Landscape Photography Tips

Landscape photography is a unique and beautiful speciality within the photography field. From the outside, it is easy to assume that it is a simple as finding a destination and taking some shots. For many, it means continuing to practice and study to improve each shot. If you’re aiming to bring extra life into your photos and take them to the next step, consider these landscape photography tips.

Your Subject

In landscape photography, your subject can be defined as what kind of landscape you will be shooting. Some examples of landscape subjects include bodies of water, plains and fields, valleys, deserts, mountains, coasts… Each one requires different considerations to capture the final image. When you’re starting to define the image you want, think of how the subject can change and what emotion/effect you want to share in your final image.

An good example is a water, imagine a lake. Over the course of a day, a lake can have many different looks and share different emotions. Take the time to examine activities around it — do you want to capture the early morning stillness? The busy day filled with the activities of locals? The rich impacts of the golden hour? During a storm with turbulent waters? None of the above?

The View - Thierry Bornier - Xiapu China - Fujian China -

The View: After a rainy morning, the clouds parted and the sun came out over the local seaweed farms.

Examine the Elements

Whenever you are looking to shoot a location, always look into the different weather patterns and elements that effect the area. They can have a great impact on your photo – both good and bad. Try not to corner yourself into thinking a sunny day is the perfect backdrop, clouds and stormy weather could be just the thing you need to take your photography to the next level.

Many of Thierry’s images are prime examples of how you can use nature’s elements to give the photo the right mood. 

Create Depth

For the purposes of this post, depth will refer to the depth of emotion or mood an image can capture. There are many different things that you can play with to build a shot. Play with your photo’s composition. Examine the naturally occurring patterns and lines of the frame. Change your angle or perspective. Play with the different weather elements that are happening on your shoot. The key is to keep trying and adjusting until you have created the right emotional depth in your image. 

Yangshuo Mountains - Thierry Bornier - Landscape Photography - China Photography

This shot, Yangshuo Mountains, took Thierry five days to get just right.


Timing is everything in photography. From the timing of your shutter to the time of year you choose to shoot – it all influences your shots. National Geographic  says that it is the most important factor to having a great shot. “Time is the most important investment you can make in getting good landscape pictures.” 

As explored in a previous post,  a photography trip is not as simple as packing up and heading out. To get the shots you want out of it, it will take time to properly research and prepare — not matter where that shoot might be. Whether you need to wait for the right time of year or until the storm clears, it’ll be worth it for that ‘hit’.


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