Landscape Photography Guide “Revamped”

Posted on September 25, 2008. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , , |

Who can’t be fascinated by nature and its magnificent display of perfection? To capture the dramatic sunset or the dawn of a new day. The silhouette of the crescent moon or the radiant beauty of the sun. Modern photography contests salutes nature’s elegance by capturing once in a lifetime photos of their expedition in the wilds.

What is landscape photography contest?

Beautiful landscapes are everywhere, you can even find some around your area. The great thing about nature is that you can find it in every place you look. The places you go everyday, the beautiful mountains you see since you were a kid or the ocean in front of your house may become somebody else’s treasure if you will be able to take good pictures of them. If you can open your eyes to the beauty and see it, then other people can see it in your photography. It can be simple and everyday or it can be vast and amazing. It’s all about the great pictures you take.

Landscape photo contests are for artists who love to travel and commune with nature. Traveling across countries and taking pictures of beautiful scenes, but of course not all photographers can set off to the world right away.

What you need to know before joining a landscape photo contest?

If you really want to win landscape photo contest, I advise to take a course. You may have taken a course in photography but you need to take one that is specifically for landscape photography. In that way, you will be able to know the essentials of how to take the best landscape photos, what film to use and how to utilize sunlight and other natural light. You will also learn about achieving a sense of balance and scale, how to photograph running water and similar issues that a landscape photographer might face.

Some useful tips for landscape photo competition

Just listening to renowned photographers talk can be the most enlightening experience. These tips where taken directly from Photo Laureates experts who have won several its landscape photo competition.

Dramatic light

– Light is the most essential tool of the landscape photographer, although it is the element that he control the least.

– In landscape picture contests, photographers must either take a shot as it is or plan ahead, because the slightest change in the weather transforms the look of the land.

– Muted light of an overcast daybreak can create dramatic effects like subtle gradation of tones and colors that direct sunlight would overpower.

– Yet strong sunlight can create drama too. Landscape photographers can shift positions in relation to the light, such as when photographing sand dunes, when we take advantage of raking sunlight and strong shadows.


– Wide angle lenses can be used to enhance nature. The panoramic view does wonders for the nature/landscape photographer. It gives a feeling of spaciousness or vastness. A super-wideangle lens (fisheye) can cover an immense field of view.

– The extreme depth of field of such lenses can provide equal sharpness from foreground all the way to the horizon, a desirable result in landscape photography.

– A wide angle lens can produce a different perspective from the one seen with the naked eye. Proportions are exaggerated, near objects seem even closer and distant ones seem much further. This can create a dramatic depth of field.

– However, because distortion increases as focal length shortens, other problems crop up. Straight lines can appear curved (example: two adjacent trees may appear to converge instead of being paralleled). Also the edges of a photograph may seem to fall away.

Long Lenses

– Landscape photographers can bring far away subjects closer by using long lenses. We can also achieve a painterly effect with shallow depth of field using wide apertures with telephoto lenses.

– In landscape picture contests, long lenses can conjure up another intriguing creative effect by flattening perspective. They can reduce the three dimensions in a scene and transform landscape into a strong graphic pattern of two-dimensional shapes.


Choosing appropriate filters is an important consideration. To give an imaginative touch to an image, filters are a great help. There are few filters that are recommended:

1. Polarizing filters – to remove reflected light and to saturate colors.

2. Magenta filter – for sunsets, sunrises, to create more vibrant colors.

3. Warming filters – 85A, 85B filters

4. Fog filters

5. Diffusion filters

6. Soft focus filters

7. Graduated filters – 2- and 3- stop soft edged graduated neutral density filters; 2- and 4- stop reverse graduated neutral density filters; 3-stop hard edged graduated filters

8. Infrared filters

9. Color intensifying filters


– A tripod is one of the most essential accessories for nature photographers since they have to deal with extreme weather conditions.

Good picks are:

– Gitzo G1248 Carbon fiber

– Bogen 3221

– BH – 40

– BH – 55

– Arca Swiss B -1 Ball head

To see how John Warton, senior photo editor at Photo Laureates reviews photographs and meet, go to


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