Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi has teamed up with Elia Locardi to produce Photographing The World: Landscape Photography & Post-processing. With 15 lessons and more than 12 hours of video content, this tutorial will take you from the on-location capture all the way through Elia's post-processing techniques in the studio.  To produce a truly unique landscape tutorial unlike any other, we traveled to both Iceland and New Zealand so we could teach lessons in two completely different climates and seasons.  From waterfalls and ice caves in Iceland to lakes and ocean sides in New Zealand, Photographing the World has something for everyone interested in landscape photography.  


Meet Elia

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker and highly experienced educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 50 countries and flown over one million miles.

Elia Locardi Landscape Photography Tutorial Video
Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of travel photography. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, depth and emotion. Fstoppers is excited to team up with Elia to share his photography process from the moment the image is captured all the way to the final post production rendering.

Here are a couple of Before and After Examples included in the Landscape Photography Tutorial

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Landscape Photography Video Tutorial Before - New ZealandLandscape Photography Video Tutorial After - New Zealand

The full landscape photography tutorial is broken down into 15 lessons, plus an Intro to Gear and Intro to the Basics, which covers all of the gear, scouting tips, composition techniques, and camera settings Elia uses on a daily basis to create his stunning imagery. With the tutorial download, you will also receive access to his RAW files and reference Photoshop PSD files.  This means you can follow along with your own edits as Elia teaches you every step of his streamlined workflow.  From simple layer masking techniques to complex blending with luminosity masks, this tutorial will give you the tools to make stunning landscape photographs yourself. 

This tutorial includes 15 lessons and post processing sessions

What’s included in the Digital Download:

  • 12+ Hours of Video Content (1080p, 23.9fps, H.264 mpg4, over 25GB of material)

  • 15 On Location and Studio Post-processing Lessons

  • Intro to the Basics of Photography

  • Overview of every piece of photography gear Elia uses and why

  • Full RAW files and companion software catalogs so you can follow along (Lightroom, PSD, and CaptureONE)

  • 8 Behind the Scenes episodes of our experiences traveling and filming this incredible project

  • Private Elia Facebook Group access for extended education and photo sharing

Follow along and edit your own versions of each image

For these video tutorials, our goal is for you to be able to jump right in and create world class images from day one. So instead of teaching just the basic buttons, sliders and software, we are going to be working on the actual files we captured together in the field. As we go along, the complexity will ramp up, and new tools and techniques will be added in each lesson as you follow along.  By the end of this tutorial you will know how to use Elia's workflow to produce stunning landscape images of your own.  

What is covered in this tutorial:

  • Photography Basics (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, White Balance, etc)
  • Overview of best lenses and gear for Landscape photography
  • Tips for better composition
  • Focus Stacking and maximizing depth of field
  • Bracketing and multi exposure blending
  • Graduated Neutral Density Filters
  • Solid Neutral Density Filters
  • Blurring water and skies with long exposures
  • Building Panoramic images
  • Dealing with Sun Flare
  • Understanding Light (Golden Hour, Blue Hour, Sunrise and Sunset)
  • Using lens compression to your advantage
  • Removing and adding the human element into your images
  • Polarizers​
  • Bracketing and multiple exposure blending
  • RAW Processing and Editing Workflow
  • Color correction and image adjustment
  • Basic object removal, painting, and cloning
  • Masking and Layering Techniques
  • Introduction to Luminosity Masking
  • Time Blending (combining exposures shot at different times)

When building the lessons for this tutorial, it was important for us to teach not only the technical aspects of landscape photography but also the creative and subjective artistry that makes this genre so popular.  With this in mind, each lesson contains new challenges and new solutions to help you become better equipped when out in the field.  

Please note that some of the tools that Elia uses during this tutorial have evolved since the time of filming. Specifically, some of the plug-ins are no longer fully supported by Photoshop, so you may need to use workarounds in order to install and utilize them. Additionally some of the plug-ins that previously cost money are now free. If you are interested in a plug-in free workflow, Elia only uses mainstream software in Photographing the World 3.

Bonus Fstoppers Behind the Scenes

As an extra bonus, Lee and Patrick have edited 8 short behind the scenes episode of their travels with Elia and Naomi Locardi.  These videos act as a personal diary through both Iceland and New Zealand, giving you an intimate look into how each lesson was filmed and produced.  Living life out of a suitcase while carrying 100s of pounds of camera gear isn't always the most glamorous lifestyle but it does makes for some great entertainment.  

*all refund conditions are outlined in our terms of service

*All refunds are outlined in our terms of service.

Two Additional Photographing the World Tutorials!

If you are not aware, Photographing the World 1 is only part of the Photographing the World series. If you are new to Elia's work or are looking for the most comprehensive education on landscape and cityscape photography, we have combined multiple tutorials below with additional savings. For more information on either of these other tutorials, head over to the tutorial page for Photographing the World 2 as well as Photographing the World 3

*No refunds allowed for bundle purchases.

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Morten Jess Nielsen's picture

Dear Fstoppers and Elia,

WOW! What a piece of work, this must be one of the most impressive e-learning courses that I have ever seen. And of cause the price is thereafter. I'm not saying that the price is too high, just that it is a lot of money. Therefore it worries me a bit, that cannot see more of the actual post-processing training in the promotional material. I find that the speed, flow and teaching style is very important for me, if I am to do an investment like this (which I am very likely to do).

Could you provide a three minute preview of a post-processing training?

We may release free sections later but as of right now I'd suggest you take advantage of our money back guarantee. If you don't like it for any reason we will give you a full refund.

Berthold Meincke's picture

I bought it yesterday, downloaded all the files with incredible speed. Watched the first three Lessons and I'm stoked about the production value and content! It is ridicoulusly amazing how good this. It's worth the money by a lot. You, fine sirs, did an amazing job there! and now.. GUYS!!! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?! GET IT!

I've been studying landscape photography for quite a while now. After downloading and watching the first two videos I've already notched up my photography. This is amazing. I really appreciate the thought and effort that went into producing this. High def, drones, etc. Awesome. I'd be excited just by learning how to change my Wacom to match. Thanks Elia and the Fstopper team!

If you're wondering if it's worth it, make the plunge and invest in yourself. No investment in yourself is ever a waste and this is some of the best info out there...PERIOD.

Michael Goderre's picture

Normally I wouldn't pay this much for a tutorial but I'm traveling to Italy soon and I'm a huge fan of Elia Locardi and the work he has done. His images of Italy with the Phantom 3 inspired me to buy one myself. Then I saw the add for this tutorial and thought should I get this??... no...yes.. maybe... F-it. So I got it. I just finished lesson 1 in Kirkjufell and I have to say I'm very impressed. I'm always skeptical with online tutorials, especially when I'm dropping $300. You guys did an AMAZING job!! It is not only extremely informative, but also inspirational while being very entertaining as well. My wife has not seen me in days, as I'm in my office watching the tutorials. She is not a big fan of Fstoppers right now :)

I highly recommend this Tutorial. Well worth the investment.

I have a few questions for Elia (or anyone that may have an answer). I'm thinking of bringing the Phantom 3 to Italy but I don't want to get in trouble or be hassled by the authorities. I will be traveling from the US, visiting Rome Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks

1) Can I fly in the above places?
2) Do I need any special permission?
3) Any advice on checking my Phantom at the airport

Elia Locardi's picture

Feel free to ping me in the Facebook Group for a more lengthy discussion. Basically in Rome, Florence, and Venice, you are not technically allowed to fly a drone. So be very careful if you do since you will likely be shut down fast. In Amalfi you're on the coast so likely nobody will hassle you. Above all though, please be careful no matter where you decide to fly.

I would recommend carrying on the P3. I use the Airport Helipak by Think Tank Photo. If you do check it, make sure to remove all the batteries or it won't make it onto the flight.

Steve Pope's picture

By far one of the best investments I have made this year. Each lesson is thorough and well presented without confusing jargon. It has made me go back to many of my images from some of the same locations in Iceland and New Zealand and rework them with Elia's post processing techniques. In one word this course can be summed up: Outstanding!

Steve Pope's picture

The post processing tips are superb! I especially like the emphasis on not over-cooking the images but making them artistically realistic (okay, that was a strange but apt terminology). Specifically sharpening the foreground and letting it fall off with distance is really smart!

Carey St. Hilaire's picture

After taking Elia Locardi's Moments in Time face to face training in New York City and receiving a wealth of knowledge, I jumped at another learning opportunity to improve my skills. Right from the first tutorial, I picked up new techniques that I had no idea existed. Elia and the Fstoppers have gone to great lengths to create an epic tutorial and they exceeded my already high expectations. The footage captured with the drones and the scouting that Elia does in the field make me feel like I am right there beside him. The videos are 1080p, the sound is great, and the beauty of places visited could not be any better.

Elia is an excellent presenter and takes his time to explain things so that learners of all levels will be able to follow. This is a tutorial you don't want to miss out on. If you want to take your photography to the next level, you need this. This is the best money I have spent in quite some time! Kudos to the entire team for such a great result.

Having purchased the tutorial from Elia I can strongly recommend any photographer irrespective of experience purchasing this digital adventure. I have learnt so much already and I have only watched the first 4 videos out of 15. It is of course up to me to improve my own photography but this tutorial points you in every direction behind the camera and the post processing and I am convinced my own photography will take a dramatic leap in quality when I put in to practice many of Elia's recommendations. 

Steve Pope's picture

One of my favorite parts of Elia's lessons is that you can stop the video and listen to a section over and over until you understand what he is doing and how you can apply the same things to your images. If you have to listen to a lesson two or three times, that is fine, the important thing is that you learn!

Rafael Orczy's picture

great video!

Natural landscape is always awesome for me. I am fond of this type of images. thanks you shared great pic with us.

I am interested in this as I am traveling around the world for a year. I currently only have Adobe Photoshop CS5 on my laptop. Will I need to purchase more software in order to follow along? Thanks!

Patrick Hall's picture

Elia does use Lightroom and/or Capture One to process the RAW files and then he uses Photoshop to tweak them. There are some other programs he uses most of which have free trial periods. The other programs he uses do make his life easier and offer more flexibility but I wouldn't say any of them are absolutely necessarily. We just wanted to offer extra value in showing other software and Elia wanted to remain true to his actual workflow by using the same processing he does day in and day out.

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