to photographers of all ages who are moving to the next level in their art and craft. The applicant may be of any nationality but must be resident in Greater China, which for these purposes is defined as being Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
We launched the Luminous Endowment on August 1 and it has received wide attention and enthusiastic support. The number of applications from photographers around the world increases every day. Clearly there is a need in the photographic community for financial support for worthwhile projects, and it is our intention in the months and years ahead to finance as many of these as possible. Why not visit our new site and find out more?
But we need your financial support to make these grants possible. Please visit The Endowment, spend a few minutes finding out who we are and what we are doing. Also, find out how you can receive a copy of Michael's new 400 page book titled Michael Reichmann – A Twenty Year Retrospective as a gift in exchange for your generous donation to other photographers. The Endowment is a not-for-profit.
Things are getting very exciting at Luminous-Landscape. We have a lot of projects in the works. In addition to the workshops that we are announcing and running, we have been writing articles and producing a number of new and different videos.
As our industry moves rapidly to a total digital environment we leave behind our heritage of film and analog photography. As part of a number of new video series, we proudly offer up the first of a series of videos where we sit down and talk with The Masters. These are the men and women who have been in this industry and watched it change - and who have changed with it. They have fascinating stories to tell and exceptional insight to share, gained through their journeys.
Today we invite you to join Kevin Raber, Luminous-Landscape’s publisher and CEO as he sits down with Don Burrell of Burrell Imaging, in Crown Point, Indiana. Don is a man of inexhaustible energy who at his age is still going with energy that any one of us wish we could have. His passion for photography and the people that surround him is a good part of his story. This Video is available HERE for purchase or as part of the annual subscription.
We have two photographic expeditions to Antarctica this coming winter, January 26 – February 4, 2015 and January 31 – February 9, 2015. These will be lead by Kevin Raber and five of the world's greatest instructor / photographers; Art Wolfe, Christian Fletcher, Charlie Cramer, Joe Cornish. Katrin Eismann and Jackie Ranken.
Now, due to a change of scheduling, Michael Reichmann is able to join both expeditions as instructor and traveling companion, his fifth and sixth voyages to Antarctica.
If you've always wanted to work with Michael, and wish to do so on a photographic trip that is as close to visiting another planet as any of us will ever get, then grab one of the few remaining places on one of these voyages.
This is the chance of a lifetime.
In addition we have added Peter Cox to our second trip. Peter will round out our instructor line up giving attendees one of the most talented group of instructors every assembled for a workshop.
It’s been ten days since returning from a fantastic back to back workshop in Svalbard, Land Of The Polar Bear. As we do with many of our workshops we would like to share the adventure and journey. We have now posted the Svalbard 2014 - The High Arctic and hope you will take the time to enjoy reliving the adventure with us. Peter Cox also has included some amazing footage made from his drone that will give you a perspective that you couldn’t see otherwise.
Check back tomorrow when we make a special announcement about our upcoming 2015 Antarctica Back to Back Workshops.
Iceland, a landscape photographers heaven. Luminous-Landscape was one of the first to explore and offer workshops in this magnificent country. That was over 10 years ago and since then there are dozens of workshops being offered there and at times, popular locations can be over run by photography workshops and photographers. As a result we have avoided doing workshops in Iceland until now..
After lots of discussion and work we are ready to offer a workshop in Iceland again and it will be different than all others. Teaming up with Daniel Bergmann one of (if not) the best guides and photographers in Iceland, LuLa is proud to offer the Ultimate Iceland Adventure. This workshop will be held next June 22 – July 1st 2015.
If you have been to Iceland before and now want to see a part that you haven’t seen before then this is the workshop for you. It will have heavy focus on the beautiful highlands and includes aerial photography. This 10 Day / 9 night adventure will sell out quickly so visit the Rockhopper Workshops site and register today.
Our good friend William Neill has a number of prints being offered at special pricing through August 10th at the Ansel Adams Gallery. You can learn more about this offer and see some of Bill’s great photography HERE.
We’re back and running on all cylinders again. With just about three weeks in the Arctic running 2 back to back Svalbard workshops and finalizing the launch of the Luminous-Endowment site, we have found we are a bit behind on publishing articles and other news. And, we have a lot of it in the queue so expect new articles at a faster rate for the next few weeks. We also have a number of new videos just about ready to come on line.
Today we share Alain Briot’s newest essay - Vision Part 10, My Vision. In this essay Alain talks about his vision. Vision in our photography is something we all strive for. Alain explains how he defines his. As always Alain makes us think about a number of things. Trying some of his ideas for defining vision are a good exercise. I like one of his paragraphs in his conclusion.
“I want to create images that represent a vision, a dream. Images that suggest an idea rather than impose a specific meaning. Images that ask the viewer to get personally involved, to invest something of themselves in order to understand and appreciate each image. I want to create images that invite the viewer to be charmed, enchanted, even seduced by the image.”
Michael Reichmann, the founder of The Luminous Landscape, has announced the launch of The Luminous Endowment for Photographers, a charitable organization whose mandate is to provide grants to photographers world-wide who are in need of financial support for their photographic undertakings.
Today also sees the publication of Michael Reichmann – a Twenty Year Retrospective. This large format, cloth bound, hard-cover book has 400 pages, containing 380 images. It was designed by Arturo Chapa, one of the world's top book designers. This book is available in two editions; a signed and numbered limited-edition (500 copies only), contained in a clam-shell style slip-case, and also in an open series hard-covered edition without slip-case.
The design, printing and production of this book is Michael's donation to The Endowment. The book is available to you in both editions through your donation to The Luminous Endowment For Photographers. This book will only be available as a gift to people who donate to The Endowment, and will not be available in bookstores.
The are two new article online here today... Announcing – The Luminous Endowment for Photographers and Michael Reichmann – A Twenty Year Retrospective.
Or, visit The Luminous Endowment for Photographers directly to find out more.
Want to be a better landscape photographer? Get out there and find the images. In this new article by Skip Spitzer, this experienced hiker explains how photographers can make the most of the hiking experience.
Available Photographic Workshops
We have a number of new workshops on offer, and a very few places in some exciting upcoming ones. Visit our Workshop page to find out more.
There are as many stories as there are photographers... gear we've bought, and how it's changed the way we see and work. This is one photographer's story.
Don't forget to check out our schedule of workshops for the rest of 2014 and into 2015. There are even a few spots left on our Antarctic workshops!!
I (Kevin) have thousands of friends on Facebook. I know a few hundred. These friends are mostly fellow photographers who share their passion and recent images. I have always enjoyed sharing my images and getting feedback. A few years ago I took notice of a certain photographer Valerie Millett on Facebook. She seems a natural when it came to landscape photography and over the years I watched her images mature and take a beautiful form using color, light and excellent composition. I asked Valerie to tell us her story and we share that today. Portrait Of An Emerging Photographer. It’s wonderful to see in our adventures and workshops how many women are enjoying and making incredible landscape images. We have previously published Eleanor Brown's work and Jackie Ranken's.
The LuLa team is on the move. As you read this Kevin Raber is already in Svalbard, Norway to lead two back to back photography workshops on the M/S Malmo. Svalbard is just about as far north as any land mass can be. From there the group will explore the area and head into the ice pack looking for Polar Bear, Reindeer, and Walrus. In addition they will visit some beautiful landscapes and giant glaciers. A full report will follow after the trips. Don't forget you can be part of adverntures like this. Join us in 2015 for our Fly Over The Drake - Antarctica Workshops (spaces available on both trips)
Kevin will be testing a NEW 150-600 Tamron zoom lens and the Sigma dp2 Quattro. The Quattro is a most unusual camera and we will have a full report in August on this camera by Kevin and Michael.
Michael is headed south to Mexico for a couple of weeks and will be publishing articles on a regular basis from there. He will also be finishing a big project he has been working on (the biggest in 15 years) and you can expect to hear more about it in a few weeks.
We have also been very busy working on a number of new video tutorials and we’ll have more news on those in August.
And, before much longer we’ll be off to Photokina and be reporting on the all the news directly from Germany.
The Kimberley video is now being offered FREE. Please enjoy the video and the Kimberley Adventure. Usually these videos are part of our video subscriber content or are offered for sale. However, we would like to share this video with you and encourage you to consider joining us for our 2015 Kimberley Trip. If you register prior to July 16th at 11PM (eastern US time) you will receive a $1000.00 USD off the registration fee.
There has been a lot of chatter lately about the Sony 50mp CMOS chip and the cameras it has been put in. Phase One and Hassleblad have both announced 50mp versions of their backs in the last few months. Pentax announced theirs too and just last week started to ship the Pentax 645Z. We we managed to get our hands one and Michael with Nick Devlin take this new camera through its paces. Is it all the camera everyone was hoping for? Now you can find out by reading Pentax 645Z First Impressions Review.