The State of Landscape Photography in 2018: A Roundtable Discussion With Top Pros

What does it mean to be a landscape photographer in 2018? Gain some perspective from five experienced professionals in this new video from Adorama.

This new video series of roundtable discussions brings together veteran photographers and young professionals to talk shop about the industry as they see it. Even in this first release, it's interesting to hear how each photographer relates to a particular topic in different ways, and how their backgrounds outside of landscape imaging influence their craft.

In the video above, professionals Chris Burkard, Pete McBride, Jacob Riglin, Erin Babnik, and Keith Ladzinski have a flowing conversation covering a range of important topics that affect landscape photographers today. The roundtable discussion was filmed in early August 2018 and moves through the role of the traveling photographer, inspirations for creating images and how to improve, how being authentic and open with your craft leads to business, the hard truth about Instagram's place in professional photography, and more. Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, there's much to reflect on with yourself in this video.

The next video in the series will bring together professional street photographers for a chat, so stay tuned for more.

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Steven Magner's picture

Well, only one banger reference. For that I give this panel discussion two thumbs up.

Tim Keagy's picture

Appreciate the vid. Thanks

"Top pros" lol, you make it sound like Hikaru No Go.

Maroon Bells and Horseshoe Bend are just insane. Way too many people here. Which is weird, because I can think of about 10 places in the French Alps where you have a view just as good, and where you can be all alone here in the morning... It's just that a famous English speaking photographer hasn't taken an iconic shot here yet, and hasn't shared it on social media.

I visited Maroon Bells almost 40 years ago on a beautiful day in early July. Nobody! I was there several hours and not one person except me. :-)

Yep it's a matter of enjoying it while you can. I visited Yellowstone last month, and thought "It's good I'm seeing it right now coz in 10 years it's gonna be crowded to death". It was September, which used to be a quiet month compared to summer (as it's freezing at night) but now the word is out and you can't park at Grand Prismatic Spring between 10 and 4. But I believe I'll still have my secret spots in the French Alps =) Let them fight it out for a spot at Maroon Bells or Lofoten or those famous waterfalls in Iceland.

They also say something VERY important here : if you're gonna use postprocessing to remove or add stuff, OWN IT. Say what you did. And to me that would make fstoppers a better place if everybody said what they did in the description. If you swapped a sky, say it. If you cloned in a snowboarder above an epic mountain say it. If you removed people from the shot so it can feel wild, tell us. Yes you might attract comments (including mine) but at least people now know what you do, there's no secret, and they accept it or they don't. But it's far far worse to discover that this guy who does these amazing looking shots actually is a photoshop wizard, that the places he's shown us don't really exist, you can't visit them.

Maximilian Sulzer's picture

Yeah and also interesting that Jacob Riglin didn't say anything about this particular thing. He has some heavily altered images on his Instagram it.
And it's quite sad to see people actually believe it. And I think that lead to a general suspicion, a good example is the "critique the community" series, where they suspect photoshop behind almost every image.

On a different note: Why is their audio so bad? Different sound levels, backround noise, echoes. That really made it hard to follow without watching the video for me.

Where's Thomas Heaton?

Photographing leaves in sewers.

Ryan Mense's picture

Fixed. Thank you for spotting that.