photography tutorial

Vast – Vík, Iceland

After driving to Vík for my first night in Iceland, I decided to head out and capture the beautiful night sky. I drove to multiple locations and one of which was Reynisfjara. This beach is a gem even in the daylight. I wanted to focus on the beautiful sky and vast landscape, so I ended up taking multiple shots of the Milky Way. I set my camera on my tripod and left it to take multiple photographs and shot this one. Standing still for 15 seconds is always a difficult task, and in this wind, it was almost impossible. Thankfully I ended up with a shot I was happy. With the photograph, I want to show you how beautifully vast the landscapes are in Iceland and also convey the feeling of how small we are in this Universe.

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14–24 mm f/2.8, Sirui R4203 L Tripod & Manfrotto 3WAY-Head
ISO 6400, 24 mm, f/2.8, 15 sec.


I used the new Saga Preset Collection to edit the image. First, I chose a Landscape preset: Cool Water and used the built-in graduated filters in the Saga Collections to enhance the stars and Milky Way. I chose a split-toning preset from the collection Blue and Green to slightly boost the colors. I opened the image in Photoshop and used the Puppet Warp to straighten my silhouette in the picture and remove the distortions from the picture. Lastly, I used Stars Enhance from my Fine Art Actions to boost the night sky. 

Click on the image to see it before!

Dimension - Kilpisjärvi, Finland

I visited Kilpisjärvi in February and while I was there I had the pleasure to go out and explore the landscapes. I had a vision how I wanted to show the landscape. I captured this photograph on my first evening there. It was a quite windy, cold yet quiet environment. Standing in this beautiful scenery alone in the dark was an amazing experience. I captured the scenery using my Vision of Depth technique. Which you can find in my Star Photography Masterclass eBook.

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod & Ball head. 
Foreground: 4 min 32 sec, f/8 ISO 800, 14 mm
Stars: 30 sec. f/2.8, ISO 1600, 14 mm


Edit in Lightroom using the Panorama function (see my free tutorial) capturing two horizontal exposures. Edited with Saga Preset Collection (Cold Night). 

View from Iceland

Hi, everyone. I hope your year has had a fantastic start! I had the pleasure to visit Iceland for the first time. It was an amazing place to travel. I will be creating a series of photographs from there, here is a teaser from my first night there. I'm currently working on a new set of Presets for star and landscape photography. The set will be released in the following two weeks. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14 - 24 mm f/2.8 G ED
14 mm, 30 sec. ISO 6400, f/2.8 with a timer


Phase Preset Collection for Lightroom: Night - Blue and Smooth. 

Mikko Lagerstedt - View from Iceland, 2016

Alone & Forgotten

I have similar shot to this from my early days, but somehow I liked how this looks. 
I shot this last October on a beautiful foggy evening. 

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR, Sirui Tripod R-4203L & Sirui Ball Head K-40X

ISO 100, 35 mm, f/4.0, 30 sec. 

I processed this shot with my Fog Preset & Split Toning Preset. More info about the presets here.

Enjoy your weekend! :)

Great Resources For Photographers

A collection of websites I find very interesting and great sources of inspiration. If you are stuffed with Christmas food and not ready to go out and take photos, you might want to check these sites out. :)


Photography Inspiration

Curated photography gallery - a great source of inspiration and a fun community.



Lots of photos and a voting system, great site if you want to see what kind of photography is popular among photographers. 



A huge community with different creative fields.. Photography, Design, Fashion, etc. 



Daily inspiration source from Design, Photography to Items.. 



Image bookmarking source for anything really.
Tip: hit J to go forward and K to go back.


Looks Like Good Design

Source of inspiring projects and photographers.


My Modern Metropolis

A blog with all kind of sources of inspiration.



News and inspiration, anything photography related.





Even before I stumbled into Photography, I was going through this site. It's a great source of tutorials, inspiration and wallpapers. 


For every photographer or photo enthusiast, this site provides excellent video tutorials and talks about photography.



One of my favorite sites for Photoshop -tutorials. 


Hope you liked the list. Happy Holidays!