Camera Settings for Landscape Photography

Mesa Arch at Golden Hour

Many new photographers stress over using the right camera settings for landscape photography. While I can’t tell you the exact settings, there are some simple rules to follow that will make the whole process intuitive. So what settings should you consider using when shooting landscape photos? The best landscape photographs are usually taken in raw […]

Golden Hour Photography — 7 Ways To Create Photos Worth Their Weight In Gold

You don’t need lighting equipment that costs thousands of dollars for the perfect shot when nature provides the best lighting. Some people are convinced that the middle of the day is the magic hour for photography, but the blazing afternoon sun brings with it unwanted shadows and bright, overwhelmingly harsh light. On the other hand, […]

5 Landscape Photography Tips That Dramatically Improved my Photos

I took almost 30 years to go from someone who ‘was good at taking photos’ to becoming a professional landscape photographer. For most of that time, I was taking photographs on autopilot. I traveled to some incredible locations while on vacation, and was trying to come home with the kinds of photographs that would make […]

How to Solve these 29 Landscape Photo Problems

Over my years as a photographer and photo editor, I’ve run into almost every problem in the book. At one point or another, I’ve had to learn how to overcome almost every issue possible. Having experienced all of these has made me a better photographer, knowing how to anticipate certain problems and take steps to […]

11 Tips for Mobile Phone Landscape Photography

Mobile phones are quickly becoming professional cameras. New phones on the market are starting to feature multiple focal lengths, astoundingly-high-megapixel sensors, and algorithmic photography that can blow a traditional DSLR out of the water. These every-day devices are even starting to rack up similar prices to purchasing a new camera body or pro-grade lens. The […]

When to use a wide angle lens

Wide-angle lenses are surprisingly difficult to use. I’ve seen people talk about them on blogs like they’re the secret weapon of every single landscape photographer, but in my view, they’re great at some things, and really bad at others.  A wide-angle lens is most useful for exaggerating perspective in landscape photography. Wide-angle lenses elongate features […]

Why your iPhone or Android phone takes better images than a DSLR

The reason many new photographers end up going back to their phones is because of the amount of work required to make a good image with digital photography. So why does it seem like mobile phones capture better images than DSLR cameras? As a general rule, mobile phones are not able to capture higher-quality images […]

Does shutter speed matter for landscapes?

Most landscape photography takes place on a tripod so that we can get the sharpest image possible no matter what the situation is. As a fine-art landscape photographer, I’ve taken photos at every time of day, and have probably used every single shutter speed available. With a lot of persistence and practice, I’ve learned exactly […]

Watermarks don’t stop photo theft — here’s why I use them anyway

Image theft is a big issue online. Sites like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and even Google make it easy to discover and download images online. And if that happens to your photo, someone can use it on their website for commercial reasons without you ever knowing about it. So should you be thinking about using […]

6 proven ways to create stunning winter landscapes

When this article is published in my part of the world, there’s only going to be another one or two months of winter left — depending on the groundhog, of course. That means it’s crunch time to get those stunning winter landscapes until they’re inaccessible. Especially come shoulder season, there are a lot more safety […]

Getting rid of GAS: Gear Acquisition Syndrome

I’ve been asking this for years — why the heck do photographers have so much GAS these days? If you haven’t heard of it, GAS is Gear Acquisition Syndrome. For new photographers, this can be absolutely debilitating. I remember back when I was first starting out, I lusted so hard after all the latest and […]

Mirrorless or DSLRs for Landscape Photography?

This is a topic that comes up all the time on my Facebook Group: should I upgrade to a mirrorless camera for landscape photography? In some cases, new mirrorless cameras are making amazing waves in the photography industry. They’re the top of the line cameras with the best in class autofocus, sensor stabilization, fast frame […]