73 — Landscape photography tips — improving boring landscapes

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #73 is all about land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy and how to improve your land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy. Many new­bies and advanced ama­teurs con­sis­tently won­der if their land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy is any good. This pod­cast offers up a fair pile of tips to help get your land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy to the next level. Some of the things we talk about include; light­ing for land­scapes, the back­ground and the fore­ground, what makes land­scapes inter­est­ing, expo­sure and land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy, fil­ters in land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy, tripods and post production.

Landscape photography
Yosemite Val­ley, Win­ter 1940 by Ansel Adams

Note the points of inter­est in the fore­ground, back­ground and midground, note the full range of tones and note how skill­fully our eyes are being guided. This is no acci­dent, it’s the result of great plan­ning (the light) exe­cu­tion (exposure/filters/composition) and fin­ish­ing touches (dark­room post-processing — done these days using a graph­ics program).

Landscape photography
Fish­ing spot by Kat

Kat has a great han­dle on the range of tones, expo­sure and com­po­si­tion here and I really like this shot. It’s miss­ing just a lit­tle some­thing of inter­est IMO to get the big “WOW!” Per­haps if a large rock was dropped in the midground with mov­ing rip­ples that would have done it.… this shot is so close it just needs a hint of some­thing “extra”.

Landscape photography
Fly with me…across Aus­tralia (part of a series) by Mad Aussie

This one con­tains the “Wow!” fac­tor for me. Great colour, range of tones, expo­sure and com­po­si­tion. Note the reflec­tions in the fore­ground, the rocks in the midground and that awe­some sky in the back­ground. I love how the midground and back­ground seem to meld into one another.

Links /resources men­tioned in this podcast:

The Ansel Adams gallery
Dar­win Wiggett — Fab­u­lous land­scapes
Rule of thirds pod­cast
His­togram pod­cast
October’s “Scary-Mysterious-Halloween”‚assignment on the Photography.ca forum
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  1. Alex Maxim says:

    The first pho­to­graph is beau­ti­ful and was prob­a­bly shot with a red fil­ter in b&w with a large for­mat camera.

    The last one is rather over­processed with HDR and has very dig­i­tal look IMO. A sim­ple gra­di­ent fil­ter would give more nat­ural result.

  2. Bambi says:

    I just fin­ished this pod­cast. I have to say that it was very help­ful and I found myself think­ing of your tips the last time I went out.


  3. Glenn Euloth says:

    Thanks for this pod­cast. It’s going to give me some­thing to think about the next time I head out for a land­scape shot.

  4. Kat says:

    I’ll rate it at 8.. :) Ha ha..just joking!

    Great pod­cast! You cov­ered a lot of mate­r­ial that most peo­ple don’t know when tak­ing their shot!

    These tips absolutely make the dif­fer­ence between an aver­age and stel­lar shot. And you’ll notice it when oth­ers see your photography.

    Back to that bridge I go to get my “10”..to be posted on the site!


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