Shooting Fall Landscapes By Moose Peterson

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It’s all about color! Join Moose Peterson, wildlife photographer, out in the Eastern Sierras surrounded by blue skies and beautiful fall colors. Moose takes you to some of his most favorite locations and gives you the scoop on everything from gear to camera settings and shooting strategies to post-processing tips. By the end of the class you’ll be chomping at the bit to head out to capture your own stunning fall landscape photos armed with the tips and tricks from a true professional.

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Join Moose in the Eastern Sierras as he introduces the class and goes over the gear he uses.
There are some basic camera settings you want to configure before you start shooting.
Moose gives a walk through of the first shoot, covering everything from composing the scene to how to visualize the steps you'll take during post-production.
Color, pattern, and visual interest.
When you can't use a graduated neutral density filter you can use High Dynamic Range photography techniques to capture the scene the way your eye sees it.
With the aid of technology you can scout your locations before you arrive and once on site determine the best time for the desired quality of light.
There are a number of strategies you can use for pushing your photography forward.
A polarizing filter can be a great asset for removing reflections such as the blue color cast caused by the sky reflecting off objects in your scene.
Moose shares his basic workflow in Adobe Camera Raw.
Another example of a quick camera raw edit.
Beyond the basic workflow you can finish a photo in Camera Raw with the Graduated Filter.
After the basic Camera Raw workflow there are additional techniques available in Photoshop for achieving the photograph you original envisioned.
Moose processes a photo using Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.
One issue for shooting HDR is dealing with ghosting when you have movement, such as wave, in your exposures.
The main reason Moose uses HDR is to create photographs that appear closer to how the scene originally looked to the human eye.
Moose provides an overview of the lessons from the class. Stick around for the outtakes.
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Moose Peterson

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A Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, published in over 130 magazines worldwide, author of 23 books, and lecturing across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers barely covers the work and go...


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  2. Profile photo of martyp martyp

    As always another highly valuable course from Moose. Going to an air show next weekend and since the last one I attended was 2 yrs ago I needed a little refresh! I struggled on the statics previously but really looking forward to trying different angles and getting the pilots involved now. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Thanks, great class!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Udo Luetze Udo Luetze

    This class should be a prerequisite prior to going to an air show.
    Thanks Moose, your advice helped me to elevate my skills and get the shots.

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  6. Profile photo of brettkp brettkp

    A good course for someone new to airshows. The post processing tools and processes are very useful even if you don’t own the add ons used. I think it was let down a little by not discussing shutter speed vs focal length and I was also left a little curious by the -1EV compensation for aerial shots against clouds. I would’ve thought the clouds (and -1EV) would cause the photo to be much darker than they showed up. What metering was being used?