8 Common Beginner Landscape Photography Mistakes

Landscape photography is a tricky genre that takes the mastery of many technical and creative skills to find success. If you are newer to the genre, this great video will show you eight common mistakes made by beginner landscape photographers and how to fix them.

Coming to you from Mark Denney, this helpful video details eight common mistakes made by beginner landscape photographers. One mistake I see quite commonly is not including a compelling foreground element, particularly when using a wide angle lens. Wide angle lenses tend to push everything in the background and middleground away from the camera, and as a result, what looks like a great scene in person can end up looking a bit two-dimensional and boring if there is not a foreground element to create a sense of depth. Beyond that, a foreground element also serves to lead the viewer's eye into the image and naturally toward the rest of the scene. You will often notice experienced landscape photographers carefully crafting their composition to create a natural pathway through the image that starts with the foreground element. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Denney.

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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Chris Fowler's picture

#1 most egregious mistake: overspending on gear, or as he put it "...trying to buy my way into better photographs"
Damn Mark, I feel personally targeted hahahaha! I've just passed my first year with my camera and I am still frenzied with acquiring new lenses LOL

anthony marsh's picture

I stopped watching the video following the first of the eight mistakes horizontal vs. vertical. It took DENNEY a professional photographer years to find that horizontal is not always the optimum orientation? I began photography more than fifty years ago with my LEICA M-3 and it took me all of about one month to recognize that vertical is sometimes best. This was following having four to five rolls of TRI-X developed and printed and I saw several shots that had elements that I would have not wanted in the photo. I know several people will reply that 35 mm is not optimal for landscape. I was shooting mainly street photography but the premise is valid with 35 mm also. I now use square, BRONICA S2A, MAMIYA C and a few 6x9 1937 VOIGTLANDER BESSA, 1948/1949 AGFA BILLY COMPUR, BIERAX as well as 35 mm. I bought the 6x9's primarily to utilize the format or both horizontal and vertical. Perhaps my recognition of perspective had been due to years of drawing, painting and sculpting for years prior to ever having used a camera. Whatever the case a professional in my opinion should have recognized this very early on in his or her career.