The Beauty of the Barren: 24 Captivating Landscape Photos


Deserts get a bad rap. People like sand, but most people only like the sand found on beaches. No one likes the desert. Deserts are hot and barren, so it’s understandable why they don’t usually make the top ten vacation destinations.

Deserts do, however, present a great deal of visual intrigue; they may be somewhat of an afterthought for some landscape photographers, but you would be hard-pressed to find such uniqueness of textures, geometry, and natural formations as you will in a desert.

Don’t believe me? I think the following photographs speak for themselves.

Willian West
Luca Zanon

Further Resources:

We love landscape photography here at Light Stalking and so we pulled together a fantastic resource page just on Landscape Photography. We really feel that it is helpful to find all these resources in one place and we hope it ensures you to become a great landscape photographer.

Further Learning:

This gallery of barren landscapes is stunning and we hope you've enjoyed it and it has given you inspiration. If you are looking to elevate your landscape photography then do check out Kent DuFault's The Complete Landscape Photography Guide

It is a comprehensive guide with illustrations that give you the visuals to help you grasp the concepts of great landscape photography. Also, there are assignments that will help you put your learnings into practice. We think it is great

Click here to get The Complete Landscape Photography Guide today

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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Jason Little is a photographer, author and stock shooter. You can see Jason’s photography on his Website or his Instagram feed.

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