What you will learn
Hit the spot with photographer and adventurer Chris Burkard (chrisburkard) as you explore the desert and discover great photos along the way. Chris shows how you get the best shots when you're not looking for them, while also providing the knowledge and tips to make sure you're ready to capture the moment when it arises. Lessons include working with lighting at different times of day, taking long exposures, and incorporating subjects into a landscape shot. Perfect for professionals and enthusiasts alike, this class will help you take your shooting to the next level. What you will learn Introduction. Explore Joshua Tree National Park with Chris Burkard as he reveals his passion for "quick and dirty" photography. Chris's best landscape photography tips revolve around teaching you how to be a flexible photographer who can adapt to your natural surroundings. Shooting at the sun. To learn a new skill, you have to be willing to make mistakes. In this lesson, Chris will emphasize the importance of making mistakes by encouraging you to photograph during sunrise, sunset, and night using all the wrong techniques. Finding your inspiration. For Chris, a passion for art combined with a love for the outdoors inspired him to try outdoor photography, a medium that allows him to become "part of the action" when it comes to exploring the beauty of nature. Listen carefully as he talks about his inspirations, from architecture to the processes of other photographers. Equipment. As Chris takes you on a tour of his photography equipment, you'll learn the best times to use a Sony A7 vs. a Sony A6000 and familiarize yourself with the filters to use for landscape photography. If you're not ready to invest in a new camera yet, this lesson will also demonstrate how to get the most out of your iPhone camera. Sunset. You can never plan epic moments. Here, you'll learn how to be prepared to photograph epic sunsets in five-minute windows. Evening. Long exposures are great for capturing stars in the night sky. You'll see what a 45-minute exposure can look like and learn what to avoid when you leave your camera on (spoiler: you can explore the different forms of intrusive light). Dawn. Capturing sunrises doesn't have to mean simply taking photos of the sunrise. Chris will show you how to use subjects and objects to turn a simple sunrise photo into a narrative. Sunset II. You'll witness the importance of surveying an area before choosing where to take your best photos and how to best capture humans in the wild from afar. Chris will explain the advantages of arriving at a place with one idea in mind and leaving with something completely different. Night II. Now that it's getting dark, you'll explore ISO photography and learn about special low-light lenses. You'll also discover the best natural and fake light sources to use during long exposure night shots. So, as Chris instructs, "Set up the camera, let it run, and go to bed." Dawn II. Chris will show you how high vantage points can help reveal depth and scale in sunrise photos. You'll see how a graduated neutral density filter and polarizer can improve your morning shots. Editing daytime photographs. You'll learn basic photo editing tools by watching Chris play with saturation, vibrancy, shadows, and highlights. Editing night photographs. You'll learn how to make sure night photographs stay true to real-life scenes. Chris will teach you how to do this by focusing on a single object in your photography. Final thoughts.
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