Podcast: Embracing Technology in the “New” Landscape Photography


This week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast posits the notion that we are in a new “Golden Age” of landscape photography, and a fundamental attribute of this landscape photography is its embracing of digital and mobile technologies. From soaring ISO capabilities and improved dynamic range to stacking and correction software to weather, mapping, and pre-production apps, the willing photographer can plan and execute landscape images that would have been impossible to create only a few short years ago. We also suggest that the Pacific Northwest, with its proximity to the cradle of the tech industry and a spectrum of natural wonders, is the hub of this progressive landscape photography movement. Veteran photographers have adopted new technologies and created a movement, and a younger generation is following suit, certain to take landscape photography into a future that includes drones, VR, and imaging technologies yet to be imagined. We also discuss the influence of photo-sharing platforms and new career models that enable photographers to distribute their work and travel to destinations that editorial assignments would never cover.

We welcome to our conversation two preëminent landscape photographers, Erin Babnik and Sean Bagshaw, who discuss their work and the use of the high-tech gear and applications in the creation of their photography. In addition to the obligatory Q and A about camera and lens choices, we discuss location and weather apps, post-process plug-ins, and even the latest foul-weather gear, all of which enable them to create the stunning work for which they are known. Both photographers are members of Photo Cascadia, and have a wide following of supporters and students. Their workshops sell out months in advance. After hearing their insights and seeing their imagery, there will be no doubt as to why.

Also, at the end of today’s episode, we announce the winners of our Canon 5D Mark IV sweepstakes.

Guests: Erin Babnik and Sean Bagshaw

The Lost Ark © Erin Babnik
Enigma © Erin Babnik
Kairos © Erin Babnik
Rhapsody in Blue © Erin Babnik
Requiem © Erin Babnik
Catching Air © Erin Babnik
Wood and Stone © Sean Bagshaw
The Gift Tree © Sean Bagshaw
Summer Seclusion © Sean Bagshaw
Mostnica Autumn © Sean Bagshaw
Okshornan Peaks © Sean Bagshaw
Bohinj Woods © Sean Bagshaw
Lineage © Sean Bagshaw

Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves