A Masterclass From a Master Photographer

Landscape photography as a genre can be perceived as quite repetitive to some. However, to others, it can be a multifaceted challenge depending on the light, conditions, and locations that we choose to photograph!

Highly talented Michael Shainblum shares a video that will not only show you that it’s really beneficial to having variety in your choice of shoots, but he will also show you exactly how he goes about shooting them!

This video is one that shouldn’t be missed, as Michael shares his most comprehensive video yet, packed full of world-class advice, tips, and techniques.

Covering Milky Way, ultra wide angle, intimate abstracts and aerial photography, this video will have you in awe, plus the images and timelapses featured are world-class. Michael's way of explaining each is quite unique in that he tells us why he does something and also tells us why we should avoid others.

Finally, having just spent a week with Michael and others exploring my home country of Ireland, I can tell you that he is dedicated to his craft and also ensuring that he can help others learn through his YouTube videos. So, if you are not subscribed already, I would highly recommend it.

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Darren J. Spoonley, is an Ireland-based outdoor photographer, Podcaster, Videographer & Educator with a passion for capturing the beauty of our world.

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Already watched it and can confirm, it should not be missed!

Absolutely ! Some incredible scenes and teachings too

Excellent images and great narrative. One point noticed in the MW images is the fact there is city light sky glow way out in a dark places. Oh! and no snake boots. Those trips to the darkest places out west are not needed, yes wide open but there are lit places just as grand. No need to be afraid of the light, the move to LED daylight lighting give the ground and sky great color at night the eyes can not see and old(now) clear night filters not really needed anymore. Just letting new to MW to just look over their roof.
Being a master or the hobbyist it takes knowledge to know where the center is from Feb to Oct and even when behind the sun you get the winter arc. It takes constant monitoring of weather through the ten days of the new moon. if around the oceans and gulf knowing the tides and how to read the charts or getting Planit Pro gives the high and low with a graphics. PhotoPills was the first to show all camera models sensors pixel separation and height with a new NPF rule vs 500 rule along with lens mm and f/# to help with SS for a bright night image. The A7s/ii/iii being 12MP is not the really the only but even the Sony A7R/ii/ii/iv/v even at the high pixel numbers can also capture it even my old T2i back when I had no idea of the MW captured it. Just use the apps to know SS needed some as fast as 5s.
Something easier to do panos is the use a stepper set at 15 degree steps so no need to view and squint at LCD for next shot, just click at every step freely enjoying the show.
A 12mm or 14mm in July in portrait view will capture the MW arc in one row the top will be over head and if at f/1.8 a 10.45s SS (A7s) and a 200 degree at about 90 sec if using camera NC and moving during that mode.
Learn to run and shoot even driving to other areas, Also clouds can be like studio softboxes on foreground lighting it up with great daylight type colors.
1. taken with A7s on camera app Digital filter 2. taken A7s and the E 10-18mm f/4 OSS(15-27mm) in Full Frame at 12mm years before a 12mm made 3. Taken from back of Jekyll Island Club Hotel 4. Using Aperture mode under parking lot aber lights, dark sky over the ocean.
Just saying a lot of work and time to be in a pre planned spot during a time when mainly just walking out to see stars above and driving there and most times having low clouds/fog at 2am. June and July are all nighters sunset to sunrise. Fun Fun!!