Getting [to] the Great Landscape (Hiking for Photographers)
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Getting [to] the Great Landscape (Hiking for Photographers)

Backcountry Hiking for Photographers
3.8 (20 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
238 students enrolled
Created by Skip Spitzer
Last updated 7/2013
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to plan and prepare for backcountry hikes and shoots
  • Learn how to travel and shoot in the backcountry safely, comfortably, effectively, and responsibly
  • Learn the photographic value of backpacking, whether or not it is for you, and how to continue exploring overnight backcountry travel
  • There are no special requirements to participate in this course

To get a great landscape shot, you usually need a great landscape! There are some great ones that are easy to get to. Yet so many great landscapes lay far beyond the parking lot, in the backcountry. It’s a truly vast world of exquisite visual delight and photographic adventure. This class will teach you how to get TO the great landscape.

Even if you already get out on the trail, this class will help you get in deeper, to more engaging subject matter, and to hike more efficiently, safely, and comfortably, while protecting the natural world that inspires you to make photographs in the first place. And it will extend your passion for photography into a driving force for personal health and well-being. Hiking nourishes the body and the soul!

I’m Skip Spitzer, photographer and founder of Getting Deeper into the Wilderness, and I’ll be your instructor. I have more than 30 years of backcountry experience.

In this 1 ¾ hour course, you’ll learn about backcountry light, hike and shoot planning, hiking gear, photography gear, conditioning, pre- and post-hike details, responsible backcountry travel, hiking form, environmental and wildlife hazards, what more advanced skills you may want to learn, and bit about overnight backcountry travel to get you even deeper into the wilderness.

Material is presented through concise, entertaining video lectures, and includes tools and other handouts too. You can ask questions, and see answers to others’ questions, in the Questions area. I answer questions every 1-3 days.

If you are a photographer who wants to get TO the great landscape, this class is for you.

Sounds good? Let’s go!

Who this course is for:
  • Photographers and shutterbugs who want to get [to] some great landscapes!
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 01:46:37
+ Introduction
1 lecture 03:16

Why take this course
Your instructor
Course topics
Videos, handouts, and Q and A

Preview 03:16
+ Planning shoots and hikes
2 lectures 29:36

To plan shoots and hikes, it pays to know about backcountry light

Different types of natural light

Their associated photographic qualities

What kind of shooting works best with them

Backcountry light

How backcountry shoots and hikes go together

How to use the hike and shoot planner

Planning as a form of readiness

Hike and shoot planning
+ Preparing for the backcountry
3 lectures 22:13

The importance of capable gear and a manageable pack weight

The maximum weight guidelines

Clothing: How much, technical garments, materials, and layering

Using the suggested gear list to find out what hiking gear is important for you

Hiking gear

Weight and movement considerations

Suggested gear

A suggested approach to carrying your gear

Preview 05:12
Why and how to get in better hiking shape
Preview 05:02
+ Hiking and shooting safely, comfortably, and responsibly
6 lectures 45:19
Some important things to do before and after a hike/shoot
Pre- and post-hike

"Leave No Trace" principles for day hiking

A few thoughts about electronic devices

Leave No Trace

Your “groovy zone”

Why it’s so important (aerobic vs. anaerobic metabolism)

How to stay within your groovy zone

Hiking form

Getting lost and “maybe lost”

Not getting lost

Getting un-lost

Staying and getting un-lost

Objective vs. subjective hazards

How to know the dangers and not worry

Some common environmental and wildlife hazards

Environmental and wildlife hazards
Some important skills and activities beyond the scope of the course
Other skills
+ Backpacking: Getting even deeper into the landscape
1 lecture 04:32

How backpacking can get you to even greater landscapes

What overnight backcountry travel is like

Where to learn more

+ Closing
1 lecture 01:41

Parting thoughts and information for you