5DayDeal - The real deal!

As you may have noticed that the 5DayDeal Photography Bundle has now been released and I’m happy to announce that my eBook Star Photography Masterclass is included in the Bundle!

Complete Photography Bundle – $2,500 Worth of Products for Just $89, tutorials and some amazing stuff! It only is available for five days, so before it’s too late go and grab your bundle!

ATMOSPHERE eBook and Preset Collection

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

    • Pathway ~ Creative editing in Photoshop

    • Strange Ways ~ Using blur to emphasize mood

  • Extra Content

    • How to find your vision & style in photography

    • Deconstruct photographs and learn faster

Example pages from the eBook

Tutorials from the eBook

NEW ATMOSPHERE PRESET COLLECTION

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

Moonset

Whenever I force myself out of bed at 3 am to catch the sunrise and mist. I never feel disappointed with the time I spend outside. I might feel tired and frustrated if I don't find anything to photograph, but I always try to learn something from these situations. It's not easy by no means. Sometimes I might learn that no, I should have gone photograph the stars instead or create a timelapse. After a shoot, I try to write a few words if I feel frustrated with my work to help solve the feeling. Usually, I just feel that I let myself down by not being good enough in some situation. I also write a few words of what could I do differently next time I go out. I try not to make the same mistakes but of course, I might forget these learning experiences when time goes on, I guess it's part of being a creative. 

This morning I felt cold as my shoes got wet by walking around the wet field. It didn't bother me much. My goal was to capture the setting moon as I knew it was a full moon morning. After some experimenting with compositions, I chose a simplistic approach. Mist, trees and the moon. Sometimes the simplest things can be the one I find myself enjoying the most. I hope you enjoy it as well! 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikon 70-200 mm f/4.0 VR & RRS tripod
200 mm, f/8.0, 1/30 sec. ISO 100. 

Post-processing

Lightroom basic settings and radial and gradual filters. I also applied a Discreet - Blue preset from the Phase preset collection

Moonset - Tuusula, Finland - 2018

Heart of The Storm

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.

Post-processing

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

Breathe

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.

Post-Processing

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

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.