Effective Planning in the Landscape, Developing the Light - A Unique Course on Predicting and Processing the Light

Understanding the light, knowing how to interpret the weather, and 15 start to finish edits linking lighting situations with post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop. This course is the first of its kind and draws on Peter Gordon's 10 years of expereince running photography workshops and developing the light in Lightroom and Photoshop. 4 1/2 Hours of insightful content. Rewind, rewatch, absorb at your own pace.

Apps, weather, clouds, predicting colour, tides, what light, what technique, backlight, sidelight and more. The secret sauce that will revolutionise your landscape photography. A hugely detailed examination of the factors to consider when planning your landscape shoots plus what techniques you should employ to deal with what conditions. Improve your strike rate, and understand light and weather in a much more meaningful way. Once you have absorbed all this planning and technique info, it’s into the digital darkroom for 15 unique chapters on post-processing. Peter has linked the weather and conditions to a specific range of ideas around post-processing and image development. Suitable for Lightroom and Photoshop users. This section will teach you technique and specific skills, but the goal is to go beyond the technical and stimulate a range of image development ideas specifically around the weather and conditions.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Part 1 - Effective Planning - Understanding Lighting and Forecasts

    • Intro - About This Course

    • 2 - Lighting Angles in Flux - Important Considerations

    • 3 - Lighting Angles - Back Lighting

    • 4 - Lighting Angles - Side Lighting

    • 5 - High/Medium and Low Clouds - Resources for Detailed Forecast

    • 6 - Low Clouds Forecast - Image Styles and Technique

    • 7 Clear Days - - Image Styles and Technique

    • 8 - Mist - Predicting - Image Styles and Technique

    • 9 - NO Low Clouds Medium/High Clouds - Image Styles and Technique

    • 10 - NO Low or Medium Clouds High Clouds - Image Styles and Technique

    • 11 - Mixed Forecast and Changeable Light - Image Styles and Technique

    • 12 - Tidal Prediction Resources - Windguru

    • 13 - Tidal Variation and the Moon Phase

    • 14 Tides and your Google Calendar

    • 15 - Tides - The Swell

    • 16 - Tides - The Images

  • 2

    Part 2 - Processing the Results and Developing the LIght

    • 1 - Post processing Intro - Lightroom vs Camera Raw

    • 2 - Side Lighting and Processing - Creating Balance - Lightroom

    • 3 - Back Lighting Part 1 - Processing Implications - Automated Blending Lightroom and Camera RAW Photoshop

    • 4 - Back Lighting Part 2 - Manual Blending Photoshop - Masking

    • 5 - Low Cloud Days - Blue/Silver Toning - Camera RAW

    • 6 - Low Cloud Days - Forest Scenes - Camera RAW plus Full Photoshop

    • 7 Low Clouds - Dark and Atmospheric - Warm to Cool Transitions - Lightroom

    • 8 - Clear Days - Warm to Cool Transitions - Range Masking - Camera RAW/Lightroom

    • 9 - Clear Days - Telephoto Composition - Dark Palette - Camera RAW

    • 10 - Clear Days - Telephoto Composition - Trigger Point Directionality - Lightroom and Photoshop

    • 11 High Clouds Part 1 - Colourful Skies - RAW Conversion Lightroom

    • 12 High Clouds Part 2 - Colourful Skies - Smart Objects , Masking, Advanced Targeted Adjustment - Photoshop

    • 13 No Low Clouds - Colourful Skies - Blending Photoshop

    • 14 Mixed Clouds - Mood and Colour Transitions - Camera RAW/Lightroom Tools - Photoshop

    • 15 Misty Mornings - High Key - Warm Finishing and Cool Finishing - Lightroom

The Benefits

A quick summary of what you can expect from this course

  • Understand the weather and learn how to predict the lighting

  • Understand lighting angles and photographic technique on a new level

  • Weather forecasts, apps, websites and all that planning info discussed in detail

  • 4 1/2 Hours of insightful content. Rewind, rewatch, absorb at your own pace.

  • 15 start to finish edits with RAW files included

  • Experienced instructor with well communicated ideas

  • Watch as many times as you like

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PART 1 will break down all the apps and websites Peter uses to predict the light and understand the weather. Clouds, lighting angles, tides, moon phases, and more. This first section will also detail a range of forecast parameters and suggest the type of shots that can be taken in these conditions. In addition, tech details on filters and camera settings will also be provided within this unique discussion.

PART 2 will delve deep into Peter's workflow for post-processing. This section will link specific conditions to specific processing techniques. Our commitment to teaching you more than sliders and buttons continues. Learn 'WHAT" to do with your images and also 'HOW' to get there. Plus of course, tons of techniques including range masking and selective adjustment, blending exposures, luminosity masks, double processing smart objects plus loads more. 15 start to finish edits with RAW files provided.  

Understand the Light, the Weather and Post Processing

A Unique Course for Landscape Photography Lovers

Testimonials from Simple Tool's Powerful Outcomes

It’s one of the best online courses I’ve seen on this subject area. The picture quality is superb. I love the software interface. Downloads were easy. Audio quality super. The pace of training really nice. All in all superb! John Roche

Rushed my way through all the videos on LR, now it’s time to go over them again…but in a more relaxed way. I really enjoyed them. I thought I had a decent knowledge of LR but you have given me a new insight. Well worth the money. Jim Kirby

I have just finished Peter’s online workshop. It was brilliant and I learned loads & loads. I have even got my head around the ‘range mask’ thing. Now I understand it. If you use Lightroom he shows you what all the buttons etc do. I even might try the manual blending in Photoshop !! It was the best money for photographic training I have spent in years. Now I hope I put into practice what I’ve learned. The great thing is I can go back to it anytime I need too. Thanks again Peter. Damian Doyle

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I rewatch the course?

    Yes, 100%. The course is yours for life and you can pause, rewatch, start again as many times as you like.

  • Can I watch the course offline?

    Yes. all videos can be downloaded for offline viewing. However, we have created a great interface that remembers your progress, contains files for download, and is really easy to use. As long as you are online there is no need to download the videos.

  • Are files provided to work along with?

    Yes. We provide work along with RAW files for all post processing chapters.

European and Irish Professional Photographer of the Year

Peter Gordon - Your Online Instructor

Peter has been teaching landscape photography for more than 10 years. Throughout this period he has developed a skill for clear lines of communication, and workflows that have helped thousands of students take their work to new heights. The goal of his courses is not to just impart new technical skills but to also help students visualise outcomes. Creative thinking, not just sliders, and tech. Along this path, Peter has managed to pick up numerous awards including recent success at the IPA and also the International Pano Awards. Peter is also a former Irish and European Professional Photographer of the Year.

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