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Moonrise, Antarctica, February 3, 2015
Sony A7 II, 1250th sec, F9, ISO 1250, Tamron 150-600mm zoom at 250mm

by Kevin Raber

The contents of this site were last updated on February 11, 2014



Life as a Photographer

by Mark Schacter  READ...

Mark Schacter ponders the question, "What is life like as a photographer?"
The first thing he ponders  is, “How does life as a photographer differ from life as anything else: a plumber, a bus driver, a nuclear physicist...?”
Along the way to an answer, he gets a little help from the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards


A Spanish Aussie in the USA

by Ignacio Palacios   READ...                 

Many of us who live in N.America are familiar with some of the icons of the US West & the US National Parks. Ignacio Palacios sees them with the fresh eyes of someone from away. He travels variously to Antelope Canyon, Hawaii, Alaska and Yellowstone with his family and his cameras. Here he shares some excellent images.


Panasonic LX-100

by Michael Reichmann  READ...

Michael reviews the Panasonic LX-100.
Panasonic's pocket camera is generally excellent and actually appears to have been designed with photographers in mind. However, it is not without its faults - as a frigid walk along the frozen shoreline of Lake Ontario proved. But equipped with a good lens and 4K video, the LX-100 is an attractive offering.


In an Asian Night Market

by JC Wilson  READ...

Vancouver street photographer JC Wilson spends time on Summer evenings photographing the ebb & flow of customers and workers in an Asian night market. JC keeps his gear light and simple and goes with the flow. His post production technique gives an unusually compelling look to his black & white photographs.




Svalbard 2015 - Land Of The Polar Bear

By Kevin Raber   READ...

We are very busy prepping for our two back to back Antarctica workshops.  Michael and I are flying to Santiago on Saturday the 23rd and we will not be returning until the 12th of February.  This will be an exciting two trips.  We have two fantastic groups and I am sure as we have found on every trip we have made to Antarctica it will be special.  This will especially be true for myself as I will be getting married on the first trip. We’ll have full details and pictures when we return.

Today we announce the northern polar region workshop we will be doing this summer.  Svalbard 2015 - Land Of The Polar Bear.  Taking place August 30th - September 8th. This workshop will have Michael and me as leaders and instructors.  This is a small intimate 11 person workshop and it will be quite special.  This past year we did two back to back workshops in Svalbard and both trips were amazing.  You can read about this past years trip HERE.   Check it out and book your spot today.

We will post an article if the internet holds up from Santiago at the beginning of next week.  Chris who will be manning the shop while we are gone will also post a few articles in our absence.  And, when we return we will dive right into the launch of the new LuLa website on February 14th.


Time For A Change

By Kevin Raber  READ . . . 

It’s been a long time coming.  Like a reliable car that continues to get you where you need to go Luminous-Landscape has been there and going for quite sometime. During the last few years though things have been changing around Internet content delivery, and the old reliable LuLa  platform was just keeping up.  We have been working very hard for a while now and today we want to share with you a preview of the NEW Luminous-Landscape

Our latest article Time For A Change will walk you through the new look of the site and what to expect in a few weeks when we launch.  This is an exciting time for us and for you as the reader.  Everything we have done is to make the experience you have here more enjoyable and to deliver more content your way.  Get a preview with this article and then visit again on February 14, 2015 when the new Luminous-Landscape makes its debut.



 Gimbal / Monopod Use With Long Lenses

By Michael Reichmann  READ . . . 

The Luminous-Landscape team is about to embark on two-back-to-back Antarctica Photo Adventures.  Michael and Kevin are working out the logistics for getting their gear to Antarctica as well as what gear to bring.  Today Michael shares with us his set up for handling his NEW 150-600mmm Tamron lens while on the trip.  Gimbal / Monopod Use With Long Lenses is Michael’s answer.  His article also has a video showing how this set up is used.



Reaching Your Goals In 2015

By Alain Briot   READ . . . 

It’s a new year and many people start a new year with resolutions.  Things they want to change or accomplish, but by the end of January most of those are forgotten or given up on.  Alain Briot a regular contributor here on Luminous-Landscape shares with us some step by step suggestions to achieve our goals in 2015 and keep them alive in his essay Reaching Your Goals In 2015.



Hawaii - The Big Island

By Michael Reichmann  READ . . . 

Michael goes on vacation, but is it really a vacation?  No, not with Michael.  Over the holidays Michael traveled to Hawaii for a vacation but like the rest of us he went loaded with numerous cameras and was looking for an adventure.  Seems he found one.  Enjoy Michael Reichmann’s article on his vacation (adventure) as he chases the light in Hawaii - The Big Island


Practical Considerations For Time-Lapse Photography

By Anna Possberg  READ .  . .

Time-Lapse Photography is becoming a new interest of many photographers.  With almost every new consumer and pro camera introduced these days there is a time-lapse feature built in.  Even the newer smartphones have time-lapse as a setting.  I remember as a kid in school watching the time-lapse images of a flower growing from a seed or clouds moving across the sky in weather time-lapse movies.  

We are seeing time-lapse videos appear more and more often on You-Tube.  Some of these are quite spectacular and offer a new ways of seeing familiar scenes.  One of the pioneers and experts in this type of photography is German photographer Anna Possberg.  We are happy to publish her very detailed and extensive look into Practical Considerations For Time-Lapse Photography.  Take some time and enjoy this article and view some of the videos in the links.  Then grab your camera and go out and give it a try.


Working With The Fuji 50-140mm 2.8 Zoom Lens

By Kevin Raber  READ . . . 

Right before the Holiday we published an article about the Fuji X-T1 and promised in that article a follow on article to the NEW Fuji 50-140mm 2.8 Zoom Lens.  We have had a lot of fun with this lens and we are really liking the results.  Fuji has once again made a very good lens, adding to their already fine line of lenses. Take a look at the article Working With The Fuji 50-140mm Lens.



Happy New Year

By Kevin Raber READ . . . 

It’s been quite a year at Luminous-Landscape. However, 2015 will be even better.  Check out our Happy New Year Welcome To 2015 article.  We want to thank all our readers for supporting us and we hope you like what we have planned for the coming year.


Fraser Island Australia - Anatomy Of A National Geographic Assignment

By Peter Essick READ . . . .

Growing up I had two magazines that I always looked forward to receiving in the mail and they were Life Magazine and National Geographic.  I always wanted to photograph for these magazines and travel the world.  Well, I have traveled the world but never had a chance to shoot for these magazines.  Today’s article is by Peter Essick and he has lived the dream.  He has done a number of assignments for National Geographic and shares one of those with us in his Fraser Island Australia - Anatomy Of A National Geographic Assignment story.  Peter shares what it is like to pitch an assignment and what it takes to shoot one.  Plus, he takes pretty darn nice images


Living With The Fuji X-T1

By Kevin Raber  READ  . . . 

The Fuji X-T1 a camera that has received all sort of good press and seen remarkable sales.  The camera has helped define where the mirrorless market is going.  For your Holiday reading we are pleased to publish an in depth look at the Fuji X-T1 Living With The Fuji X-T1

Don’t forget we also have a detailed video tutorial on the Fuji X-T1 available on our Video Store 

Have a great Holiday!!!


Happy Holidays 2014

Happy Holidays

It's been a fun year at Luminous-Landscape.  The team has expanded with the addition of Kevin and a lot has been accomplished.  All of us at LuLa want to say Thank You for continuing to visit our site.  We also want to extend the best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season.  We hope you find time for family, friends and a bit of relaxation over the coming days.  Of course for many of us that will be taking photographs and enjoying some time at the computer working on images.  No matter how you spend your Holiday, enjoy it.

Luminous-Landscape is working hard on a number of projects for 2015 and we will be sharing these soon.  We are very excited about the direction we are headed and we're sure you'll share in that excitement.  Stay tuned.

From . . . Michael Reichmann, Chris Sanderson and Kevin Raber . . . . Enjoy!

Four Seasons In France

By Aaron Greenman  READ . . .

We take a bit of a different twist today with an essay by Aaron Greenman, Four Season In France.  Aaron’s essay covers a bit of history, some insight into an old film called Autochrome and accompanying images he made using the look of Autochrome.  It’s an interesting read and a look at some interesting modern day images using the Autochrome effect.



The Granting Process

By Alain Briot   READ . . . .

Alain Briot one of the finest instructors I have met and a regular contributor on Luminous-Landscape and is one of the jurors for the Luminous-Endowment.  You can learn about the jurors on the Endowment site.  Today Alain shares with us his insight into the Granting Process and how a photographer who may interested in obtaining a grant can prepare better and submit a grant application that will give them an edge.  At the same time, it gives those of us who won’t be requesting a grant somethings to think about as we go about creating our regular work and projects.



Robert Hitchman's 'Photograph America Newsletter'

By Kevin Raber  READ . . . 

For the last 15 years, I have been purchasing and using the Photograph America Newsletter published by Robert Hitchman.  I got turned onto this publication when I visited Big Bend National Park with some fellow photographers.  His guide was a tremendous help getting us to the best spots.  Every time I took a trip to a National Park or other popular photographic location I would check the big binder of newsletters from Robert. Now all of his newsletters are available electronically, and fit on a jump drive.

The opportunity presented itself a few months ago to visit with Robert, and along with Chris I did a short interview of the man behind the Photograph America Newsletter.  This video is now available to view and download for $10 USD.  I know... $10.00 for an interview, but you receive two Photograph America PDFs with the download, plus there is also an included PDF giving details of a -25% discount on your first purchase of the Newsletter or the whole collection - printed or electronic.  Check out the details and links to this offer at Photograph America Newsletter.



Camera Equipment of The Year – 2014

By Michael Reichmann and Kevin Raber  READ . . . 

It’s been an interesting year photography wise with some groundbreaking new products.  The trend is towards mirrorless and the stand out products this year fell into the mirrorless category.  As always Luminous-Landscape has its eye on the hot gear.  Today Michael Reichmann and Kevin Raber share their Camera Equipment Of The Year report.  Read what they thought was hot and not as well as disappointments and predictions for the coming year.


Observing and Managing Color:
Dealing With Human Vision Anomalies

By Charles Johnson Jr.  READ . . . 

A few years ago I was traveling with LuLa’s good friend Bill Atkinson.  Over dinner one night we got into a conversation on color and how the human eye and mind see color.  It was quite fascinating not to mention mind boggling.  Bill is one of the industries experts on color. Over the years, we have published stories about Color and Human Vision.  The way the eye sees color is quite fascinating. Today Charles Johnson Sr. shares his article on Observing and Managing Color: Dealing With Human Vision Anomalies.   An interesting read on understanding how we see color especially when working photographically


Sony A7 MKII Hands On

by Michael Reichmann READ...

Some companies (you know who I mean) are slow, stodgy, conservative and cautious. None of these adjectives can be applied to Sony. They are impetious, aggressive, innovative and overall risk takers. If they screw up, as they sometimes do, they simply brush themselves off and forge ahead. With the recently introduced Sony A7 MKII we see a continuing evolution of what was once the NEX brand and is now just Sony's Alpha brand using the new full frame FE mount. 

I have had a week to work with the new MKII. With its redesigned body, in-body stabilization and superior autofocus this is the best 7 series camera yet, and one of the most interesting new cameras of 2014. I already have one on order.

Read my report here.


The Olympus 40-150mm Lens

By Kevin Raber  READ . . .

It’s a photographers market right now.  Tough decisions must be made as to what gear to purchase.  There is no question the mirrorless revolution is well under way.  We recently reviewed the new Samsung NX1 with some very impressive specs.  The Olympus OMD and Fuji systems have been growing very fast and let’s not forget Sony with the amazing a7 system.  Sony took another step forward this last week and announced the Sony a7 II with some amazing features.  We are now testing a version and we should have a report very soon. So, if you join the mirrorless movement which system do you go with?  They are all good and offer amazing performance. We’ll be visiting a number more of the mirrorless options over the next few weeks. Hopefully we can help you make the choice bestt for you.

So, continuing with our focus on the mirrorless systems we post Kevin Raber’s look at the new Olympus 40-150mm Pro zoom lens. This new lens is the second of four announced Pro Lenses by Olympus, that are on the road map to be shipped.  This lens is a good example of what smart engineering is all about and is quite a performer.  Read more HERE.


Another Two Barytas in the Neighbourhood

By Mark Segal  READ . . . 

There hasn’t been a lot of activity in new printers lately, but there has been a number of new ink jet paper introductions.  We are looking at and testing a number of different and interesting papers.  Today, Mark Segal looks at two new papers from Hahnemuhle and Moab.  Another Two Barytas in the Neighbourhood takes a look at these two papers and how they can fit into your printing workflow.


Uniqball, A Unique Approach To Leveling

By Nick Devlin   READ . . . .

We have been trying some pretty cool new gear out over the last few weeks.  Michael has already shared his First Impressions of the Samsung NX1.  A lot of the products we are now working with and will report on soon were announced at Photokina.  One of these products was a new style ball head.  Just when you didn’t think you could improve on a ball head concept any further we see a new player from Hungary introduce a new style ball head.  Today, Nick Devlin gives us a look at the Uniqball, A Unique Approach To Leveling.  This ball head is available at B&H Photo.  I ordered one.


From Thanksgiving Until Christmas

A Special Opportunity For Giving And Receiving

We are announcing a Special Opportunity For Giving and Receiving starting today and running to Christmas Day. To help raise money for the Luminous-Endowment, to be used to finance future grants, The Luminous Endowment has created a special new and lower donation level of $200. The reward that you will receive for this tax-deductible donation is a copy of Michael Reichmann's new book – A Twenty Year Retrospective. Normally this book requires a $350 donation to be received as a reward for your donation. This will be the price again after December, 25th.  

Michael’s beautiful book would make a great Holiday gift for the photographer in your life or maybe you want to hint to someone special that you would like this as a gift.  To learn more on how to Give and Receive - click here


Luminous Endowment Grant Winners – November, 2014

Today we announce the winners of the first round of grants. We are proud to announce that we have awarded $20,000 USD in grants this past week.

Luminous-Endowment Grant Winners

The amount of grant requests were incredible and we hope to see many more in our next round of grant requests.  This program would not be possible without donations from our readers as well as some very generous private and corporate donors.  Please take a look at our site and consider how you can be part of helping aspiring photographers make their dream projects come true.


Yellowstone In Winter

By Nigel Turner  READ . . . .

In the last week just about all parts of North America received a very early preview of winter.  In Buffalo they received nearly 6 feet of snow.  And that is before Thanksgiving.  So, in honor of a cold winter ahead we present Nigel Turner’s article on Yellowstone In The Winter.  Nigel who shared an article Symphony In Stone takes us deep into Yellowstone during the coldest part of winter.  Enjoy some beautiful photography and remember just because it is cold out doesn't mean your cameras need to gather dust sitting on the shelf.



Samsung NX-1 First Impressions

By Michael Reichmann   READ ...

It’s been an exciting week at LuLa.  All the cool new products that were announced at Photokina are finally shipping and arriving at our doorstep for testing and reviews.  Every Photokina has its surprises and this Photokina the buzz was all about the Samsung NX-1.  The specs of the NX-1 were certainly impressive.  Of course we were skeptics as the camera was made by Samsung, a relatively new player in the camera field.  So, does the NX-1 live up to its specs?  Read Michael Reichmann’s Samsung NX-1 First Impressions article to see


Antarctica 2015 Trip Winner

By Kevin Raber  READ . . . .

Earlier this year Luminous-Landscape announced a special promo for our video subscription services.  The offer was that if you purchased an annual subscription to our videos we would enter your name for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to our 2015 Antarctica Workshop Trip.  We are happy to today to announce the winner of this trip, Michele Sons from Roanoke, Virginia USA.


Scannerless Digital Capture and Processing of Negative Film Photographs

By Mark D Segal & Todd Shaner   READ . . .

Have you tried buying one of those legendary high-quality film scanners recently and been frustrated by their scarcity and high prices? Do you have countless slides and negatives (especially the latter) you would like to digitize but get turned-off by the time and boredom of scanning and the learning curve of scanning software? Using a camera instead of a scanner for photographing the film isn’t a new idea, but Mark Segal and Todd Shaner decided to revisit this approach with fresh thinking about equipment, techniques and novel processing approaches. They developed two very different workflows for “scanning” negatives that they found so successful they thought it worthwhile sharing them with those interested. Their research findings and recommended workflows are in a comprehensive PDF available in their article Scannerless Digital Capture and Processing of Negative Film Photographs.


Arches National Park - A Quick Photography Guide

By QT Luong  READ . . .

The National Parks in the US offer a wide variety of photographic opportunities for the landscape photographer.  There is so much to see and photograph, and all of these great parks have something unique to see.  This is the second of a continuing series of National Park Quick Guides by QT Luong.  In his previous guide QT described all the good locations in Acadia National Park.  Today QT takes us to Arches National Park, which is one of the most famous parks for photographers.


The Think Tank Navigator Bag

By Kevin Raber  READ . . .

Many of us do a lot of traveling to capture the special images that we enjoy so much.  Getting to these special locations is a challenge these days. We face weight and size limitations of the airlines not to mention our own as we do everything we can do to reduce size and weight of our kits.  Over the years I have collected way too many bags trying to accomplish the ultimate carry solution for my gear.  Today I share one of the newest and best bags I have owned as well as some other tips on how I travel with my gear.  Check out The Think Tank Navigator article as well as a short video and hopefully you’ll find some good information that will help you in your travels. 


Guide To The Fuji X-T1

By Kevin Raber  READ . . . 

Luminous-Landscape pioneered instructional videos years ago with the very successful Lightroom Tutorials.  Now, LuLa takes the same format and applies it to the operation of popular cameras.  Our first in a series of Camera Guide Tutorials we introduce today – Lu-La’s Guide To The Fuji X-T1.  This new tutorial is 3 hours in length and covers all aspects of the set-up and use of this popular camera.  Kevin Raber, LuLa’s publisher along with Jarrid Spicer of Roberts Camera in Indianapolis, Indiana walk you through the process. 

The LuLa Guide To The Fuji X-T1 is available now to LuLa Video Subscribers (FREE) as well as an individual download for $29.95.  There are 14 videos totaling three hours.  Each video has chapter markers to quickly access the control or menu item you may be interested in.  There is also a PDF available with all the chapters listed.


The Pentax 645Z - In Depth Review

By Michael Reichmann  READ  . . .

There has been a lot of talk about major camera companies possibly taking steps into the medium format digital marketplace.  Till now these have just been rumors. But this is a market segment that is not going away, regardless of what some people say.  One of the relative newcomers to this market is Pentax. Over the last few years the Pentax line has evolved and recently Pentax introduced the Pentax 645Z as a major upgrade to their previous 645D.  Did they get it right:? The Pentax 645Z - In Depth Review by Michael will try and answer these questions for you.


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