Shooting Fall Landscapes, with Moose Peterson

Join Moose Peterson, wildlife photographer, out in the Eastern Sierras surrounded by blue skies and beautiful fall colors.

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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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 13:03)

Join Moose in the Eastern Sierras as he introduces the class and goes over the gear he uses.

Lesson 2: Basic Camera Settings (Duration 09:44)

There are some basic camera settings you want to configure before you start shooting.

Lesson 3: June Lake Loop (Duration 08:37)

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.

Lesson 4: Shooting Through the Canopy (Duration 10:34)

Color, pattern, and visual interest.

Lesson 5: Silver Lake (Duration 05:30)

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.

Lesson 6: Choosing the Right Time to Shoot (Duration 14:14)

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.

Lesson 7: Strategies (Duration 09:16)

There are a number of strategies you can use for pushing your photography forward.

Lesson 8: Using a Polarizer (Duration 09:16)

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.

Lesson 9: Digging into Post-Processing (Duration 03:57)

Moose shares his basic workflow in Adobe Camera Raw.

Lesson 10: Quick Camera Raw (Duration 02:18)

Another example of a quick camera raw edit.

Lesson 11: Using the Graduated Filter (Duration 04:18)

Beyond the basic workflow you can finish a photo in Camera Raw with the Graduated Filter.

Lesson 12: Enhancing the Trail (Duration 07:43)

After the basic Camera Raw workflow there are additional techniques available in Photoshop for achieving the photograph you original envisioned.

Lesson 13: HDR Processing (Duration 07:33)

Moose processes a photo using Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.

Lesson 14: Dealing with Ghosting in HDR (Duration 10:02)

One issue for shooting HDR is dealing with ghosting when you have movement, such as wave, in your exposures.

Lesson 15: Processing HDR with Photomatix Pro (Duration 05:08)

The main reason Moose uses HDR is to create photographs that appear closer to how the scene originally looked to the human eye.

Lesson 16: Conclusion (Duration 02:37)

Moose provides an overview of the lessons from the class. Stick around for the outtakes.

Meet Your Instructor: Moose Peterson

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,…


  1. it is a good course but i think we need to hear about other landscape photographer beside moose . some of his courses really are repeats. please let us see some other landscape photographers 'work in your training javad deganian

  2. What are your settings for your "Star Trails"? I'm interested in doing some astrophotography, and I'd like to know what you do for that. Thanks, Dave

  3. Outstanding lesson; very practical advice ranging from basic to insights learned through years of experience (which can also seem basic once distilled). And, as with all of Moose's courses, very heartfelt, genuine, and fun to watch. I also appreciate your building a course from last year's fall experience and releasing it when it's timely for us.

  4. Just finished watching Moose's Fall Color course. I thought it was very good. Enjoyed both the shooting tips as well as the processing tips. Great timing on the release of the course too.

  5. Great class Moose!!! I truly learn something new each time I watch your classes. Thanks for sharing small hints too! I like the idea of finding a higher place to shoot from when shooting wide angle to keep things straight (without having to shoot either up or down) by shooting straight across. Makes perfect sense, i just never thought about it. You always help me in ideas for shooting. Thanks for that! Keep it coming!!

  6. Great information!!!! The guy keeps your interest. He has the ability to communicate his skills. I live in New Hampshire........that's Fall color!!

  7. Just finished the course and found it to be very good. Moose's approach to capturing and processing images is simple, concise and easy to follow. I learned a lot of things to improve my capture and processing of all images, not just fall color. Looking forward to more of Moose's courses in the future.

  8. Excellent course. Moose Peterson presents everything clearly. If you are normally in a studio and want to improve your outdoor experience this is for you. If you shoot outdoors and want to improve your landscape technique then this is for you too. I guess it is good for everybody! Thank you Mr. Peterson!

  9. Moose's course will make me a much better fall photography this year. I particularly liked the courses on CS5 and how to use the presets to get in and out quickly. This was a great tool that all photographs that want to shoot in the fall should have in there CS5 software. I will be playing this course many, many times before I go to the UP of Michigan in early Oct for two weeks of shooting. Again a great job done by Kelby and Peterson. Jack

  10. There are many filters available for the Nikon 14-24. PL, ND of all kinds. GND. Not sure why you would not be up to date on this information but it certainly changes the entire lesson don't you think?

  11. I think overall it was a very good course. I've taken a course with Moose in person before and I found the teaching to be spot on as if you were there shooting with him. The only criticism I would have is that during the processing session the sharpness to read his screen and follow along is just not "tack sharp" making it difficult to follow and also when he is loading the HDR frames for processing, he is talking about the photo and making changes but you cannot see the photo to get an idea of where he is coming from because it shows all the files being downloaded. Thanks for your good work.

  12. A lot of good information here, but Moose appears to believe travelers have unlimited time at a site. We are world travelers and have mostly inflexible schedules.

  13. I enjoy the course but I would rather prefer having more focus on photography in the field and less post-production advices ... since Kelby Training already provides a ton of that kind of courses. Thanks a lot for letting us improve more and more at each course.

  14. Good course Moose, What I especially liked is the section about analyzing the pictures taken during the day as a preparation for the next day. Simple, but very valuable tip. What you maybe might consider (but take it as a nitpicking rather) is to shorten the videos dealing with the post processing. Some of the other instructors just skip the parts where images are loaded so the watchers don't have to stare at the progress bar. But in general: educative course, keep up the good work. Cheers, Marcin

  15. I think this might be my favorite Moose Peterson class ever! Why? Because conditions weren't optimal, fall colors were not at their peak, but Moose showed us how to overcome all that and still produce brilliant images. Wow.

  16. I miss the final photos during the course. Talking about boosting colors in post without seeing th result leaves too much open for interpretation.

  17. Great course with lots of little things to remember that add up in the end. For the things you already know it is a nice little reminder to keep you on track. Thanks Mr. Peterson.

  18. I enjoyed the course, got several ideas and grew in knowledge. This was the first class I recall that hand held photography was emphasized throughout. I am the hand held type myself and have shot many brackets by hand/used Photmatix as it does a great job on alignment. Additionally, I picked up a much better understanding of Nik Software/how to use it for HDR. This is a class I will refer to in the future. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  19. Second time through this course. Just as good as the first. Has anybody else noticed the face in the upper left cloud in the HDR module? Could that be the face of God looking down on Moose? ;-)

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