Five quick landscape photography tips

Need some landscape photography tips? From vast roving hills to stormy seas and strong sunsets, composition is key when it comes to taking stunning landscape photographs. Whether you’re new to landscape photography, or simply on the lookout for a fresh spin on things, these five simple landscape photography and camera tips will help you to take great shots with minimal fuss.

Rule of thirds

If you’re not entirely sure where to start with your composition, try using the ‘rule of thirds’ – a popular beginner tip – to get you going. It’s simple enough, and involves dividing your frame into imaginary thirds across the vertical and horizontal axis. Once you’ve done that, place the most interesting areas of your photo at the points close to where the lines intersect. Saying that, don’t be afraid to experiment and abandon the rules in favour of your own creativity, as that’s what photography is all about.

Asia. Landscape by Ion Paciu Tutor.

Asia. Landscape by Tatiana Zigar

The magic hours

Many stunning landscapes are often captured when the light is just right, and the sun is lower in the sky, allowing for moody hues and subtle colours. These are what we call the ‘Magic Hours’ and they usually occur after dawn and before dusk. However, if you’re not an early riser, fear not – there are still plenty of good opportunities for perfect landscapes during the day.

Sunset view, Montenegro by Ion Paciu

Sunset view, Montenegro by Ion Paciu

Polarising filters

Landscape photographers usually carry a circular polarising filter as part of their kit, for two main reasons; they are able to cut out nasty glare and reflections from a scene, and they also intensify colour, saturation and contrast. The effect is particularly stunning on clear blue skies.

Countryside landscape, England by Tatiana Zigar

Countryside landscape, England by Tatiana Zigar

Depth of field

Like most landscape photographers, you’re probably going to want an image to appear sharp throughout your perfect scene; for instance, you’ll want your foreground elements to look just as sharp in your photo as the beautiful but distant horizon. This isn’t too difficult to achi