Beginner Landscape Photography Advice to Ignore Video

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(Bad) Landscape Photography Advice You Must Know – To Improve Your Photographs!

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Now, most of this beginner photography advice I knew. But, there were a few items (especially about camera equipment) I didn’t know.

So, take time to watch this landscape photography tips video before you shoot another picture or buy another piece of equipment.

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In this week’s episode, we discuss beginner landscape photography advice you should ignore.

On this channel we discuss all things related to landscape photography.

But, bad beginner photography advice is a topic we haven’t covered. And,  I believe understanding what not to do is as equally as important as understanding what to do. All of the bad advice mentioned in this video I received either directly or indirectly during my first year of landscape photography. All of which I quickly implemented and eventually discovered wasn’t the best advice for me to apply to my landscape photography workflow as a beginner.

Worst advice for beginner landscape photographers?

In this video, I review the worst beginner landscape photography advice I received. I ranked these pieces of advice in numerical order where bad advice number nine is the least egregious and number one is the worst piece of landscape photography advice I received as a beginner.

Some of these items are gear related that had a negative financial impact on myself and others are advice that I felt slowed down my progression, photographically speaking.

As photography beginners we receive a great deal of advice, but identifying what’s the good advice versus the bad advice is not always clear. I’m sure everyone’s list of bad advice they received is a bit different, but I hope that mine resonates with yours and provides you with an additional point of view that’ll enable to you to determine if this is landscape photography advice that’s beneficial to you.

If you enjoyed this video, please consider giving it a thumbs up and let me know what you think in the comments below – I guarantee I’ll get back to ya.

Thanks for watching everyone!

-Mark D.

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56 thoughts on “Beginner Landscape Photography Advice to Ignore Video

  1. Mark, sure enjoy these video’s. I’m just getting back into the hobby so pretty new to all the gear that’s available now. You really help with the learning curve! Thanks

  2. Great video Mark! However, I do have another take on the Soft Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filter. I don’t agree that using a soft GND is as destructive as folks make it out to be. If you find that your soft GND has made the image too dark you can use a graduated filter in Lightroom to lighten up the sky. Living in Washington State with our constant overcast and harsh skies in winter I find the soft GND extremely useful. Using the soft GND when in the very dark forest with harsh white/gray overcast skies allows me to crank up the exposure compensation which makes the foreground/forest much brighter which is how my eyes actually see the scene. I do agree if that I simply put a soft GND on my camera without cranking up the exposure compensation it would lead to a very dark exposure. For folks in such conditions being able to knock down the overcast skies and bring up the shadow detail in the forest makes a world of difference. Said another way when your back home after a 5-mile hike in the wet forest/mountain and you are at your computer you can’t fix the noise and loss of detail in the shadow areas because you didn’t use a soft GND. Also, it gets old taking multiple exposures and doing exposure blending.

  3. The two best pieces of advice I have ever received are these: 1. Keep shooting. 2 Pay no attention to advice.

  4. The BEST advice I ever got (I’ve got lots of good advice) was…1) to learn everything about my camera, i.e., what it can do and what it can’t do and don’t pay attention to what it can’t do, rather, master ALL that it can do … 2) pick up the camera and shoot at least 1 image a day, NO MATTER WHAT (no excuses)… 3) Take your time and think about exactly what you are doing…

  5. i would recommend the 24-105 as a starter lens, gives you a good wide and a good tele that way you get a good idea of what you might need if the 24-105 range is not enough

  6. Steve Bearman I agree with you Steve! That’s all great advice!

  7. “Don’t crop?” Man, I crop on an 18 megapixel APS-C camera so much, that would send Jared Polin to a hospital

  8. I agree with all your points except 3. This is coming from 3 years of not using a l-bracket to now using it. I like it, but it is just a luxury. It would be on of the first thing I would leave at home to lighten my bag for a big trek.

  9. Yavor Kapitanov In all the areas of my pursuits where “deliberate practice” is the way the advice I have found helpful was advice on how better to engage in deliberate practice. Actually the comment pay no attention to advice was tongue in cheek humor. But seriously advice that is imposed—“ this is what I do so you should do it too” hasn’t even better terribly helpful to me. And as a teacher, therapist and guide I have always tried to focus on how the person could develop themselves rather than how they could do more of what I do. And since what I did has always evolved what I would offer on day I wouldn’t at another time. Love your videos Mark and hope our paths cross agaIn.

  10. Most common, at the same time most erroneous, advice: “Use a wide angle lens for landscape”.

  11. I have 10-18, 18-55, and 55-250. 10-18 is the one I use the least, go figure.

  12. Best advice I ever received is not to focus on the gear. Just get out there in the field.

  13. The three signs of bad advice on any art form, “always, never, and have to.” If you hear any of these, proceed with caution.

  14. Phillip Ziegler rules have always been meant to be broken, otherwise we’d have cops out of work and donut shops closing down 😜

  15. Christoph Münch 16-35, 24-70, 70-200 plus a 50 prime. I never use the 50, and rarely utilize that 16-35.

  16. Crop sensors…
    I’ve tried blowing up that tiny iPhone sensor image to a decent sized print vs the full frame image from my D700 (and yes they’re both 12 mp). The iPhone loses every time so I’m going to have to disagree on that “worst advice”. The more data you’ve got to start with the more you can accomplish with that data.

  17. Really bad piece of advice I received: “A good tripod costs $1000 and below $300 there is not even a point buying anything.” This really stopped me from buying any tripod at all since I could not afford a “good” one. Later I decided to ignore this advice and get one at the $100 price point. I have been using it for two years now and been in six countries with it. It is still working fine.

  18. The best advice I ever received is, “If you like your photos It doesn’t matter what other people think of your photos as long as your technique is correct.” At the time I didn’t know what he meant by “Technique” and was too intimidated to enquire. What I eventually learned is that he was referring to the “Rules of Composition”. Such as the Rule of Thirds or the Rule of Three and others. When I eventually learned these Rules of Composition or “Techniques” my photography improved immensely and I was able to like and enjoy my work more and ignore other peoples subjective opinions.

  19. Yeah buddy, my 70 dollar tripod from target has served me well for 2 years now, light enough to carry comfortably and has a hook to weigh it down if I need to. Photography is a spending sport where everyone is competing to see who has wasted the most money lol

  20. I have one for 20 Bucks and it is working now for nearly a year without a problem. It is enough for me, since I just rarely use a tripod. Happy I instead got another cheap lens than a 70€ tripod or something like this

  21. True. I learned stitching and now it is very hard to justify getting an UWA lens, because it would seriously compromise the image quality or make the whole thing larger, heavier and much more expensive.

  22. “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” Thomas Edison

  23. Always try to have some sort of intelligent comment, like yours! 😀

  24. i’ve tried several times over the years to compare the latest phone camera to an Aps-c or FF SLR and as soon as you go into post the phones never compare!

  25. Nik Rowe … it’s that tiny sensor they’re using, compared to a FF sensor it’s a drop in the bucket (no pun intended).

  26. I will supplement your advice about getting an L-bracket. I got one early on and absolutely love it. One thing I will say is that I got a knock-off (Sunwayfoto) instead of the RRS for about 1/2 the price. An L-bracket is a simple piece of hardware and needn’t cost into 3 figures. The knock-off I got works perfectly!

  27. Be patient and don’t be afraid to take 100+ photos of the same scene.

  28. Albert Einstein i just was on a fototravel and i had a tripod for like 20 bucks guess who was the one who used his the most just because mine was really light and i didnt care for it so i put it everywhere

  29. Ha! There are times when I’ll only take the 70-200. If it’s not wide enough, I’ll shoot a pano and make a 100+ megapixel image from a consumer camera.

  30. Generic ones are crazy cheap on ebay compared to brand name ones that are specifically made for your camera body.

  31. Some of the best tripods I’ve used are older than me, built like tanks, and are sometimes available at thrift stores for pocket money.

  32. let me guess crop and shot jpeg?? … Jared’s fro goes permanently flat.

  33. Never leave your VR turned on when doing 20 seconds on a tripod, lol

  34. My pet peeve is: “Get it right in camera and you won’t have to edit it.” This always comes from people who weren’t there when I was shooting and can never quite tell me what I should have done to “get it right in camera.”

    Great video–thanks for the reassurance!

  35. Just bought an L bracket because I was SO frustrated in attempting to get a good portrait image using my ballhead.

  36. An L bracket saved my camera once – photographing lightning in a storm, a big gust blew my tripod right over and the camera landed smack onto the concrete (fortunately on the bracket side). Camera showed an error, and the strap eye was bent proper from the L bracket somewhat crushing it, but after reinserting the battery, it was completely fine! The L-bracket has a slight bend to it but it survived!

  37. @Sierra Bravo Bad advice #10. I have L-brackets on my Olympus E-M1 and Sony a6500 even when I don’t go around with a tripod because it improves my grip on these cameras. Their ease of use with tripods is just a bonus.

  38. Except when it is in the sentence “Always make sure not to forget your memory cards!”
    Don’t ask me how I know 🙈

  39. Don’t always shoot “Raw”…..modern cameras produce excellent jpeg files.

  40. @Anthony Santos I believe that can be said for any creative hobby/career. Same thing can be said for Audio and Video.

  41. My best advice: open yourself to critique. Critique from friends, knowledgeable and experienced photographers, anyone. Don’t take it personable; just listen to people’s subjective input. And then photograph what YOU want, considering the audience that you want to please, which is mostly yourself.

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