Why Landscape Photography Isn't Always Glamorous

As we start filming our newest tutorial, "Photographing the World With Elia Locardi 3," this seems like a timely video. When we see the gorgeous images landscape photographers produce, it's easy to think that landscape photography is an ideal profession for spending all one's time taking images of the most beautiful places on the planet, but the reality isn't always that glamorous.

Like any job that produces a beautiful product, it's easy to gloss over the day-to-day tedium and downsides that go into producing said product, but this video is a great look at what really goes on behind the scenes in landscape photography. I appreciate that it provides a very real, unglorified look at the profession, paying tribute to the miles walked, the elements braved, and the hours waited all for a single shot that might not even make itself available. What seems like a job anyone would love to have is actually something that takes tremendous amounts of hard work and devotion to unglamorous things, something I really connected with as a musician. Heaton even shows us that landscape photographers are humans who make mistakes just like the rest of us, though his resourcefulness saves the day.

Be sure to check out Heaton's website for more.

[via PetaPixel]

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Sean Gibson's picture

I only subscribe to about 8 people on youtube, and Heaton is one of them. He's just a down-to-earth guy who enjoys what he does and tells it like it is.

Dylon Neg's picture

I've been following heaton's videos since 2014 and all i can say is that his approach to landscape photography is different from that of Elia's. Fstoppers should feature his work too.

Mike Dixon's picture

There's only one person that I watch every second of every video they put out, and it's Thomas Heaton. Love him.

Dina Belenko's picture

I never realized before, how much work landscape photographers have to put in their pictures. And how much passion. This video is so heartwarming and exiting! Thank you!

Swissblad --'s picture

Ditto - Heaton's videos are a refreshing breath of fresh air - honest and invigorating.

Drew Pluta's picture

Wait, have I somehow missed a long standing narrative that landscape photography is glamorous? Who says that?