Tips for Shooting Landscapes

Some simple techniques that can improve the result.

Tips for Shooting Landscapes

Photographing incredible scenery during a trip, or even a beautiful sunset on a daily basis, are striking and special moments in the life of a lover of photography. Although the scenery always be available, photograph them is often not as simple as it sounds.

There are several types of natural or urban landscape, with or without lighting. The use of some resources and adequate facilities can enhance the beauty of the landscape photographed.

Split up for you some tips and techniques so you can convey all the beauty of the landscape through the lens of your camera, whether it is a DSLR, compact or even a camera phone according to Picktrue.

Composition of the elements

It is possible to isolate the most important elements of the landscape, such as the sky, the sea and sand. Isolate is not necessarily combine all the elements into a single viewpoint, but rather alternate angles.

Be creative and try to isolate a single element, giving beauty and another vision to only one item of the landscape.

Lighting of the Sun

Oh the Sun, shoot landscapes where the Sun is present usually give great results, but enjoy the moments before sunrise and sunset to make wonderful photographs of landscapes.

In these times the Sun is weaker, causing yellow dawn and dusk effects.

These times of the day they leave the fantastic colors, and the richness of shades get even bigger.

Framing-rule of thirds

A simple technique and a very nice effect is the rule of thirds. It provides a balanced composition, simply divide the guidelines into four vertical and horizontal lines.

The four intersection points are where our eyes shall determine, and shall draw more attention when looking at the photo. Editing programs like Lightroom have layers that you can put on top of the picture and redo the framing of some techniques, including the rule of thirds.

Create perspective images

Prospect is to create possibilities, discover interesting details that can enhance the beauty of the landscape and show through photography a new vision of a particular point or angle.

To put into practice, think you’re giving life and discovering the 3D side of a particular landscape, for it not save in lowering or climbing highest points to get new angles.


Whenever you shoot landscapes, such as beaches, fields, or cities, seek leave the bottom always clear!

Our tip is to always use the tripod and a small aperture like f: 20 or f:16.

Urban landscapes

Large buildings around the center of the largest cities have great architectural richness. Find forms and diversity of constructive patterns from which the city was built and report all this beauty through photography.

The monochrome with sepia-toned photos, or bright red are perfect for photographing urban landscapes, leaving a contrast between the aging aspect and the modern world. Always works.


Another way to enhance the landscapes is creating silhouettes of people or objects.

Bridal Veil

Another technique for photographing landscapes that give very interesting visual results is the “Bridal Veil”, the trick is you shoot at low speeds (1/8 or 1/15) and preferably with a tripod or with the camera supported somewhere to photo does not tremble!

It’s a simple technique, but I usually give enough result and consists of fotometrar the background lighter, so the object is naturally dark.

Don’t miss the chance

No point all these tips if you don’t do the most important things is to be creative, have fun and do not miss the opportunity!

Stay tuned when shooting landscapes because nature tends to surprise.

Equipment for photographing landscapes

Now that you’re already knowledgeable of all these tips, it is important to know some useful equipment and which are used for landscape photography, obtaining the best results.

Lenses: Larger lenses provide greater sharpness. Use large lenses 24 mm or angle 35 mm fixed or with large zoons. Prefer the smaller lenses where it is necessary to fit a landscape or photographing specific, hard-to-reach places.

Tripods: The tripod is an indispensable accessory for those who want to shoot landscapes. It allows greater sharpness and prevents the images stay shaky as well as assist while waiting a determining moment as the sunrise or the sunset, for example.

Cable release: Is a fundamental and simultaneous attachment to tripod. It allows you to trigger the shutter without requiring contact with the hands. A great tip is to use it to make pictures with continuous shooting.

Filters: The use of filters is shown to give a new texture and reduce the contrast in the pictures. There are many models of filters that enable various effects, since to intensify the colors, capture water movement, balance differences and to allow the entry into a new dimension, showing a large field of vision.

Now I’m sure you’ll look at that landscape differently and will also most interesting results!

Good pictures!