The theme of landscape photography repeatedly shows up in the most popular posts on Light Stalking and if the proliferation of websites and magazines specifically about landscape is anything to go by, then it is very popular among the wider photography community too. Getting started in landscape need not be a huge exercise – there are literally hundreds of fantastic tutorials available for free online. We have taken the liberty of collecting some of our favorites.
Landscape Photography for the Serious Amateur – This remains one of the all time most popular posts on Light Stalking and is a fantastic introduction to the art from landscape photographer, Chris Gin.
11 Surefire Landscape Photography Tips – A general article from a great website.
Elements of a Great Landscape – the Photo Naturalist (who took the image above) is a great resource for any outdoor photographers, and this is a typically solid guide from that site.
The Secrets of Sharp Landscape Photographs – When you get into landscape photography, getting tack sharp images is going to become an important skill for you to develop.
Situational Landscape Photography Tutorials
Not all landscape is the same. You are going to have a hugely differing set of conditions between shooting a coastal landscape and shooting in the desert. These tutorials are a good start if you already know where you're planning to shoot.
Sunset Photography – If you're a landscape photographer, then this is going to be your bread and butter. Learning to shoot in the golden hours of sunset and sunrise is essential.
Digital in the Desert – shooting in the desert has a lot of unique challenges. This is a thorough review of some of the issues you will come up against.
13 Steps for Creative Coastline Photography – a tutorial by Simon Bray for the fantastic Tutsplus network – this one is worth checking out for the examples alone.
5 Quick Tips for Coastal Photography – another cool list of tips from Digital Photography School with some fine examples too.
A Guide to Capturing Autumn Mist – a seasonal guide for landscape photographers who are looking to get good captures of mist in their work.
Alpenglow – That gorgeous morning or afternoon night as it hits mountains has a tutorial all of its own. You won't want to miss this one.
Atmospheric Perspective – This is where the detail is most apparent at the foreground and it fade with distance and it's very effective for landscape photography.
Exposure Blending and Landscape Photography
Our own Christopher O'Donnell has written some excellent advice on his landscape photography blog about getting the right exposure in your photographs with the art of exposure blending. We strongly suggest you check out these three fantastic articles and as with everything that Christopher writes, they are thorough and well-illustrated with examples and screen shots.
- Exposure Blending Part 1: Why to Auto-Bracket Your Images
- Exposure Blending Part 2: How to Auto-Bracket Your Scene
- Exposure Blending Part 3: Combine Your Images in Photoshop
Unique Approaches to Landscape Photography
Landscape photography and the approaches that photographers take to it is as diverse as any art form. These tutorials will get you started in approaching landscape photography from a less traditional point of view.
HDR Landscape Photography Tutorial – A thorough sequence of tutorials from Naturescapes (fantastic website) about the HDR technique.
Long Lens Landscapes – While it's not uncommon, using a longer lens is not as common as using wide angle for landscape shots. This is a good introduction to going with the longer option.
Tilt Shift Lenses for Perspective Control – the tutorial is a good wrap up of using til shift lenses, but has a solid section dealing with using them for panoramas – something a lot of landscape photographers love to experiment with.
How to Control Contrast So You Always Get Amazing Landscape Photographs – This is an advanced tutorial that involves a lot of camera craft, but is extremely useful for any landscape photographer.
Hopefully this selection of cool tutorials should get you started with taking your own awesome landscapes. Once you're addicted to landscape, there's no turning back.