LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY IS SIMPLE

News, tips, tutorials and short essays on landscape photography

“Landscape Photography is Simple” is the title of one my presentations, which I give regularly to camera clubs and photographic societies. In the talk I focus on the creative, or aesthetic side of landscape photography. Like lighting, composition and timing. In this space, however, I’m tackling all aspects, including technical details, equipment, preparation and planning, and more. In a nutshell, it’s about how I do what I do, and why I do it.

I honestly believe that landscape photography is indeed simple. And perhaps deceptively so, as often it’s not easy at the same time… I trust you’ll find my insights useful, and feel free to share your thoughts or suggestions for future articles.

INTRO Why is landscape photography difficult? Many beginners, and even seasoned photographers specialising in other areas, struggle with landscape photography. Composition is probably the number one cause of their frustration. So often it’s not obvious at all what should be the focus of your frame.

Why do my landscape photos look flat?… Obviously, photographs are usually flat (unless they’re wrapped around or projected on some curved or uneven surfaces). So, that explains everything… And still, compelling landscape images often exhibit a certain three-dimensional quality. Since the actual scene is represented

Case study: a telephoto landscape from conception to editing The image above is relatively old, taken one evening in early June of 2010. But I still quite vividly remember the outing, the decisions I made, and the hurdles I had to overcome. And I’d like

Knowing where to focus in landscape photography is important, and it seems to be an issue that many beginning, or even intermediate, photographers struggle with. We usually want everything in our scene to appear sharp, and depth of field is a finite resource, which needs

Why worry about contrast? If you’ve been taking photos for any length of time, you will have noticed that sometimes the camera fails to properly capture contrast in your scenes. Or in other words, sometimes the picture looks more contrasty than the scene did to

Case study: a seascape from idea to postproduction Everyone has a preferred way of learning. If you like learning by example and analysis of others’ work, and you feel you can improve your seascapes, then read on. As I shall explain in detail how I