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Lens, Light, and Landscape: Glenn Randall's Blog

A great landscape photograph has to begin with an emotional reaction to the light on the land, but it cannot end there. Photography today is highly technical as well as emotional. You can have the most profound experience imaginable, but if you haven't mastered the craft of photography, the images you produce will fail. Capturing what you saw is easy: just put the camera to your eye and push the button. Capturing what you felt is harder, and capturing what you felt in such a clear and compelling way that you can spray some ink on a piece of paper and make your viewer feel the same emotions you felt when you captured the image ‒ that is when landscape photography can truly become an art.


I hope that Lens, Light and Landscape will help you master the art, craft, and science of landscape photography. Once a month, I plan to add a new post addressing some aspect of landscape photography. Topics will include scouting, atmospheric optics, how lighting angles vary across the seasons, composition, metering high-contrast scenes, digital image processing, crafting compelling prints, how our eyes see art, and many more. My monthly email newsletter will contain a link to each new post. If you'd like to receive my newsletter, please join my mailing list by clicking the link below. And if you think a friend would enjoy this post, please forward the link. Thanks for reading ‒ please let me know what you think!

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Index to blog posts


The Canyon Conundrum: Winter at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, January 12, 2011


The Curvature of the Twilight Wedge, February 16, 2011


Mastering Graduated Neutral Density Filters, April 13, 2011


Searching for Fresh Images in Familiar Locales, October 31, 2011


Sit Tight or Gun and Run? December 3, 2011


Four Quick Tips January 5, 2012


Taking the Mystery Out of Tilt-Shift Lenses, February 27, 2012


The Best Weather Site for Landscape Photographers, March 28, 2012


The Tyranny of the Remembering Self, April 30, 2012


"If It Looks Real, It Is Real," June 27, 2012


Hyperfocal Distance and Depth of Field, September 4, 2012


Adobe's "Secret" Gift to HDR Users, October 24, 2012


Compose With Your Feet, November 18, 2012


Scouting for Landscape Photographs: Beyond the Basics, December 14, 2012


The Fog of Printing, January 4, 2013


Don't Cut and Run! June 1, 2013


Focus Stacking, Part 1: Potential and Pitfalls, April 29, 2014


Focus Stacking, Part 2: Helicon Focus, September 24, 2014


Tripod Tips, November 28, 2014


Lightroom CC, June 1, 2015


Lunar Eclipse over Longs Peak: a How-To, July 6, 2015


Border Patrols and Background Checks, January 20, 2016


The Power of Black & White -- for Color Photographers, February 10, 2016


Luminosity Masks the Easy Way, March 1, 2016


The Making of Star Trails over Old Faithful, March 22, 2016


Mastering Dramatic Light without HDR, June 18, 2016


The Rembrandt Solution, October 25, 2016


Solving the Panorama Parallax Problem, November 14, 2016


The Best App for Sun and Moon Position Search, February 2, 2017


The Exposure Riddle, March 12, 2017


The Photographer's Ephemeris 3D, July 22, 2017


Case Study: Editing a Milky Way Image in Lightroom CC--Updated, January 24, 2018


Can Night Photographs Be "Authentic"?--Updated, February 26, 2018


2018: A Great Year for Meteor Showers, March 7, 2018


My Image Torture Test, April 5, 2018


The Best Way to Reduce Noise at Night, June 21, 2018


A review of the iOptron SkyTracker Pro Star-Tracking Camera Mount - Updated, September 3, 2018


Reducing Noise in Night Skies using RegiStar Software, September 10, 2018


October 2018 Lightroom Classic CC Update Streamlines Panorama Processing, October 24, 2018


The Most Colorful Light You'll Ever See, November 30, 2018


The Science of Glow Light, January 10, 2019


Think You’ve Been There, Shot That? Think Again, February 7, 2019


The Best Lenses for Night Photography, April 17, 2019


Chasing ERNIs, July 17, 2019


Look Now for Volcanic Sunrises and Sunsets, August 29, 2019


The Making of Full Moon over Longs Peak, October 16, 2019


Never Eat Breakfast Before Midnight, November 8, 2019

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