A Landscape Photography Tutorial

Beginner Photography

Quick Tutorial for Landscape Photographers – Landscape Photo Lesson on Video

In this landscape photography tutorial video, I discuss a few topics for landscape photographers.

And, I give tips and tricks which might help you improve your photography skills.

In addition, I’ll show my favorite weather apps, talk about composition and go over some landscape photography gear so you can start out the right way!

So, watch this landscape photographer’s video and start your adventure today!


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Additional B-Roll footage by Gregg Snell:
Additional Drone Footage by Scotland’s Mountains:

New Wave Of Independence 1 – Martin Landh
When Spring Is Coming – Ever Yearning
Stay Near – Henrik Olsson
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Weather Tips: 0:47
My Best Advice: 5:42
Composition: 6:55
Exposure: 10:09
Where to Focus: 10:37
Camera Settings: 11:43
Gear: 12:43

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40 thoughts on “A Landscape Photography Tutorial

  1. One thing I would add about gear. While you should get Pro Lenses, save money by going for the F4 Lens (you don’t need F2.8 for landscape and it will save your back because you don’t have such heavy lenses), also you can get away with the Non Image Stabilized lenses (if you shoot on a tripod all the time) – but I can be useful to have IS for Sketch images or other types of photography.

  2. I’ve been very interested in photography for years now but only recently started to really study it. I just completed my first college course and have been watching tutorials daily. It’s safe to say I’m hooked but nobody has been more of an inspiration than Thomas Heaton has.

  3. Went for a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm after watching your earlier videos and over past 18 months been slowing building up my gear. As you said if you shop wisely by buying second hand you can get a good return for your money.

  4. Thanks, Tom, I always get a lot out of the tutorial videos you do. Loved your Scotland trip! I’m going to Yosemite in August. Happy summer to you. All best, Bob

  5. You are one of the best and yet craziest photographers that every one should learn from and enjoy watching their videos! I enjoy every video of yours and wait for it twice every week… Thank you for all the amazing work! 👌

  6. HueTubeR thanks for the suggestion. I’ll be sure to look him up.

  7. I think because he adds such a calming presence to his work. Morten Hilmer is similar in his style.

  8. Thomas, do you realize what you’ve just done? This is the ultimate tutorial.

  9. Thank you for this essentials of landscape photography. Spot on.

  10. Apocalypse487 yes and his passion is so apparent — I love when people are very enthusiastic about their work. It rubs off on me.

  11. Really enjoying your channel and its evolution. I enjoyed this episode for the practical planning tips, it’s a subject I’ve not thought about enough…

    One topic you didn’t cover is tides, for coastal photography. For the non-sailors amongst your audience, another app that will interest photographers for coastal photography is by Imray (who make charts for navigation) called simply “Tides Planner” – it is free to look up tides before 7 days time I think, and only a few UK pounds if you want to plan further ahead. You can of course just look them up on the Met Office website in the UK (or any similar local maritime/weather service in other countries). Newspapers also often have tidal heights, or websites close to a destination (eg try looking up the local harbour/marina website).

    As everyone knows, tidal heights change daily and there are two tides every day: roughly 6 hours of ebb and 6 hours of flow, twice daily. The largest difference between high tide and low tide (called the tidal range) happens twice a month at what is called Spring tide. The lowest variation happens at what is called Neaps. On the app, it will show you the height of tide at any given time of day, for the nearest port: you don’t need to know where the nearest port is, you can just look it up on the app’s map index of ports. It will show you a curve of tidal height, which you can manipulate when planning; and it explains where in the Springs-Neaps cycle we are on any day for the closest port to you. I think from memory it also gives you times of sunrise and sunset. This is useful for planning coastal trips that include views that will change dramatically based on the state of tide.

    Again, for those that don’t already know, tidal heights on any of these apps are given in metres. They tell you the height of the tide at any given point, above what is called “Chart Datum” – this is simply the height of tide shown on any maritime chart. This tidal height is the lowest recorded height of tide, and therefore it tells navigators the lowest possible (worst case) tidal height. So you add the tidal height from the app, to the height of tide in your location.

    But unless you are planning to walk a route that requires a careful watch on tides (or you are in a boat) then all you really want to know is how far the tide will go out and at what time. You can then plan your visit to capture the shot you are after.

    If you need to know precise tidal heights for a location, then I can recommend the Navionics app (for phones or tablets). Navionics is another chart and marine electronics supplier. Their app is brilliant. There is a fee for downloading the charts for your geographic region (eg the map I have is for UK and Ireland, which also covers the Northern coast of France and the Channel Isles). Using this app, you can simply read the chart datum heights straight off the chart.

    Sorry for the long explanation, but I hope this helps someone!

  12. Clear Outside is SO GOOD – I use it as part of my planning for astrophotography. Definitely recommend it.

  13. scotty4418 Agree, there’s been a big influx of what I call computer geeks into photography, (you can tell them by their constant bickering about one camera brand being better than another just like mac v pc:), these types have to have the latest version of camera and lens which means there’s plenty of great second hand kit on the market. I recently purchased a three month old Nikon 300 f4 VR for £725 and an 85 1.4 for £675 which is a huge saving, the guy was switching to Sony because apparently they take better pictures:)

  14. Thanks for he weather app suggestions. I currently use MeteoEarth and 4 weather websites. However the weather in Japan changes so quickly no website, in my experience, can predict it.

  15. Lens choice should be driven my sensor size and desired outcome, not by what Tom uses. Where Tom chooses to shoot at 24mm, 12mm will give a similar result on Olympus or Panasonic. On a Canon 80D, I’d like to be shooting at about 16mm.

    Those focal lengths provide similar coverage on their respective cameras.

  16. Try Rain Today for local cloud moves on a 2 hours period. The HD Radar is awesome

  17. Apologies for my lack of interaction of late. This week has been a busy one and now I am flying to Iceland for 10 days. The result is neglect here in the comments section x x x

  18. 9:50 you did in fact captured the beautiful sky. It was in the reflection of the river 🙂

  19. Thomas , another great vid, its a shame your wife doesn’t join in like Tony & Chelsea,

  20. Fantastic tips Thomas! Great job at breaking down capturing landscapes – Weather absolutely makes or breaks your shot!

  21. Agreed, totally. Nikon shooter here, totally f/4 all the way.

  22. I’ve only bought a new piece of gear ONCE. Every body and lens I’ve owned in 10 years has been used.

  23. Nibes000 Agree. Super simple, but these are the things that count in landscape photography, nothing more.

  24. To be honest Thomas I am really missing you saying “Absolutely Stunning.”

  25. yep all points right – especially the last one “save the money and go to a trip” 😉 !!

  26. Love your work regardless Thomas Heaton. I appreciate all the stuff you put out.

  27. Robert Blesse, did the fires in the valley effect your ability to get an interesting photo?

  28. I wish Sony gave us more non stabilised lenses so I can save a few bucks, since all their mirrorless FF from gen 2 has IBIS so lens stabilisation is redundant, and using a tripod makes stabilisation useless. I wanna get the 2.8 just because I might need to shoot portraits with it too and the 2.8 has better weather sealing. Although at that price, might not be worth it

  29. Something I learned from what you said about composition: learn to know what to throw out of my image, learn to sacrifice

  30. Same here in Thailand too. The tropical storms come from nowhere!

  31. 9:17 that picture is incredible ! I’m not good enough in english to tell how it impact me when i saw it !

    You’re so good !

  32. Wise words. I’ve only got a 1300D but I love getting out there with it.

  33. It depends on the lens I’d say, but for the most part agree. If you know you’re only doing Landscape photography or shooting outdoors during the day then get F4 for everything, you don’t want to spend money in areas you don’t need to.

    I’ve got a 24-70 in f2.8 because I shoot a lot of different things. If I’m only bringing the camera then the 24-70 is all I’d want. I’d love the 100-400IS II for wildlife, but it’s expensive and very specific. I’ll probably get it one day, but until then….

  34. @TheBandicoot I love my 100-400 GM (Similar). Probably my most used lens (because you can keep taking it to the same places and always find different shots). My advice is to get one sooner than later if you can. Will rock your world.

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