Online Class

Photographing Coastal Landscapes

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Master technical skills to capture the coast in awe-inspiring images!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Kurt Budliger
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Create dramatic photographs of land and sea with professional photographer Kurt Budliger as your guide. Learn essential techniques for beach photography, starting with how to track tides and scout shoot locations for optimal results. Harness natural light as you utilize the beauty of the blue and golden hours, and incorporate fog, storm clouds and atmosphere for distinctive images. Explore a variety of ways to properly expose for dynamic range, incorporating graduated neutral density filters and polarizers. Then, discover Kurt’s expert tips to create compelling, one-of-a-kind compositions with depth and balance. Capture crashing waves with crystal-clear focus, and use long exposure for ethereal, otherworldly images. Finally, learn advanced post-processing techniques to enhance vibrance, optimize dynamic range and create captivating visual flow.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Planning & Possibilities
Meet your instructor, landscape photographer Kurt Budliger, and discover the amazing coastal scenes you can capture: from grand vistas to intimate scenes, natural and man-made. Kurt offers invaluable advice for scouting locations, planning your day, and researching and working with tides.
2. Elements of a Great Photo
3. Harnessing Dynamic Range
4. Dynamic Compositions
5. Capturing Wave Action
6. Working in the Wet Zone
7. Post-Processing

Taught by

Kurt Budliger
Kurt Budliger
Kurt Budliger has been photographing the natural landscape for nearly 20 years, and his photographs and articles have appeared in Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic Adventure, Outside magazine and many more. He is the co-founder and lead instructor of Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, a Vermont-based photography education organization, and is also a digital photography instructor with Vermont State Colleges.

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