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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.




1 January, 2014 - December Antarctica Expedition Contest Winner

The December winner in our 2015 Antarctica Expedition Contest is Edwin Leong of Burnaby, BC. Congratulations Edwin.

Edwin is now a finalist in the contest and also wins a free lifetime subscription to all LuLa videos.

You can also enter the contest. Every purchase at our online store is an entry, and each annual subscription is equal to six entries.

The grand prize is an all-expenses paid Antarctic Expedition worth $15,000. Find out more.

 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 through the end of New Year's Day – today!!
To obtain your 25% off on any purchase just enter...

HappyNewYear-25pc 

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

 




2 January, 2014 - NEW Svalbard Workshop, Street Photography And Italian Law

Happy New Year from the Luminous-Landscape team. Thank you for visiting and supporting us. We wish you the best for the New Year.

We are predicting another great year for photography. This is a Photokina year and this usually means it will be a year of new and interesting innovations and developments in cameras, lenses, software and printers. We’ll make sure we keep you up to date on the latest news of some of the more interesting products as they come along. Here at LuLa we have a lot of projects in the works. We are leaving for our 2014 Antarctica workshop in just three short weeks. We also are launching today a NEW workshop for this July in the northern polar regions (see below for more details). Look for other workshop announcements in the coming weeks. And, for you video subscribers we have some ambitious projects in that area too with what we feel will be some great informative and instructional videos. By the way we still have a few berths available for the second 2015 Antractica workshop.

This past summer I was able to travel for the first time to the Arctic Circle on a photographic workshop offered by some friends of mine. After having been to Antarctica on numerous occasions I was not sure the Arctic could match up. Well, I was wrong and the trip was one of the best I have been on. The landscapes were amazing and the Polar Bear encounters were incredible. Luminous-Landscape is happy to announce two Svalbard Workshops this July. This is a small boat trip with 11 participants per trip.  Check it out HERE…

I stumbled upon a fun website and thought I’d share it with you. This site is known as Sightsmap and shows a world map of where the most Panoramio images were taken. You’ll understand more when you visit the site. What’s fun is to zoom into street level in a city like New York.  Based on the map it looks like Europe has embraced Panoramio more than other areas of the world.

We kick off the New Year with a short article and link to a blog by Andrea Monti. Andrea’s story Street Photography And Italian Law . . . deals with the legal aspects of photographing people and things in public. Practical information for all of us.

 
 



6 January, 2014 - Last Minute Antarctic Berth Available

Due to a sudden illness one of the people attending our Antarctic Photographic Expedition which begins later this month has had to drop out. 

If you are able to join this exciting trip on short notice please email Kevin Raber right away for further information on what to do.

UPDATE – 7 Jan: This berth has now been sold.

BUT...

If a shooting trip to Antarctica later this month is a bit soon for your schedule, we still have a few places left in our Jan 31 to Feb 9, 2015 Antarctic Expedition.




8 January, 2014 - Death Valley Sunset

Have you ever come home from a landscape shoot, especially a sunrise or sunset and found the images on your computer after importing don’t look exactly like you remember seeing them?  Today Kevin Raber shows how he worked Death Valley Sunset.

Check out the NEW July 2014 Svalbard workshop to visit The Land Of The Polar Bear.  Hope you can join us on this one.

 




12 January, 2014 - Hasselblad H5D-60 Review

It's been quite a while since I reviewed a Hasselblad system. But, I have now been working with a Hasselblad H5D-60 for the past five weeks. In many ways it's been like revisiting an old friend, and I've greatly enjoyed the process. My review of the H5D-60 is now online. 

UPDATE:
Hasselblad has just announced a new camera.
Read about it and weep.


For the past several days Kevin Raber, Lars Svanstrom and I have been exploring and photographing within the mountains of central Mexico. It's been a remarkable experience, visiting hidden valleys and obscure villages that are rarely seen by Gringos.

Special thanks is owed to Lars, whose knowledge on Mexico spans some 40 years of photographing here, along with his excellent Spanish. He helped us find locations seldom seen by visitors.

One of the images from that shoot is now on the Home Page. I'll have a small portfolio of images from this trip here some time next week.


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 




15 January, 2014 - Bower Cine Lenses

 Whether you're shooting with a DSLR, Compact System Camera (CSC) or large sensor interchangeable lens video camera, you probably have discovered two things about lenses. Those that are designed for still cameras are far from ideal when used for cine work, and lenses designed for cine work are very expensive. Explore the alternatives in this article. Read . . .


Explore The Land Of Polar Bear - Luminous-Landscape’s Svalbard Workshops this July


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 




16 January, 2014 - The Rangefinder - A New Video

 

The Rangefinder
'Truths', 'Mystique' & Practice with the Leica M240

We have just published our newest video titled "The Rangefinder: Truth, Mystique & Practice - Leica M240"

In Our Store, do a search for 'Rangefinder'. For those wishing to purchase it individually, the price is $12.50. It is without extra charge for our annual subscribers, and should appear in customers' subscriptions within 24 hours (01/17/2014)

The video is made up of a three segment discussion on Rangefinders between Michael Reichmann, Sean Reid of reidreviews.com, and Mark Dubovoy. It was shot on location in Ithaca, N.Y. in the Spring of 2013.

At an hour and twenty minutes, this wide-ranging discussion looks in detail at the Leica M240, the Fuji X-Pro1, focussing techniques, Window Viewfinders and Electronic Viewfinders, a comparison to DSLRs, the use of R lenses on an M Leica, the suitability of Rangefinders for new photographers, the cost of Leica and others, a recent history of Rangefinders since the advent of SLRs, Rangefinders use for 'quiet' or 'stealth' photography, a look at what's new in the M240 over the M9, the shortcomings of the M240 - in the varied opinions of the three participants, Leica lenses, their 'mystique' and finally, the use of Leica M mount lenses on other cameras.


Sean Reid of reidreviews.com, a widely recognized writer about rangefinder and window finder cameras, was a participant in our new video. You should know that Sean has just published a review of the Sony A7R and will be publishing follow-up articles that look carefully at side by tests of the A7R and M-240 with various rangefinder lenses. Reidreviews is a subscription site.


OLYMPUS FOCUSING MODES UPDATE

There is now an updated update on how to properly set focusing modes on the Olympus OM-D E-M1. This information is courtesy of Olympus.

 




19 January, 2014 - Hard Skills and Soft Skills

 

Alain Briot, longtime contributor to Luminous-Landscape changes direction a bit in his essay Hard Skills and Soft Skills. This will be a new series of his essays. Hard skills are factual, technical and quantifiable. Soft skills on the other hand are subjective, artistic and difficult to quantify. Read on to see how these skills are part of the photographic creative process.


We have just published our newest video titled "The Rangefinder: Truth, Mystique & Practice - Leica M240"

In Our Store, do a search for 'Rangefinder'. For those wishing to purchase it individually, the price is $12.50. It is without extra charge for our annual subscribers.


Explore The Land Of Polar Bear - Luminous-Landscape’s Svalbard Workshops this July.  This is a small group workshop and a truly special chance to photograph the Arctic wildlife, especially Polar Bears.


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

 



25 January, 2014 - Phase One IQ250 - First Report and Video Interview

Phase One announced today their new IQ250, 50 Megapixel medium format back, which uses a CMOS sensor for the first time in a medium format. This sensor is made by Sony, the first time that a Sony sensor appears in an MF product.

Part One of our on-going analysis of the IQ250 features online a video interview with Phase One executives, a video on how the back’s Live View works, and sample ISO 6400 images, as well as our initial impressions of the back. The article contains price and delivery information, which incidentally begins this coming week.

Kevin and Michael are leaving today (Jan 24) for two weeks in Chile and Antarctica, and will be testing the IQ250 on this expedition. Part 2, full report and video coverage will follow.


And speaking of Antarctica –
we have a few spaces left on our January 31 through February 9, 2015 Antarctic workshop.




3 February, 2014 - Back From Antarctica

We are back in Chile after a very successful and incredible adventure to Antarctica.  The Luminous-Landscape team of Michael, Kevin and Chris as well William Neil lead a group of 63 photographers on a non-stop adventure.  We had the most incredible weather making every day perfect for photography.  We couldn’t have asked for a better group of participants and the Antarctica XXI Expedition team was absolutely the best.  We are now working our way back north and to home over the coming days. Once we get our feet on the ground we will have a lot more about this trip as well as a lot of other news. There are only a few berths left for the second Antarctica Trip in 2015.  After experiencing this this trip I would highly recommend that you sign up now as we are sure once we start publishing images and the trip log that these remaining spots will go fast.




5 February, 2014 - Michael's Antarctica

Initial thoughts and images from Michael's LuLa workshop and expedition to Antarctica in January / February 2014. This will be followed up by a more complete article by Kevin within the next week or so.




7 February, 2014 - The Phase One IQ250 CMOS Fully Realized

 

The NEW Phase One IQ250 has received a lot of press in the last few weeks.  We had a chance to work with this new back as well as share it with a number of participants on our recent Antarctica workshop. Look for an article on how it performed soon. Today, Doug Peterson of Digital Transitions shares a behind the scene look at what it took for Phase One to bring this new CMOS chip back to market. Read Doug’s article – The Phase One IQ250 CMOS Fully Realized.


January Antarctic Expedition Finalist Announced

We're a bit late in announcing it, due to our travels, but the January finalist in our 2015 Antarctic Expedition contest is Michele Sons of Roanoke VA. Congratulations Michele!

Will you be our February finalist, eligable to win our $15,000 value expedition along with a free lifetime subscription to our videos? Find out more.




10 February. 2014 - Photographing The Arctic

 

This July Peter Cox, Kevin Raber along with Morten Jørgensen will lead two small ship tours to the Arctic region around Svalbard, Norway. This is a very unique workshop as it is a small ship trip with 11 participants on each trip. This area is known as Land Of The Polar Bear. We will be photographing landscapes, wildlife and polar bears. Ten years ago Iceland was hardly a blip on the radar for photographers. That was until Luminous-landscape did some workshops there. We feel that Svalbard is the new Iceland. This is your chance to be one of the first to explore this region and come back with some amazing images. The small ship we will use is ideally suited to photograph polar bears in this region since it has a main deck close to the waterline. To get a better idea of what you can expect from a trip like this, read Peter Cox’s article Photographing In The Arctic - Svalbard 2013. This is a trip log from a trip we did this past August. And, when you are ready to sign up for this year’s trip you can find out more information HERE.

Are you planning on attending this year's WPPI Trade Show and Convention in Las Vegas March 3-5? If so drop us an email. Kevin and Chris will be there reporting on the show and it would be great to meet some where and say hi.




13 February, 2014 - Fuji X100s Review

 

There is one camera company that is really getting noticed these days, and that is Fuji. They seem unstoppable as they continually are releasing new cameras and lens at a very fast pace. They stand apart with their APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor. It all started with the X100 and since that introduction Fuji has followed with numerous other X branded cameras. Not forgetting where their roots are they released the next generation X100s a few months ago. This little camera has a huge following and if there is a camera that has done retro right it is the X100s. Alain Briot a regular contributor here on Luminous-Landscape switches gears from his regular essays and does a Camera Review Of The X100s.

We are very excited about the new Fuji X-T1 camera recently announced. In addition Fuji has made a number of new lens announcements. We are eager to try out the new 10-24mm zoom. This lens combined with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm zoom will make a formidable kit. We will be posting articles and information on all this in the near future.

Are you planning on attending this year's WPPI Trade Show and Convention in Las Vegas March 3-5? If so drop us an email. Kevin and Chris will be there reporting on the show and it would be great to meet some where and say hi.




16 February, 2014 - Panasonic GM1 Field Report

The new Panasonic GM1 is a tour-de-force of miniaturization. It takes most of the capabilities of the GX7 and squeezes them into a body smaller than just about any interchangeable lens camera ever made. But, is this a "good thing"? Find out in Michael's hands-on report from Antarctica and Chile.


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




18 February, 2014 - Fuji X-T1 Field Report

Possibly the most innovative camera maker today is Fujifilm. From unique sensor designs, to unique viewing systems, Fuji is constantly exploring new ways to help photographers capture images. Now, with the soon-to-be-released Fuji X-T1 the evolving X system has reached a maturity of sorts. Our contributing editor, Nick Devlin, recently traveled to the US Southwest and Canadian Midwest with an X-T1, and gives the net's first field report on this exciting new camera.


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





22 February, 2014 - Kitchen Stories and Other Realities

Over the years I have had the privilege of working with and shooting with some amazing photographers.  Photography to many of us photographers is like a good game of golf.  We can get out there with our friends shoot images, talk about what a great shot it was and feel bad when we just can’t seem to get the shot.  I find it a lot more staisfying and less frustrating than chasing a ball around and trying to whack it with a stick.  Well, Jackie Ranken takes the game of photography to a new level.  I have had the pleasure of working with Jackie on a number of workshops and discovered as a result a whole new way of seeing.  She is one of the most creative landscape photographers that I have ever met and she has certainly gotten the attention of her fellow Australian and New Zealand photographers when she started entering landscape images into major competitions with flying toasters in them.  

I was shooting with Jackie two years ago and while we were out she found about ten feet of twine.  The rest of the day she took this twine and interjected it into the shots she was making.  She was wrapping bushes with it, dangling it from trees and laying it out on the ground.  I found it totally refreshing to see this.  Later during this trip a number of friends shooting with me stopped at an overlook to shoot a landscape vista and the bottom of the overlook hill was a bunch of old refrigerators, stoves and metal junk. One person in our group couldn’t help themselves and said “I see Jackie was already here”.  

We hope you enjoy Jackie’s article Kitchen Stories” and Other Realities. Luminous-Landscape will be working with Jackie in New Zealand this December and our Antarctica Workshops in January. If you can join us for these workshops you’ll get a chance to see Jackie in action. 

                                                                                                Kevin Raber, Publisher


 Are you planning on attending this year's WPPI Trade Show and Convention in Las Vegas March 3-5? If so drop us an email. Kevin and Chris will be there reporting on the show and it would be great to meet some where and say hi.


Don't forget to check out the Luminous-Landscape "Land Of The Polar Bear" workshops this July




25 February, 2013 - Nobody Knows Anything

A common phrase in the motion picture industry is “Nobody knows anything......", meaning that what it takes to produce a hit movie is not always obvious. The same is true in the camera business when it comes to releasing new cameras. A new article by Michael Reichmann explores who does and who doesn't get it.


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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28 February, 2013 - Antarctica - A Most Amazing Adventure

Just a little over a month ago the Luminous-Landscape team of Michael Reichmann, Chris Sanderson and Kevin Raber along with William Neill lead a group of 61 photographers to an amazing adventure to Antarctica.  This trip was different than previous trips as the group flew over the Drake Passage.  A savings of close to 5 days at sea was saved by a two hour flight.  You had to be there to experience how wonderful this trip was.  The weather was excellent the group was fantastic and we couldn’t have asked for a better expedition team to lead us on this trip.  Enjoy the next best thing to being there and read Kevin’s trip log and photographs Antarctica 2014 - A Most Amazing Trip.  Plus we have embedded a video of the trip in the article.  Maybe, you’ll want to join our 2015 Antarctica Adventure.  Only a few berths are left on the second trip.


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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4 March, 2014 - Fuji X-T1 Further Thoughts

 

The FujiFilm X-T1 is a handsome mirrorless camera in a small DSLR-like body. It offers a complete array of manual controls. But, this retro-style approach does not always work for my type of photography due to a couple of failings that limit the camera's usability. Read Michael Reichmann's Further Thoughts on the X-T1.


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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8 March, 2014 - Phase One's Future

On February 18, 2014 Silverfleet Capital announced their plans to invest in Phase One.  As happens in the photography industry this announcement sent the rumor mills into high gear.  Loyal Phase One customers were worried that Phase One may be following the path of its competitor which is now run by a VC firm.  Talk of changes and layoffs also were making the rounds.  So, we felt what better way to get the right story than to go to the source.  Kevin Raber caught up with Henrik Håkonsson CEO of Phase One, in Las Vegas last week at the WPPI show and had a chat with him on what this new investor means for Phase One.


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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12 March, 2014 - How Photographs Are Sold

Alain Briot a Luminous-Landscape regular contributor offers a new essay today How Photographs Are Sold: Stories and Examples Of How Fine Art Photographers Sell Their Work.  This article serves as an introduction to his new book that consists of stories told by Alain and by seven guest photographers. The stories come from Alain’s experience selling his photographs for twenty years. Alain’s books as well as his knowledge on fine art photography make this a must have addition to your library. 


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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14 March, 2014 - Why The Industry is in The Dumper


Date Courtesy CIPA
Graphic Courtesy Lensvid

A funny thing happened on the way to the future – the entire camera industry got blindsided. Camera and lens sales suck, have sucked for a while, and likely will continue to suck for some time to come. The question is – why?


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 March, 2014 - WPPI Trade Show Report

 

There have been a lot of announcements by manufacturers in the last few months and a few more are to come soon.  The Luminous-Landscape's team of Kevin and Chris recently headed to Las Vegas to visit the Trade Show at the WPPI Convention.  They visited a number of manufacturers’ booths and caught up on some of the latest information.  Their report with video interviews of the Trade Show at WPPI is now available.


On Monday March 18th,  X-rite released ColorTRUE a new app that calibrates your portable devices.  It’s very easy to use and is a glimpse into how all our devices will be calibrated to showing the same image accurately no matter what device.  We’ll be reporting more on this app and its uses in the near future.


Sean Reid of Reidreviews has just published his in-depth review of the Fuji X-T1. As always, Sean provides a very photographer-oriented perspective, and pulls no punches. Reidreviews is subscription site, and well worth your attention.

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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20 March, 2014 - Two New Books by Michael Reichmann

I'm excited to announce today two new books of my photography to be published over the next few months. The first is a new 72 page soft-cover Monograph titled "Mexico: The Light and The Warmth" published by LensWork. The second is titled "Michael Reichmann – a 20 Year Photography Retrospective". Designed by Arturo Chapa, one of the world's top book designers, this large format, cloth bound, hard-cover book will have 400 pages, containing 380 images. It will be available in two editions; a signed limited-edition in a clam-shell style slip-case, and also in an open edition without slip-case.

I am also making an initial announcement today of The Luminous Endowment for Photographers, a not-for-profit entity which will provide scholarships, grants and awards to photographers world-wide. 




24 March, 2014 - Uinta 30L Camera Backpack Review

 

If there is one thing worse than gear addiction it is camera bag addiction.  I know vey few photographers who do not suffer from this particular affliction.  Today Nick Devlin shares his views of the NEW Uinta 30L Camera Backpack from Guru Gear.  Nick as usual covers all aspects of this bag while actually using it.

Looking for the ultimate summer photography vacation.  We still have a few berths lefts on our Svalbard - Land Of The Polar Bears workshops this July.  This is a small boat cruise into the ice pack to photograph Polar Bears as well as numerous excursions around Svalbard for other wildlife photography and landscapes. This will be an unforgettable trip with a maximum of only 11 particpants.

 




26 March, 2014 - Palouse Photography Workshop

Luminous-Landscape announces The Palouse Photography Workshop.  In cooperation with Phase One, Luminous-Landscape will host a PODAS workshop in the beautiful area of Southeast Washington known as the Palouse.  This is an amazing region of rolling hills and rich soil.  The workshop will be held during the harvest and will provide unique images as the primary crop - wheat is harvested.  Sign-uo today and receive a LuLa Video Subscription as a bonus (expires April 10, 2014).  Each attendee will be provided the latest Phase One camera system for the duration of the workshop.  This is your chance not only to photograph a beautiful part of the US, but also an opportunity to experience what medium format photography can do for your photography.  More information can be found HERE.

Looking for the ultimate summer photography vacation.  We still have a few berths lefts on our Svalbard - Land Of The Polar Bears workshops this July.  This is a small boat cruise into the ice pack to photograph Polar Bears as well as numerous excursions around Svalbard for other wildlife photography and landscapes. This will be an unforgettable trip with a maximum of only 11 particpants.




28 March, 2014 - A Redux Critique Of Contemporary Camera Design

Luminous-Landscape has spent a lot of time lately looking at the camera industry and camera design.  While we were doing this Richard Sexton, well known fine art photographer shared with us an article he wrote - A Redux Critique Of Contemporary Camera Design.  Richard’s article goes quite in depth regarding his opinions of cameras and lenses today.  It’s a follow up article to the one he wrote in May, 2012.  

William Neill well know photographer and author for Outdoor Photographer has just posted an article Antarctica Dreams on the Outdoor Photographer web site.  William was an instructor on our recent trip to Antarctica.  He shares his experience of this trip in the article.

Luminous-Landscape announces The Palouse Photography Workshop.  In cooperation with Phase One, Luminous-Landscape will host a PODAS workshop in the beautiful area of Southeast Washington known as the Palouse.  This is an amazing region of rolling hills and rich soil.  The workshop will be held during the harvest and will provide unique images as the primary crop - wheat is harvested.  Sign-uo today and receive a LuLa Video Subscription as a bonus (expires April 10, 2014).  Each attendee will be provided the latest Phase One camera system for the duration of the workshop.  This is your chance not only to photograph a beautiful part of the US, but also an opportunity to experience what medium format photography can do for your photography.  More information can be found HERE.

Looking for the ultimate summer photography vacation.  We still have a few berths lefts on our Svalbard - Land Of The Polar Bears workshops this July.  This is a small boat cruise into the ice pack to photograph Polar Bears as well as numerous excursions around Svalbard for other wildlife photography and landscapes. This will be an unforgettable trip with a maximum of only 11 participants.




1 April, 2014 - Announcing A Unique Swedish Troll Workshop

Iceland, Antarctica, the Amazon, not to mention the National Parks in the U.S. and Canada are old hat. Everyone has been there, done that.

With this in mind, in cooperation with Swedish / Mexican photographer Lars Svenstrom we are expanding our workshop activities in 2015 to include Sweden. We will explore the deep woods on the slopes of the southern Scandia Mountains where bears, moose, wolves, wolverine and lynx roam. 

And if we are really fortunate, we hope to encounter and photograph the highly elusive target of this adventure – trolls.


Just a quick note to our friends, to say that Lula, Chris and I have arrived safely back in Toronto after 5 days on the road driving back from Mexico. Blue skies all the way. Spring is springing.


March's Winner – Charley Nadin, Bunbury, Australia

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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4 April, 2014 - It's All a Blur

This new article is about creating impressionistic images of subjects in motion. But before proceeding, a word of caution. These images were taken at a bull fight in Mexico. I am not a big fan of bull fighting, indeed I find them mostly unpleasant to watch. But, I accept that in some countries they are an established part of the culture and history. All of the images on this page are done in an impressionistic manner and deliberately none are gory. I have mainly focused on the horsemanship in this collection. If you are offended by the very thought of bull flighting, please do not go to this page, and also, whatever you do, don't write to me with your complaints about it. 

 




7 April, 2014 - Isle Of Skye - Scotland Workshop

 

There are many special places on this planet and one of the most special for photographers is Isle Of Skye in Scotland.  Come join Kevin Raber, Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish on an amazing photographic adventure to this amazing landscape.  It gets even better as this is being held with the cooperation of Phase One as a PODAS workshop and each participant will receive a Phase One camera system to use for the duration of the workshop. 

There aren’t too many better places to slow your photography down and to work the landscape as Isle Of Skye.  There isn’t a better camera system to do that with than the Phase One camera and digital back.  Spaces will go fast for this workshop.  Your workshop fee provides you with an all expenses paid worry free trip. All you need to do is get to the Inverness airport.  Learn more about this amazing week of photography HERE.

If you can’t make this workshop check out our other workshops.  We have an amazing small ship cruise in July to The Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only select berths left for this trip so please inquire.   And our August Palouse Harvest workshop is filling fast. There are still a few berths left for our second Antarctica Workshop next January. 

Mark your calendars for December of this year in New Zealand, details coming soon and a most amazing adventure next April aboard the True North sailing the Kimberley region of Western Australia.




10 April 2014 - A Trillion Trillion Terabytes

Eric Meola a regular contributor and well known photographer from New York shares his thoughts on the journey we have all been on.  Eric shares his evolution with computers from 1989 until present in A Trillion Trillion Terabytes.  It’s an interesting perspective on a path we have all traveled.  It will make you wonder what things will be like in ten years.


There aren’t too many places to slow your photography down and to work the landscape as Isle Of Skye. Come join Kevin Raber, Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish on an amazing photographic adventure to this amazing landscape.  It gets even better as this is being held with the cooperation of Phase One as a PODAS workshop and each participant will receive a Phase One camera system to use for the duration of the workshop.  There isn’t a better camera system to do the Islel Of Skye Landscape with than the Phase One camera and digital back.  Spaces will go fast for this workshop.  Your workshop fee provides you with an all expenses paid worry free trip. All you need to do is get to the Inverness airport.  Learn more about this amazing week of photography HERE.

If you can’t make this workshop check out our other workshops.  We have an amazing small ship cruise in July to The Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only select berths left for this trip so please inquire.   And our August Palouse Harvest workshop is filling fast. There are still a few berths left for our second Antarctica Workshop next January. 

Mark your calendars for December of this year in New Zealand, details coming soon and a most amazing adventure next April aboard the True North sailing the Kimberley region of Western Australia.




15 April, 2014 - Photography And The Death Of Reality

 

Rick Sammon seems to be everywhere these days.  He is a well known photographer that works hard and shares his experiences and knowledge generously.  His first article with Luminous-Landscape - Photography and The Death of Reality is meant to get you thinking about your photography and just how far you take your images in your own artistic quest of reality.
 


 

There aren’t too many places to slow your photography down and to work the landscape as Isle Of Skye. Come join Kevin Raber, Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish on an amazing photographic adventure to this amazing landscape.  It gets even better as this is being held with the cooperation of Phase One as a PODAS workshop and each participant will receive a Phase One camera system to use for the duration of the workshop.  There isn’t a better camera system to do the Islel Of Skye Landscape with than the Phase One camera and digital back.  Spaces will go fast for this workshop.  Your workshop fee provides you with an all expenses paid worry free trip. All you need to do is get to the Inverness airport.  Learn more about this amazing week of photography HERE.

If you can’t make this workshop check out our other workshops.  We have an amazing small ship cruise in July to The Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only select berths left for this trip so please inquire.   And our August Palouse Harvest workshop is filling fast. There are still a few berths left for our second Antarctica Workshop next January. 

Mark your calendars for December of this year in New Zealand, details coming soon and a most amazing adventure next April aboard the True North sailing the Kimberley region of Western Australia.




18 April, 2014 - Why Photography Projects Are Important

 

 

 

When leading workshops I have a topic I like to cover called “Now That You Got It What Do You Do With It”.  This refers to coming home from a workshops with a lot of good images and not really doing anything in particular with them.  On a workshop recently to Tuscany with Art Wolfe he and I were talking and he said you should have a topic or something you concentrate on while shooting and he referred to it as a project.  On that trip I focused on door knockers and the hanging laundry of Sienna.   Today we have come full circle and Alain Briot as part of his continuing series of essays focuses on the topic of projects. Alain’s Why Photography Projects Are Important is a great read and will be a benefit when going out on your next shoot.  I am now going to go back through some of my past work and look for a theme to develop as a few new projects.


 




21 April, 2014 - Panasonic GH4 Review

The Panasonic GH4 is a new micro four thirds system camera that is fully competitive in terms of features, functionality and image quality with anything currently on the market. It leaves little undelivered for stills work. If a 16MP image size is adequate for your shooting (and it is for mine), then you'll likely find the GH4 a very practical and enjoyable stills camera.

When it comes to video, the GH4 is in a class of its own. There is nothing currently on the market, or even announced from any manufacturer, that can trump the GH4 when it comes to video in a DSLR / CSC form factor. This is the only camera of its type that can shoot 4K to an internal card, and which also features variable frame rates in HD mode. 

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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23 April, 2014 - Olympus OM-D EM1 and Fuji XT-1 Video Review

 

Mirrorless cameras are getting a lot of attention these days.  The new Fuji XT-1 and Olympus OM-D EM1 have redefined this format.  Both Kevin Raber and Michael Reichmann have adopted this format for much of their shooting.  We plan to do some more articles going over this format and using it on an everyday basis.  There will be some future articles on this soon.  In the meantime Luminous-Landscape made a video review on using both the Olympus and Fuji.

In a two-part video review, Kevin Raber (Luminous Landscape's Publisher) takes a close look at the Olympus OM-D EM1 and the Fuji XT-1. These two mirrorless 16 megapixel cameras each offer very high image quality but differ radically in their design approach, features and intended user.

In Part One, Kevin details the features and functions of each camera.

In Part Two, the video follows Kevin on a field shoot in Zion National Park, Utah. He talks through his use of the cameras while shooting and demonstrates the cameras' controls. He also offers some observations & advice while shooting.

These videos are available in the Video Store now for $10.00 USD. If you are a subscriber, they are part of your subscription. 


There aren’t too many places to slow your photography down and to work the landscape as the Isle Of Skye. Come join Kevin Raber, Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish on an remarkable photographic adventure.  

It gets even better.  This workshop is being done in partnership with Phase One as a PODAS workshop, and each participant will receive a Phase One camera system to use for the duration. 

Spaces will go quickly.  Your fee provides an all expenses paid, worry-free trip. All you need do is get to the Inverness airport.  Learn more about this amazing week of photography HERE.

If you can’t make this workshop check out our other workshops.  We have an special small ship cruise in July to The Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only select berths left for this trip so please inquire.   And our August Palouse Harvest Workshop is filling fast. There are also still a few berths left for our second Antarctica Workshop next January. 

Mark your calendars for December of this year in New Zealand, details coming soon and a most remarkable adventure next April aboard the True North sailing the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

 




24 April, 2014 - Three New Articles, Two On The NEW Leica T and Fueling The Endowment

     

There are three new articles being published here today; two reviews of the just announced Leica T, one by Michael and the other by Australian contributor Nick Rains. You can also read much more about the Leica T on our colleague Sean Reid's subscription web site Reidreviews.

There is also the beginning today of a blog about Michael and Chris' trip to Vancouver and China, to go on press for the printing of Michael's two new books. In addition to daily reports, stills and videos, Chris will be shoting a documentary on book photo production, including interviews with Lenswork's publisher Brooks Jensen, and the world famous designer of "Michael Reichmann – a 20 Year Photography Retrospective" – Arturo Chapa.

Update #1 – Friday, 24 April

Update #2 – Sunday, April 26

Update #3 – Tuesday, April 29


 




1 May, 2014 - Timelapse Animation with the GH4

The new Panasonic GH4 has a built-in timelapse capability which can be converted in-camera or in post to 4K video. Then, with such a high-res image some interesting special effects are possible. Michael explores this in this new article.




2 May, 2014 - Sony a7R Wishful Thinking

 

Today we feature an article by Rick Kattlemann.  Rick has done an extensive article on the lens options for Sony’s popular a7r camera, specifically focusing on the wide angle options.  When Sony launched this camera their offering of dedicated lenses was minimal to say the least.  Rick looks at what is available to use with adapters.  If you are considering a purchase of a Sony or are looking for wide angle lenses then this is a must read.  Read  Sony a7R Wishful Thinking


There aren’t too many places to slow your photography down and to work the landscape as the Isle Of Skye. Come join Kevin Raber, Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish on an remarkable photographic adventure.  

It gets even better.  This workshop is being done in partnership with Phase One as a PODAS workshop, and each participant will receive a Phase One camera system to use for the duration. 

Spaces will go quickly.  Your fee provides an all expenses paid, worry-free trip. All you need do is get to the Inverness airport.  Learn more about this amazing week of photography HERE.

If you can’t make this workshop check out our other workshops.  We have an special small ship cruise in July to The Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only select berths left for this trip so please inquire.   And our August Palouse Harvest Workshop is filling fast. There are also still a few berths left for our second Antarctica Workshop next January. 

 

Mark your calendars for December of this year in New Zealand, details coming soon and a most remarkable adventure next April aboard the True North sailing the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

 




5 May, 2014 - Having Fun With Panoramas

 

Panorama photography is very popular today.  Many smartphone and point and shoot cameras make shooting panoramas as easy as pushing a button and panning the camera.  In today’s article Having Fun With Panoramas, Kevin Raber shares how to shoot panos handheld shooting individual images.  He shares how to shoot and process these images.  His article includes multi row panos with over 50 images.  If you never tried doing panos or want to brush up on the technique then this article is for you.  

This July Luminous-Landscape hosts a workshop to the Northern Polar regions - Svalbard - Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only 2 berths left on the first cruise.  The second cruise is Sold Out.  If you’d like a very special small boat experience to this region then register today.  You can find out more information HERE.




9 May, - Photography As Art, A Lifelong Passion

 

 

All of us are on a journey.  When it comes to our photography we are constantly evolving and growing with our craft and the images we create grow and evolve with us.  I am in the fortunate position to see a lot of photographers' work and have watched a number of these photographers evolve their art to incredible levels.  For years I have followed Eleanor Brown and watched her photography evolve. Today, Luminous-Landscape is proud to publish Eleanor’s essay,  Photography As Art, A Lifelong Passion.  I hope you enjoy her work and article, make sure to click though to her website as she has a lot of other amazing images.  And by the way, this series of images and why she did them fits in very well with a previous article we recently published: Why Photography Projects Are Important by Alain Briot.


 

This July Luminous-Landscape hosts a workshop to the Northern Polar regions - Svalbard - Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only 2 berths left on the first cruise.  The second cruise is Sold Out.  If you’d like a very special small boat experience to this region then register today.  You can find out more information HERE.




12 May, 2014 - The Ultimate Adventure & Workshop - The Kimberley

 

Luminous-Landscape has pioneered workshops into the most picturesque remote locations on the planet.  Today we announce a workshop - adventure to truly an Edge Of The Planet location, the Kimberley.  This is an area of northwest Australia that is so hard to get into that the best way to explore it is by boat and helicopter and we have both.  Join us next April 2015 for the Ultimate Kimberley Adventure aboard the amazing True North.  This will be unlike any workshop you have attended in the past.  Plus you’ll have four extremely talented instructors Ken Duncan, Christian Fletcher, Mark Stothard and Kevin Raber,  who have all been to the Kimberley and know the region well.  This will be a charter with photographers only thus allowing us to be in position for the best light for the locations we are visiting.  Learn more about this amazing workshop HERE.  If there is one workshop you do, this is the one.


This July Luminous-Landscape hosts a workshop to the Northern Polar regions - Svalbard - Land Of The Polar Bear.  We have only 2 berths left on the first cruise.  The second cruise is Sold Out.  If you’d like a very special small boat experience to this region then register today.  You can find out more information HERE.




17 May, 2014 - Rockhopper Workshops Web Site Is Launched

 

For the last few months we have been busy on a number of projects at Luminous-Landscape.  One of these was getting LuLa workshops up and running.  Luminous-Landscape pioneered the all inclusive workshop years ago and was one of the first workshops ever offered in Iceland. In January this year Kevin Raber joined the LuLa team and with his experience in running the PODAS Workshops for Phase One he has once again launched a top notch workshop series for Luminous-Landscape. Today Luminous-Landscape officially launches its workshop site Rockhopper Workshops.  Read about it HERE.


Image © Mark Maio

Michael and I (Kevin) will be in Buffalo June 5-8 as part of the Silo City Workshop.  This workshop conducted by Mark Maio will be photographing one of Michael’s and my favorite things; abandoned buildings.  In this case these will be the abandoned Buffalo Childs Street grain elevators.  If you are free and want to have a great few days shooting these amazing structures inside and out then go to the Silo City Web Page and register today.  There are only a few spots left.  Another bonus is Capture Integration will have a rep there with Leica Gear as well as Medium format digital gear if you are so inclined to try this gear out.  Hope to see you there.




20 May, 2014 - Post Processing Panoramas

 

As a follow up to Kevin Raber’s recent article on Having Fun With Panoramas today we present an article by Tom Legrady on Post Processing Panoramas.  This article for the most part focuses on the use go the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in Photoshop.  The use of this filter especially in panoramas corrects for much of the distortion that is introduced during the stitching. 

Michael and I (Kevin) will be in Buffalo June 5-8 as part of the Silo City Workshop.  This workshop conducted by Mark Maio will be photographing one of Michael’s and my favorite things; abandoned buildings.  In this case these will be the abandoned Buffalo Childs Street grain elevators.  If you are free and want to have a great few days shooting these amazing structures inside and out then go to the Silo City Web Page and register today.  There are only a few spots left.  Another bonus is Capture Integration will have a rep there with Leica Gear as well as Medium format digital gear if you are so inclined to try this gear out.  Hope to see you there.




25 May, 2014 - The Ultimate Mirrorless Camera Strap?

The passion of photography for many soon turns into an addiction as we look for the latest and greatest gear.  This includes camera bags and now camera straps.  Kevin Raber today reviews The DSPTCH Camera Strap System.  It’s a modular camera strap that works well with small format cameras mirrorless cameras.  It’s definitely a strap to have, but beware – it will lead to a new addiction.  

Have you checked out the Kimberley Workshop next April.  This is definitely one that should be on your bucket list.




28th May, 2014 - Celebrating 15 Years

 

May 28, 2015 marks a special date for The Luminous Landscape – 15 years of dedicated and continuous publication.  We’ve come a long way and we have a long way to go.  The last 15 years has seen a remarkable change in photography.  Going from a predominately analog (film) world to digital capture and output.  I know if someone would have told me 20 years ago I would be doing my photography entirely without film, photographic paper, chemistry and darkrooms I would not have believed them. Today we share our Last 15 Years

Photography is in its golden age.  More people are taking photographs every day than ever before and these images are being shared in staggering numbers.  Cameras, computers and output have become easier and better.  The Luminous Landscape will continue to bring you the latest information and articles as well as workshops, video tutorials and much more.  As we look back at the past 15 years we find ourselves even more energized to see where the next 15 years takes all of us.




30 May, 2014 - Panasonic GH4 Video Primer

The new Panasonic GH4 is to my mind one of the most exciting new cameras to come down the pike in quite a while. While an excellent stills camera, it is the GH4's video capability that sets it apart. This is the smallest, least expensive camera that can shoot 4K video and record it internally to a memory card. Oh yes – and the image quality is exceptional. 

But because of the camera's capabilities and versatility it can be a bit intimidating. I have therefore written a video primer for the GH4, which I hope will help you not only with a possible buying decision, but also once you get your camera.




1 June, 2014 - Leica 24/1.4 M Summilux ASPH, Part Of The Special

 

It’s a crazy time in the camera industry.  Here we are in a Photokina year and major announcements are being made every week.  One has to wonder what the camera makers are holding back to show at Photokina.  Well, Leica a few days ago decided to make a special announcement to celebrate their “100 Years of Leica Photography” with the “Leica M Edition 100”.  Sean Reid a regular contributor on Luminous-Landscape gives us a peek at this “Limited Edition 100”.  Some might say when you read about this special kit, that Leica has lost its way, but so far that hasn’t been the case.  Sean’s take on the NEW 28mm 1.4 lens is of special interest.  What does he think?  Read on to find out.


 




8 June, 2014 - Canon 8-15mm Fisheye Lens

 

Michael and I (Kevin) have spent the last few days photographing together in Buffalo, NY.  We met up with Mark Maio and a workshop he was holding photographing Silo City.  This is a huge complex of abandoned Grain Silos that at the beginning of the 20th century played a huge part of distributing grain from the Midwest to other areas around the country.  Needless to say it was a great time shooting old, huge, abandoned and decaying buildings.  We got our fill of urban decay landscapes, with a number of good keepers.  You’ll see these on the home page in coming weeks from both Michael and me. 

Michael and I will be working together over the next few days along with Chris on a number of different and exciting projects for LuLa, Rockhopper and the Endowment.  We’re very excited about everything we are working on.

Alain Briot’s monthly article is featured today The Canon EF 8-15, f1.4 USM Fisheye Lens.  Not only is it a review of this lens but also how the lens plays a big part in Alain’s photography.

 



11 June, 2014 - Sony RX100 MKIII Hands On Review

Sony has just started shipping its third-generation RX100, the Mark III. This pocket sized camera builds on the strengths of its two predecessors with a unique pop-up OLED EVF, a more articulated rear LCD, a faster and wider lens, and an enhanced video codec.

After two weeks of working with the RX100 MKIII Michael Reichmann's hands-on report is now available.




14 June, 2014 - Symphony In Stone

 

Landscape photography is something that for many of soothes the soul.  It’s our passion.  Sometimes we like shooting the large sky vistas and sometimes it is the forrest and for others it is a shoreline.  Nigel Turner turns his camera to the stone.  In his essay Symphony In Stone, Nigel shares what it takes to get his beautiful images.

Luminous Landscape’s Publisher and CEO Kevin Raber was recently interviewed on Rick Sammon’s Digital Photo Experience Podcast.  Kevin’s interview starts at the 29:07 mark. Learn about Kevin’s photography and Luminous-Landscape. Direct LINK to the MP3.




15 June, 2014 - Sony A7s First Impressions Review

What happens when you put a 12 Megapixel sensor inside the world's smallest full-frame 35mm camera body? You end up with Sony's new A7s camera. It offers incredible high ISO capability, and 4K video. This report, by Michael Reichmann, is one of the first reviews of a production-level A7s to appear anywhere in the world.




17 June, 2014 - Sony A7s Tests With Lower DR than A7r

Who do you trust? I trust my eyes. And so when I tested the Sony A7s the other day and found that I couldn't see any dynamic range advantage over the A7r, that's what I wrote. But, I was chastised by many because Sony claimed 15 stops of DR. Why the hell couldn't Michael see it?

Now, two days later, DxO Labs has published their sensor test results for the A7s and indeed the A7s ranks almost a stop lower than the A7r. One may debate whether or not DxO and Sony use the same measurement criteria, but there's no way to quibble about the fact that DxO has hundreds of self-consistent lab tests spanning years, regardless of the absolute numbers. I guess the eyes have it.




23, June 2014 - Landscape Aerial Photography Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been making a lot of headlines lately within the photography community.  These remotely controlled aircraft have enabled photographers a new way to gain new perspectives on a scene.  They have also caused a lot of controversy in regards to safety and privacy.  Stephen Wheatcraft’s article Landscape Aerial Photography Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles introduces you to this new method of making images. 

Last week Kevin Raber and Chris Sanderson spent the week on the road working on a new video tutorial with William Neill in Yosemite and Mono Lake areas.  More on this new video in the near future.




26, June 2014 - Acadia National Park - A Quick Guide To Photography

 

It’s summer time and a lot of you will be heading out to America’s National Parks to capture their beauty and to enjoy the great outdoors.  I was in Yosemite NP last week working on a NEW LuLA tutorial.  It’s one of the grandest National Parks of them all. I’m still working on images and will post some on the home page soon.  Today’s article is by QT Luong.  He is known for being the first person to photograph all 59 US National Parks in Large Format.  He has come on board as a regular contributor and we will be regularly publishing his articles on his National Park Photography guides.  we’ll start with the ‘A’s and today’s article is  Acadia National Park - A Quick Guide To Photography.




29, June 2014 - Kimberley Australia Video

 

A photo adventure trip to the Kimberley region of Western Australia with instructors Michael Reichmann & Kevin Raber accompanied by Art Wolfe and Christian Fletcher. From Broome, WA they set sail on the yacht 'True North' to explore the wild and remote coastline of the Kimberley area up to Wyndham.

Join them as they explore the incredible Montgomery Reef by boat and helicopter. Visit numerous locations to photograph aboriginal rock art and petroglyphs. They visit multiple waterfalls and helicopter onto the top of Eagle and King George Falls - truly 'the trip of a lifetime'.

This 31 minute video is available at the Luminous-Landscape Video Store for $10.00 USD.  If you purchase the video and decide to be part of the 2015 Kimberley Adventure we will apply a credit of a $100.00 USD to the cost of the workshop.

To make it even better as part of the 4th Of July Holiday week, Luminous-Landscape will give a credit of $1000.00 USD off the Kimberley Workshop Cruise next April if you register by midnight July 7th (Eastern US Time). 

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