Beginner Basics: Landscape Photography By Matt Kloskowski

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Do you love the idea of grabbing your camera and heading out to beautiful locations? Then join Matt Kloskowski to learn the basics of landscape photography. This is the class Matt wishes he had when he got started with landscape photography. You’ll learn all about the gear you’ll need, the camera settings you’ll want to use, and all kinds of tips and tricks to help you get tack sharp photos that are composed for impact. By knowing the basics you’ll be more comfortable when you are out on location, so you can enjoy the scenery, and make great photos while you are there.

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Join Matt as he introduces the concepts covered in this class.
Landscape photography is not as gear-centric as many other areas of photography. Matt goes over the types of camera bodies you should consider.
When it comes to lenses there are a few things to take into account.
One of the keys to sharp photos is a sturdy tripod. Once the camera is locked down on the tripod you'll want to fire the shutter remotely.
Learn how to set up your camera to get the best possible landscape photos.
Use exposure bracketing to have the camera automatically take different exposures of the same scene.
There are a couple of essential filters for landscape photography.
With the technical considerations covered you can focus on creating the most compelling composition possible.
The primary times for landscape photography are sunrise and sunset. Matt explains why you'll want to be out at these times of day, and even share a few exceptions to the rule.
Matt shares a few tips for getting great waterfall photos.
Civil twilight, the time just before sunrise or just after sunset, can be a really amazing time to shoot.
Matt wraps up the class with some closing words on landscape photography.
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Matt Kloskowski


Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world....

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  1. Profile photo of Rita Odle Rita Odle

    Great course on he basics of landscape photography! Matt explains the how, when and why the techniques of getting great landscape photos in an understandable and enjoyable way! Thanks Matt!

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    Very good course. I had plenty of “I did not know” moments. Feel like should repeats some of my trips just to apply the techniques.

    1. Profile photo of johnapascucci johnapascucci

      Just finished your landscape course. Excellent. Found out my mistake in Arenal Costa Rica the volcano was always cloud covered. I never thought to go prior to sunrise when as you said the fog burns off. Looking forward to applying some of the things you said. Especially the filter tips.
      Thanks John

  3. Profile photo of sangeethchemboth sangeethchemboth

    Thanks Matt !! Great lessons.

  4. Profile photo of Francesca Hughes Francesca Hughes

    Thanks for this fantastic class! I’m taking a trip to the Lake District (UK) soon so I can’t wait to try out these tips on the incredible scenery there!

    Thanks again Matt!

    – Francesca

  5. Profile photo of Saramoeen Saramoeen

    This was very helpful, thank you Matt!

  6. Profile photo of dilipjoshi.boss dilipjoshi.boss

    Fabulous course that covers the essentials in an uncomplicated way and other than for beginners, serves as useful revision for those that have been shooting landscapes previously and is a great advert for Kelby Training. I really enjoyed the course and found some of Matt’s photos inspiring. Now to save up to visit some of those places. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of micolh1 micolh1

    Great information. Great instructor. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of mkbcvatsd mkbcvatsd

    Excellent! Thanks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of Natu Patel Natu Patel

    First I like to say Thank you very much, because I ask you for this video. I like it. Itís great tutorial and help me lot. I never shoot landscape but whenever fantastic landscape photo come cross to me wow how to shoot landscape like this! Now I will practice way you say. Matt once again thanks you for your time to make this tutorial video. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of Daniel Daniel

    Thanks for a great course. You did a great job of reviewing the topic for beginners. I really appreciate all the pearls of experience that you share. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of Garden Girl 30076 Garden Girl 30076

    The information in this course is so well laid out! I will be watching this one again – perhaps several more times – AND, I will use this course to get a friend to sign up for Kelby Training. Timing could not have been better – we are participating in a photographic field trip to Maine in October. Thanks, Matt! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of lcattman lcattman

    Matt Kloskowski never disappoints. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of Kenneth King Kenneth King

    I really enjoyed this course and learned a lot of useful things. Thanks. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of t-alisa t-alisa

    Outstanding course!!! Thank you Matt!!! Will be looking forward to seeing more landscape from you! Great job!
    Alisa (Russia) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of Glenn Glenn

    Excellent beginners class. Very good balance of touching on several topics without getting to deep into details. I especially enjoyed the two tips about when to use f8 and f16 or f22. —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of erik.dewilde erik.dewilde

      Matt is a really good teacher, you feel the passion and the will to bring his knowledge
      and experience to us. Amazing course really well done and prepare. Thanks Matt I am sure that I can make now much better landscape picture from around Abu Dhabi and Dubai where I live and work. Erik

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