How to Control Tricky Lighting in Landscape Photography

How to control lighting for landscape when there are varying brightness levels in the scene.

While shooting in Nauvoo, I found a beautiful stone bridge built by Mormon pioneers over 150 years ago.  The small rock bridge included a small waterfall underneath it, so I knew it was time to take out the camera and start shooting. Unfortunately, as soon as I got underneath the bridge and waded into the CONTINUE

Learn to Balance Your Compositions (Landscape Photography)

Balance for composition in landscape photography is important.

I listened to an interesting discussion on Kerry Garrison’s audio podcast this last week. The topic was balance in photographic composition.  I thought the principle they were teaching would also be helpful for you all, so today’s post is an example of how balance in photographic composition can improve your landscape photography. I took the photo CONTINUE

More Daytime Landscape Photography Tips

photo of a landscape taken during the daytime

Landscape photographers are snobs about shooting times.  We only shoot in the morning or evening and we turn up our noses to anyone who shoots during the day.  While it is certainly true that morning and evening are the most favorable times for shooting landscapes, I think most landscape photographers don’t shoot during the day CONTINUE

Shoot During the Blue Hour for Better City Landscape Photography

Tip for shooting cityscapes

Landscape photography of cities and city buildings are often some of my favorite photos.   Cityscapes capture a serene and beautiful mood better than any other type of photo.  Unfortunately, many of the cityscapes I see are shot at the “wrong” time of day.  I don’t mean to say that there is only one time CONTINUE

The Ideal Aperture for Landscape Photography

what aperture to use in landscape photography?

Whenever I teach a class on landscape photography, I can guarantee that one of the first questions asked will be what aperture photographers should use for landscape photography.  I wish it were so simple that I could say an aperture value and leave it at that.  The truth is that, for photographers who really want CONTINUE

How to make your landscape photography look dull and un-inspiring

landscape photography mountain

Gorgeous mountain scene–check.  Have my photography gear–check.  Found a good composition–check.  Dull and un-inspiring photo–unfortunately, check. We’ve all been there.  This is an unfortunate example from my portfolio of photos that *almost* turned out beautiful.  Examining this mistake will hopefully lead us to understand some of the most important characteristics of good landscape photography. Look CONTINUE