Landscape Photography: Creating Visual Eloquence
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Landscape Photography: Creating Visual Eloquence

Using parallel thinking, composition, lighting and filters to create amazing landscape photographs.
4.7 (3 ratings)
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What Will I Learn?
  • Consistently take landscape photographs that will look amazing.
  • Understand the use and power of parallel thinking.
  • Be eloquent through your photography.
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  • Have a good understanding of how to use your camera in manual mode.

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. 

Who is the target audience?
  • For anyone who wants to take amazing landscape photographs.
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Curriculum For This Course
46 Lectures
2 Lectures 05:59

What you can expect in this online class.

Preview 01:38

The most important concept to understand when doing scenic and landscape photography.

Preview 04:21
Using Composition, Lighting and Filters Creatively
25 Lectures 01:47:26

Creating great photos consistently requires doing certain things. This segment shows you exactly where to start.

Preview 06:59

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. 

Parallel Thinking

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.

Formal and Informal Composition

This live demonstration of closeup photography shows you how to put the rules of composition into practice.  

Composing Close-Ups

Live demo on location showing informal composition. Also showing the importance of in camera cropping or zooming in to eliminate unwanted distractions

Preview 03:34

Understanding the Rule of Thirds will put your creativity in high gear. This lecture will also explain why it works. 

Rule of Thirds

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.  .

Fisheye Vista

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.

Rule of Thirds and Balance

Explanation of the Diagonal Line in Composition.

Diagonal Line

On location live demo of using a super wide lens (fisheye) and the Diagonal Line in composition.

Exaggerate Your Image

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.

Parallel Thinking

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.

Turning Disadvantages to Advantages

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. 

Visualizing With Light

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!

"What If" Thinking and Creativity

Back lighting explained in a quick lecture

Back Lighting

An explanation of neutral density filters and how they can help you create your vision.

Filters- Graduated ND

On location shoot putting the concept of "The time is the place" into practice using a graduated neutral density filter

The Time is the Place

A clear and concise explanation of Back Lighting

Backlight and Silhouette

Variable neutral density filters explained and how to use them creatively. Also, the secret to get rid of vignetting when adding filters.

Filters- Variable ND

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. 

1 Place, Many Shots

So why a polarizing filter? What does it do? Here is a brief lecture explaining it all. 

Filters- Polarizing

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.

Enhance a Look of a Vista

What can a soft focus filter do for your photos. It's all explained in this short lecture

Filters- Soft Focus

Using the soft focus filter on location to create an impressionistic image.

Impressionistic Photo

A concise summary of everything in PART 1. An inspirational message to get you out there taking photos.

Part 1 Summary
Putting It All Together
19 Lectures 01:56:13

How do you find interesting things to photograph? Some really good suggestions. Also, using filters and composition once you do find something.

Part 2 Open and Finding a Good Scene

Utilizing a close up filter.

Close-Up Photography

Composition is constant no matter what your subject. In this case we photograph horses.

Composing With 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.

Time Exposure in Daytime

A step by step demonstration of Parallel Thinking, composition, soft filter and "creating a photograph"

Various Looks at Lemons

On location shoot explaining "direction of light" and what it does. 

Roadside Wildflowers

Using the Graduated Neutral Density filter to it's fullest. Getting a lot of different photos in one location. Adding flash.

Misty Morning Light

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.

Better Color and Exposure

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.

Finding a Point of Focus

Time exposure in daylight. 

Turning Water into Silk

Composition and soft filter for that "morning mist" look. Then, scoping out the area for other possibilities. 

Country Road Serenity

Using a slow shutter speed to record movement in water.

Capturing Water in Motion

Composition and light are demonstrated using the Graduated Neutral Density filter.

A Lakeside Vista

Composition, lighting and the "secret" to buying filters.

Exposure and Graduated ND Filter

Using a Graduated Neutral Density filter to even the exposure in the sky and foreground. Different compositions for different photos of the same scene. 

1 Barn, Many Pics

Working quickly as sun rises to get dramatic photos using a filter and flash.

Graduated ND at Sunrise

Polarizing filter, composition, lighting. Also, the usefulness of photographing a "concept".

Techniques for Grand Images

Explanation of how much editing to do before it is too much. Using the Camera Raw of Photoshop to change color and brightness.

Photo Editing Part 1

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.

Photo Editing Part 2 and Close
About the Instructor
Emanuele Pontoriero
4.6 Average rating
4 Reviews
33 Students
4 Courses
Photography Instructor at Udemy

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)
Seamans (Orlando)
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"