Photographing The World: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi

Fstoppers.com has teamed up with Elia Locardi to produce Photographing The World: Landscape Photography & Post-processing. With 15 lessons and more than 12 hours of video content, this tutorial will take you from the on-location capture all the way through Elia's post-processing techniques in the studio.  To produce a truly unique landscape tutorial unlike any other, we traveled to both Iceland and New Zealand so we could teach lessons in two completely different climates and seasons.  From waterfalls and ice caves in Iceland to lakes and ocean sides in New Zealand, Photographing the World has something for everyone interested in landscape photography.  

 

Meet Elia

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker and highly experienced educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 50 countries and flown over one million miles.

Elia Locardi Landscape Photography Tutorial Video
Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of travel photography. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, depth and emotion. Fstoppers is excited to team up with Elia to share his photography process from the moment the image is captured all the way to the final post production rendering.

Here are a couple of Before and After Examples included in the Landscape Photography Tutorial

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Landscape Photography Video Tutorial Before - New ZealandLandscape Photography Video Tutorial After - New Zealand

The full landscape photography tutorial is broken down into 15 lessons, plus an Intro to Gear and Intro to the Basics, which covers all of the gear, scouting tips, composition techniques, and camera settings Elia uses on a daily basis to create his stunning imagery. With the tutorial download, you will also receive access to his RAW files and reference Photoshop PSD files.  This means you can follow along with your own edits as Elia teaches you every step of his streamlined workflow.  From simple layer masking techniques to complex blending with luminosity masks, this tutorial will give you the tools to make stunning landscape photographs yourself. 

This tutorial includes 15 lessons and post processing sessions

What’s included in the Digital Download:

  • 12+ Hours of Video Content (1080p, 23.9fps, H.264 mpg4, over 25GB of material)

  • 15 On Location and Studio Post-processing Lessons

  • Intro to the Basics of Photography

  • Overview of every piece of photography gear Elia uses and why

  • Full RAW files and companion software catalogs so you can follow along (Lightroom, PSD, and CaptureONE)

  • 8 Behind the Scenes episodes of our experiences traveling and filming this incredible project

  • Private Elia Facebook Group access for extended education and photo sharing

Follow along and edit your own versions of each image

For these video tutorials, our goal is for you to be able to jump right in and create world class images from day one. So instead of teaching just the basic buttons, sliders and software, we are going to be working on the actual files we captured together in the field. As we go along, the complexity will ramp up, and new tools and techniques will be added in each lesson as you follow along.  By the end of this tutorial you will know how to use Elia's workflow to produce stunning landscape images of your own.  

What is covered in this tutorial:

  • Photography Basics (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, White Balance, etc)
  • Overview of best lenses and gear for Landscape photography
  • Tips for better composition
  • Focus Stacking and maximizing depth of field
  • Bracketing and multi exposure blending
  • Graduated Neutral Density Filters
  • Solid Neutral Density Filters
  • Blurring water and skies with long exposures
  • Building Panoramic images
  • Dealing with Sun Flare
  • Understanding Light (Golden Hour, Blue Hour, Sunrise and Sunset)
  • Using lens compression to your advantage
  • Removing and adding the human element into your images
  • Polarizers​
  • Bracketing and multiple exposure blending
  • RAW Processing and Editing Workflow
  • Color correction and image adjustment
  • Basic object removal, painting, and cloning
  • Masking and Layering Techniques
  • Introduction to Luminosity Masking
  • Time Blending (combining exposures shot at different times)

When building the lessons for this tutorial, it was important for us to teach not only the technical aspects of landscape photography but also the creative and subjective artistry that makes this genre so popular.  With this in mind, each lesson contains new challenges and new solutions to help you become better equipped when out in the field.  

Bonus Fstoppers Behind the Scenes

As an extra bonus, Lee and Patrick have edited 8 short behind the scenes episode of their travels with Elia and Naomi Locardi.  These videos act as a personal diary through both Iceland and New Zealand, giving you an intimate look into how each lesson was filmed and produced.  Living life out of a suitcase while carrying 100s of pounds of camera gear isn't always the most glamorous lifestyle but it does makes for some great entertainment.  

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168 Comments

Hmm...So I don't need these to follow along? It does sound like I would need to purchase them in order to do this tutorial then. I'm just wondering if I would be missing something crucial if I don't have Lightroom or Capture One. Or even the latest Photoshop. I just don't want it to snowball into me having to buy them. The tutorial looks so great.

Patrick Hall's picture

You def need Lightroom or capture one although I guess you could use photoshops Adobe raw editor if you had to. Ultimately if you want to learn Elias post production steps then yes you need everything he uses but you could still learn the approach and ideas he uses when editing without them. But seriously, you really need to have Lightroom by now anyways.

Anonymous's picture

Given the limited edits he performs in LR, you could easily replicate them in Camera Raw. Capture One, of course, is a bit different but still not critical. I think Nik Complete is more important due to the difficulty of replicating those effects if you don't know how.

Ryan Barnes's picture

I just purchased yesterday and have watched the first 3 episodes. So far, I can say I really like Elia's teaching style. It's very matter-of-fact, not too dumbed down, and easy to listen to him for long periods of time without getting bored. The breakdown of each episode into field work and then post processing the scene that was shot is excellent. And having the files included is great because following along gives you the confidence that you can tackle your own original images the same way. Good job guys.

Aneesh Kothari's picture

Fstoppers and Elia,

I love the tutorials on Iceland and New Zealand - very informative and incredibly well done! I have a quick question: I had read on Elia's blog that you guys also went to Italy, Singapore, and Cambodia. Will there be a second video tutorial series covering these locations? Thanks!

Patrick Hall's picture

Yes the next tutorial is all about Cityscapes and intro to Astrophotography. Originally it was all going to be one single tutorial but when we got to Singapore it became clear that this would be too big of a project to make it all one (probably over 40 GB in material). Cityscapes should be released around Christmas or in Jan of 2015.

Aneesh Kothari's picture

Great, thanks for the info! Looking forward to checking that one out too!

Dear Fstoppers and Elia,
i am thinking about to purchase the tutorial. To prepare myself i just bought a Wacom Intros Pro tablet and try to get familiar with it. I found different tipps for using the tablet with PSD and LR but for a "tablet-newbie" it is hard to switch to the tablet after 25 years of holding and using a mouse. Additionally there are so many settings and possibilities that you really get confused very fast.
Is it possible (or maybe included in the tutorial) that Elia would share some informations about his settings for PSD and LR (Pen/touch), maybe as Screenshots from the System-Preferences? This would help me a lot, even if i will change something to my personal belongings later if i understood how he works.
After getting ready with the new device i can follow the tutorial much better i believe.
Hope my english isn't too bad (not only in this post, also to understand the tutorial) ;-)

Thanks and best regards from Germany

Kevin Head's picture

I wasn't sure whether to buy this package or not due to its price, I had watched the BTS videos and each new one, I was tempted more. With the money back guarantee, I had nothing to lose!

Now having only watched the Gear,Basics & Kirkjufell videos I'm already so pleased I decided to go for it. Brilliantly put together and well presented. Elia goes through each section section step by step, making it so easy to follow. I can't wait now to start the post processing myself.

Well done Stoppers and Elia, your got another fan :)

One suggestion, the video file of location and post processing I would of preferred as 2 files.

I've watched a lot of photography tutorials -- kelbyone, lynda.com, phlearn, dedpxl, youtube, etc. Photographing the World takes the cake. Elia is a joy to watch! He is able to explain the concepts without sounding like a know-it-all. You can tell he is genuinely excited to be teaching the material. The production quality is also superb. Thanks Elia and fstoppers! If you want to get better at landscape photography I don't think you can spend a better $300.

Craig Powell's picture

Lee and Patrick pulled out all the tricks in the bag to bring this project to life - and it shows. Great video series guys! Not only does Elia have a great photographic eye, he is also a Photoshop wizard and a natural instructor. This instructional series moves forward in a logical progression adding photographic techniques and photoshop skills with each additional lesson. The raw files that are included with the download allow you to work alongside Elia as he coaches you through each image. A well thought out and educational tutorial, worth every penny!

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Dear Elia and Fstoppers!

I just finished watching this whole tutorial and I'm totally flashed. Wow! This tutorial is truly amazing.

I'm a big fan of Elias work and always wanted to know how he does his post-processing, because I love the way his images look naturally stunning and not like HDR. My photography is completely self taught and I have never considered buying an online tutorial. Especially not for 300$. But since this was the only way to get a look on Elias workflow I knew I had to buy it.
And I loved it. Great production quality. And even though I'm quite familiar with my camera and LR and PS I really learned a lot of new stuff.
I was a bit worried that post-processing would come too short, but have been proved otherwise - thank you for that!

Great job, guys!

Now I'm really exited about the Cityscape tutorial and look forward on learning even more.

Elia Locardi's picture

Thank you Andreas! I really appreciate your feedback about the post-processing. :)

Wow just wow...what a journey...i'm just confused from where to start writing..
so i have decided to divide it in two parts, one for Elia and the other for Lee and Patrick.

Elia, you rock, and really you look like a rockstar to me...the way you transcend this whole
journey from start to finish, is just an awesome experience. your photographing style is just
like a gypsy.you tend to travel a lot but stay in places that holds strong emotional story.
And in all your photos i have felt that very emotional connection.your way of teaching is like
learning a step by step process. Your words are so clear and confident that i never had to pause
and rewind to understand what you said. I am from a city called Jorhat, that is in Assam, a state of India.
It is in the north-eastern part of India. But sadly i have been always a homesick guy, i.e., my journey length
out of Jorhat is next to zero. And thinking about going to IceLand or NewZealand is just like a dream to me.
And its funny in one sense also, becuase i have been a professional photographer from 2013, basically doing all sorts of photography from wedding, landscape, portrait to interior shots. Its hard in here to pick just one genre and make a living out of it, hopefully i have a day job, so it serves to pay my bills in time. But now, after watching your tutorial from start to finish, i'm just so inspired to go out and explore the whole world out there. Most of the places you went to in Iceland has just so much difficult names that i can't even pronounce them but the way you cope with all the extreme climatic conditions and still coming with such amazing pics is really commendable. One thing i love doing though is editing, and i am very grateful that you did a whole extra section of editing. It has really helped me to perfect my image blending techniques. I have few pics uploaded to my facebook page, which i would hope,you'll love to have a look-
https://www.facebook.com/pranphotovision
And i welcome you to my homeland, Jorhat, i promise you can find something unique in here. We can visit the famous river island Majuli, can visit Sibsagar the Capital of Ahom Kingdom, go to hilly areas of Shillong, and also to the famous Dzukou Valley located at the border of Manipur. You can surely love our rich Assamese culture. I can't thank you enough, for how much you have shared and inspired me. I wish you and Naomi a very healthy, good life and keep sharing your amazing works.

Lee and Patrick, what can i say about you guys...thanks for all your amazing work with such great people.
I have watched almost all your tutorials, your wedding tutorials,Mike Kelley's Architectural Tutorial,
Dylan Patrick's The Cinematic Headshot tutorial, Peter Hurley's tutorials. Wow guys, you have covered a wide range of genres. And finally you have done such epic work with Elia Locardi, that i am amazed. Watching Elia's tutorial is like looking at an adventurous journey. Those epic DJI Phantom shots, those mindblowing timelapses and also all the cool, informative BTS videos. This time i must say the production value has really gone way high. Its like looking at a big budget movie and all
thanks to you guys for all your hardworks. All the BTS videos shows how hard and how far you have pushed yourself to make everything perfect. One thing i really like about the BTS videos is that, how informative it is. I mean anyone now can have a look at how a good, narrated video is made. I love all the fun parts, i hope Lee's hand is not smelling that bad after touching that animal. The jumps between the mountains were epic. The video production is awesome, good audio quality. I hope atleast once i have a chance to hand out with you guys, even we may not, just remember, there'll always be this guy Pranjal, who
will support you people till the end. Now i am eagerly waiting for Elia's next installment of tutorial. Hope it comes soon.

Thank you guys, thanks FSTOPPERS...

Wow, what a review. Thank you so much!