Our guide to landscape photography
Justine Fedorowycz

Our guide to landscape photography

First published date August 07 2015 Amended date August 07 2015

If you’ve ever stopped to take a look around you, you might’ve noticed that there’s a big old world out there; oceans accommodating shivering shorelines, deserts dry enough to beggar belief and a whole forest of natural habitats teeming with life. So isn’t it high time that you started to see things a little clearer? Open your eyes, peel back the lens cap and learn landscape photography.

The poignant thing about landscape photography is that the world is constantly changing, and landscapes are changing with it. But armed with your camera you can preserve a single moment in time, despite the fact that over the course of hundreds and thousands of years a landscape will undoubtedly alter or even disappear completely.


Happy snapping

Going on a course, you’ll learn how to get the most out of your digital or film camera – a skill particularly useful for those whose knowledge of operating their digital camera ends at the ability to switch it on and press the big button at the top.  Learn how to adjust your camera’s settings depending on the terrain or environment you’re shooting in order to achieve a really effective photograph.

Aside from laying claim to professional holiday snaps, you’ll be learning a really complex skill that will enable you to take stunningly surreal pictures time and time again – you might even be able to make a profit out of your hobby if your photos are really good!


Talking cameras

Did you know that the first camera Ansel Adams owned was a Kodak Brownie box camera? Unless you’re planning on keeping a portfolio of mental pictures, you will definitely need a camera to learn landscape photography. It’s possible your course might provide a camera rental service, however, you must check beforehand. Otherwise, in terms of brands, Nikon or Canon are both hailed in the world of landscape photography. You might want to consider starting with an entry-level digital SLR, but of course, you should shop around and see which camera suits your personal needs best. Ideally, you’ll need a camera that can withstand harsh weather conditions too!

Do your homework on filters and lenses when you go on a landscape photography course. It doesn’t matter how good your camera is, if the quality of either the lens or filters is shoddy, it will reflect in your photography. You should also always inspect the location of your desired shoot before you begin photographing as you’ll get a better feel for the area, including various angles, views and perspectives your photograph might benefit from. 


Get your patience-ometer ready

Sometimes, nature just doesn’t care about the amount of planning or prep you’ve put into setting up for an amazing shoot, and the scattered light you were hoping for will point blank refuse to co operate. When you learn about landscape photography you’ll realise that it can be a bit of a waiting game at the best of times, so be sure to charge up your patience-ometer before you stride out to capture sunsets and stretching horizons.


What can I do to get myself ready?

The next time you stumble upon a particularly interesting landscape that you feel would be worthy of a photograph or two, try to identify a focal point. Something striking or eye catching will mean that the person viewing your photo won’t be left looking for something that’s not there, no matter how breathtaking your picture may be. A focal point adds another layer to your photographs, and consequently, more depth.

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