There is a lot of information out there on travel or landscape photography, but thanks to Taylor Jackson, you can now get a comprehensive video tutorial in one place for free. Jackson is a Canadian travel and wedding photographer, as well as a popular vlogger. He has condensed all his years of experience and knowledge into this 3-hour “Ultimate” travel and landscape tutorial video.

Jackson has put an incredible amount of effort into his video, including 10 days of travel from Japan to Iceland, and five full days of editing. He even breaks down the tutorial into a table of contents so you can skip to a specific subject or revisit sections. His video covers everything from the basics to post, including lots of examples, touching all your bases, as well as offering some advanced techniques and creative/ compositional guidance.  Jackson has also made all the raw files available to download so that you can play around with them yourself.

“I wanted to release [this video] for free because I felt it was something that was lacking from YouTube,” Jackson says. “I wanted to teach the things that I do to come back from a trip with good photos, but also not let photography dominate the entire trip. Simple ways to take better photos, and travel light. Some tricks and hacks to do things like 10-second long exposures handheld.

“My goal with travel and landscape photography is to keep it as simple as possible. You can do a lot with a little nowadays.”

 

Topics Covered (with time stamps):

  • 0:36 Overdramatic Intro
  • 1:40 Learning to See Light and Composition
  • 2:39 Important Foundational Element
  • 3:22 One Tip from Manny Ortiz
  • 4:23 Lenses, Cameras and Character Types
  • 16:30 Gear – Other Important Items
  • 26:12 Camera Modes (Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority)
  • 27:23 Camera Settings
  • 30:18 Light – The Most Important Aspect of Photography
  • 33:00 App for Golden Hour and Blue Hour
  • 33:37 Shooting into a Sunset
  • 36:56 Rule of 3rds, and My Take On It
  • 37:55 Let Me Tell You About My Boat
  • 40:59 Why I’m Shooting Less Through The Viewfinder
  • 42:14 Auto Focus Modes
  • 43:16 White Balance
  • 44:17 Viewfinder Vs. LiveView/Monitor
  • 44:36 Getting More Depth and Sharpness
  • 45:28 Why Use Long Lenses in Landscapes
  • 46:13 Blue Hour vs. Golden Hour
  • 46:39 General Handheld Shutter Speed Rule
  • 47:19 Waiting for Northern Lights in Iceland
  • 47:50 When Locations Just Don’t Work
  • 49:59 Showing Movement in The City https://s23527.pcdn.co/ Slow Shutter Handheld
  • 50:51 Frames // Interlinked
  • 51:38 Natural Frames
  • 55:46 Polarizing Filters
  • 57:31 Mid Day Harsh Sun Photos
  • 1:00:00 Waterfall Long Exposures in Iceland
  • 1:00:13 LOL Whoops
  • 1:00:29 It’s Probably a Great Transitional Scene. You’ll Never Know.
  • 1:02:26 Very Important Japanese Toilet Content
  • 1:03:32 Long Exposures in the City at Blue Hour
  • 1:06:10 Times to Use a Super Wide Angle Lens
  • 1:07:22 Long Exposures WITHOUT a Tripod
  • 1:08:56 Shibuya Crossing, and Including People with a Super Wide
  • 1:10:19 Ice Caves, and Complimentary Images
  • 1:11:20 Panning and Capturing Movement
  • 1:13:20 Rooftop City Scapes
  • 1:15:04 Symmetry Reflections and Panoramas
  • 1:17:20 The Element of Random – City Photography from a Moving Car
  • 1:18:52 Photographing The Stars
  • 1:18:24 Northern Lights Photography
  • 1:21:38 Blue Hour City Scapes and Natural Contrast
  • 1:23:39 Blue Hour City Long Exposures
  • 1:26:16 Post Processing
  • 1:26:48 Get a Tablet
  • 1:28:49 Adobe Lightroom
  • 1:31:03 Photo Mechanic
  • 1:32:45 Adobe Lightroom Library View – The One Thing I Use It For
  • 1:34:44 Adobe Lightroom Overview – All The Tools and Sliders I Use
  • 1:41:45 Editing RAW Files From Video In Lightroom
  • 2:20:51 Making a Long Exposure From Multiple Frames
  • 2:29:12 Building and Editing Panoramas
  • 2:55:12 Adobe Photoshop – The Only Thing I Use It For
  • 3:04:49 Final Thoughts