Are you planning to photograph the Milky Way but don’t know its position? Perhaps you want to process your images but you don’t know which softwares to use? Looking for a more efficient way to process your images? Maybe you’re planning a photography trip to another country but you don’t know where to go. Here are 8 useful resources for landscape photography:
Post Processing & Image Editing
Adobe Creative Cloud
There are no better software than Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop for processing images these days. When combining the two platforms you have more or less everything you need when it comes to post production of your landscape photos. Adobe CC offers a variety of plans and the good news for photographers is that one of them is the Photography Plan which includes both Lightroom and Photoshop.
What I particularly love with Adobe CC is that you automatically get all new updates without having to pay anything extra. This means that each time Adobe releases new updates or tools within Photoshop or Lightroom you instantly get them without any effort.
Among the many things I love about Adobe CC is the fact that it works smoothly with a huge variation of plugins. One of my most used softwares within Photoshop is the Nik Collection, which recently was bought by Google and made free to download.
Inside this collection you find plugins such as Color Efex Pro (my favorite) and Silver Efex Pro (B&W converter). You also find: Viveza, Analog Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Dfine and Analog Efex Pro.
Personally, I use Color Efex Pro as part of my workshop for most my images and its quality is great. The best part? It’s free!
Website: NIK Collection
Raya Pro is another great tool to make your time in Photoshop more effective. It’s especially necessary if you’re blending multiple images or getting into Luminosity Masking. This panel is created by landscape photographer Jimmy McIntyre and has been a tool I’ve found extremely useful since its release.
The panel is easy to use and lets you achieve effects or create selections with only a few clicks. I am an affiliate for this product which means that if you choose to purchase it, I’ll earn a small percentage. However, I strictly choose the products I wish to promote and I believe this is a tool that is useful to those who use Adobe Photoshop.
Planning Resources for Landscape Photography
The Photographers Ephemeris
The Photographers Ephemeris is a tool available on both computer and smartphone. I consider it the ultimate tool for planning any outdoor images and a must have for all landscape photographers.
It’s a map-centric sun and moon calculator where you can see how the light will fall on the land for any location on earth at any time of the day. This means you can plan photos for today as well as an upcoming trip next year.
I find TPE extremely useful whenever I’m planning a photography trip. To capture the best possible images, it’s essential to know where the sun or moon’s position will be at the locations you plan to shoot.
When you’re traveling to foreign countries you might not always have access to internet. Either the connections are bad or it’s simply too expensive if you’re constantly roaming data. Yet, when you’re in a foreign country, you’re most likely not familiar with the area and it can be hard to navigate. Maps.me is an offline map with navigation and directions worldwide. All you need to do is download the map of a country while you’re online.
It’s fascinating how much a beach can change from low tide to high tide; actually, it can even be dangerous! I’ve been close to getting stuck by cliffs due to the tides myself and I’ve heard horror stories of people not making it back to land safely after the tide took them by surprise.
Knowing how high the tide will be and at what time is extremely important for seascape photographers. There are several apps and websites you can use to see the tides. The website I tend to use most is Tides4Fishing. I’ve found this to be very accurate and it also includes data for many remote beaches which is great when I’m away from popular touristic places.
Marketing & Social Media
Having a website to share your portfolio online can be a huge advantage in this digital age. You don’t need to have a complex website with lots of activity, even though having a blog can be very beneficial, but at least you should have a place to share your online portfolio.
Building a website is not an easy thing and the complexity of it is what keeps most of us away from doing it or perhaps outsourcing it. Squarespace, however, is an easy-to-use website builder which makes it possible to create professional looking websites without needing to know anything about coding. It’s basically a drag and drop system.
Price: Free 14-day trial then starting at $12 per month
Love it or hate it, Instagram is a great resource for landscape photographers. Besides being a great place to share your images it’s also a great platform to connect with photographers and clients around the world.
Brands also see Instagram as a good place to market their product and photographers can now get paid to promote them.
It should be mentioned that due to the latest changes with algorithms and business model, many claim that Instagram is dying. While this might be true, there are still many benefits from registering and using it while it’s still as big as it is.
Do you have any resources that are essential for your photography? Let us know by leaving a comment below!