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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

Milky Way & Aurora

A couple of weeks ago I went on a six-day road trip with Sami (@samiheiskanen) from Helsinki to Utsjoki to all the way up to Varanger, Norway. Even with over 4500 km's of driving we had an excellent photo journey there. 

For the final day in Norway, we had a chance to watch the Northern Lights dance over the clear sky near Vadsø. I captured this view from a nearby small river. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 & Manfrotto MT190CX Pro tripod. 
Two horizontal photographs ISO 6400, 30 sec., f/2.8 @ 14 mm 

Post-processing

I blended the two vertical images manually in Photoshop CC. If you wish to learn this blending technique go and see my ebook Star Photography Masterclass. After combining the images, I opened the final work in Lightroom and edited it with Saga Lightroom presets Star Landscape - Born and Split-Toning - Blues.  

Milky Way & Aurora - Vadsø, Norway - 2016

Way Of Light

Driving around Western Finland in pitch black night I found myself looking at train tracks to the horizon. Focusing on getting the settings perfect while the train sounds were breaking the silence of the night. It was a feeling to remember. While I was nowhere near the upcoming train, the moment certainly made my heart rate go up. Be safe out there, don't do anything stupid. 

I hope the image conveys the feeling I had in that specific moment. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8, Sirui Tripod & Ballhead
Two horizontal photographs with settings: ISO 6400, 2.8, 30 sec. 14 mm. 

Post-Processing

I used Lightrooms built-in panorama function to stitch the two images together. I edited the colors with Phase Preset: Hazy Night and edited the basic settings. I also enhanced the Milky Way in Photoshop with my Fine Art Action: Enhance Stars. 

Way Of Light - Western Finland, 2016

Storm - Vik, Iceland

In January, I visited Iceland for the first time in my life. It was a magical experience to drive around the beautiful country. I'm sure I will return there some day. Here is a brief moment captured in Vík when the clouds gave . 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Tamron 70–200 mm f2.8 VC
ISO 100, 90 mm, f/5.6, 1/640

Post-Processing

Two vertical images merged to panorama in Lightroom and color and atmosphere edit with the Saga Preset Collection.

Storm – Vík, Iceland 2016

Illuminated Night

We were fortunate to capture the Northern Lights couple of weeks ago when they hit the South of Finland.  Here is another view of those beautiful lights dancing in the sky. For this photograph, I was there standing on a rock captured in Porvoo, Finland.

Equipment and Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 Sirui Tripod & Ball Head
ISO 4000, 14 mm, f/2.8, 20 sec.
Edited with Phase Presets Collection Basic Adjustments

Mikko Lagerstedt - Illuminated Night - 2015 - Porvoo, Finland