Questions tagged [landscape]

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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Seeking Expert Advice for Banff Trip: Upgrade Dilemma - New

I'm gearing up for a trip to Banff, Alberta, next year. Planning to go for a week and see both Banff and Jasper. I need some expert advice on lenses. Currently, I'm using a Canon RP with a RF 15-35mm ...
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Why do people not use large f-numbers (small apertures) when shooting landscapes, when you want large depth of field?

When some people take photos of the landscape, why do they not use like a low f-stop like f/32, because wouldn't you want everyone in focus because it's a landscape? But quite a lot of people use f-...
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Landscape lens vs portrait lens

How is a landscape lens different from a portrait lens optically. I believe all wide angle lenses are primarily landscape lenses and all in one is the kit lens. Is the 50mm lens primarily a portrait ...
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Why don't we focus at the nearest hyperfocal distance to get everything in focus?

I came across this article, and it says that if we focus at a hyperfocal distance, then everything from half of hyperfocal distance to infinity will be in focus. Then why don't we set the focus ...
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How to licence out photos to postcard or gift suppliers

I am a London-based photographer and I focus on landscape & building photography. So being based in London that means I tend to focus on many of the cities landmarks and tourist attractions. I ...
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How to get the best results for landscape and stars photographs?

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 award winning landscape images edited?

I am on Flickr and 500px and also exploring award winning photographer's shots. They are beautiful, but I always wonder how much they edit their images? Can an image straight out from camera win an ...
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Why are my dSLR-shot landscapes consistently overexposed vs. the same shots on my smartphone?

I recently returned from a trip to New Mexico taking pictures in the mountains, etc. I was taking pictures both with my Nikon D3300 18-300 1.35-6.3g with a UV filter and my iPhone X. My D3300 ...
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Are faster lenses inherently better than alternatives if shooting with same aperture?

Let's suppose there is a faster prime and slower zoom lens which covers the same focal length and I want to shoot landscape scenes with certain fixed aperture to make sure the depth of field is big ...
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Why does my photo have red and green patches on it?

I am new to photography, so I ran into a problem when trying to edit a photo in Rawtherapee where my picture looks like it has red and green blotches all over it. I took this photo with ProShot on my ...
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Questions about Alvandi large format cameras

I recently stumbbled upon this large format camera manufacturer called Mr. Alvandi, in Iran. They produce a variety of medium and large format cameras (679, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, 6x17) since about 15 years. ...
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How to photograph distant objects (10km)?

How to photograph distant objects like man and cars, with resolutions enough to identify face and car numbers? I'm looking for suggestions and cost, 10km range, with good sun light. Thanks. Please ...
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Why is 16:9 aspect ratio rarely used in professional photography?

Sony uses a 16:9 (1.778) aspect ratio for still photos taken from its camcorders. As a guideline, panoramic photos commonly are 3:1, which is wider, while medium format are well-known to be half that ...
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How to increase the dynamic range for a landscape photo without post-processing?

I like to take landscape photographs, during the golden hour. I always try to get high dynamic range so as to get the foreground and background proportionally highlighted, but I fail miserably (I use ...
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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 does Daniel Kordan achieve this perspective in his images?

I really like Daniel Kordan's images where he enlarges details in the foreground. I will show some of his work below with the corresponding sources. I wonder how these images are taken. When the ...
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What is the best shutter speed for fast-moving clouds?

I was wondering if anyone has a rule of thumb for shutter speed when shooting fast moving cloud? If you want to freeze it, that is. (I appreciate it depends how strong the wind is blowing.) I've ...
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What is causing the "bright spot" artifact in my picture?

Why is there an artifact in top edge of my picture? Camera: GH4 Lens: 20mm Lumix G 1.7 Shutter speed: 15 sec ISO 100 f/16 Is this something in my sensor? There are two black dots visible under the ...
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Why do mountains look so much smaller in a photograph?

I was recently at Yosemite National Park, and every time (been there many times) I am in awe of El Capitan's sheer size; however, when I take a picture of the mountain it always looks so unimpressive. ...
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Instagram Landscape Resolution: 1200 px Width or 1080 px Width?

It seems there are different recommendations for Instagram landscape format image resolutions available out there: One say, the image should have 1080 px x 608 px (which is 1.91:1). Others say, it ...
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Is using a low F-number (wide aperture) for landscape photography a good practice?

I recently asked a question (How to increase the quality of photos taken through a DSLR?) on how to increase the sharpness of my images. One of the answers proposed that even though it is known that ...
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Landscape photography: benefit of 24-70mm F/2.8 over cheaper version

I already have a decent wide angle zoom for landscape photography and I would like to get and additional standard zoom lens. Sometimes those wide angles feel a little too wide - especially in the ...
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Fast Prime Wide lens for Landscape Photography and focal distance [duplicate]

I was evaluating the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G and saw few videos where it was mentioned that it is excellent for landscape photography. However this lens has normal focal distance of about 0.5 feet for a ...
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How present is sky replacement in professional landscape photography?

I try to become a better landscape photographer. I try to invest more in traveling to unique places than in new gear and I get a lot of good pictures but only a very small fraction of them stands out. ...
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Large DOF in low light for portrait in front of a landscape?

I am using a Nikon D610 and mostly I can get nice landscape shots with long exposure (with f/8-f/11) range using a 35mm f/1.4 lens. However now my issue is, I want to take pictures of a person in ...
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Hyperfocal point if nothing is close to you?

I know how hyper focal distance works in theory and I got the PhotoPills app. My question is though, let's say you're overlooking Grand Canyon. You want to capture everything from the bottom of the ...
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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 looks ...
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Why are my photo's not so sharp even when using a tripod?

I took the following photos yesterday to capture the shades of sunset skies. However, I am utterly disappointed with the sharpness of the overall pictures (areas in shadows particularly very soft) and ...
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Should I turn off image stabilization when I am taking a landscape shot?

Should I turn off image stabilization when I am taking a landscape shot with a tripod? I would like to mention that I’m shootings with a Canon crop sensor, and one of the lenses listed at bottom might ...
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What's the difference between "Fake HDR" and real, bracketed exposure HDR?

As I began to brush up on my landscape photography skills I came across the polarizing (pun intended) issue of HDR photography. More specifically, I came across a well written blog post titled "...
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Canon M50 lens recommendation for landscape photography

I'm a newbie in the photographic universe and I bought a canon m50 with the 15-45mm lens. However, I would like to buy a better lens for photographing landscapes, as cheaply as possible. It's just for ...
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Need advice on buying a landscape lens

My camera is Canon 6D Mk 2 (full frame). I already have Canon 24–70 mm f/4 and Tamron 70–210 mm f/4 lenses and I'm planning to get a landscape lens in the range of 10–24 mm. I want to shoot astro ...
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How to predict good waves - ebbing

I am learning photography and particularly interested in seascapes. Looking at weather reports and trying to predict nicer sunrises and sunsets is one thing i have also been learning but i cannot ...
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Upgrading camera or lens or both for landscape? [duplicate]

When taking a landscape photo with a deep depth of view, the image is not sharp, especially the further away it is. Up close sharpness is fine but not far away. I am using the correct aperture and ...
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Why do we use smaller apertures, such as f8, for landscape photography?

In photography, it seems universally agreed that you should shoot at f8 to f11—basically an aperture before light diffraction comes into play. I've been quite confused about this for a while. Let's ...
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upgrading 4000d kit lens to what? [duplicate]

I'm thinking about upgrading my lens. I am currently using a canon 4000d with its kit lens 18mm - 55mm, as I don't have the money at the minute to upgrade both (want to upgrade to a full frame in the ...
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Distant objects not in focus

This is almost certainly my fault, not the camera. I mostly shoot landscapes with myself in the foreground via a small tripod: My former camera was a Sony A5000 and for these kinds of shots (see ...
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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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Zomei z669 for panoramic stitching

I would like to take wide pictures however I have only a 18mm lens. I thought instead of spending lots of money on a wide-angle lens, just to stitch into panorama with Lr/Ps afterwards. I thought to ...
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How to proper focus for sharper images?

For shooting landscape photos, what is better using manual focus or automatic focus? I seen a lot of people who focus with automatic focus then switch to manual focus, is this so the focus doesn't ...
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Why are my sunsets not turning out well?

I am interested to know why are some of my pictures turning out this way. For example if you take a look at the sunset I took below, clarity and generally image quality is fine around the sun and ...
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How do the 35mm Zeiss Loxia vs Sony Zeiss Sonnar compare for IQ for landscapes?

How do the Sony Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.8 and Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 lenses compare on the Sony a7? (I am interested more with image quality than ergonomics, build quality, price, etc.) I am ...
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How to postprocess photos with lots of blue haze?

I was in Northern Italy, and made some pictures there (with emphasis on sentimental value, not trying to do big art). Something I noticed both in real life and on the pictures is that the blue haze of ...
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Settings to improve dull images

I am using Nikon D5600 with 18-55 mm kit lens. When I take photos of open fields or other landscapes, the color combination comes out dull. I compared it with Canon 1500D photos. Photos from Canon are ...
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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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How can a telephoto lens take great landscape photos?

I've read in various answers on this site people mention that telephoto lens can be used quite nicely for taking landscape photos. How is this possible, as my (beginners') understanding of landscape ...
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How can I show a slope? Even mountain roads appear flat in my photos

During a bicycle trip, I wanted to take a pic to show how sharp the slope was (about 20%). The same applies downhill. See below, the viewer can't really tell whether it is downhill or flat or uphill: ...
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Is there anything I can do to capture good landscape shots in bright sunlight?

Whenever I try to take a photo in bright sunlight, I usually end up with something like this: It looks somewhat acceptable, but far from what this scene would look like at sunrise or sunset. Is ...
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Samyang 14mm or Rokinon 8mm fisheye? Which is better for landscapes?

My camera body is a Canon 550D/T2i. Which one would be better for landscapes and why?
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What is a good example for artistic ND filter applications?

Perhaps one of the most iconic uses for an ND filter is using it outside with a slow shutter speed to catch a motion blur effect -- suppose mover water (waterfall, river, creek, ect). So I'm familiar ...

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