After people, landscapes are the most popular type of photograph taken.

Often though, very little thought goes into taking photos of landscapes and capturing those stunning scenes, you know the ones, you’re suddenly in a place of amazing natural beauty with the scene rolling out in front of you, maybe its rolling hills or mountains, or maybe its a river cutting through a valley or the classic sunset at the beach with waves dancing in the warm light, you know the scenes I’m talking about,  when your suddenly inspired to reach for your camera or mobile and “capture the moment” maybe with the intention of “I could sell this as a poster” or “I must show this to uncle Bob, he loves places like this”, or just to keep it as a reminder of what an amazing place that is.

But then when you get home and upload it, it’s never quite like you remember it! Maybe the colours aren’t as vibrant as they were or you thought those mountains where bigger, or that mist was more moody than you remember it, but once you’re back home you cant go back and re capture that scene, EVER! that’s one of the beauties of photography and in particular Landscape photography, no two photographs of any scene will ever be the same, they can’t be because it’s all changing, moment by moment. The light changes, the clouds are moving and never the same, water moves, waves are like snowflakes, you’ll never get two the same, the seasons change. What could be a stunning scene with a field of corn in the foreground today could all be harvested the following day!

how to take stunning landscapes

The point is, you never get a second chance to “capture the moment” with landscape photography, so always be prepared. Not just by having your camera charged up and space on your memory card, but be mentally prepared with knowledge from “Living Landscapes” of how to:

  • Understand how exposure, color, and focus can make or break a shot.
  • Merge what you know (craft) what you have (tools) with your imagination to create inspiring Landscape Photos.
  • Simplify the process of making engaging and technically proficient landscape images.
  • Overcome the unique challenges that landscape photography presents.
  • Understand the 4 landscape fundamentals that turn bland into beautiful.
  • Utilize tips and techniques for specific scenarios: mountains, water, bush, woodland, forest, black and white and panoramic stitching.

In this fantastic book “Living Landscapes. A guide to stunning landscape photography by Todd & Sarah Sisson” you’ll educate yourself with a whole range of tips, tricks and ideas that will transform your landscape photography and never leave you disappointed for not capturing the moment with a memorable photo again!


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