As part of an ongoing series, the CNN Underscored team showcases outstanding deals you can shop right now on the CNN Store. Each week, our staff chooses a product to feature that we think you’ll love. This week, we’re highlighting The Complete Outdoor Photography Bundle ($39, originally $450; store.cnn.com).
Anyone can be a photographer these days – all you need is a camera phone. But a good photographer? That’s another matter. There are around 350 million photos uploaded to Facebook and 80 million photos uploaded to Instagram each day. No wonder it can be hard to have your photos stand out.
And nature photography can be trickier than indoor shots. You could just snap a picture of a landscape with your phone, but to really capture the color of a sunset or the movement of a wild animal, you’ll need to learn some specific skills.
The Complete Outdoor Photography Bundle ($39, originally $450; store.cnn.com) is an extensive online course led by several award-winning photographers. They show you, through their experiences, tested techniques and varied teaching styles, how to master your art and your equipment. Their tips on better angles, better light, better gear and better editing techniques go way beyond what you’d find in a user’s manual.
With this package, you’ll get a bundle of five courses that focus on specific skills:
You can always adjust studio light, but natural light is less forgiving. In this course, Matt Klokowski, a Tampa-based landscape photographer and the best-selling author of more than 20 photography books, will teach you how to make the best of whatever light nature gives you. From dawn to dusk, Klokowski takes you through every kind of lighting situation possible, so you’ll have all your bases covered.
Wildlife can be hard to find. And even when you do find animals, they’re hard to capture in a photograph – they move quickly and unpredictably. Tom Mangelsen has over 40 years of experience observing and photographing some of our planet’s wildest and rarest places, and in this course he’ll teach you what he’s learned. Through Mangelsen’s personal experiences and expert knowledge, you’ll learn about proper equipment, scouting methods to find your subjects, and even the ethical considerations of working with wildlife.
Sometimes, what you see in nature just doesn’t translate into a photograph. With another course led by Klokowski, you can learn how to use applications like Photoshop and Lightroom to recover the lost hues, auras, and intensity that you saw in the natural landscape.
Photography, like any art, involves both artistry and technique. With Marc Muench, a seasoned professional of more than 20 years, you can learn what he calls the “creative trinity” and the “technical trinity” of photography. The former will teach you how to understand composition, subject and light, and the latter will give you a mastery over your equipment. Muench’s work has appeared in publications like Time and National Geographic, and he’s well-versed in all the intricacies of outdoor photography.
You’ll learn how to capture the grandeur of landscapes in your pictures through the lens of other forms of art. Award-winning photographer John Greengo uses illustrations, animations and other comparative examples of great photography to show how you can make your pictures more unique. Greengo’s mastery over many forms of visual art makes his approach to photography unusual and valuable.
With this comprehensive package of courses, you’ll be able to master nature photography. And now that it’s available for 90% off, this is an opportunity you won’t want to pass up if you’ve ever thought about improving your outdoor photography skills.