I have to admit that I don’t shoot a lot of landscape photographs. I am so busy capturing families, their memories, and their details, that most times I forget to take in the scenery. This has been a big goal of mine. Take a minute and actually look around. You never know what you are going to see!

Since I started doing this, there are a few things that I try to keep in mind. Here are 5 tips for taking better landscape photographs.

how to take better landscape pictures

Watch Your Horizon

You want to make sure that you keep your horizon straight. If you don’t, it will give the appearance that your picture is slanted. This will cause the eye to see any object in the photo as if they are falling off the picture. Of course, you can fix this in post-processing.

Maximize Your Depth of Field

This is a hard one for me. I tend to shoot wide open {with a large aperture} most of the time. However, when you are shooting landscape, you want to use a small aperture {large number such as f/ 8 or higher} to ensure that as much of your scene is in focus. Remember, because you are shooting with a smaller aperture, less light is coming into your lens. Make sure you compensate for this with your ISO and/or shutter speed.

Pick a Focal Point

If you don’t have something in your photo to draw your viewer’s eye to, you will have a rather bland picture. Look for a rock, a tree, a building, or even a cloud formation that will draw the eye. You can also use leading lines to help draw your viewer into your photograph.

how to take better landscape pictures

Look for Movement

Try capturing the wind blowing through the trees or the clouds sailing by. This will had a feeling to your photograph and help your viewer feel as if they are right there with you.

Switch Up Your Angle

You know I love using different angles in my photograph. Move around! Don’t just stand with your feet planted and shot at your eye level. Get down and dirty and take a low angle picture! Or get up high {if you can}.

Your challenge this week is take a look around at your scenery. Use the tips above to take some awesome landscape pictures! After you do, make sure you share your photos on the Facebook page.

how to take better landscape pictures

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