The 10 laws of landscape photography

Shoot your best ever landscapes

Law 9: Don't think only in color

Learn the landscape situations that lend themselves to monochrome, and add a new twist to a favourite spot

Landscape Photography Tips and how to break them

There are two distinct weather and lighting conditions that prompt us to think in black and white. The first is a heavy, cloudy sky, which tends to produce very monochromatic results anyway. The second is when there are fluffy clouds in a bright, blue sky.

See from both sides

These two conditions produce very different results, and also need different approaches to produce the final image. The easier is when there’s blue sky, cloud and a landscape bathed in light. 

Here, all you need to do is make sure that you’ve captured the full range of tones, and the black-and-white conversion is easy. We use a preset red filter conversion, available in Lightroom or Photoshop, to darken the blues and increase the contrast.

When shooting in heavy cloud, things are trickier. We often use an ND grad filter to darken the sky. After converting the image to black and white, you have to do a lot of dodging and burning to lighten and darken specific areas.

Law 10: Don't be afraid to revisit locations

To get the ultimate landscape shot, keep going back and use the knowledge you’ve earned from your previous visits

We’re always looking for new places to find insight and inspiration, but landscape photography is about more than simply ticking boxes off a checklist of locations. The way that light, seasons and weather change a scene is one of the most fundamental aspects of landscape photography.

It’s almost impossible to capture many of these amazing sights if you only visit a location once, then move on to the next one on your list.

We often return to locations – both close to home and in areas that we visit regularly – to learn more about how the lighting and weather combine to lend a different look to the landscape.

Save time

Returning to a location means you can spend less time researching the area, although it’s still good to look out for viewpoints, compositions and subjects you might have missed. 

Also consider

If you want to take your photography skills to the next level you may also want to consider the wealth of e-learning material available over at PhotoClub.

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