7 Inspiring Locations For Landscape Photographers


Even though doing a spectacular landscape photography doesn’t require any specific location, it’s always useful to have some great options.  It’s also very rewarding to combine traveling and photography in order to make beautiful images of the most precious natural and man-made sites around the world. Every continent has its own unique places that are worth visiting at least once in our lifetime.

The following selection of 7 amazing locations might help you decide what should be your next travel destination, especially if you’re into landscape photograhy.

1. Iceland

Iceland is a dream location for many photographers. It is known to have mild temperatures for its extreme latitude, it also has pristine landscapes and a small population. In a way, Iceland represents  the perfect environment for taking scenic photos. You can easily find wide open spaces, waterfalls, mountains, rivers and even volcanoes.

Iceland is volcanically and geologically active, which can be very challenging but nevertheless exciting for any photographer who’s not afraid of raw forces of nature.

Photo by Martin Jernberg on Unsplash

2. Patagonia

Patagonia is a beautiful and geologically very diverse region located in Chile and Argentina. It’s famous for its incredible scenery that consists of mountains, valleys, coastlines, lakes, pampas and grasslands. A good place to start exploring Patagonia would Torres del Paine National Park. Another great location to visit in this region is the famous archipelago called Tierra del Fuego.

Patagonia is also known for its specific  marine fauna which includes the southern whale, the Magellanic penguin, the orca and elephant seals.

Photo by Wolf Schram on Unsplash

3. The American Southwest

Southwestern United States attract a huge number of tourists every year due to their immense natural treasures.  Because of breathtaking places such as the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Sonoran Desert, Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley, the American Southwest is considered one of the must-visit places for anyone who enjoys photography, hot weather, deep blue skies and truly monumental landscapes.

The American Southwest has very particular flora that is popular among nature photographers. The vegetation includes various types of yucca, saguaro cactus, barrel cactus, prickly pear cactus and greasewood.

Photo by Jasper van der Meij on Unsplash

4. Norway

Norway is another great destination for those adventurers who are looking for something truly different – in this particular case, something wild, misty and mysterious. Norway is dominated by mountains and it is best known for its extensive rugged coastline and amazing fjords, which are narrow inlets with steep sides.

In addition to its beautiful nature, Norway is also known for its polar wildlife.

Photo by Rob Bye on Unsplash

5. Italy

Italy has a nice balance of natural and architectural treasures, due to its rich history. While it’s not easy to pick one perfect location for shooting landscapes in Italy, the region called Cinque Terre (“five lands”) is among the most popular among photographers.  The five distinct villages that make up Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso) are all offering beautiful sea vistas.

However, this region is very crowded with tourists and it’s good to avoid visiting it during holiday seasons.

Photo by Yifei Chen on Unsplash

6. Tibet

Tibet is the home of the greatest mountains on our the planet, including the tallest one, Mt. Everest. Besides its grand mountains, Tibet also has the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, which is one of the deepest canyons in the world even though it’s not as popular as the Grand Canyon in the States.

These natural treasures along with cultural centers such as various Buddhist monasteries  provide outstanding opportunities for landscape photographers.

Photo by Yuriy Rzhemovskiy on Unsplash

7. Bali

In a way, Bali represents a heaven on earth – it’s a dreamy island and a part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. Many photographer are eager to visit this beautiful island which features tall mountains, lovely beaches and truly vibrant flora and fauna.

Bali is also well-known for its diverse art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Because of this, Bali is popular location for street and portrait photographers as well.

Photo by Jason Cooper on Unsplash

These 7 suggestions are just a small introduction to many breathtaking places that our planet has to offer. In case you want to step up your landscape photography, perhaps you don’t have to buy more equipement – you can simply find more amazing locations to shoot!

About Author

Jasenka is a photographer with a background in web design. You can find out more about her on her website, see some of her newest images at 500px or get to know her better here.

The state of Colorado is adjacent to the American Southwest and contains a variety of landforms. They range from grasslands to high mountains, deep canyons and eye-catching deserts. Four national parks, and many other national forests and monuments give visitors here a wide variety of choices for their photography.

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