Landscape photography is a broad term that can be used to define any type of photography that is focusing on landscapes. Within the category of Landscapes there are various subcategories that must be considered when creating your shot. In this post, we will explore some types of landscape photography and what you need to keep in mind when shooting them.
The Cityscapes and urban landscape categories are debatable among landscape photographers on whether they are truly a form a landscape photography. Much of why it is an in-between category is because of its focus on urban, man made features instead of natural aspects. In some cases, a cityscape may be a part of an overall landscape shot.
Things to keep in mind when shooting cityscapes include time of day, car/people traffic, the skyline, and any surrounding natural details (rivers, mountains, etc.).
Mountains give landscape photographer’s a unique challenge when it comes to getting the right shot – the angles and altitudes. Unlike a flat landscape, mountains can be shot from a variety of perspectives. To find the right shot, it may mean hiking or manoeuvring tough terrain until the right angle is found.
Tip: When shooting mountains take all of the surroundings into account. Is there a lake that reflect it? When does the sun crest the peaks? Is there any snow or trees for contrast?
It’s no secret that Thierry is a big fan of clouds and their effects on his shots. In a landscape shot, clouds play a diverse role. Depending on the type of shot that you are looking to get, clouds can accent your focal point – or even become the focal point.
Tip: Play around with your camera’s settings to maximize the effect of the clouds. An example is to whether or not you want the clouds to remain stationary or create a sensation of movement (as seen above).
When it comes to landscape photography, sea and water shots are among some of the most popular. It is no surprise that it is a popular subcategory, considering that the variations are endless. You may find differences by simply moving to a new location, things like sand color, texture, length of beach, etc may vary.
Tip: Get creative with your shots. Consider things like time of day for lighting, weather, wave patterns, reflections, surroundings, etc.
These are just some types of landscape photography. The category is broad and has many different interpretations depending on the photographer.
Need a refresher on settings you can be using when shooting any of these landscapes? Check out our post on Camera Basics.