Seven Common Mistakes Made by Landscape Photographers

Landscape photography can be a tricky genre that requires a lot of patience and nuance. This great video details seven common mistakes landscape photographers make and how to fix them.

Coming to you from Tom Mackie with Landscape Photography iQ, this helpful video talks about seven common mistakes photographers make when doing landscape work. Of them, I think the most salient for me were not using a good tripod and always defaulting to using a wide angle lens. For a long time, I used a rather cheap tripod, and besides entrusting my expensive equipment to a fragile support, I was truly surprised by how much my shots improved when I added a more stable tripod. On the other hand, it can be easy to default to always using a wide angle lens in order to try to capture as much of a landscape as possible, but in addition to having to be extra careful with your compositions with a wide angle, a telephoto can allow you to emphasize specific elements and create more unique and/or abstract images that will set your work apart. Check out the video above for more! 

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing the World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing!"

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7 Comments

David Perman's picture

I use a K&F Tripod that cost be about 60 dollars. The base is well constructed and sturdy. I'm thinking about changing out the head on it though.

Bruce Neeka's picture

there was a video recently (yesterday?) Four ways YouTubers annoy their audience - this 7 common mistakes exactly belongs to this video!
you need a good tripod - what a discovery!
think about composition - wow! you don't tell!!!!
horison line and spirit level - r u kidding me!!!!...
wide angle lens is not always good - really?

good or great photographer doesn't mean good presenter unfortunately

Rayann Elzein's picture

Thanks for saving me the time to watch this! Indeed... Doesn't sound too useful haha

When all this is not mentioned!! Thanks a lot. No need to watch when half is missing. Wide angle lenses!! :D Gosh, as landscape images cannot be taken with other lenses!!

Stas Aleksandersson's picture

Zipped through the video - exactly your comment. Thanks for saving time!

David Penner's picture

Is one of the tips to learn how to properly exposure blend? The photo you used for the article is horrible. The whites are grey so that the sky wouldn't be blown out.

Shane Castle's picture

These video-based “articles” need a TL;DV (didn’t view) version.