Camera Settings for Landscape Photography

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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 choose the right camera lens focal length for your composition

One of the first lessons landscape photographers need to learn is how to choose the right lens for the job. Every lens focal length has its own time to shine, and it’s not just about how much of the scene it captures. The best focal length is the one that best isolates the subject, or […]

Is Sunrise or Sunset better for Landscape Photography? Here’s the difference

Golden hour is the holy time for landscape photographers. These twice-daily hours make or break images, forcing photographers to come and go sometimes 10s of times to get that perfect image. It’s a cycle that brings as much anticipation and joy to photographers as the shootout for hockey fans.  I personally believe that the joy […]

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 […]

12 Ways to Compose this Cabin in the Woods

On one of my recent winter photography trips, I came across a unique cabin in the middle of the mountains and I just had to compose a couple shots. It’s one of those very special scenes that you come across every now and then. Something so calm and picturesque that you can’t help but stop […]

How to Take Better Photographs While on Vacation

If you have a normal day job, it might be tough to make enough time to visit everywhere on your landscape photography list. You might only be able to get away on vacation once, or maybe twice a year. And quite often those trips are taken when you’re with at least one other person. From […]

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 […]

10 Tried and True Desert Photography Techniques

Desert photography has many unique challenges that make it so interesting and fun. The long, vast expanses provide a unique challenge when looking for compositions in the field. As well, the heat can be incredibly challenging for many traveling from more temperate climates. But when you get it just right, sand dune photography can be […]

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 […]