7 Tips for Stunning Landscape Photos


Sugarloaf mountain

For those who don't know, I have a degree in Photography and I love to travel so I thought I would share a few tips on getting the best results when heading outdoors with your camera. The allure of a mountain range, the serene expanse of a valley, or the dynamic colours of a sunset draws people to a particular photography genre, landscape photography. Yet, the journey from a casual snapshot to a breathtaking landscape photo is often challenging because it's not just about having a high-end camera or finding the perfect location. Taking beautiful photos of nature requires understanding and harnessing the subtle details of light, composition, and perspective.

But what if your attempts at capturing the grandeur of landscapes leave you feeling more frustrated than fulfilled? What if, despite your best efforts, the images you capture do not quite echo the majesty of the scenes before your eyes? The solution lies in knowledge and technique. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting to explore the vast world of landscape photography, there's always room for growth and improvement. Below are some tips you can apply to elevate your landscape photography from ordinary to extraordinary.

1. Composition Techniques

A stunning landscape photo is a well-composed one. A guiding principle for good photo composition is the rule of thirds. Most if not all modern digital cameras and smartphones have a “rule of thirds” mode, which you can activate by going to the settings and turning on the grid (or the equivalent).

Place the vital elements of your landscape along the grid or at the intersections for a more balanced, visually appealing shot. You can also use leading lines, such as paths, rivers, or even patterns in the landscape, to create a sense of depth and direction, drawing the viewer's eye into the main subject. Don't hesitate to experiment with different compositions to find the one that best tells the story of your landscape.

mountain range

2. Explore Different Perspectives

The angle and perspective from which you take your shot can dramatically alter the story you’re trying to tell with your photo. So, when it comes to landscapes, don’t just settle for the typical eye-level shot. Climb to a higher vantage point for a bird's-eye view or get down low to capture an interesting ground-level perspective.

Experimenting with different lenses can also change the entire feel of your landscape photographs. If you're not ready to invest in a wide range of lenses just yet, consider a lens hire service. This allows you to experiment with various types of lenses, such as wide-angle or telephoto, which can provide new creative avenues for your photographic endeavours without the commitment of a large purchase.

3. Create Depth in Landscapes

Depth is what transforms a flat image into a three-dimensional scene that invites the viewer to "enter" the photograph. To achieve depth in your landscape photos, include details at various distances from the camera. This layering of the foreground, middle ground, and background produces a sense of scale and depth that makes your landscape photos more engaging and realistic. Also, consider using a smaller aperture (higher f-stop number) to keep as much of your scene in focus as possible to enhance the sense of depth in your image.

4. Utilise Filters Effectively

In photography, filters can significantly enhance the quality of your images. A polarising filter, for example, can reduce glare, deepen the blue of the sky, and bring out the richness of colours, especially in foliage and water. Neutral density filters, on the other hand, allow for longer exposure times even in bright daylight. This helps achieve that silky smooth effect in moving water or clouds. When starting, experiment with different filters to see which one suits your style and preference best.

sunset hour


5. Optimise Camera Settings for Clarity

The mastery of camera settings is a game changer in landscape photography. A smaller aperture is typically preferred, as it ensures a greater depth of field and sharper focus. Also, don't shy away from using a tripod to stabilise your camera. This is crucial for blur-free images, especially when using slow shutter speeds or shooting in low-light conditions. Finally, toy around with your ISO settings; a lower ISO minimises noise, creating clearer, crisper images. The bottom line? Understand and experiment with your camera settings to capture landscape photos that truly stand out.

6. Understand Your Landscape

For photographs that truly capture the essence of a landscape, the first step is to understand it. Different landscapes, from deserts and mountains to rivers and seas, require different approaches. Research the area you plan to photograph by understanding the geography, the typical weather patterns, and even the time of year. These factors can all influence the output and knowing about them can help you anticipate certain elements like cloud cover, the quality of light, or even what kinds of flowers will be in bloom. Being informed also deepens your connection with the landscape to allow you to portray it more authentically.

7. Keep Compositions Simple and Powerful

When capturing the grandeur of landscapes, it can be easy to fall into the trap of including too many elements in your photo. However, simplicity can often be more powerful. A minimalist approach can create a more impactful, memorable image by highlighting a few strong elements: a lone tree against a vast sky, a single mountain peak piercing the clouds, or a quiet stream meandering through a forest. These simple scenes can carry immense beauty and emotion. Ultimately, it’s about letting the landscape speak for itself.

Capturing One Landscape Photo at a Time

Landscape photography is about sharing how you see the world through a camera lens. It's also a journey of continual learning, experimentation, and, most importantly, enjoyment. So go ahead, take your camera, and step into the great outdoors. With patience, practice, and these tips in mind, you can easily capture the breathtaking beauty of nature through photos. Happy shooting!

mountain landscape


  1. Composition is so important. It's also SO HARD to master. I really appreaciate that section most of all!

  2. I can't claim I know anything about photography but it is an art form that I am hugely interested in especially to capture beautiful scenery...Thank you so much for the tips, they're awesome.

  3. These are great tips as sometimes I look back on my photos and wish they'd been better to capture the memory and the beauty. I do prefer not having to take a separate camera away now x

  4. Thank you for sharing your valuable insights on landscape photography! Your combination of a passion for travel and a degree in Photography provides a unique perspective on capturing the beauty of nature. Your acknowledgment that it's not just about equipment and location, but also about understanding light, composition, and perspective, resonates deeply.

  5. Thank you for sharing your expertise on landscape photography. I'm excited to put these tips to use on my next trip. Stephanie G.

  6. Such great tips! Although I don't have a proper photography degree, it was my favourite subject during my Masters in Mass Communication course! I'll keep these tips in mind and practice more 😍. Thanks for sharing ❤️.

    Everything Enchanting 🙂

  7. Your advice on composition techniques using the rule of thirds is a game-changer – I can't wait to try it on our next nature walk.

  8. I'm always trying to improve my photography skills. Thanks for these helpful tips!

  9. I'm a portrait person but always wanting to improve with Photography skills as I always wanted to learn something new. Thank you for sharing this!


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