10 Tips Every Landscape Photographer Should Know and Use

Shooting amazing landscape photography isn’t just about going out into the wilderness with a camera and hoping for the best. Sure, sometimes you get lucky, but to make sure you’re going to capture incredible images, there are a few things you should take into consideration before snapping the shutter. Check out landscape photographer Serge Ramelli‘s top 10 landscape photo tips:

1. Shoot at the Right Time

The best times to shoot during the day are at sunrise, sunset, Golden Hour, Blue Hour, and then at night when the city is all lit up or the stars are lighting up the sky.

golden hour photo

2. Play with Long Exposures

Long exposures give your image a smooth, flowy appearance. They can produce stretchy clouds, silky water, and light streaks that portray fast moving cars.

landscape photography long exposures

3. Use Your Foreground, Middle Ground and Background

Tie in all three to create the perfect image.

foreground middle ground background photo

4. Show Vast Spaces with Panoramas

There’s no better way to get the big feel of an expansive space.

landscape panorama photo

5. Find Unique Angles

Get different perspectives by shooting from rooftops, balconies, or from down low.

unique photography angles

6. Use the Rule of Thirds

Position and compose your shot with the rule of thirds in mind.

rule of thirds photo

7. Use Leading Lines

Draw the viewer’s eye into the image.

leading lines photo

8. Use Natural Frames

Frame the subject with objects or walls that guide the focus.

natural framing photo

9. Bad Colors = Go Black & White

If the colors come out flat or bland, you can add dramatic impact to the image by turning it black & white.

black and white landscape photography

10. Have a Clear Message

horse at sunrise photo

You want to have your own voice as a photographer, your own style. To find that uniqueness, you’ve got to get out there and start shooting.

These tips will help you get started and along the way you’ll find out what works for you and what doesn’t.

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