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I first started out with landscape Photography and it's something that I particularly enjoy now whether that's rolling hills, rolling clouds, or a bit of both on a stormy day. Photographing landscapes can not only highlight the natural terrain of the earth, but also what's going on in the sky and the weather effects of the day. o-kaykay asked for some Landscape pointers - so here are some handy tips on how to achieve great landscape shots:

1) Use a Tripod
There are times when you just won't have the time. But equally if you've got a fantastic scene in front of you and you have a moment or two to set things up, then please do. You'll honestly be more pleased with your results. Where you may have a landscape that involves a bit of water, you might need a longer shutter speed. The tripod will help stabilise you. Consider also using a shutter release to help you as well. For a bit more information on tripods and when and where to use them check out our troubleshooting article on exactly this - Tripod or Not

Tripod got souls too by mjagiellicz

2) Construct your Image
Look at the layers that a landscape is providing you. You might have Sky, Mountains, Greenery and then foliage right in the foreground. Placing points of interest in your foreground can make a shot more interesting and create a sense of depth. Opening up the landscape by focusing on more land may stop the sky from being over-exposed and equally focusing on sky might bring the foreground in. Play around until you get the right mix.

Landscape... by Bogdan-Zop

3) Lead with Lines
Often it's suitable to lead your viewer in with some fantastic lines of symmetry or general lines within the image. It doesn't always work, but it's worth thinking about. Lines create depth, scale and a focal point. Whether that's with roads, a bridge, hedges, pathways or walkways.

When the sun goes to sleep II by d-a-r-e-k

4) Work with the Sky
Using a polarizing filter will enhance some contrast and bring out some colour in your shot, this is often useful for making the sky a stronger blue. If your sky is boring, white/grey or just empty, then consider using more of the foreground and land to spice the image up a bit. If the sky is fascinating, of course take in more of it! For more information on filters check out our Filters Troubleshooting Article - Filters

sky by peireaus

5)Think Horizon
Is your horizon straight? Is there anything there that disturbs it that could be eliminated if you crouched down? You can straighten images afterwards, but it's always useful to know you've achieved a decent shot at the beginning. Consider the rule of thirds - that's right - consider it! You don't have to use it, but it's worth thinking about.

Horizon by BenHeine

6) Get Adventurous
Stand on the car bonnet (carefully), stand on a bench, perch on a wall - do anything to shoot your landscape from a different vantage point. Getting higher or lower will open up either the sky or the ground in your shot and provide different lighting. Equally consider slanting your camera if you've got some great curves or lines going on. If you're shooting in a forest, pointing your camera down or up rather than straight in front of you might help to capture the sense of expanse and height.

Angle Tarn by geckokid

7) Get with the Movement
Waves, Trees blowing in the wind, water running, birds flying - even clouds rushing - can create a fantastic atmosphere. A longer exposure will create a blurrier scene. You need a tripod, a big stopper filter and a shutter release to achieve a shot similar to below - but it's possible! Those smooth clouds and smooth water looks are much sought after. Depending on your light, set your exposure to a few seconds (or more) and shoot away. If you're struggling and need to guess your exposure then set the camera to BULB mode and the shutter will remain open for as long as the button is held down.

Day 49 by FramedByNature

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If you have a burning Photography related question then do shoot me a note after checking whether or not we've already covered it below!
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:bulletblack:The Watermark FAQ
:bulletblack:From Snap to Pro
:bulletblack:What Digital Camera?
:bulletblack:Dull Images on dA
:bulletblack:Winter Wildlife
:bulletblack:Grouping People
:bulletblack:Christmas Lights - Shooting them!
:bulletblack:Photographing Food
:bulletblack:Working with Mist
:bulletblack:Capturing Autumn
:bulletblack:Photographing Pets
:bulletblack:Capturing Fireworks
:bulletblack:Capturing Halloween
:bulletblack:Photographing Babies
:bulletblack:Capturing Snow
:bulletblack:Being a People Person

This week, Photography Troubleshooting focuses on capturing landscapes as requested by *DreamlikeDesign - check out the full article for more info, a roundup of our previous articles and how to request assistance with your Photography issues! Don't forget to :+fav: the article if you enjoyed it! :)
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ByPriorArrangement Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
:lol: Many thanks for this.
My best piece of equipment is my camera tripod!

I have dropped it into our Group Helpful Hints Box. :boogie:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really great, informative and helpful article! :w00t:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
THank you!
electricjonny Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Man do I love polarizing filters =P

Although one thing that is rarely talked about, with polarizing filters, is that to get the most effect from one, you need to be 90 degrees from the sun. So if the sun is at 12:00, you can shoot to 3:00 or 9:00 and get the best results. (At least if my memory serves me right?).

Or that's how it works for me, with my (rather old fashioned) linear polarizers.
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah me too :D

I've never noticed that, maybe I automatically stand 90 degrees at all times? :P But yes, I did read that whilst trawling through some articles a while back, with a useful sun/shadows and lighting app too :nod:
vanmall Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still don't have a tripod. Every time I go out to shop then I look at it and somehow never buy it, I have a strange relationship with tripod. :lol:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol: :D
DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
WONDERFUL! :clap: I just did my very first Panoramic shot ever yesterday. Take a peek if ya get some time: [link]
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooo wow!!!!
TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for this. I've always struggled with how to make a landscape shot great, but this does give some great hints :D
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: glad to be of assistance! :P
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