Getting the Most out of a Single Location in Landscape Photography

In landscape photography, some locations are just tricky to shoot, even if their photographic potential is plainly obvious. And while it is tempting to just pack it up and move to the next location, before you do that, try returning to the basic principles and working the scene to get as many compositions as possible. This great video tutorial discusses getting the most out of a location. 

Coming to you from Steve O'Nions, this awesome video discusses the importance of getting the most out of a single location in landscape photography. One thing that I love about landscape photography is the fact that you can get so many compositions and unique images from a single scene. If you find yourself struggling, try putting away the standard wide angle lens and pulling out a telephoto zoom. It can be difficult to balance all the elements in a frame, and the simple act of using a longer focal length to exclude some of them simplifies the image and can help you create simpler and more powerful photos. Check out the video above for the full rundown from O'Nions. 

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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brokenlandphotography's picture

For me, I'm only allowed 15min (at the most) per location. If at that time I don't see something, we'll pack up and move on. I realize I will be missing several time and shadow changes while at one location. But that's the breaks as I do not have all the time in the world to just sit and wait for something to happen. I have to make things happen on my own. My profile shots are "lucky shots" because I just happen to be at the right place at the right time. Most of the time, I'm not inspired by what i see or don't see and simply move on.

Peter Vlutters's picture

cool camera... I guess just a little bit heavier than my Lumix G9 and GX8 😉

Rodney Johnson's picture

I approve of *Anything* that gets us away from the awful trend of oversaturated, overprocessed wide-angle distortion landscapes that are synonymous with the pervasiveness of affordable digital photography!