In the last 15 years, I have had the privilege to meet and get know as well as make good friends with some of the finest photographers in the world. Michael Reichmann is one of those photographers, and it has been a privilege to be able to travel to many of the different corners of the world with him. More than anything else he became one of my best and finest friends. When I made the decision to joining Luminous-Landscape, I did so because we shared a common passion and a great desire to share that passion with others around the world. Of course, the passion is photography and as the founder of the site Michael has shared his passion freely for fifteen plus years.
Late last year Michael shared with me his latest passion, and as we headed into 2014, he began to work on the Luminous-Endowment. His dream was to create an organization that could award grants to photographers so they could pursue and complete photographic projects that may not have been able to do without a form of assistance. The Luminous-Endowment was born, and in less that a year the organization has raised a nice amount of money and made it’s first round of grants. Please stop over to the Luminous-Endowment site and learn more about what we do and also think about purchasing at our special Christmas price Michael’s Retrospective book. All proceeds for the book go into the Luminous endowment.
Alain Briot one of the finest instructors I have met and a regular contributor on Luminous-Landscape is one of the jurors for the Endowment. You can learn about the jurors on the Endowment site. Today Alain shares with us his insight into The Granting Process and how a photographer who may interested in obtaining a grant can prepare better and submit a grant application that will give them an edge. At the same time, it gives those of us who won’t be requesting a grant somethings to think about as we go about creating our regular work and projects.
For the last 15 years, I have been purchasing and using the Photograph America Newsletter published by Robert Hitchman. I got turned onto this publication when I visited Big Bend National Park with some fellow photographers. His guide was a tremendous help getting us to the best spots. Every time I took a trip to a National Park or other popular photographic location I would check the big binder of newsletters from Robert. Now all his newsletters are available and fit on a jump drive.
The opportunity presented itself a few months ago to visit with Robert and along with Chris I did a short interview of the man behind the Photograph America Newsletter. This short video is now available to view and download for $10 USD. I know $10.00, but you receive 2 PDFs with the download plus, there is also an included PDF giving details of a 25% discount on your first purchase of the Newsletter or the whole collection - printed or electronic. Check out the details and links to this offer at Photograph America Newsletter.
My good friend and mate Ken Duncan, from Australia, sent me a link to his Christmas Message yesterday. Ken has an amazing landscape photography business and is one of the nicest guys I know. I’d like to share a link to this video as it contains some of Ken’s amazing landscape photography put to a classic Christmas song. Enjoy!
It’s been an interesting year photography wise with some groundbreaking new products. The trend is towards mirrorless and the stand out products this year fell into the mirrorless category. As always Luminous-Landscape has its eye on the hot gear. Today Michael Reichmann and Kevin Raber share their Camera Equipment Of The Year report. Read what they thought was hot and not as well as disappointments and predictions for the coming year.
We have an opening on the second Antarctica Trip in January. If you are interested in this trip and a special offer please contact Kevin Raber for details.
A few years ago I was traveling with LuLa’s good friend Bill Atkinson. Over dinner one night we got into a conversation on color and how the human eye and mind see color. It was quite fascinating not to mention mind boggling. Bill is one of the industries experts on color. Over the years, we have published stories about Color and Human Vision. The way the eye sees color is quite fascinating. Today Charles Johnson Sr. shares his article on Observing and Managing Color: Dealing With Human Vision Anomalies. An interesting read on understanding how we see color especially when working photographically.
A Special Message from Michael Reichmann
The Luminous Landscape, together with John and Roxie Walker of Switzerland, have created an opportunity for one or two people to join our January 26th, 2015 photographic expedition to Antarctica (there are two berths available). The Walkers were early registrants for this extraordinary odyssey, unfortunately for personal reasons they will now not be able to fulfill this dream opportunity. However, in the spirit of the season and with a deep desire to advance the art and craft of photography, we are pleased to offer the following unique opportunity:
Rather than simply resell their two berths, Kevin, the Walkers and I have found a "silver lining" in this unfortunate turn of events and, as a result, we are pleased to make these two berths available as a thank-you gift for a meaningful donation to The Luminous Endowment for Photographers.
Some companies (you know who I mean) are slow, stodgy, conservative and cautious. None of these adjectives can be applied to Sony. They are impetious, aggressive, innovative and overall risk takers. If they screw up, as they sometimes do, they simply brush themselves off and forge ahead. With the recently introduced Sony A7 MKII we see a continuing evolution of what was once the NEX brand and is now just Sony's Alpha brand using the new full frame FE mount.
I have had a week to work with the new MKII. With its redesigned body, in-body stabilization and superior autofocus this is the best 7 series camera yet, and one of the most interesting new cameras of 2014. I already have one on order.
It’s a photographers market right now. Tough decisions must be made as to what gear to purchase. There is no question the mirrorless revolution is well under way. We recently reviewed the new Samsung NX1 with some very impressive specs. The Olympus OMD and Fuji systems have been growing very fast and let’s not forget Sony with the amazing a7 system. Sony took another step forward this last week and announced the Sony a7 II with some amazing features. We are now testing a version and we should have a report very soon. So, if you join the mirrorless movement which system do you go with? They are all good and offer amazing performance. We’ll be visiting a number more of the mirrorless options over the next few weeks. Hopefully we can help you make the choice bestt for you.
So, continuing with our focus on the mirrorless systems we post Kevin Raber’s look at the new Olympus 40-150mm Pro zoom lens. This new lens is the second of four announced Pro Lenses by Olympus, that are on the road map to be shipped. This lens is a good example of what smart engineering is all about and is quite a performer. Read more HERE.
There hasn’t been a lot of activity in new printers lately, but there has been a number of new ink jet paper introductions. We are looking at and testing a number of different and interesting papers. Today, Mark Segal looks at two new papers from Hahnemuhle and Moab. Another Two Barytas in the Neighbourhood takes a look at these two papers and how they can fit into your printing workflow.
If you haven’t seen it you should check out the amazing special B&H is offering on A Hasselblad Stellar Special Edition Digital Camera. An instant savings of $2,300 USD now reduced to $999.00. Guess they didn’t sell quite as well as expected.
The OnLandscape Conference was held this past weekend. I had the chance to tune in and watch the lectures from a few of my favorite speakers, Joe Cornish being one of them. Joe just did a workshop with me in Scotland and will be joining us for our Antarctica Trips in January. All presentations at the conference are now available with a special LuLa Discount of 25% just use the code LL25 at check out. If you have some time to watch these they are pretty interesting. Check out the Videos Available.
We have been trying some pretty cool new gear out over the last few weeks. Michael has already shared his First Impressions of the Samsung NX1. A lot of the products we are now working with and will report on soon were announced at Photokina. One of these products was a new style ball head. Just when you didn’t think you could improve on a ball head concept any further we see a new player from Hungary introduce a new style ball head. Today, Nick Devlin gives us a look at the Uniqball, A Unique Approach To Leveling. This ball head is available at B&H Photo. I ordered one.
We have a single cabin on our first Antarctica Trip in January available as well as 2 berths on our second trip. It’s not too late to be part of an amazing adventure to one of the most beautiful places on earth. Check It Out!
Also until the end of tomorrow (Monday) you can get 25% off of our entire Video Catalog. Ends at 11:59 December 1st.
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For our US readers, Happy Thanksgiving. We wish you a great Holiday and we hope you enjoy a lot of turkey and time with your family as well as some good ole US football.
So much is happening at LuLa these days. We’re busy working on a lot of projects and on new interesting articles and reviews as well as videos. Today though we want to share some special news.
As you hopefully are aware Michael Reichmann the founder of Luminous-Landscape started earlier this year the Luminous-Endowment. This is a program to help fund photographers that are working on special photographic endeavors. Today we announce the winners of the first round of grants. We are proud to announce that we have awarded $20,000 USD in grants this past week.
The amount of grant requests were incredible and we hope to see many more in our next round of grant requests. This program would not be possible without donations from our readers as well as some very generous private and corporate donors. Please take a look at our site and consider how you can be part of helping aspiring photographers make their dream projects come true.
We are also announcing a Special Opportunity For Giving and Receiving starting today and running to Christmas Day. To help raise money for the Endowment, to be used to finance future grants, The Luminous Endowment has created a special new and lower donation level of $200. The reward that you will receive for this tax-deductible donation is a copy of Michael Reichmann's new book – A Twenty Year Retrospective. Normally this book requires a $350 donation to be received as a reward for your donation. This will be the price again after December, 25th. Please consider donating and helping the Luminous-Endowment.
Michael's beautiful book would make a great Holiday gift for the photographer in your life or maybe you want to hint to someone special that you would like this as a gift. To learn more on how to Give and Receive - click here.
In the last week just about all parts of North America received a very early preview of winter. In Buffalo they received nearly 6 feet of snow. And that is before Thanksgiving. So, in honor of a cold winter ahead we present Nigel Turner’s article on Yellowstone In The Winter. Nigel who shared an article Symphony In Stone takes us deep into Yellowstone during the coldest part of winter. Enjoy some beautiful photography and remember just because it is cold out doesn't mean your cameras need to gather dust sitting on the shelf.
It’s been an exciting week at LuLa. All the cool new products that were announced at Photokina are finally shipping and arriving at our doorstep for testing and reviews. Every Photokina has its surprises and this Photokina the buzz was all about the Samsung NX-1. The specs of the NX-1 were certainly impressive. Of course we were skeptics as the camera was made by Samsung, a relatively new player in the camera field. So, does the NX-1 live up to its specs? Read Michael Reichmann’s Samsung NX-1 First Impressions article to see.
Earlier this year Luminous-Landscape announced a special promo for our video subscription services. The offer was that if you purchased an annual subscription to our videos we would enter your name for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to our 2015 Antarctica Workshop Trip. We are happy to today to announce the winner of this trip, Michele Sons from Roanoke, Virginia USA.
I’m sure you have experienced what is commonly called writers block. A time where you just can’t seem to get something on paper the way you want. The same thing happens to photographers too. It’s when you reach a point of not being able to creatively create an image the way you want. It can be frustrating to say the least. Today, Alain Briot dives into Photographers Block and how to get out of it. His article Photographers Block will help you find ways out of the doldrum and back to your groove.
UPDATE: – Nov 21
Not more than a week after Michael's article on Astrophotography with the Pentax 645z article was first published Ricoh / Pentax has announced a firmware update that allows turning off long exposure noise reduction. This was the most significant limitation that the 645z had when doing astrophotography.
Either Pentax is the fastest responding camera company in history, or Michael wasn't the only person complaining about this limitation. Either way – thanks Pentax!
Lately, as many readers know, Michael Reichmann has ventured into a new area of interest for himself – astrophotography, When Michael dives into something he dives into the deep end head-first. Today’s article is a look into his journey – An Astrophotography Adventure.
Don’t forget we still have a small number of berths available for the Antarctica Trips due to a few cancellations. It’s still not too late to join us on Antarctica 2015. Also we have only a few spots left on our Iceland workshop in June. If you want to explore Iceland differently than other workshops then check out this Iceland 2015 Workshop .
Image By Joe Cornish
onLandscape magazine's landscape photography conference takes place amongst some of Britain's most dramatic countryside in the English Lake District on 22nd and 23rd November 2014.
Billed as Europe's biggest landscape photography event of the year it brings together some of the continent's best known and loved photographers and the entire weekend is to be beamed out live via satellite and streamed around the world by StreamScape.
Luminous-Landscape is happy to announce that our readers can stream the video from the conference or download segments all for a special price. (see below)
The Swedish photographer Hans Strand tops the bill talking about the opportunity and inspiration Iceland has given him in his photography. Rafael Rojas the Spanish photographer, now living in Switzerland, who runs whytake.net, a massively popular photographic website, will be looking at which ingredients are needed to produce fine art landscape photographs.
While Britain's best loved landscape photographer Joe Cornish pushes photographers to think at a higher level about their photographs, discusses some lesser known works and provides some thought provoking concepts for landscape photographers to take on-board.
Other speakers include the critically acclaimed Jem Southam whose work has been displayed in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Alan Hinks OBE, the only British photographer to climb all 14 of the world's mountains over 8,000 meters.
The list goes on with David Ward, Paul Gallagher, David Clapp and Paul Wakefield all offering inspiration and insight any landscape photographer would love to hear.
The streamed event will give internet viewers the opportunity to question the speakers in special internet only “Green Room” interviews after each of their presentations. Particular need to viewers who are in different time zones has also been taken into account with special DVR functions allowing viewers to tune in at any time and rewind to the start of the day.
For those who are unable to watch over weekend all the videos will be available to watch on-line or download for at least 1 year after the event.
The cost of the streaming weekend pass with the Luminous-Landscape discount code is £12.95 – just over US$20 and offers amazing value. Tickets to actually attend the event are still available at £225 (US$375).
The Luminous-Landscape discount code is LL35 and active till the end of the conference.
To book your weekend pass and for more information visit streamscape.uk
Todd R Shaner, using Photoshop
Have you tried buying one of those legendary high-quality film scanners recently and been frustrated by their scarcity and high prices? Do you have countless slides and negatives (especially the latter) you would like to digitize but get turned-off by the time and boredom of scanning and the learning curve of scanning software? Using a camera instead of a scanner for photographing the film isn’t a new idea, but Mark Segal and Todd Shaner decided to revisit this approach with fresh thinking about equipment, techniques and novel processing approaches. They developed two very different workflows for “scanning” negatives that they found so successful they thought it worthwhile sharing them with those interested. Their research findings and recommended workflows are in a comprehensive PDF available in their article Scannerless Digital Capture and Processing of Negative Film Photographs
Mark D Segal, using Color Perfect MakeTiff and SilverFast HDR8
The PhotoPlus 2014 show in New York in late October saw a few new products being announced, for the first time in North America at least. I had been at Photokina in Germany the month before, and frankly, with only a few exceptions, found the industry to be a bit in the doldrums, as well as in a transition state. PhotoPlus, because it is a consumer show, was much more lively and the crowds seemed to looking at everything with enthusiasm.
Because I was at the show for only one day, I was traveling light, and so instead of the more extensive video interviews which Kevin and I did at Photokina in September, I did mostly audio interviews at PhotoPlus. I also focused my attention on some of the smaller companies exhibiting for the first time, but also with Epson who is just now announcing the SureColor P600 photo printer in North America, though it was shown at Photokina earlier.
As a visitor to this site you are one of over a million people each month who visit here from all over the globe. We share a common passion for photography.
But you may not know that a few months ago Michael Reichmann created a new not-for-profit called The Luminous Endowment for Photographers. The Endowment’s purpose is to fund photographic projects worldwide. Projects by photographers like you.
Our first grant period has just come to a close. Here are links to the applications received; a total of one hundred and thirty two for five different grants. There are some very exciting projects seeking funding, and you may enjoy reading about them.
The number of applications is very satisfying. I wish that we had more grants and more money to give, But I must say that I am disappointed in the donor support receive thus far. The Luminous Endowment for Photographers will only thrive if it is support by photographers like you.
Please consider making a donation and receiving a beautiful 400 page book by Michael Reichmann as your reward for giving. These books will make fantastic Christmas presents!!
The winners of these grants will be announced before the end of November, and a new grant period will commence on December 1.
One of the most popular articles on Luminous-Landscape is by Michael Reichmann Expose (to the) Right from 2003. It’s an article that has been referenced numerous times and even today makes total sense. Today, Bob DiNatale revisits this concept in his article The Optimum Digital Exposure. It’s a different take on achieving a good exposure with today’s digital cameras.
Michael and Kevin are traveling this week. Michael is headed to PhotoPlus East (PPE) and Kevin is headed to Scotland to lead a Rockhopper Workshop. Michael will publish an update from PPE and Kevin will publish articles from Scotland (if the internet cooperates). We will be back full force the week of November 10th.
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.