Intimate Landscape Photography, with Bill Fortney

Winter is not the most popular season for taking landscape photographs, but Bill Fortney shows us that there is still plenty to capture at his favorite spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

While grand landscape photography captures the beauty of a large scene, intimate landscape photography focuses on small, unique parts of that landscape and extracts from the overall scene. During this course, Bill recommends equipment for getting started with landscape photography. He talks about image composition, the importance of texture, and how he uses lines of direction when composing his photos. In later lessons, Bill takes viewers into his digital darkroom to talk about his favorite processing techniques and software. Follow along as Bill teaches photographers how to find, compose, and create wonderful, intimate landscape photographs.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:54)

Lesson 2: Equipment (Duration 04:23)

Lesson 3: Leading Lines (Duration 04:17)

Lesson 4: Old Grist Mill (Duration 09:36)

Lesson 5: Church Grounds (Duration 07:52)

Lesson 6: Cabin in the Woods (Duration 07:05)

Lesson 7: Water in Motion and Icicles (Duration 04:51)

Lesson 8: Extraction (Duration 03:25)

Lesson 9: Image Processing (Duration 03:59)

Lesson 10: Saturation (Duration 03:48)

Lesson 11: Nikon Capture NX2 (Duration 04:30)

Lesson 12: HDR Photo (Duration 06:04)

Lesson 13: Conclusion (Duration 02:38)

Meet Your Instructor: Bill Fortney

Bill is one of America's premier photographer's specializing in Landscape, close-up, nature, Americana, and travel. In his 44 year career, Bill has been a High School teacher and football coach,…


  1. I loved this course. Bill is a fantastic photographer and an excellent teacher. I would like to see a lot more from him. The only thing that detracted from it were those strange moments when he was looking at someone else (off camera) while supposedly talking to me: his audience. This is not Bill's fault. MTV editing with the bizarre cutaways has no place here. This is an educational video and cutaways of the instructor looking off camera while addressing the audience is distracting, bad shooting, bad editing and extremely distracting for the viewer. Poor Bill didn't know where to look either. Shoot proper cutaways or don't use them. This isn't a high school production. Stop lowering the quality of the product.

  2. Wow!! Bill, you've given us pure gold on this "Intimate Landscape" session. I think I've become a devout "Fortney Fan." You have such a mild and unthreatening manner that it makes me feel like I'm right there with you. This may very well be the best series of all I've watched on Kelby Training. Now, when are you coming to Tupelo, MS? We have some gorgeous landscapes around here in Northeast Mississippi, especially along the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway. And, an added bonus is that we could take you to photograph the Elvis Presley birthplace. Thanks for a marvelous experience! Please, please, please do more classes. May God bless you richly beyond your imagination, sir! --Dr. Larry S. Anderson

  3. Awesome course - I learned so much. Bill Fortney makes everything so clear. I especially loved his help on gear, aperture settings, exposure, and focus on landscapes. Really great course! I'll watch it again.

  4. This course covered a type of landscape shot ignored by so many instructors. The title describes the type of landscape shots I prefer and the course was exactly what I'd hoped for.

  5. Mr. Fortney has a no-nonsense style of instruction. Learning from him is like reading a book that's an easy read. I'm looking forward to taking more of his classes.

  6. I have always enjoyed Bill's videos. My only observation and what I would have done differently was when he was shooting the picket fence, I would have lowered the tripod set the F stop to 16 or 22 and include the picket fence and the great split rail fence.

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