Getting beautiful Landscape photos is a matter of being at a location at the right time and then defining your visual statement with composition and lighting. 35 year professional photographer Emanuele "Manny" Pontoriero teaches you a new way of thinking that will enable you to take an ordinary place or subject and turn it into a wondrous photographic masterpiece.
Creating great photos consistently requires doing certain things. This segment shows you exactly where to start.
When others see nothing you see an opportunity for a great photo. Parallel Thinking will help you take an ordinary scene and turn it into an interesting and creative photo.
Where do you place your subject in the frame? Knowing composition and what it does will easily answer this. It will also start the creative thinking process.
This live demonstration of closeup photography shows you how to put the rules of composition into practice.
Live demo on location showing informal composition. Also showing the importance of in camera cropping or zooming in to eliminate unwanted distractions
Understanding the Rule of Thirds will put your creativity in high gear. This lecture will also explain why it works.
Using the Rule of Thirds on location with a fisheye lens. Even if you don't have a fisheye this example shows you how ineresting the photo is using composition. .
As the "Artist" you choose what you want to convey to the viewer. This on location demo shows how using the Rule of Thirds will help you achieve that.
Explanation of the Diagonal Line in Composition.
On location live demo of using a super wide lens (fisheye) and the Diagonal Line in composition.
Understanding how to turn a disadvantage into an advantage is key to always being creative. Always seeing what other can't see. This lecture gives you the step by step process so you leave the rest of the photographers in the dust.
Putting lecture into practice. This live on location shoot shows how to apply the concept of turning a disadvantage into an advantage. Also applying Parallel Thinking.
This lecture explains the direction of light and how it affects your subject physically. Understanding light patterns is key to defining your subject physically and psychologically.
Understanding creative thinking is a good start but it means nothing till you correctly apply it. This on location demonstration shows you how to apply it with ease. Now the fun begins!
Back lighting explained in a quick lecture
An explanation of neutral density filters and how they can help you create your vision.
On location shoot putting the concept of "The time is the place" into practice using a graduated neutral density filter
A clear and concise explanation of Back Lighting
Variable neutral density filters explained and how to use them creatively. Also, the secret to get rid of vignetting when adding filters.
Work it, work it, work it. Here is a live demo showing how you can take one location, one scene and come up with many different photos. All of them terrific.
So why a polarizing filter? What does it do? Here is a brief lecture explaining it all.
On location using a polarizing filter to get rid of haze and make the colors more vibrant. Then, adding a Graduated neutral density filter to darken the bright sky.
What can a soft focus filter do for your photos. It's all explained in this short lecture
Using the soft focus filter on location to create an impressionistic image.
A concise summary of everything in PART 1. An inspirational message to get you out there taking photos.
How do you find interesting things to photograph? Some really good suggestions. Also, using filters and composition once you do find something.
Utilizing a close up filter.
Composition is constant no matter what your subject. In this case we photograph horses.
Open up an entire world of creativity by creating time exposures in daylight. This location shoot shows you how it works. Also discussed is composition.
A step by step demonstration of Parallel Thinking, composition, soft filter and "creating a photograph"
On location shoot explaining "direction of light" and what it does.
Using the Graduated Neutral Density filter to it's fullest. Getting a lot of different photos in one location. Adding flash.
Learn to use a Graduated Neutral Density filter to balance the exposure between sky and foreground. Combine with Polarizing filter to take out atmospheric haze in the distance and make the colors richer.
How to find an interesting subject. Then creating balance in your exposure so there is detail in the bright and dark areas. Utilizing the Graduated Neutral Density filter.
Time exposure in daylight.
Composition and soft filter for that "morning mist" look. Then, scoping out the area for other possibilities.
Using a slow shutter speed to record movement in water.
Composition and light are demonstrated using the Graduated Neutral Density filter.
Composition, lighting and the "secret" to buying filters.
Using a Graduated Neutral Density filter to even the exposure in the sky and foreground. Different compositions for different photos of the same scene.
Working quickly as sun rises to get dramatic photos using a filter and flash.
Polarizing filter, composition, lighting. Also, the usefulness of photographing a "concept".
Explanation of how much editing to do before it is too much. Using the Camera Raw of Photoshop to change color and brightness.
Using the Graduated Neutral Density filter in Camera Raw. Adjusting over exposure. Converting a photo to Black and White and Sepia Tone. Some advice on selling your photos.
Winner of The Fassbender Award, Telly Award, Communicator Award, Emanuele "Manny" Pontoriero started his career as an apprentice.
After 3 years he became a full time professional photographer
Throughout his career he has been a member of the:
Professional Photographers of New Jersey
Professional Photographers of North Eastern Pennsylvania
Professional photographers of Greater New York
Professional Photographers of America
He was Print Chairman for the Bergen, Passaic, Hudson chapter of the Professional Photographers Association of New Jersey for 3 years.
Averaging about 55 weddings a year and traveling to New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Manny has photographed over 2,000 weddings. Besides the hundreds of Christian and Jewish weddings he has photographed Italian, Greek, Croation, Cuban, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Iranian, Ethiopian and many other ethnic weddings.
Although most of the photography revolves around weddings and portraits Manny also does commercial photography. He has done photography for;
Unelever Brothers (North Bergen, N.J.)
Palisades General Hospital (North Bergen, N.J)
Prudential Securities (New York City)
Prudential Bache (United Kingdom)
YKK Zippers (New Jersey)
Johnson and Whales University (Florida)
Rasmussen College (Florida)
When not taking photos he is lecturing and teaching photography. He has lectured at the Professional Photographers Assoc. of.N.J and B & H Photo Video in New York City. Has been on the Advisory Board for the Photography Dept. of St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.
He is Co-owner of Get The Picture DVDs which are the popular instructional DVDs that teach photography and are sold on Amazon.
He is a frequent guest on Studio 10, a Tampa morning TV show.
"When you love what you do you never have to worry about going to work"