I'm excited to announce a one-of-a-kind Winter Workshop in the Finnish Lapland and Northern Norway. 6-days full of unique places chasing the Northern Lights and Winter landscapes. I have teamed up with Konsta Punkka and Juuso Hämäläinen to create this fantastic opportunity for a lucky few. We will explore from Kittilä to Kilpisjärvi and all the way to Northern Norway. We explore Kilpisjärvi area with snowmobiles throughout our time there.
The workshop also includes post-processing lectures with an opportunity to learn our secrets in capturing and post-processing images.
Hey everyone! I’m excited to have partnered with the new 5DayDeal Photography Bundle 2018. The Photography Bundle is the best way to get a ton of tutorials, eBooks, Presets and you name it from the best in the industry in a single package! The bundle will be released in a few days, so stay tuned. Meanwhile you can go and take part of the amazing giveaway!
I’m proud to release a new eBook ATMOSPHERE ~ How to create atmospheric photography. I took all my knowledge about how to create evocative photographs and combined them into the eBook. If you want to learn how I approach mood in photography and editing take a look, and I believe anyone can learn something from the eBook.
The ATMOSPHERE eBook includes topics about what creates mood and from generating ideas to planning and capturing the photographs. The eBook consists of seven different editing tutorials from some of my favorite pictures.
These are the things you will learn from the eBook
What creates mystery and atmosphere
How to use color to create mood
How to capture atmospheric photographs
In-Depth Editing tutorials
First Snow ~ Color editing
Old Ghost In The Mist ~ Learn simplistic editing
Blizzard ~ Learn light editing
Path ~ How to use color to create mood
Heart of the Storm ~ How to create atmospheric photo manipulations
A new Preset Collection included in the ATMOSPHERE Bundle you can find on the eBook page. The ATMOSPHERE Preset Collection was made with the photographs in the eBook and it contains 23 high-quality presets for Lightroom CC Classic (7.3 and later) and for Camera Raw.
Example images created entirely with the new presets
In Finland and northern Europe, the summer weather has been hot, and it has lasted far longer than the typical summers. I fell in love with the warm mornings. Waking up early in the morning has its advantages, and in Summer when the sun rises around, 4 am you need to be early to catch it. For the past three weeks, I have woken up around 3 am to head out before the first rays hit the landscapes. The rains have been scarce, but recently after long hot days, the storms have arrived.
The storm gives a fresh feel to nature. Humidity and wind make you feel alive. Heart of the Storm is a vision I created by combining three of my images to create this surreal looking seascape view.
Exif & Equipment
Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8, RRS Tripod Sky: ISO 100, 14 mm, f/7.1, 1/100 Seascape: ISO 100, 15 mm, f/11, 109 sec. Lightning: ISO 64, 24 mm, f/9, 3.0 sec.
The photographs were first edited in Lightroom to match the light and color using the reference view. After this, the set was opened as smart objects inside Photoshop and drafted together using the techniques in my Day & Night -course. Finally, opened in Lightroom to make the final color adjustments using Phase Collection - Discreet - Blues preset.
Mikko Lagerstedt – Heart of the Storm, 2018 – Emäsalo, Finland
One of my favorite mornings in 2018 has to be this one. I shared last week a view captured on the same morning. Old Ghost was taken just a few hours before the picture in this post. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this old pier floating in the mist. You can never be sure what you will find or capture when you grab your gear and head out.
For me, finding inspiring views like these is the beauty of photography. The unpredictable faces of nature and places, in which weather plays a huge role. This view was particularly compelling to me at the time I captured it. The moment made me appreciate my time in nature and ground my thoughts to the base of life. Before I went out to photograph, I seemed to be lost in feelings of worry and anxiety. I believe that taking action in something you love to do will free your thoughts and make you appreciate what you have.
Take a slow breath and focus on the things that make you happy.
Equipment & Exif
Nikon D810, Nikon 24-120 mm f/4.0 VR ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8.0 & 1/200 sec.
I used Lightroom to edit this photo. I went through basic settings, lens corrections and finally, I used the transform panel to straighten the perspective. Colors were modified with a preset Blue & Yellow from my Phase Preset Collection.
Mikko Lagerstedt - Breathe - Finland - 2018
In other news. I've just created a new page, where you can quickly scroll through my favorite photographs with stories, equipment, and other information. See Behind The Photography.
I will be posting more of these stories here on my blog as well. The idea behind the page is to give you easier access to the stories behind my favorite photographs. Is there something specific you would like to see in the behind the photography posts? Let me know.