14 Essential Landscape Photography Tutorials

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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.

Photo by tropicaLiving – Jessy Eykendorp

General Tutorials

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.

Three 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. Check out their other landscape articles too.

Situational 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.

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.

Photo by Steve Berardi

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.

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.

HDR Vertorama Mini Tutorial – A slight deviation from HDR in a short and easy tutorial. Jason Smith likes experimemnting with his own versions of HDR techniques so check out some of the other images on his site as they are quite unique.

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.

Just remember…

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.

What We Recommend for Landscape Photography

Want to really hone down your landscape photography skills? Then these are the premium resources that will take you there if you put in the work to follow them.

  1. landscape photography icon  Landscape Photography Guide – This is a detailed guide by Kent Dufault that will give you all of the basics of shooting landscapes. It covers setup, basic composition, lighting and gear. This is a great all-rounder guide.
  2. photography icon  The Landscape Magic Lightroom Toolkit – When you are ready to start post-production on your landscape photos, then this toolkit gives your specially developed Lightroom presets, brushes and filters that will make them pop. It also comes with a shooting guide and several landscape photo “recipes” so you can follow along.
  3. abstract photography icon  Advanced Composition – The fact is that a great landscape requires great composition. If you want to take your landscape shots well beyond the rule of thirds, then this is the guide you will want to take very seriously.

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Rob Wood (Admin)

Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography pushed him into building this fantastic place, and you can get to know him better here.

Loads of useful links, great information and very nicely presented. As a serious amateur/part time pro LOL I always feel that you can never learn enough, that 1 tip or piece of advice never heard before that improves your photos even by 1% is worthwhile. I don’t think anyone can ever know it all it is a continuous process to improve, learn more and become more expert at using your kit. So this for me is fantastic and something else I will have to read before taking the camera for a walk 🙂 Thanks

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