How to take great landscape photographs (dreamstime)
Article 13 September

The idiot's guide to landscape photography

Landscape photography can offer some very challenging yet rewarding opportunities to be creative with your work... Here's how to get the very best from your shots

Landscape photography lends itself to capturing special pictures if you maintain your patience. The most challenging aspects are the lighting and how you compose your  shot. Pick a time that has warm light or long shadows, since that helps set a mood to the location. Having a quality tripod is also helpful, as you can use a very small aperture and slower shutter speed to give greater depth and intensity to your picture.

Get it right: 

EXPOSURE

The longer exposure on landscape photography can really enhance (or detract) from the image. Steve Davey gives advice on getting the exposure just right.

COMPOSITION

Composition requires an eye for aesthetics and balance. See Tom Ang's recent tips on composition for framing your photos correctly.

DO

  • When shooting long exposures, always use a tripod and weigh it down with a small sandbag.
  • Experiment with various lens sizes and aperture settings.

DON’T

  • Don’t shoot in the middle of the day, when the sun is at its highest point in the sky.
  • Avoid tilting or skewing your horizon lines. The result will appear very unnatural.

Get creative:

Practice photographing these places to improve your images:

Sand dunes and hills • Shoot interesting rock sculptures • Trees in a field •
Snow-capped mountains • Creeks or brooks • Covered bridges • Freeway rush-hour traffic • Fields of flowers • A unique-looking plant, such as a desert cactus • Look for long, winding roads.

Idtiot's Guide to Digital PhotographyThese tips have been taken from Shawn Frederick's new book, Idiot's Guide to Digital Photography (DK; £11.99). Available to buy on Amazon now.