Ultimate Guide to Landscape and Nature Photography
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Ultimate Guide to Landscape and Nature Photography

Learn how lighting, composition, and photography techniques help you create stunning landscape and nature photography
4.4 (552 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.
4,134 students enrolled
Created by Charlie Borland
Last updated 1/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 9 hours on-demand video
  • 7 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will gain the ability to find subjects and scenes worthy of photographing.
  • You will understand what great light is and the best light for different subjects.
  • You will learn to master composition and compose better photographs.
  • You will understand what photo equipment is best for broad or narrow landscapes.
  • You will learn the Exposure Triangle and capture perfect exposures each time.
  • How to take a mundane RAW file and make it look fabulous.
  • In the Field Trip section, the instructor takes you into the field and demonstrates important techniques.
  • Bonus lectures include Amazing Places in America, how to find them, and how to photograph them.
  • No experience required: I will teach you everything!
  • If you have a camera then a basic knowledge is helpful is helpful, but not required.
  • Basic computer knowledge to process digital photography image files.
  • Passion! A love for the natural world compliments great nature photography.
  • A camera, lens, and tripod are required to practice the self-assignments.

2020 Updates: 2 new videos on travel  photography

Do you love the outdoors, landscape, nature, and travel photography? If so, you are in the right place.  

Welcome to The Ultimate Guide to Landscape and Nature Photography.   

In this course jam packed with p[hotography tips, you will learn the key ingredients to creating amazing landscape and nature photos. You will learn about the gear best suited for landscape photography, how to obtain a perfect exposure, how to develop your ‘Eye’ to see striking compositions, and how to ‘see’ the light.   

Join me as I share 35 years of landscape photography experience from across America. We’ll look at how to photograph mountains, rivers, the desert, sunsets and sunrises, forests, all four seasons, and much, much more.     

In this course you will learn:   

  • Everything you need to know regarding photography equipment for landscape photography   

  • How to master exposure settings

  • How to creatively use Depth of Field

  • Visual strategies for stunning compositions

  • Finding the best light for a subject

  • How to make the image ‘pop’ with processing     

  • And effective assignments for you to practice and expand your learning

Why learn from me?   
I will share the same techniques I used to create landscape photographs that have appeared in over 500 calendars, hundreds of magazines, advertisements, web uses, books, and more. I have photographed in every state in the lower 48 of the U.S. and will demonstrate the necessary techniques to create stunning photographs. I will show you how I created quality photography that resulted in being published in National Geographic, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Backpacker, Snow Country, Outdoor Photographer, and many more.    

Wait, there’s more…..   
Also included, are multiple lectures all captured while photographing in the wild. They are called Field Trips and are designed to demonstrate important techniques included in the course lectures. I’ll take you with me as I explore and employ a variety of approaches for creating beautiful photographs while in the field.    

There are Bonus lectures as well.   
Having traveled the entire U.S. photographing, I certainly have my share of favorite places and that is what these bonus lectures are all about. I will show you not only the photographs I captured but where to find those locations and in many cases, including the directions to get there and/or GPS coordinates. In some cases, other information is included such as when to go, the best time of day, and even technical details will be included.    

Are you ready to create stunning nature photography?    
Then join me in this online adventure and in no time, you will gain a better understanding of how to create great landscape photographs.   

The mission of this course is to stop letting the camera control you by providing you the knowledge that shows you how to take control of the camera.   

Are you ready to discover simple and easy-to-follow strategies for creating beautiful photographs that I have used for 30 years in my professional business? 

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Who’s the Instructor?

There are many courses on how to be an amazing photographer, but how many are taught by true professionals who have a career and worked as a photographer?

I was formally trained at Brooks Institute in the 1980s and have worked every day since. I have been published in countless magazines (you’ve no doubt heard of), calendars, outdoor product manufacturers, and had my outdoor images used thousands of times. I have taught photo workshops across the USA and the Middle East. Founded two stock photo agencies, and sold thousands of stock photos. 

I have taught over 30,000 photography enthusiasts including photo workshops across the USA and the Middle East. Founded two stock photo agencies, and sold thousands of stock photos.

I love to teach and want to ensure you succeed and love photography as I do. You can trust me to teach you photography!


Read what they are saying:

I am an amateur photographer and have been taking landscape photographs during hiking trips for the past 7 years. Coming into this course, I had a basic understanding of landscape photography but relied much of the time on intuition rather than a technique to compose and frame my photos. Sometimes this worked well, other times, less so. This course really helped to give me a much more solid foundation in landscape photography. In particular, it gave me a fresh awareness of how to look at a beautiful scene and identify various ways to capture that beauty in a photograph. Charlie Borland presents each topic in an easy to understand, practical way that I found engaging and easy to follow. The course is comprehensive and well structured and the topics are well thought out and to the point. Charlie's been a landscape photographer for a long time and that came through in his presentations. No hype, just good information, and inspiration. No course can ever cover everything, but I'm glad I chose this course as my first photography course with Udemy. It's re-ignited my interest in photography and helped me to think about where I might go next. Thank you, Charlie!

-David R.

I've taken a number of Borland's classes, so when I saw he was offering a class in Landscape and Nature Photography, I signed up. His classes are always very clear and concise. He has a knack for making complex topics understandable. And all his classes always are full of his beautiful pictures. This class is no exception. It is packed with critical information that is crucial for the beginning photographer to understand but also an important review for the more experienced and knowledgeable photographer. This is a class that every photographer starting out should take.......

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Who this course is for:
  • Beginning photographers who want to improve their skills for better nature and landscape photographs.
  • People with any type of camera, planning a nature field trip they want to photograph.
  • Even those with point-and-shoot cameras or smartphones will benefit from this course.
Course content
Expand all 80 lectures 09:01:57
+ Introduction to This Course and Landscape Photography
1 lecture 05:59

This video lectures explores why people love to photograph outdoors and the mndset behind that.

Preview 05:59
+ Equipment for Landscape Photography (for Beginners)
5 lectures 30:38

This video lecture is for BEGINNERS who are new to photography and wish to gain a better understanding of gear for outdoor photography.

Introduction to Landscape Photography Gear

This video lecture covers some camera features that are important to outdoor photographers.

Important Camera Features

This video lecture covers some cameras menu features that are important to outdoor photographers.

Understanding Camera Menus

This video lecture covers lenses and focal lengths that are useful to outdoor photographers.

An Overview of Lenses

This video lecturecovers some of the techniccal considerations of lenses.

Lenses Technical Issues
+ Photography Fundamentals for BEGINNING Photographers
10 lectures 52:05

This video lecture introduces one of the most important concepts about outdoor photography: the Exposure Triangle.

Photography Fundamentals: The Exposure Triangle

This video lecture covers ISO and its importance in the exposure triangle.

The Importance of ISO

Depth of Field is a powerful creative tool for nature photographers and this video lecture introduces how it works.

Depth of Field: A Powerful Creative Tool

This video lecture covers the hyperfocal concept around focus and depth if field.

Introduction to Hyperfocal Distance

This video lecture takes hyperfocal distance further by presenting techniques to get even sharper pictures.

Get Better Sharpness with Hyperfocal Distance

This video lecture illustrates how to use the exposure triangle and combine it with depth of field for amazing landscapes photos.

Putting it All Together in Depth of Field

Photographing in low light can present challenges and this video lecture shows techniques to deal with those lighting conditions.

How to Get Maximum Depth of Field in Low Light

In this Field Trip we explore the best place to set the focus point for maximum depth of field.

Field Trip: Exploring Depth of Field in Fall Colors

Do you like to photograph moving water but wonder what shutter speed to use. This video will heip you figure it out.

Field Trip: What's Best Shutter Speed for Waterfalls?

Consider the expsure triangle and name the three ingredients.

Do you understand the exposure triangle?
1 question

Test yourself with this assignment on depth of field.

Self Assignment: Practice Depth of Field
+ Photography Fundamentals: Exposure (Beginners)
8 lectures 50:24

This video lecture demonstrates how important exposure is to good digital photo files.

Introduction to Exposure

Some photographers prefer using a grey card for proper exposure and this lecture presents the good and bad about grey cards.

How to use a Grey Card for Exposure

Cameras metering ability is very effective but not perfect and this video lecture presents ways to optimize the cameras suggested exposure. 

How to Use Exposure Compensation

Cameras come with multiple metering modes and the one you choose can make or break your exposure.

Metering Modes and the Histogram

This video lecture demonstartes why every photographer should be using their histogram.

Your New Best Friend: The Histogram

Blinkies are one more great tool to insure proper exposure.

Have You Heard of Blinkies? Here's Why You'll Love Them.

Data is everything in good RAW files and Exposing to the Right is a technique for capturing the maximum detail.

Why You Want to Expose to the Right

The debate between RAW vs. Jpeg has been brewing for a long time and in this video lecture, I will explain my opinion and the advantages of each format.

RAw vs. JPEG
The Histogram
1 question
+ Lighting: A Key Ingredient to Beautiful Photography
7 lectures 49:31

There is a saying by a famous photographer: There is No Photography Without LIght! Well, that is sure true and this video lecture introduces you to the different qualities of outdoor lighting. 

Overview of Outdoor Lighting

This video lecture explores the qualities of reflective light.

Here's What Reflected Light Looks LIke

This video lecture explores the qualities of sidelight.

See How Lighting Angles Shape Your Subject

This video lecture explores the qualities of backlight.

See How Backlighting Adds Accent to Your Scene

This video lecture explores techniques for finding the best light.

Finding the Right Light for Your Subject

This video lecture explores techniques for exploring the landscape for the best light.

Finding the Right Light Pt. 2

Test yourself with this assignment on lighting.

Self Assignment: Use Backlighting
+ The Art of Composing Your Scene
10 lectures 01:15:12

This video lecture is an introduciton to the art of composition.

The Art of Visualizing Your Compositions

This video lecture digs deeper into the art of composition.

Introduction to Composition

This video lecture explores the the rule of thirds, one of the most popular compostional approaches.

Understanding the Rule of Thirds

Lines are an effective compositional concept and this video lecture explores this compositional approach.

The Power of Lines

This video lecture explores the concept of diagonals in composition.

Preview 07:42

See why S and Z lines are great compositioanl concepts.

Using S and Z for Powerful Compositions

Sometimes framing a subject creates a more powerful composition and this video lecture presents multiple examples.

How to Use Framing to Showcase Your Subject

This video lecture explores ways to involved multiple compoitional concepts.

Creating a Different Look with Framing

This video lecture explores Near/Far concepts, one of my favorites.

Here is Why Near/Far is a Popular Compositional Approach

Test yourself with this assignment on composition.

Self Assignment: Use the best compositional approach
+ Adanced Compositional Techniques
10 lectures 01:15:47

Many photographers do not consider the art of telephoto lanscapes, but this video lecture shows why you should.

Enhance Your Compositions With Long Lens Landscapes

Nature provides infinite subjects worthy of being photographed and this video lecture explores patterns and textures.

Focus on Details With Patterns and Textures

Have you ever thought about Rhythm and Flow in your photography? If not, you will after watching this.

Rhythm and Flow is Landscape Photography

Space is a great concept for compositions and this this video lecture shows how to add it to your photos.

Taking a New Look at Space

Many landscapes worthy of photographing have amazing designs in them and this this video lecture will show you how to find them.

Digging Out the Beauty of Natures Designs

This video lecture looks deepr into deisgns in nature worthy of photographing.

Creating Powerful Photographs From Natures Designs

Landscape photography is not just about light and composition, but about photograhic technique as well and this video takes a look at that.

Applying the Art of Technique

Landscape photographers often witness events in nature so being ready to capture them is important.

How to Capture the Moment

Nature has moods and this video lecture explores the m.

Photographing Mother Natures Many Moods

Test yourself with this assignment on patterns and textures.

Self Assignment: Finding Patterns and Textures
+ Winter Photography
6 lectures 35:43

Winter photography is fun and challenging and there are some technical challenges that differ from regular landscape photography. We will explore those in the this lecture.

Introduction to Winter Photography

In this lecture we discuss the challenges of proper exposure.

Winter Photography Pt 2

In this lecture we continue the discussion on proper exposure.

Winter Photography Pt 3

In this pecture we'll look at different winter scenesand how to properly expose them.

Winter Photography Pt 4

This lecture we discuss keeping your gear dry in winter.

Winter Photography Pt 5

Follow along as I snowshoe to a nearby river for winter photography.

Winter Photography Field Trip 1
+ Processing Your Digital Landscape Photos
11 lectures 01:16:45

This video lecture is an introduciton to processing RAW files in Lightroom. 

Introduction to Lightroom

This video lecture is an introduciton to editing files in Lightroom. 

Editing in Lightroom

This video lecture is an introduciton to processing RAW files in Lightroom. 

Processing in Lightroom

This video lecture demonstrates processing files in Lightroom. 

Making Adjustments in Lightroom

This video lecture is an introduciton to retouching in Lightroom. 

Retouching in Lightroom

This video lecture demostrates using the Graduated filter in Lightroom. 

Creating Graduated Filter Effect in Lightroom
Using Lightrooms Dehaze Filter & Adjustment Brush

This video lecture demostrates processing one image in Lightroom. 

Processing an Image in Lightroom #1

This video lecture demostrates processing another image in Lightroom. 

Processing Another Image in Lightroom #2

This video lecture demostrates fine tuning and image in Lightroom. 

Fine Tuning an Image in Lightroom #3

Test yourself with this assignment on processing a digital file.

Self Assignment: Process a digital file
+ Processing with Adobe Camera RAW
6 lectures 39:21

This video lecture is an introduction to Adobe Camera Raw, how it works, and how to process images.

Adobe Camera RAW 1

This video lecture is part 2 of Adobe Camera Raw, how it works, and how to process images.

Adobe Camera RAW 2

This video lecture is part 3 of Adobe Camera Raw, how it works, and how to process images.

Adobe Camera RAW 3

This video lecture is part 4 of Adobe Camera Raw, how it works, and how to process images.

Adobe Camera RAW 4

This video lecture is part 6 of Adobe Camera Raw, how it works, and how to process images.

Adobe Camera RAW 5

This video lecture is part 6 of Adobe Camera Raw, how it works, and how to process images.

Adobe Camera RAW 6