Photography Tips: Overcoming Camera and Lens Limitations

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Digital cameras have come a long way, but photographers still bump up against their limitations. The depth of field, aspect ratio, and dynamic range can’t match what our eyes see. But you can reach beyond the capabilities of your camera through a combination of smart shooting strategies and creative post-processing techniques. Landscape photographer Justin Reznick shows how to create perfectly sharp images, front to back, with focus stacking; build epic panoramas; and create high dynamic range images that retain more detail in the shadows and highlights. The tools learned in the course will open up photographers to a whole new world of photographic possibilities—without a large investment in new gear.

Photography Tips: Overcoming Camera and Lens Limitations

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Sony A7: Tips and Techniques

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Get the most out of the Sony Alpha a7 series camera with this collection of customization tips. Photographer Justin Reznick shows how to optimize your Sony a7, a7S, or a7R II camera to fit how you shoot—so you can concentrate on image making, not button pressing. Justin shows how to use the electronic viewfinder, adjust focus and autofocus, customize the A7’s many screens and buttons, configure the touchless shutter, extend the camera’s functionality with Sony apps, and leverage some adapters and accessories that make shooting with the Sony Alpha a7 even more fun.

Sony A7: Tips and Techniques

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Landscape Photography with Telephoto Lenses

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Get up close and personal with nature. Explore the creative options that telephoto lenses provide in landscape photography. This targeted group of photography tips is for anyone who is interested in isolating subjects, compressing distance, shooting panoramas, or creating abstract and impressionistic images with telephoto lenses. Justin Reznick provides simple guidelines for more effective images, and helps photographers find new uses for this great piece of gear.

Landscape Photography with Telephoto Lenses

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Landscape Photography with Wide-Angle Lenses

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Explore the creative options that wide-angle lenses provide in landscape photography. This targeted group of photography tips is for anyone who is interested in establishing greater depth, shooting panoramas, shooting landscapes at night, or introducing intentional distortion with wide-angle lenses. Justin Reznick provides simple guidelines for more effective images, and helps photographers find new uses for this great piece of gear.

Landscape Photography with Wide-Angle Lenses

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Landscape Photography with Lightroom and Photoshop

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See how far Lightroom and Photoshop can take your landscape photography. Photographer Justin Reznick shares his favorite workflow and processing strategies for making landscape photos look their best. He shows how to organize photos from your shoots in Lightroom, quickly make basic adjustments, and make creative composites with its panorama and HDR features. Adding Photoshop into the mix allows for more fine-tuned control, while plugins such as the Nik Collection and Color Efex Pro expand your creative options. Justin combines all these tools in the final chapter, where he takes on his own landscapes from start to finish.

Landscape Photography with Lightroom and Photoshop.

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Photography with a Tilt-Shift Lens

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A tilt-shift lens is a specialized piece of gear that expands your creative options. With a tilt-shift lens, you can fix distorted verticals in architectural photos, greatly expand depth of field, and create special optical effects. You can simulate many of these things in post-processing, but a tilt-shift lens lets you experiment in the field—and seeing the results as you work can affect the way you shoot a scene. In this course, photographer and educator Justin Reznick demonstrates how to use a tilt-shift lens in a variety of shooting scenarios. He shows how to shift for perspective control and panoramas, and tilt for “miniature” style photos and sharpness from front to back.

Photography with a Tilt-Shift Lens

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Architectural Photography in Chicago: A Fine Art Approach

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My latest course is out! I’m incredibly excited about the release of my first course on architecture. I hope you enjoy my unique approach to the fantastic city of Chicago!

Chicago is known for its architecture: beautiful, classic buildings with incredibly detailed exteriors and interiors. It’s a great place to learn about architectural photography, and in this course photographer and educator Justin Reznick heads to the Windy City to photograph some of Chicago’s gems. Along the way, he shares creative and technical insights aimed at helping you capture beautiful, accurate renditions of famous buildings, and highlight details that define different architectural styles and eras.

Architectural Photography in Chicago: A Fine Art Approach

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