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Landscape is a challenging field of both amateur and professional photography and a great way to pay a two-dimensional tribute to nature’s wonders. Here is an introduction to landscape photography, the basics, the technique and some tips to enhance the experience.

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palenka Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
very interesting
PeaTree-Creations Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tips!
SpiritFem Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to put this together. It is greatly appreciated
gmhands Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you some new tips to work with.
HerrHaller Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Photographer
The advice to stop down as far as possible ignores the fact that lenses are generally sharpest somewhere between f/6.3-f/11, so shooting at f/22 all the time will not get the most out of your equipment because of diffraction.
nasahkalam Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
LOVE IT! Thanks!
redrackham Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive tutorial~!

Brief, concise, useful and i really love it (o___<)b
spikelover7 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
very useful! thank you very much!!!
warfiea Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
As a fine art photographer practicing landscape photography regularly this article is very useful. Not so much for me directly but for my workshops as a good reference. On the use of filters, I have found that I almost never need to use gradual density filters because that's very easy to do in Lightroom or Camera Raw, more accurately than possible with an actual filter in front of the lens. I do use polarizing filters though. A little bit on HDR techniques would be good. [link]
paintintheneck Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Extremely useful!!!
dragonicwolf Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful tutorial, thank you . :)
mxgirl199 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! I'll try to use the gradient filters sometimes. I've never tried them before. the techniques look great!
luis75 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very interesting article !!
petxis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
moo-chi-64 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
I know this is from like a super long time ago, but still thank you for putting this out there :D I could never quite get how photographers got such dramatic color and lighting in their photos until I read about the filters. I'm definitely gonna have to get some of those!!
criminalsheep Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Hey, great tutorial! Aside from filters, I don't think I learnt anything new from it as such, but it certainly made me aware of some of my bad habits.. like never using a portrait format.. :P
apeel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ^^
Reliquo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is a very good tutorial and it makes me realise that I really am ready to upgrade the camera I own. Its capable of so very little. :(
TheFulkrum Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Thank you for this tutorial. It's of great use.

If you get the time, please either tell me or point me in the right direction, in order to find out how to get the 'flattened depth' of the sky. I see 1001 photos that have clouds etc. reaching far into the distance, almost unrealistically.

2 of the examples you've chosen have that effect. In fact , the last photo is a great example.

Is it only possible by clicking ';pinch' in Photoshop? :)
live-A-lot Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Wow thanks this is very useful!
goose77 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Thanks, for this is really great :)
algentelstyle Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
very nice filters

but in the UAE like this filters not available in the shops very much ><

we must visit your country ^+^ to buy it kkk .
webworm Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
Thanks for sharing! :wave::sing:
dongor94 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Very useful even though I don't have a SLR.
IceVallejo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Digital Artist
surferlele Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
all your work is very helpful
Thanks for making such great things :thumb13980926:
ralphicous Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Nice one
curseshadow Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
i like this article.. it helps me a lot.. awesome
SwampMist Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
That picture (2nd one down) with the "natural s-shape" and orange is the cover of my engeneering thermodynamics book. Just felt like mentioning it. :)
alone-maggie Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It is a very useful and helpful article, thank you! :)
buhu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
ok .

i do have to argue on whatever you've written here:
narrowest aperture ? - sure , that's a smart choice if you want refraction to ruin your shot .Yes , you have to use a narrow aperture but not the narrowest .Do you have any ideea what the actual DoF difference is betwenn a 29mm at f16 and the same lens at 22 ?
I'm not saying you should use the optimal aperture (which in the case of a lens that goes between 2.8 and 22 is roughly f/11) but something somewhat close to it , rather than the minimum aperture of the lens. Sure , you want big DoF but i guess crispness of the focused plane is not quite something which comes pretty easy to neglect.

where should you use min. Ap ? well yes it is usefull if you care to do landscape photography with a longer lens and you care to frame things that are both meters and kilometers away from you. Oh , by the way , why are you convinced that one should only use wide angels for landscape photography?!
Scout2k6 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
hey,i featured this in my journal [link] :)
crazykira Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
Hi ,you've been featured in this news article

thanks a lot for sharing
jamesilluminare Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
Very helpful and interesting.
darkangel10504 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is really cool and very helpful, thanks for the info!!
ekesh Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006   Photographer
STUNNIINNGG>> thanks...
RobinKater Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
oh cool....thank you :)
St1tches Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006   Photographer
I LOVED this tutorial, it wasn't all fancy I-know-the-photo-lexicon-by-heart style of tutorial, where I wouldn't understand anything, it was simple and taught me so much!
oolive Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2005
Thanks for the tutorials! I'm slowly learning from these :]
sidetracked Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice class as usual.

But isn't the manual-white-balance supposed to be used with a grey-card, not a piece of white paper? Does it matter what brightness of white paper? (There are a whole range)
sakhmet Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2005
Excellent tutorial, I just learnt new things about depth of field! And the info on the polarizing filters was very interesting as well. Thank you for this.
funygirl38 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh quite a lot of helpful information here! I've been eager to learn how to avoid having a scene wash out on a clear bright day and this helps. Great article!
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