The Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

The Great Courses
Show More

24 videos in this collection

Landscape Photographer, Landscape Artist
Start your photographic adventure by grounding yourself in the essence of great landscape photography. How is it like fly fishing? What artists and photographers have influenced Mr. Melford's own work?…
Seeing the Way the Camera Sees
Shutter speed, depth of field, and ISO (a camera's sensitivity to light). Discover how these technical concepts work with one another to form the foundation of powerful landscape photos. Also,…
What’s in My Bag?
Every image in these lectures was captured with equipment found in Mr. Melford's backpack. Peer inside the landscape photographer's bag and discover when to use essential tools including cable releases,…
Four Kinds of Light in Landscapes
Every worthwhile landscape photo has three elements that make it powerful: composition, light, and content. Among the many topics you'll cover in this lecture are compositional aspects (such as leading…
Landscape Color Variation and Combinations
Colors abound in the natural world, so it's essential for landscape photographers to understand how they mix-and how people respond to them. Taking you to places like Acadia National Park…
Nighttime and Daytime Skyscapes
Aim your camera upwards with this lesson on shooting the sky during the day and at night. From sun-blocking clouds to the aurora borealis and star trails, you'll learn that…
Above- and Below-Surface Waterscapes
How do expert landscape photographers use water as their subject or as a compositional element? What does it take to capture the dramatic spectacle of a waterfall? Why is ice…
Landscape Photography Site Research
Landscape photographs often requires photographers to do their research. In this lecture, take a trip out to the stark majesty of Death Valley and learn how landscape photographers decipher where…
Drive-By Photography: Travel Photos
When you're traveling by car, boat, or plane, you're often not in control of what you can photograph. However, you can still use the photographer's expert eye to get interesting…
Computer Editing: Review and Cataloging
With digital photography, once you've captured the image your work is only half finished. In the first of two lectures on editing photographs on your computer, learn how to catalog…
Computer Editing: Development
Continue learning how photographers use computer editing software to make sure photos look their best. You'll learn tips, tricks, and shortcuts for working with important development tools like the dehaze…
Five Ideas for Successful Landscape Photos
Mr. Melford leaves you with five all-important ideas on making sure the next landscape photos you take are unforgettable ones. Using more work from his extensive portfolio, he shares inspirational…
Wildlife Photography
Start the second half of the course with Mr. Laman, who introduces you to the varied skills mastered by all great wildlife photographers. First up: a journey to the rainforests…
Photographing Winter Wildlife
Winter weather offers a stunning environment in which to photograph wild animals. Comb through Mr. Laman's shots of snow monkeys, cranes, and other animals to glean the technical aspects of…
Photographing Island Wildlife
Head to the Galapagos Islands and experience what it's like to photograph wildlife like crabs, iguanas, and sea lions. Key takeaways you'll learn include anticipating an animal's peak moment of…
Nighttime Wildlife Photography
Stop being afraid of the dark and discover the wonders of photographing nocturnal animals like bats, lizards, owls, insects, and lemurs. How can you use shadows to add drama to…
Documenting Biodiversity
Follow Mr. Laman as he documents birds and monkeys during a trip to the Amazon rainforest. This lecture on shooting with big lenses (essential tools of wildlife photography) also introduces…
Photographing Life in the Sea
Get a primer in underwater photography as another form of wildlife photography that requires you to adapt to a unique set of circumstances. You'll learn how light works underwater, why…
Camera Traps for Elusive Wildlife
What does it take to shoot in a wet, muddy environment like the mangroves? How does a wildlife photographer set out to photograph an elusive animal? Find out in this…
Antarctica: A Photographer's Paradise
Discover what makes Antarctica such a visual wonderland for wildlife photographers. King penguins massed along an iceberg; wandering albatrosses in mid-flight; Mr. Laman reveals the trade secrets of how he…
Photography on the Road
Learn how to navigate the pros and cons of photographing wildlife from the safety (and constriction) of a vehicle. You'll visit one of the most sparsely populated regions of Australia…
Orangutans: Photographing Animal Communities
Join Mr. Laman for an eye-opening encounter with some of our closest relatives: orangutans. Follow him as he tries different techniques for capturing images of these animals eating, playing, fighting,…
Birds of Paradise: Ultimate Photo Challenge
Comb through more than eight years of photos from Mr. Laman's most ambitious project: photographing all 39 species of birds of paradise in the wild. As you'll learn in this…
Getting Your Best Wildlife Photo
Finish the course with three different experiences capturing photos of exotic birds-from their perspective. Along the way, learn how everything you've explored in previous lectures comes together to produce what…

Related videos

Landscape Photographer, Landscape Artist
Start your photographic adventure by grounding yourself in the essence of great landscape photography. How is it like fly fishing? What artists and photographers have influenced Mr. Melford's own work? What three elements and tools do photographers need to capture breathtaking shots of the natural world?
Landscape Color Variation and Combinations
Colors abound in the natural world, so it's essential for landscape photographers to understand how they mix-and how people respond to them. Taking you to places like Acadia National Park and Adirondack State Park, Mr. Melford shows you how to play with color in your photos.
Documenting Biodiversity
Follow Mr. Laman as he documents birds and monkeys during a trip to the Amazon rainforest. This lecture on shooting with big lenses (essential tools of wildlife photography) also introduces you to specialized tripods, as well as image stabilizers that help photographers capture sharp pictures at low shutter speeds.
Above- and Below-Surface Waterscapes
How do expert landscape photographers use water as their subject or as a compositional element? What does it take to capture the dramatic spectacle of a waterfall? Why is ice a great element for finding abstract patterns? How can you take interesting underwater photographs without investing in expensive camera housings?
Working with Light in a Landscape
Landscape photography may seem easy--just a matter of going outside and snapping away--but there's an art to excellent landscape photographs. And most times, it doesn't require fancy diffusers and flashes. Discover the secrets of expert landscape photographers, including when to shoot and how to frame your foreground.
Computer Editing: Review and Cataloging
With digital photography, once you've captured the image your work is only half finished. In the first of two lectures on editing photographs on your computer, learn how to catalog your photos, how to organize them for easy access, and (most important of all) how to be a ruthless self-editor.
What’s in My Bag?
Every image in these lectures was captured with equipment found in Mr. Melford's backpack. Peer inside the landscape photographer's bag and discover when to use essential tools including cable releases, different lenses (such as the perfect landscape lens) and polarizing filters (which take the haze out of sky and water).
Five Ideas for Successful Landscape Photos
Mr. Melford leaves you with five all-important ideas on making sure the next landscape photos you take are unforgettable ones. Using more work from his extensive portfolio, he shares inspirational advice on finding your own style, surrounding yourself with art, and getting out there into the natural world.
Wildlife Photography
Start the second half of the course with Mr. Laman, who introduces you to the varied skills mastered by all great wildlife photographers. First up: a journey to the rainforests of Borneo in search of African hornbills that illustrates the practical aspects you have to figure out before taking that…
Birds of Paradise: Ultimate Photo Challenge
Comb through more than eight years of photos from Mr. Laman's most ambitious project: photographing all 39 species of birds of paradise in the wild. As you'll learn in this adventure story, one of the most important aspects of wildlife photography is appreciating the sheer joy of the pursuit.
Antarctica: A Photographer's Paradise
Discover what makes Antarctica such a visual wonderland for wildlife photographers. King penguins massed along an iceberg; wandering albatrosses in mid-flight; Mr. Laman reveals the trade secrets of how he manages to snag these and other dynamic shots in the midst of such a white, snowy environment.
Fundamentals of Photography II
Great photography goes beyond knowing about how lenses and f-stops work. It's about creative problem solving under real-world conditions. Taking great photographs means knowing how to choose the right tool or apply the right technique to capture your subject in the best possible way. Photographers who wish to excel--professional and…