The Art of Landscape Photography

There is a certain excitement to shooting landscapes, more than most people would assume of this seemingly quiet activity to be; the fact is few other facets of photography are as rewarding as landscape photography, not when you take into account the rich rewards one can elicit from generating images of our beautiful planet.

Of course the key to success here lies in actually executing the process of landscape photography accurately; because many a photographer can attest to encountering some impressively awe inspiring landscapes, only to generate less than stellar material through their cameras. Many professional photographers specialise in various aspects of photography such as weddings, commercial or sports photography but few actually earn a living through the art of landscape photography.

There are indeed crucial elements one must take into account to allow the magnificence of a landscape to shine through the virtual world of a photograph. Probably that one element of landscape photography that too many individuals are quick to forget is the matter of the ‘rule of thirds’ as it is called, the name pretty much sums the concept up, requiring that a photographer make considerable attempts to include all three of the most important elements of a landscape image in their shot, this including the sky, horizon and foreground.

Of course learning the ‘rule of thirds’ or any other photographic compositional device and actually mastering it are two completely different elements. To learn the rule of thirds is to simply take its existence into consideration and apply it accordingly in any given shot. Mastering the rule requires knowing, not only when to apply it, but when to break it as well, when to determine that a given shot, such as a sunrise, requires more horizon than sky and foreground. It can be a difficult balance to strike.

If the ‘rule of thirds’ is crucial in landscape photography, then detail is amongst the most essential, understanding the right amount of focused intricacy required to turn what would have been flat imagery into something worth admiring in a photo by determining the best elements in the foreground to bring attention to.

Though one might argue that the true determinant of quality in any given landscape photo is the angle that the photographer chooses to utilize; sometimes photographers can only create blandness in their shots because they aren’t willing to adjust according to the scenario in play, unable to realize that there is indeed an art in taking a landscape that is truly inspiring to the naked eye and translating it to an equally inspiring photograph.

There is something to be said about timing, understanding the need to give up a few hours early in the morning or late in the evening to get that perfect shot and find the perfect light. If the angle one utilizes when taking a landscape photograph is crucial to the quality produced, then it might be important for one to consider the necessity of allowing the landscape to achieve its own perfect angle before taking your shot. It is inevitable that certain shots will only achieve perfection at certain inconvenient times of the day or night.

The Photographic Journey

So, you’re ready to jump into the ever-expanding world of photography? Welcome! Here are a few helpful hints I’ve gathered along the way to get you started on your first photo shoot.

Choosing the Right Equipment
You’re probably under the assumption that your equipment should look exactly like you see in the movies or even the paparazzi they show on the news. All you really need produce high quality pictures is to buy yourself a camera that is light, portable, and has good color reception. There are so many affordable options available in the market right now that you no longer have to settle for just a simple point-and-shoot camera. For instance, a good DSLR camera now sells for half the price than it used to and is made of higher quality materials than ever before. A DSLR camera allows you, the photographer, to set manual controls and play with settings that will broaden your photographing range that would be otherwise unavailable to the simple point-and-shoot variety. Popular choices are Nikon, Canon, and Olympus — three names you can definitely trust.

Correctly Framing Your Photo
Almost anybody can tell if a picture is good or bad after looking at the developed picture. But how can you tell if something will turn out to be a good picture or not? This is a big challenge in photography, and a challenge that you will have to undertake. Art is interesting. What’s beautiful and breath-taking for others may not be very intriguing to you, and vice-versa. Photography depends on your creativity alone. However, you’ll want to keep two things in mind: 1. Make sure everything is within your frame and you leave as little dead space as possible and 2. Consider your light source and the direction from which it’s coming. Light coming towards you can render a picture extremely dark while too much light coming from behind you will turn the picture too bright.

The Post Processing Process Have you ever heard of Adobe Photoshop?
This part of photography is optional, but almost all of the mind-blowing photos I’ve seen lately have gone through some extent of post processing. This involves some degree of enhancement using graphic design software. You don’t have to go through the painstaking learning curve to complete manipulate your images, but learning the basic techniques to clean up your pictures, enhance the colors via color correction, and focus on your subject will be of great help in producing your final results.

Closing Thoughts
Photography can be very technical, but at the same time, highly customizable once you learn and master all the techniques. Every photographer will bring to the table his or her own unique style that they incorporate into their photos. Your equipment is only going to do so much and take you so far. Photography depends on you and how you want your audience to see a common-place objects from a new, fresh perspective. To all of you beginning photographers, just remember what Karl Lagerfeld said, ““What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, and impossible to reproduce.”

An Introduction to Cameras

The camera has to be one of man’s greatest inventions! They have been around for decades, with the first permanent photograph of a camera being made in 1826 by Joseph Nicephore Niepce. Over the centuries, we have seen cameras evolve and improve drastically and by leaps and bounds.

To date, almost everyone can access a camera, with phones, computers and even highly advanced television sets having a camera as part of the normal accessories. There are so many types of cameras in the market today, with still cameras and motion cameras. With still cameras, there are two types, mainly point and shoot and SLR and DSLR which we will look at later on.

Point and shoot

They are usually abbreviated as P&S. Initially, when these cameras started out, the only thing one had to do was point and shoot, that is, point the camera to the subject which you wished to photograph and then just click. The image would be imprinted on the film which would require processing from a studio.

The disadvantage of these cameras was that one could not play around with the settings to get a good exposure, the exposure had to be dealt with when the film was being processed and more often than not the image used to appear either under or over exposed.

Currently, most point and shoot cameras are digital and they have features such as

· Zoom lenses

· Variable aperture

· Variable shutter speed

· Adjustable iris to regulate the amount of light going in

· Automatic focus, a feature that you see it focusing on people’s faces automatically

· Presets such as landscape and close up or macro.

Examples of point and shoot cameras in this digital era are Kodak easyshare series, Nikon coolpix series, pentax optio series among others. The biggest disadvantage to these modern point and shoot cameras is that they do not have a viewfinder; therefore, whatever shoot you take as you view from the LCD screen is not exactly what you will get in the film or memory card.


These mean single lens reflex and digital lens reflex respectively. These are advanced cameras that have interchangeable lenses. Their lenses are also extremely powerful and the photographer has the advantage of controlling the functions and operations of the camera himself.

When SLRs started out, they were fully manual and the photographer had to operate everything himself, but now with technological advancements, these cameras can operate on automatic mode as well as manual mode. A photographer can control the following features on these cameras:

· Film speed

· Shutter speed

· Aperture

· Focus point

· You can have add-on flashes if you so choose.

When choosing a camera, you need to know what type of photography you have in mind. Simple photography may not require too fancy a camera and therefore a simple point and shoot would be ideal for the beginner.

If your camera is for creative photography, you will require a more complex camera, preferably a DSLR camera that will allow you to take control of the camera and even change the settings to fit you need.

You should also put in mind the amount of money you want to spend on a camera. Camera prices range according to the complexity of the gadget, so may want to do a little research before you go shopping.

What Does Landscape Mean?

The word landscapes actually draw from from the Dutch, and it stands for a patch of a cultivated land. This word came into the English language in the 17th century, mainly as a term used for works of art. The word landscape was not used to describe the real areas present on earth before 1725.The word landscape in fact depicts the discernible features of an area of land. The landscape includes the physical elements, the living elements, human elements, building and structures and also the transitory elements. The physical elements include the mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, plateaus and the sea. The living elements that are a part of landscape include various kinds of vegetation and plantation present on the earth. The human elements include the different way in which land is used by humans, the structures and buildings constructed. Moreover, the landscape also includes the transitory elements such as the lighting and weather conditions on the earth.

Landscape is actually a mixture of natural things present on earth and also of the changes made by humans on earth. Different places on earth have different landscapes, depending on many natural conditions and also on how the human culture develops in a certain place. The different landscapes present in different areas actually give these areas a distinct identity and uniqueness. The diversity of landscapes present on earth is actually the beauty of the earth, and it inspires many people to discover these landscapes present on earth.

The earth is full of a variety of landscapes and this variety of landscapes provides the diversity and the beauty to the earth. The earth has the icy landscapes present at the polar region; it has the mountainous landscapes, the desert landscapes, islands and the coastal landscapes. There are also landscapes that have dense forests such as the tropical rainforests present at the Equator. In addition, there are also agricultural landscapes present in the temperate and the tropical areas of the earth.

Landscape art is also practiced in the world which depicts the different landscapes present on the earth. Natural sceneries are made in landscape art of the mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, deserts and forests. The sky and weather are also the part of most of the natural scenaries present in the landscape art. If the main purpose of a picture is to show the actual and specific space, it is called the topographical view.

Landscape photography is also a part of the landscape art and it became extremely prominent since the 19th century. Landscape photography is a genre that shows the different spaces around the world, which are sometimes very vast and sometimes they are also microscopic. These landscapes photographs usually are based on the natural scenaries and are usually taken of places that are free from human impacts and changes. Landscape photographers do not only want the viewers of photographs to see these landscapes, but they also want these viewers of photographs to appreciate the variety of landscapes on earth. The landscape photographers are not only motivated by the love of art, but also by the wish to save the environment.

Landscape Equipment

To become a photographer is easy, just anyone can grab a camera and take picture! However, not every picture is a high quality photograph. The distinction between a good and a bad photo lays in personal skill and most importantly equipment that is used for specific types of photographs.

Lots photography enthusiasts  start with landscape photography. The reason for that is the stillness of the environment and that landscape will provide you with the easiest way to learn how to take pictures from different perspectives. Landscape photography equipment is pricey but it will certainly pay off over time, because the same set of gear is quite useful to have for just about any type of photography you’re doing. This specific standard equipment set usually comprises of a couple of different cameras, various tripods, lenses, tripod leg sets and filters. This is not set in stone and most photographers like to add  other tools that will enhance their photographs.

Specialized shops and various online photography stores offer already made up kits for any type of photography but it is a lot better if you create one of your own and purchase tools which are best fitting for your style. As any good photographer will tell you a digital and a film camera are your primary weapons, tripods and their legging sets are quite useful when it comes to rough terrain. Lenses are pretty much mandatory if you want to create a high quality photograph and filters are really a bonus. Filters are used commonly for landscape photographs just because with them you can really breathe in the magic and life into a photo and make it breathtaking.

If you are a starter it is not recommended to just run of to a  store and buy every piece of equipment in hope that they will make a change to your photographs. It is extremely important to learn about the specific genre of photography first and gather information that will help you in your future work. Equipment is just the added bonus used to help you create and make art out of photography. It is always better to start small and expand your equipment set up as you go, because every piece of equipment will help you at some point in your photography career, so don’t be afraid to add the pieces and always get the piece that you really want. High quality photography equipment will always give you a lot of pleasure and you will never regret that little bit of extra money you spared for a new filter, lens or any other gadget that helped you capture something amazing.