How to shoot a landscape

How to shoot a landscape

Landscape – a view, an image of a locality; a genre in which the main subject of photography is nature; Often there is a rural, urban landscape and some types of architecture. Here we will talk about how to shoot the landscape in more detail.

Where to begin

I understand perfectly that not all beginners can be surprised by such terminology as shutter speed, aperture, and focal length. Nevertheless, I advise you to first study the “Textbook of Photography” (“Landscape” is a direct continuation of it), and at the same time refresh the terminology on the “Photo Dictionary” page so as not to return to an explanation of key concepts: this is more convenient (and more useful) than Every time you follow the links and back. And most importantly, it’s useful not only for reading how to shoot a landscape. As I understand it, you intend to take pictures, and not just read 🙂


You can shoot a landscape with absolutely any lens, from a fish eye to a telephoto lens. And if you have only one lens with which you get magnificent pictures, then you should not purchase another one – especially “for landscapes”. And then the text should be taken solely for acquaintance, and not run to the store for wide optics, so that “it fit into the frame”.

In general, I advise non-professionals to shoot any topic with one lens and learn how to do it so that all ideas go out with a bang.

And yet there are certain rules that you should know. Before you start shooting landscapes, you need to choose the “correct” lens (or the correct focal length, if there is only one lens) from your collection. For owners of soap dishes, compacts and other cameras with non-replaceable optics, the question does not disappear. Their lens is tightly integrated into the camera, but they also need to be able to use it. Put it in the “wide angle” position, “zoom out” is not necessary here. More precisely, this is not always necessary. Next, we read together with the “mirror” how to shoot the landscape 🙂

So, we take a wide-angle lens, or we put the available in the minimum focal length. Wide-angle optics give a wider viewing angle, greater sharpness and are therefore more often used for landscapes. Of course, at an average angle and in telephoto position (and even with a very telephoto telephoto lens), you can also shoot landscapes with not worse results, because a lot depends on your plans. But still, the landscape is often shot at wide angles, since the landscape implies the spaciousness and depth of field throughout the field (which is difficult to achieve with long-focus optics).