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Landscape Photography: Winter

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Learn to make the most of winter’s stark landscapes with this collection of tips and strategies for wintertime landscape photography. Justin Reznick explains where to find great winter scenes, and how to photograph snow, the northern lights, and winter wildlife. He also provides tips for staying warm and dry, keeping your gear in tip-top shape, and making your photos look even better in post.

Topics include:
Location scouting
Photographing the Aurora Borealis
Working with snow
Incorporating wildlife and structures
Editing winter landscape photos
Understanding the gear you need to shoot winter landscapes

Landscape Photography: Winter

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Showing Scale in Iceland

Iceland is a country full of wonder. Of all the splendid locations in Iceland, my favorite without a doubt is the highlands of Landmannalaugar. Colorful mountains as far as the eye can see. Patches of snow create a pattern amongst the blues, red, greens, and every brown and yellow tone you can imagine. An interesting aspect of the highlands and most of Iceland is the lack of trees. Moss is about the only thing you will find growing on the highlands of Landmannalaugar. This presents us with an interesting opportunity to use people in our landscapes in order to show scale. The mountains are photogenic on their own to be clear, but adding a hiker gives that extra element of scale, turning a pretty scene into a jaw-dropping scene. Let’s take a look at some examples, starting with “The Hiker”.

The Hiker

The hiker on the ridge is entering this endless wilderness. The light in the image highlights the subject and we see the journey ahead. Imagine this image without the hiker, void of the story and sense of wonder.

The Legend

In this example, we see a hiker paused to take in the epic view, just as the viewer of the image is doing. A connection is made with the attempt to bring the viewer closer into the scene by putting you, the viewer, on the ridge itself. The title of this image is based on a client and friend of mine who is on that ridge. “The Legend” is his nickname and it seemed a fitting title here.

Almost Home

It can be difficult to view these images small on the web. Imagine being able to view them printed large? In this example, titled “Almost Home”, we see a hiker on the lower right about to make their final descent into camp. They came, they saw, they conquered. The journey is almost done.

Laugavegur Trail

In this final example, “Laugavegur Trail”, we see a hiker on the most famous trail in Iceland. Having experienced the hike myself, this image brings back fond memories. Every time I view this image it puts a smile on my face.

As a landscape photographer I’m not one to photograph people, pretty much ever. I have zero interest in it. But as you can see here, sometimes it can actually improve your landscape imagery, and that is something I’m always striving for. I encourage you to give it a go when the situation arises.


New Ebook! The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer Edition II

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Welcome to my eBook, The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer Edition II. In the latest edition I include 145 pages of comprehensive gear recommendations for landscape photographers. In addition to my advice, included in the book are interviews with some of the top landscape photographers in the field, sharing their gear secrets. There are five 5 new interviews this year from top pros Ian Plant, Tony Sweet, Jim Patterson, David Thompson and Koveh Tavakkol. Whether you are a beginner looking to put together a kit, or a veteran curious to see recommendations on the latest and greatest gear, this book covers it all! Enjoy the journey! If you have already purchased Edition I, I would like to offer you a $5 discount on Edition II. Enter the code 2NDPURCHASE to receive the eBook for only $4.97!

The book will be available for a limited time for $9.97.

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“The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer” eBook released

The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photography

by Justin Reznick

The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape PhotographerWelcome to my eBook, The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer. As I look back on three consecutive months of teaching workshops and leading tours, I noticed a reoccurring theme, and one that needed to be addressed as soon as possible. Landscape photographers, especially those new to the craft, do not have the right gear. This begs the question: what is the right gear? That’s the journey this eBook will take you on with 115 pages of comprehensive gear recommendations for landscape photographers. In addition to my advice, included in the book are interviews with some of the top landscape photographers in the field, sharing their gear secrets. Whether you are a beginner looking to put together a kit, or a veteran curious to see recommendations on the latest and greatest gear, this book covers it all! Enjoy the journey!

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