Have you ever taken a photo of a magnificent vista, only to find out that the image doesn’t look nearly as good as in real life? The iPhone (or any other smartphone) has a small digital sensor which inevitably leads to poor image quality in low-light conditions. The number one mistake people make in landscape photography is focusing exclusively on the background, which is understandable because the background is usually the most significant part of the scene in real life.
When I wanted to get the best view of the valley, I naturally sought out places where nothing obscures the view.
You should always add context and perspective to the photo by including relevant details in the foreground, because only in context of these details you can accurately convey the experience of the scene. While most people try to get a clear scene for their landscape photos, I often like to include human subjects that add another dimension to the photo. While the foreground of landscape photos is extremely important, you should also pay attention to the sky if it’s going to be inside your composition. Ideally, you should look for partially cloudy sky as cloud patterns can often make the photo more interesting.
The easiest way to improve your photos is to improve composition, and landscape photos are of course no exception. More than any other composition guideline, in landscape photography you should pay attention to the diagonal principle. Roads like this can literally draw the viewer deeper into the photo, making an otherwise flat photo a lot more immersive. HDR, which stands for high dynamic range, is a photo capture mode that automatically combines two or more exposures of the same scene to correctly expose both highlights and shadows, and landscape photography is when it can help you the most. The above photo (did you notice the road?) was shot in Pro HDR, which is a very powerful app that creates a strong HDR effect. While Pro HDR is a great app, it can be a bit clumsy at times since it takes several seconds just to take one photo.
Fortunately it’s very easy to correct issues like that using one of the many great photo apps on the App Store. Simple photo adjustments like this can make a huge difference, but no editing can turn a bad photo into a good one. Emil Pakarklis is the founder of iPhone Photography School, a website that helps people take better photos with the iPhone. There are many resources out there that talk about how to take great pictures of landscape photography. In fact, to practice my skills on landscape photography I’ve recently taken the “Atlanta Night Photography” classed offered by “The Showcase School”. I am sure if you flip through pages of any photography books, one of the very first techniques that they teach on landscape photography is the element of foreground, middle ground and background. In the picture on the left, I set up the picture so that the foreground includes the trees and part of the highway, the middle ground to be the bridge and lastly downtown as the background. If you remember this post, I talked about how you should not over think while taking your shots that includes the rule of thirds. One of the main things that I learn from Judith during class was the white balance (WB) setting of camera when taking pictures of landscape photography.
If you are using a zoom lens, do not think all camera shakes and movements are eliminated during long exposure on a tripod.
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The “21 Landscape Photography Tips” article penned by James Adams provides people with unique landscape photography tips. In the first part of this article, people will discover how to increase the depth of fields. Reach out to the author: contact and available social following information is listed in the top-right of all news releases. While all of us have experienced that at some point, there are some tips that can dramatically improve the quality of the landscape photos you take with the iPhone.
However, landscape photos are almost always taken in abundant light, making them practically indistinguishable from photos taken with an expensive DSLR.


When I was hiking in Yosemite, I kept admiring the mountains in the distance while hardly paying attention to my immediate surroundings. But when I wanted to take a good landscape photo I always did the opposite, because a photo with no perspective and nothing but mountains in the distance will almost never look good.
Of course, you don’t want to have the frame full of tourists you don’t know, but having a solitary skier admire the beauty of the mountain sunset certainly adds a more emotional dimension to the photo.
Since that was one of the first warm days that year, many people were enjoying the weather and spending time outside. When that is the case, feel free to let the sky take up two thirds of the photo or more as the primary elements in the image shift towards the sky. In a nutshell, the diagonal principle states that the most important elements of your composition should be placed diagonally so that the image is balanced both horizontally and vertically. The two most essential elements of the scene – the orange rock at top right and the regular rock at bottom left – are placed diagonally from each other, with the river also cutting through the scene diagonally. Such roads, which are examples of leading lines, add perspective to the photo and invite the viewers to subconsciously follow their path.
Notice how both the highlights of the scene (the sky) and the shadows (the windmill) are properly exposed.
The iOS Camera app has a built-in HDR mode as well, and while it’s not nearly as strong as Pro HDR, it can capture photos much faster.
While I like the calm river scenery, this photo could do a much better job at showcasing the beautiful fall colors.
For landscape photos I recommend avoiding filter apps and doing more controlled adjustments using an app like Snapseed. You should focus on taking great landscape photos following all the other tips, and only afterwards you can think about improving them if needed. The reason I mentioned 4S was to show people that they don’t need a 5S to take good photos. You may have read some or even many of those before and you may find those resources very helpful for your photography needs. You must arrange these three elements to work in harmony so that no missing areas or gaps in the composition to distract the viewer. However, with landscape photography this is the time that you should think about the rule of thirds.
I found out that I have been using the wrong settings all the time because even auto WB can do most of the job well for photographers, we should always manually switch to a particular WB setting in night photography.
Sometimes I use f8 for faster shutter speed in certain situation but I tried to keep at least f11 to have better depth of field.
In order to achieve this, a long exposure around 20-30 seconds is needed and tripod is absolutely essential. You must also tape your lens on the zoom ring and focus ring to eliminate them being moved in or out during the shot.
I only want to give you the best of what I’ve experienced so far so you don’t have to spend the time I did to get to this stage.
And yes forgetting to tape the lens is probably the easiest mistake to occur in landscape photography.
This article is specifically designed for beginners who do not have any previous photography knowledge and experience.
That means they will learn to choose some small aperture settings and look for a focal point. Good photographers are the ones who can copy the most impressive scene of their surrounding areas into their pictures.
In this website, James Adams provides people with reliable reviews about arts, entertainment and photography skills. And while the park on its own was very beautiful, this photo wouldn’t tell the full story without the the people passing through the scene.
While the rock at the bottom left may seem insignificant, it plays an important role in keeping the image balanced against the much larger orange rock. In a non-HDR image, either the sky would be white or the windmill would be black due to the dynamic range of the scene.


Nevertheless, I want this opportunity to further build up your experience by providing you my top 5 tips on how to take great pictures of landscape photography. The instructor for this class was Judith Pishnery and she is a wonderful photography instructor. It is a very simple yet important technique to layout your photo so that it is interesting enough to keep your viewers’ attention.
The basic principle of this rule is to break your image down into thirds (horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts in total. This sounds pretty obvious to me until she mentioned to the class to use daylight WB settings for a night shot. You can do this by first setting up the shot with the zoom and focus that you want, and then use a gaffer tape (like the picture on the left) to carefully tape the lens. As a photographer we always thought we are invincible with our camera on a tripod but that is not always the case.
In the second part of this article, people will learn how to shoot differently and how to check the histogram.
Being able to work independently from the weather condition is a necessary skill that any photographer should have. Take a second to frame the shot right, find the best angle, and try to follow these iPhone composition tips.
In that class Judith gave us handout and went over a very detail class of how to take great pictures of landscape photography.
Place 4 important parts of your image into the 4 intersection points to frame your image and that’s it! I hesitated at the beginning but after trying out this technique my own, I found out that the color is actually closer to how they appear to the eyes with this setting. To give you an example, if we look at the picture at tip # 1 again, I set the focus point to where the bridge is right before all the downtown buildings locate. Remember to also turn off any imagine stabilizer for better result in your photos at night.
If you have not done so already, please visit my facebook page HERE and follow me at Twitter HERE. I’m hoping to invest in an SLR early next year so I may need your expertise to help me in my decision making. James Adams, the author of this article points out that people should know how to shoot the sky into their landscapes. They also need to know how to change the viewpoint so that they can capture something interesting for the picture. She went over the recommended camera gears and showed us examples of what camera settings to use when we go out for our photo walk that night. You can set your camera’s viewfinder into grids so that it is easier for you to plan the shot.
If they keep standing at one point to take photographs, they will not be able to realize the beauty of the nature or things that are out of their sight. If you live near the Atlanta metro area, I highly recommend you to take Judith Pishnery’s class.
Therefore, photography learners ought to be as active as possible to find good views for their photographs.
In the final part of this writing, people will find out some good ways to capture the movement. This is not an easy lesson for photography learners, but they should learn this if they really want to go further in their career. They will also have chances to discover how to deal with horizons, lines, and how to compose with care. Besides providing people with tips to work as artists, this part also teaches them how to keep the gear dry and clean.



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