Photographing the World: Cityscape, Astrophotography, and Advanced Post-Processing has once again teamed up with Elia Locardi to produce a second travel tutorial titled Photographing The World: Cityscape, Astrophotography, and Advanced Post-Processing. When compared with Elia's first Fstoppers tutorial on Landscape photography, everything in this tutorial is bigger, longer, and more advanced. With more than 15 hours of video content, this tutorial will take you around the world to 5 different countries and 7 unique cities spanning from ancient architecture all the way to some of the world's most modern cities. Join Elia as he walks you through how each image was captured on location as well as the entire post-processing techniques he uses back in the studio.  From the cherished ancient temples of Cambodia to the iconic cities of Cinque Terre, Rome, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Photographing the World has something for everyone interested in improving their cityscape photography.

Travel across the world to Italy, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand


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.

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 even more of his advanced photography process as we transition out of the natural landscape world and into some of the world's most increadible man made cities and wonders. 

Here are a couple of Before and After Examples included in this Cityscape Photography Tutorial



This full cityscape and astrophotography photography tutorial is broken down into 20 lessons including an Intro to Gear and Intro to the Basics chapter 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 start to finish. 

Unlike the previous Photographing the World Landscape edition which starts at a very beginner's level, Elia's workflow in Cityscapes and Astrophotography dives into much more complex post-processing and editing techniques from the beginning. A solid understanding of Photoshop is required to follow along in this tutorial so we recommend purchasing the Landscape tutorial first before graduating into this more complex workflow. Also, unlike the previous Photographing the World tutorial, Elia wanted to share the exact workflow he uses for his own photos which means he will be transitioning from Lightroom as his RAW processor and using the CaptureOne software suite to make base file adjustments. If you prefer using Lightroom, Elia has taken some time to explain how you can get very similar results to his in the Intro to Post Production section of the tutorial. Our goal was to allow anyone to follow along regardless of which software they are using.  


Learn Intro to Astrophotography

After wrapping up the cityscape portions of this tutorial, Elia takes you back to New Zealand to photograph the stars. New Zealand is one of the best locations in the world for photographing the night sky and the Milky Way Galaxy because it contains some of the least light polluted skies anywhere on the planet. Here Elia teaches the basic steps he uses to capture both static stars as well as star trails. For these lessons to have the most impact, it was important to have beautiful locations that allowed both interesting foregrounds as well as crystal clear skies. Therefore Elia takes you on a hiking journey deep into the base of New Zealand's largest peak, Mount Cook, and he also photographs the Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the most memorable star photos in the world. 

What’s included in the Digital Download:

  • 15+ Hours of Video Content (1080p, 23.9fps, H.264 mpg4, over 32GB of material)

  • 19 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 interview on Elia's Business practices

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

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

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




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 continue to 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 entire 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 Cityscape and Astrophotography
  • Tips for better composition, angles, and vantage points
  • Advanced Panoramic Photography Shooting and Stitching
  • Working in Urban Environments 
  • Solid Neutral Density Filters
  • Capturing Stars and Star Trails
  • Locating and Capturing the Milky Way Galaxy
  • Understanding and Mastering Light (Golden Hour, Blue Hour, Sunrise and Sunset)
  • Using Fisheye Lenses for Artistic Compositions
  • Shooting Through Windows and Removing Glare
  • Time Blending (combining exposures shot at different times)
  • Bracketing and multiple exposure blending
  • RAW Processing
  • Extensive color color correction and image adjustment
  • Complex selections and masking techniques
  • Luminosity masking 
  • Advanced object removal and cleanup 
  • Precision Sharpening and Noise Reduction


When building the lessons for this tutorial, it was important for us to teach not only the technical aspects of cityscape 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 10 all new behind the scenes episodes of their travels with Elia and Naomi Locardi.  These videos act as a personal diary through Italy, Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand giving you an intimate look into how each lesson was filmed and produced.  Living life out of a suitcase while carrying hundreds of pounds of camera gear isn't always the most glamorous lifestyle but it does makes for some great entertainment.  

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Giles Rocholl's picture

Dear Elia,
I downloaded the new Cityscape tutorial yesterday...just loving it ....thank you so much to you and the team for your dedicated gift to all us other would be Landscape Photographers.
I have been a pro photographer for 36 years, 20 years in newspapers and the last 16 years in public relations and architecture.
The detail and techniques you go into is precisely what I needed to breath new love and life into my own work now my two sons are grown to the point where they don't need me so much and I am extremely grateful for what you and Fstoppers have created.
I know you all make a living from it but in my view if you do something that grows and nourishes the best in others around you it is the height of honourable living and I personally totally appreciate it, thank you.
I was interested by what you said about the development of mirrorless cameras, for now I am wed to my Nikon D810 kit and lenses, however you said in time you hoped to go fully mirrorless when the quality was absolutely there.
Could you please let us know when you think that has happened... sometimes I miss new developments and I would like to make the conversion when a lighter weight system arrives that supports quality standards beyond what I currently use.
Happy Christmas to you, Naomi and all the team...have a great one!! :)

Shawn Fonseca's picture

What is the difference between the 15+ hour digital download and the one that comes with the USB stick?

Patrick Hall's picture

The only difference in the USB version is that you will get a physical USB shipped to you. You will also get the digital download option but the USB version is for people who have to pay extra for large downloads or if they have slow internet.

Downloading in progress for this advanced course.... i was very happy that i purchase the previous Landscape course.

Sagar Solanki's picture

Is this 1080p content just like the landscape tutorial? I recently purchased a 4k monitor so I will be very excited if it is 1440p or 4k resolution. Thanks.

Lee Morris's picture

I'm afraid it's only 1080. Transfering 15 hours of 4k video would be insane :)

Sagar Solanki's picture

I like how you are delivering all the bad news by starting with "I am afraid". Thanks for the reply by the way.

that said though, I can say from personal experience from the landscape tutorial (aka part 1) that it is very good looking 1080p video ;) I haven't seen the cityscape tutorial yet (student, have to save up some money first), but since it was pretty much filmed "in one run" with the first part, I'm sure it will be at least equally as good looking as

Daniel Barragan's picture

This looks like an amazing tutorial. I'm curious to get feedback on how you would recommend to tackle all of this knowledge. I'm fairly new into the post processing world and really picking up photography are a really long (20 year) hiatus. The cityscapes is labeled advanced vs intermediate on the landscape series. Given how much material each of the tutorials have, my situation is that I travel quite a bit, 5 to 6 big trips internationally a year but I'm usually in large cities with great views. (Singapore, Bangkok, London, Hanoi etc.) and I don't find myself out in nature as much as I used to. Some of the techniques you use are things I've been looking for, but would you have a strong recommendation to start with the intermediate techniques?

Lee Morris's picture

Elia does have an intro lesson on the basics of his post work but if you don't know Photoshop well, you may find that he is moving fairly quickly on some lessons. Feel free to buy it and if you think it's over your head you can always ask for a refund.

Hi guys. The cityscape version interests me far more than the landscape tutorial.

I do have a few questions.

Does Elia cover any post processing aimed at Fuji X cameras?
Do you have to watch the landscape tutorial before this one?

If so is there going to be any price promos for purchasing both?

Will there be any more tutorials in the series?



Lee Morris's picture

I think half of the shots are Fuji images. You don't have to watch the first but if you don't you should have a pretty good understanding of post processing.

There are currently no plans for a third but it could happen one day.

Don't ask questions - buy this. Buy Elia's first one as well. These will far and away be the best education you have ever experienced and will do more for your photography than anything else. Elia is a master teacher and the Fstoppers produce a tutorial series like no others. There is absolutely no comparison - and that is not hyperbole.

Hi Fstoppers and Elia,

First of all, I would like to congratulate you for the amazing work that you have done. I'm saving money since I discovered these tutorials some months ago to buy them as soon as possible. Fotography is only a hobby for me but I'm an Elia's fan from its beginnings and I'm really happy to see how he is having such a successful career, I understand photography in the same way that he does and hope to meet him at least once in life.

My question about the tutorials is the next: "have they subtitles in English?"
I'm from Spain and my English level is enough to understand Elia but some specific words about post-processing are really complicated to me and with the subtitles it would be a little easy to translate and learn everything.

Thank you guys for your inspiring work and if you (Lee and Patrick) or Elia and Naomi need free accommodation in Parma (Italy) where I live now, my house is yours, as long as you share a bit of your knowledge with me ;-)


Lee Morris's picture

I'm afraid it does not have subtitles