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Photography which depicts natural scenery, typically where a wide view of mountains, lakes, fields, or forests is the main subject of the composition.

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Why do breathtaking views turn into “boring” photos, and how can I do better?

I recently purchased a Canon 700D with a 18-135 IS lens to get into photography. I'm trying to improve, but my photos seem 'boring'. Let me give some examples: I took these today. The scenery ...
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Is there a way to determine if photo was taken at sunrise or sunset? [duplicate]

When I look at photos of sunrise respectively sunset and do not know the cardinal direction I'm not able to identify if this photo was taken on sunrise or sunset. So I ask myself the question is there ...
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Tips for landscape+stars photography?

I'm leaving for holidays tomorrow, and there's a good chance that I'll be able to be by night on a field with no artificial light around, and no moon in the sky. I'd love to take some picture of the ...
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Are there any mobile applications that calculate sunrise/sunset based on location?

Do you know a mobile application that would: calculate sunrise/sunset/twilight time calculate moonrise/moonset/moonphase would do that based on the location from internal GPS module There are good ...
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How do mountains affect lighting at sunrise and sunset?

I just got back from a trip in the Rockies. The tall and close mountains mean that the sun sets earlier than flatter places at the same latitude -- perhaps by an hour or so. The same applies to ...
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How to mount a circular ND filter in front of the ND graduated filter?

Recently I'm into landscape photography and trying to build a convenient and practical setup. I have the Cokin Z-Pro filter holder, Lee ND Grad filters and as solid Hoya ND16 filter. However, to set ...
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Unable to get sharp landscape picture

I'm facing often the same kind of trouble when taking landscape pictures... I end up with a picture that could be great but that is totally not sharp ! Example : I set up the maximal focal ...
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Protecting from sun when taking pictures [duplicate]

I've read that taking picture of the sun without protection is a recipe for trouble both for the lens and for the shooter's eyes... I took this kind of picture this morning, do you think it's ...
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How to achieve clean landscape night photography editing

I came across this guy's work and love the look and how clean it is. Besides removing the saturation, and strong clarity, what else is involved in getting this type of clean and detailed look? ...
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Capturing large monuments and landscapes

I recently came back from a visit to Tikal, a mayan ruin filled with majestically tall structures and vertigo inducing panoramic views when looking down from on top. Unfortunately, my (and other's) ...
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Why didn't I get bokeh with my 50mm f1.8?

Recently I took a photograph at an aperture of f/1.8, but there was very little bokeh. The shot was of a wave with a few boats in the background. Everything seems to be clear even at f/1.8. Can ...
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Does cloudy, low-contrast light produce the best results for photos of fall foliage?

It is conventional wisdom that direct, harsh sunlight is not a good light for photography. Cloudy day decreases the contrast and produces better result it goes. Does it also apply to fall foliage? My ...
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Plan to a landscape shot

I want to learn how to plan ahead for a landscape shot. I'm looking for an online tool that can let me visualize the location in 3D. I'm looking also for another tool that let me know where will be ...
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How to do HDR with long exposure photos?

I've seen a lot of nice landscape photos on 500px that seem like there must be HDR or some process to blend in skies with the foreground, many also have long shutter speeds. Unless they are all using ...
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Things to consider when shooting landscapes in broad daylight

While reading through many books as well online resources, I have come across these lines best time for landscapes is before sunrise and after sunset, and during a short window around these times ...
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2 lenses for landscape, portrait and daily life - Tokina 12-28 and Tokina 50-135

I desperately need some help!!! I want two lenses to do landscape, portrait and travel shots. I have a budget of U$ 1.400 and i would like something that gives me more quality them the nikon 18-200. ...
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How should I go about finding awesome locations for landscape shots?

As is often the case, after graduating, I moved to a part of the country that I didn't really grow up in or know, and as such I don't really know all the great picturesque scenes, other than those ...
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Effective filters for daytime landscape photography?

I do landscape photography, mostly shooting at dawn or dusk, but I never shoot during the day, the light is just too harsh. I've got a single polarizer and a few ND grads, but nothing else. What ...
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3 lenses for D7000 - Portrait, Landscape and travel [closed]

Yesterday, I asked a question and some people helped me a lot! I still have some doubts though. I have a D7000 and I shoot mostly landscape, portrait and travel. I wanted to get some really good ...
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Why is resolution more important for landscape photography?

I have heard countless times that "resolution is of utmost importance for landscape photography". This also comes up often when landscape photographers look to medium format for it's detail and ...
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How to fix bright sky behind trees bleeding into leaves?

I shoot mostly landscapes and am often annoyed when bright sky bleeds into the leaf silhouettes. Would a graduated filter help? Any other ideas? I have had this problem with my D90, Gf1 and now ...
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Do I need a slim or normal polarized filter for a Tokina 11-16mm wide angle lens?

I have a Canon T3i body and I recently bought the Tokina wide angle lens for landscape and astro-photography. I am looking to buy a polarizing filter, but I'm not sure if I should get the slim or the ...
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Can I use a large aperture of f/2.8 while shooting landscape photography?

Can I take a picture of a wide area such as a big house at 10m, in low light, using a large aperture of say f/2.8, at a focal length of 50mm? I will have no subject between my camera and the house.
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Could skipping the 18-55mm kit lens with Rebel T3i be a foolish move, to replace it with a 50mm f/1.8? [duplicate]

I am planning to buy a canon Rebel T3i, the additional cost for including the 18-55mm kit lens is only around $50. But since I am on a tight budget, I was thinking about getting a 50mm f/1.8 instead, ...
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How do I choose a lens that does portraits, star photography and landscapes?

I'm wondering if you can help me to choose between Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle (without IS) and the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Wide Angle Lens for portraits, landscape and star photography. I ...
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Which Canon lens combination should I buy for landscape photography?

The story never gets old: I was given a Canon 500D camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. Later I was also given a Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro with Canon mount. As they ...
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What do you take on a hike as a landscape photographer?

I have a trip to the lake district national park (UK) in a few weeks. I want to know from personal experiences what kit is essential and what can be done without on a landscape trip that involves some ...
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What is “correct” exposure?

Photography has been my hobby for far too many decades - first on film; and now digital (for about seven years). I recently had occasion to use exposure bracketing seriously for the first time, when I ...
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Is there a web application that can notify you ahead of time if a certain weather forecast is predicted for a certain location?

In other words, it would be a site where you can "subscribe" to certain locations and then have the service email you if the weather forecast matches the kind of weather conditions you are looking ...
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How can I shoot interesting landscape photos without using long exposures? [closed]

At current, most of my landscape shots are tourist-like and very generic. How can I take photographs which are more interesting without using the cliché technique of long exposure landscape ...
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Incorporating haze into landscapes

When shooting landscapes in Western India, I often have a serious problem with haze. The air can often be dusty outside cities and polluted inside. Shooting in the golden hour doesn't always help ...
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Is using live view for accurate manual focusing really better?

Commonly I hear of landscape photographer who rely on live view to focus now. The process I use is: Tripod mount the camera Switch lens to manual focus Enter Live View Live View zoom to maximum ...
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What post-processing basic concepts (independent of tool) should a novice learn for landscape photography

Having amassed many landscape photos (in .cr2 RAW format), I am searching for post-processing basic concepts a novice like I should learn before starting post-processing. The photos were not taken ...
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best camera between nikon 3200 and canon 600D for product photography and landscape photography? [closed]

I am about to buy either nikon 3200 or canon 600D . I will be using for mainly product photography and landscape photography . I checked both in the showroom and saw that nikon 3200 ...
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Are neutral density filters or polarizers better for a desert environment? Or another filter?

Desert environment includes actual desert, some water (yes, I said that), some (dusty) city scenes, some POSSIBLY shiny buildings and pools of water. The research on this suggests that ND polarizers ...
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How do I use Graduated Neutral Density filters?

I want to improve my photos of landscapes with high contrast (sunset/sunrise). What are good selections for GND filters and what are some techniques for using them correctly?
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How can I expose a waterfall scene correctly?

Last day, I was photographing a waterfall. It was a bright day and I was shooting around 2-3 in the afternoon. I set aperture to f/11 and took the meter reading pointing camera towards the sky. ...
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How can I take a picture of the moon as part of a night landscape?

I recently saw this scene while on vacation: What I would like is for the moon not to be completely blown out, but to also get reflections on the water. If I expose for the reflections, the moon ...
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Interesting locations to shoot in the UK Midlands

Its looking like the weather is going to be fairly decent this weekend - so i want to get out and do a bit of landscape photography. I live near Derby in the UK, and am willing to travel about 1.5 ...
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Editing or retaking my shot to maximize sharpness, image quality, and reduction of noise.

This is my image that is part of a pano I'm working on. How can I transform it to be similar to this amazing image especially when considering sharpness, noise, and the the light coming form the ...
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rotated images appear 'squashed' on digital frame

I hope I can explain this in a way that makes sense: Using a Nikon D70s I have taken photos with the camera held in the vertical (portrait) orientation -- think of taking a photo of a flagpole. When ...
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Does long exposure mean more details in landscape photos? If not, then how to take sharp landscape photos?

If I take a nature landscape photo using long exposure (tripod+shutter release), would that help me get more details in my photos? Example: (I don't have the high res version handy right now, sorry ...
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What to do about blown out skies

I'm currently trying to learn landscape photography. The biggest issue I'm currently facing is blown out skies. I take most of my photos while hiking - so I can't always use the golden hours but have ...
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Is there a very small but robust tripod?

During my trips when I do landscape photography, I often can't take my tripod. It's too big and too heavy. If the weight can be managed by buying a more expensive one, the size remains a problem. ...
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Starting out professionally in landscape / nature photography

How does one start out to become a landscape photographer as I assume the basics are to make a website, flickr, twitter accounts with a solid portfolio on them. However, how does one get assignments? ...
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How to stitch automatically panoramas of images that lack well defined elements, sharp edges?

I often take large landscape panoramas of 100+ 21MPixel images. Quite often some of the images do not contain sharp, well defined elements that can be detected by automatic control point detectors. ...
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What are the disadvantages of focus stacking?

Taking a few landscape shots and was wondering how you would make both the front and back of the photos sharper. Came across Focus Stacking but my biggest concern right now is the quality of the ...
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If landscape photography is my focus, does it make sense to use Nikon over Canon?

Lately I have switched gears and am starting to focus further on landscape photography over portraiture. In my research it has become apparent that Nikon seems to have a significant advantage in ...
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How to make a landscape photo like Stanislav Perov?

I am a beginner in photography. Could some one explain how to make this photo? There are some things that I would like to know: what camera, lens(es) (eg shall I do it on crop camera, wide ...
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Portrait to Landscape - Common Extra Space Fillers?

I have a lot of portrait photos that I would like to make landscape. They're not high-res enough to just crop out a landscape section of the photo for my purposes. What are common techniques and ...