7 Common Beginner Landscape Photography Mistakes

With all the different aspects that go into creating a successful image, landscape photography can be a daunting genre to get started in. If you are new to the genre and looking to improve, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you seven common mistakes new photographers make and how to fix them or avoid them in the first place. 

Coming to you from Photo Tom, this helpful video tutorial will show you seven common mistakes new landscape photographers make and how to fix them. By far, the most common mistake I see new landscape photographers make is only using a wide angle lens. No doubt, wide angle lenses are used so commonly for good reason, but on the other hand, a longer zoom lens can help you pick out individual interesting elements, simplify complex compositions, and create more abstract images. And you do need not an expensive and bulky f/2.8 zoom; something like a 70-200mm f/4 will serve you well. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi," which is currently on sale along with the rest of the Fstoppers store! 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Dear Sir: Good evening. I trust this comment finds you well. I have had a passion for photography for over thirty years now. I grew up with B&W film when I was younger. I was exposed to utilizing a 35 mm camera when I was stationed overseas.I attended the Art Institute of Boston when I left the service. I learned how to utilize medium format cameras. I also learned about the rule of thirds and how to apply this you improve my shots. I believe one has to see in their mind how an image will look before you raise the camera to your eye. Composition is key to a successful image. I believe this is the difference between a snapshot and a well thought out image. This tutorial was very helpful. I thank you for sharing this information. I look forward to more tutorials and any workshops you have planned for the future. Best wishes to you and your family.