5 Mistakes in Landscape Photography

Beginner Photography

5 Critical Landscape Photography Mistakes Beginners Make

.. And, some professionals too!

I’ve shot professional fashion, lifestyle and landscape photography for many, many years and I can tell you, it’s easy to get in a hurry when you’re in the field.

Oops! I gave away one of the landscape photography mistakes covered in this video.

But, don’t worry.

After watching this short photo tip video, your landscape photography will move forward exponentially!

Truth is, if you skip even one of these pieces of advice, your pictures will suffer.

So, watch the video lesson closely and apply what you learn to your next photo road trip. You’ll be happy you did! – Bob

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16 thoughts on “5 Mistakes in Landscape Photography

  1. Hi Tom,
    I have an old camera with 14.2 megapixels.
    If I do a pano in portrait, when photos combined, does the resulting photo have increased megapixels.
    Would love to see a video on this topic.
    Love your channel, great contents. 👍👍👍👍

  2. Love the “take only one lens”. I would go to say use only that lens for 2 or more weeks and really get to know it and with practice you will be able to pre-visualise composition.

  3. Yeah, shoot raw and stich them in program like Microsoft ICE and you will see how many MPx your final photo will be. There is one photographer I follow on facebook, he just shoots with 85mm and makes pano. Fantastic results

  4. The advise on wide angle lens is spot on. When I got back into photography a couple of years ago, I got 16-35mm lens thinking that’s what I need for landscape. In practice, I ended up using 24-70mm and 70-200mm a lot more since longer focal lengths naturally simplifies the scene to the primary subject and maybe a line and/or a shape.

    With a wide focal length like 16mm which includes a lot of things in a given frame, it was really hard to find a perspective where everything in the frame “makes sense”.

    Now that I have taken a lot of landscape photography, I’ve started to learn how to include more foreground and things around a subject to compose a compelling scene but if I’m starting out all over again, I’d definitely start with a long lens first.

  5. Jason Charles Hill mainly shots handheld, Max Rive shoots a lot of handheld as well. Tonnes of professional landscape photographers don’t bother with tripods, so I don’t think everyone needs to learn to use one of it doesn’t suit their style. I think a wide angle zoom lens is the obvious choice for a first lens for a landscape photographer, all the “mistakes” your referring to can be applied to any focal length. What to and what not to include in your composition is just as challenging with a wide just as much as a telephoto lens and I think that’s why it is important to photograph often so you can practice your compositions and look at them on the laptop to more closely review your composition and learn how to improve the shots for your next shoot.

  6. Hi Tom – Mistake no 3: when you talk about wide angle lense 16 or 17mm – do you mean digital lens or focal length? I have a Fuji XT20 and have purchased a 27mm and 16mm prime (and have the kit 15-80mm) – trying to figure out how to best learn as a beginner.

  7. Great advice. I remember experiencing all of this, but it was a learning experience. I now typically use my 28-70mm for most landscape shots, but keep my 15mm on me just in case. As for needing a tripod, that is mostly true. I have been out and not had a tripod, so used whatever platform I could find to setup my camera. I think more importantly is to have a remote. That is something I tend to not carry on me often enough.

    Don’t just dress appropriately, prepare as well. Snacks and hydration can be just as important. I’ve missed opportunities because I didn’t bring enough water.

  8. While watching this vlog for the second time (ummm… maybe third) I recalled that I was one of those beginners that tried to capture too much. However, while in Photoshop I still knew I saw something, and while using the Crop Tool I could highlight areas on screen to figure out what I wanted to capture. Interestingly using the crop tool this way made me see sometimes several minimalized pics. Years later I still that technique when I have taken a photo that confounds me originally as to why I snapped the pic. Just a tool I find useful for me since I do not do photography full time… (hahaha, I have to find ways to cover up my mistakes).

  9. All good points. I would just add, re first point – there is a place for handheld photography in landscape. Some excellent landscape images have been created that way – the issue is knowing when and how to use it. A tripod is important gear in many cases – but not always.

  10. In engineering we have an expression: “Fail, early, often,” meaning that it accepted that you have to push designs to fail and make things break in order to produce a worthwhile and robust design. You have to find *all* of the ways your invention can break, so it won’t break later and kill somebody. So, as a beginner photographer, I’m going to give a qualified agreement to these tips, but at the same time I think that you have to actually make those mistakes for yourself – a lot. You will not know what the wide angle is best for unless you use it too much; you won’t know which or how many lenses to carry unless you can look back at your photos and count the number of times you actually took a picture with it the last year; you won’t know the value of a tripod unless you smash up against the limitations of hand-held. Ok, bring enough warm clothes, or water, or other personal equipment, that’s pretty easy, so is ‘look behind you,’ so is try shooting in portrait once in a while, or at other than your own eye level. But, when you walk out into nature and you are just *surrounded* with beauty, it takes a lot of bad pictures to calibrate your eyeballs to where the best couple of shots are with the equipment you are carrying that day. At least that is what I’m discovering, ‘beauty, beauty, every where, but not a shot to click.’

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