Photographing the World: Cityscape, Astrophotography, and Advanced Post-Processing

Fstoppers.com 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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44 Comments

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.

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?

Regards

James

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 ;-)

Regards!!

Lee Morris's picture

I'm afraid it does not have subtitles

I am more than half way through this second tutorial and I must say it is probably the best set of tutorials i've seen so far. To start with the product is extremely beautifully produced, the work both of Fstoppers and elia locardi is exceptional. The package is very well wrapped up, nice music, presentation, shooting, images and construction is outstanding and you can see how much love and work has gone into production. As a product, this is well worth the money spent.

I am a beginner photographer and started just a year ago with HDR and I work several hours a day on my photo. I discovered this set of tutorials wen I was looking to do less HDR as I liked the dynamic range but less of the saturated look. I have discovered the two tutorials recently. If I am still a beginner i do know the post processing softwares although I had not used photoshop in such and extensive way before.

The lessons are exceptional and covers it all extensively. All lesson are divided in two half for shooting : choice and variance in composition, shooting from single image to bracket, long exposure, choosing ND filters, effects and of course time and light in the scene. After the shooting comes the post processing of every shot. And the good part also is that you can see Elia reproduce some of his portfolio images and it's very interesting to see how he does it. All lessons come with the RAW images, the processed and the final PSD with all the layers.

Elia has a a very subtle approach to is art. He crafts his superb images little touch after little touch. It is a very technical and subtle approach but Elia makes it simple and the lessons are perfectly paced, sometimes it gets complicated but the next lesson is easier and covers part and little by little what could seem complicated becomes easy in the approach.

Much of the work here is about exposure blending like the first tutorial but also time blending where you blend different moments in time. The result is exceptional. The post process is done mostly in RAW editor to prepare images and photoshop using add ons and luminosity masks. It is advanced stuff but once again Elia makes it simple and shows many way to skin the cat and after several lessons it does seem much more simple. The work here is very precise on light, color and sharpness it's the first time I see in a tutorial such precision and subtility.

For real beginners, i would recommend to start with the first tutorial, you will not see the time blend but it will be a good preparation to that second tutorial. If both products stand alone perfectly, they are built in a way that there is continuity between the two making the learning curve more progressive between the two. For more advanced photographer i would recommend this turorial right away ... It's just beautiful.

One last word aout the extras, there is a 1 hour talk about the business part that is very interesting more about the approach than just techniques and not to mention the behind the scenes that I loved in the first tutorial and that I am happy to see again here.

Well to conclude I would say this is well worth the investment. This is I think a must have and for downloading many tutorial, this is probably one of the best piece i've seen so far and content rich. This is a tutorial I go back all the time as my own photography evolves and that will stay with me for long.

Two words for those who think it is a bit expensive :
1. Yes a 300 dollar price tag can seem elevated, but I have seen very few products that offer so much for this money. What you get in value for the return is truly exceptional. I download a lot and I see many cheaper tutorial that just don't justify their price. This one does and to be honest it is cheap for what I lerned.
2. It would take you much more time in lessons and experience to learn otherwise what you have here. here is all of Elia's techniques from choice of composition to final editing ... It is exceptional.

have fun !!!!

Mark Iandolo's picture

Simply put, the money I spent on this tutorial (along with the earlier landscape tutorial) has been the best investment in my photography outside of 1. Buying a camera and 2. Getting myself to unique travel destinations to shoot.

I had heard that Elia was a professor at a previous job, and it really shows through here. He builds a well-crafted lesson plan, ramping up and scaling down the difficulty as needed. And the time blending - well that's the main reason I bought the tutorial. This is such a fascinating way to approach photography that I just had to see how it was accomplished.

Another great thing about this video is the production value. FStoppers went all in on on this. I love it. They very easily could have done much less with this production, and I would have still paid for it to see Elia's methods. But the high production value accomplished two things. 1. It kept me interested. You see so many tutorials that may have good information, but the low production value bores you and you can't get through all the content. 2. It inspired me. The drone footage of the Cinque Terre, all the great b-roll of fantastic places to visit, it all stoked the fire inside me to get out and see all these places for myself.

Lastly, I just want to mention that the accompanying musical score for this tutorial is awesome. I looked forward to the start and end of each video, along with the shooting->post processing transition just to hear the score.

I have purchased and viewed both of these tutorials. In a word, AWESOME. Elia not only discusses how to set up for the image to be taken and what are the concerns but he then displays how to process the images. It is as if you are standing behind him and watching his thoughts as to how to stage the shot. This includes regarding what iso to use, how to frame the image and how to observe the light. Viewing these videos has certainly changed how I approach taking the shot and how to process them afterward.

Well worth the value!

This is the second series of video tutorials dedicated to Cityscape and astro photography and as the first episodes it doesnt disappoint at all.
In this videos Elia shows us advanced techniques of postprocessing to overcome difficult lighting situations the travel photographer has to face when at work.
Every aspect of his workflow is covered: from preparing the raw files to complex blending with luminosity masks, from colour separation to selective sharpening and denoising.
And on top of that Elia explains to us the tricks and tips behind his trademark technique "moments in time".
We can well say that all possible scenarios are covered making this tutorial really worth every penny invested in it and an absolutely essential tool to bring your own photography to the next level.
And the quality is outstanding: Elia is a great teacher and the filming is top notch. Not only are you introduced to the latest techniques in post processing but you are also treated to some of the most beautyful places on earth amazingly filmed by the F Stoppers crew.
This is a journey into what travel photography should be.
My verdict? Highly recommended!!

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