7 Landscape Photography Tips You’ll Wish You Knew Earlier


Landscape photographer Nigel Danson has been reflecting on his time as a professional landscape photographer and has come up with 7 things that he wishes he knew when he first started out on his photographic journey.

Unfortunately for Danson, he’s not able to go back in time and tutor himself. But luckily for us, we’re able to learn from these key moments in his career without spending many years getting to those milestones!

“Recently, looking back at some photos I took over 10 years ago, it made me realize how far I’ve come as a photographer.” says Danson. “It made me think about the things I’ve learned over the last 10 or 15 years.”

Landscape photography can be a tricky art to master, and experience in the field is definitely your friend. But hopefully, these tips and tricks will help you to improve your shots in an instant and give you that boost you need to keep your photography developing.

Summary of the 7 Simple Tips to Improve Your Landscapes

  1. Use Aperture Priority Mode
  2. Master the Histogram
  3. Learn to Focus Properly
  4. Simplify Your Images
  5. Use Different Lenses and Stick with Your Camera
  6. Think About Where You’re Standing
  7. Learn and Use Lighting to Your Advantage

Have you got any landscape images you’ve shot recently? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Will Nicholls is a professional wildlife photographer and film-maker from the UK. He has won multiple awards for his work, including the title of Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2009. Will runs a blog for nature photographers, Nature TTL, which provides tutorials and inspirational articles to readers. He also has a free eBook available called 10 Top Tips to Instantly Improve Your Nature Photos.

  • 3pco

    Where’s the article?

  • Tj del Mundo

    I totally agree with all these seven tips to capture the best landscape image possible. It is important to shoot manually or semi manually to fully control your settings. As well as having a raw image format. Aperture priority is the best choice. I would also want to share some tips on shooting landscapes, I love to add the element of water on my landscapes. Try it. You could check my website for more. Thank you

  • Pinchy

    As much as I would love to know more, I’ll slip an 18 minute video. Sorry, I’m old and prefer to read.

  • Steve Liddle

    You have to watch the video

  • Spike Hodge

    No article?? I also find it difficult to watch lengthy videos – esp at work!

  • TG Stewart

    I have another one. If I didn’t do this I would have missed many great images…
    Turn Around! Often, Especially with sunsets we get focused on one direction and amazing things are happening behind

  • Rod Best

    I think for me, I am definitely a better photographer now than even just a couple years ago. I think, I understand the elements of composition better, so I am better able to see a good compositon now that I used to be and also I see the light better than I used to. Early morning is my favorite time to shoot, especially if there is some morning mist or fog.

  • Heather Haigh

    me too

  • Aquario Amico

    I shot this on a recent trip to Mont St. Michel on the French coast. You would think duck decoys in a perfectly still pond would remain perfectly still. Despite my requests, pleading, and promises to provide whatever it is that makes a plastic duck happy, they refused to cooperate. I couldn’t even get them isolated and sharp for focus stacking. I’m pretty sure I heard them laughing when I finally shouldered my tripod and walked away. Comments, unless you are a plastic duck, are appreciated.

  • Joanne Williams

    Loved the video with interaction of expression

  • Joanne Williams

    Ha ha that’s because you should be working – not watching videos – lol

  • surya80

    Same here but watching this one is worth it, couldn’t stop once I started watching it 🙂

  • Iconoclast

    Every camera doesn’t have exposure compensation so easily accessible and hence I prefer complete manual. In fact, on my Canon 5D3 I can quite easily dial exposure compensation changing only the shutter speed and/or ISO without taking my eyes off the viewfinder which gives me more control. Secondly, the camera’s metering reduces everything to mid-gray even the highlight or white snow. So I prefer spot metering working with zone metering at the back of my mind. Your tips on simplification are really good. As for ETTR, while this is really important however a caveat must be added that ETTR would not work or even tried where the dynamic range of the scene is greater than that of the camera. I would like to hear more on exposure blending /HDR and focus stacking. Grateful for your inputs/tips.?

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  • Spike Hodge

    True; but when you drive a 40 ton truck for hours on end you get bored and it helps to watch a short video now and then.

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  • lisa searls

    This video hit on the basic ideas for quality photography. It is not a video on how to use your camera. The narration is succinct and provides valuable information in a way that is easy to understand. Use of his photos as examples helped me see what he was describing. I would recommend this video to a person relatively new to photography.

  • Vidg Eraj

    very useful information thank you

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