Last year we teamed up with Elia Locardi to film 2 separate tutorials on Landscape and Cityscape photography. We flew around the world twice with Elia, filming for 3 months in 7 different countries. We wrapped up the first season (episodes 1-8) a few months back and today we begin season 2 (episodes 9-18)
The first tutorial that we released with Elia was Photographing the World: Landscape Photography and Post Processing. In this 14 hour tutorial we visit both Iceland in the winter and New Zealand in the summer. Episodes 1-8 of our behind the scenes series follows the creation of that tutorial.
Yesterday we released the second tutorial in the series: Photographing the World: Cityscape, Astrophotography, and Advanced Post-Processing. This 15+hour tutorial takes place across Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and New Zealand and took over 2 months to film and 9 months to edit.
Episode 9, seen above, is the first episode in the creation of the cityscape photography tutorial. We began our trip in Cinque Terre, Italy because of the unique villages that are built into the sides of cliffs facing the Mediterranean Sea. Elia felt like it was the best place to begin if you had recently finished watching the landscape tutorial.
Surprisingly, I had already been to Cinque Terre years before with my girlfriend on vacation. It was one of the most beautiful places I had ever visited and I was excited to go back. I had visited before in the summer and tourists were everywhere but this time we happened to be there in winter which was their off season. The villages were strangely quite and many of the stores and restaurants were closed until Spring. The lack of tourism ended up being a blessing because it made filming our lessons far easier.
One of my favorite shots from the entire Cityscape tutorial was of Vernazza at sunset. The location is amazing, the weather was perfect, and we didn't have to deal with any other photographers or tourists throughout the entire shoot. Since we were there around the holidays, we were able to film a fun little drone holiday video for everyone as well.
While we were filming our last lesson I noticed paragliders high above our heads. On our last day in Cinque Terre, Patrick, Naomi, and I were able to fly over the town for ourselves. Elia was (debatably) sick that day and decided not to join us. Feel free to give him crap in the comments below.
In next weeks episode we move to Rome to begin photographing ancient architecture. If you missed the first season of Photographing the World, you can watch the first episode below or bookmark all of the episodes here.