Tips For Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography Hero

Hey guys, Andrew Here!

Today I wrote a text about Landscape Photography. It is a long post but I hope you enjoy reading it just like I enjoyed writing it.

Even though I mainly photograph people today, I have always remained a landscape and nature photographer in my heart. Nature photography or landscape photography has become a real passion during my studies, and I have spent many years with it.
I am probably not an expert in the field, but I think some of my pictures have become quite acceptable and presentable.

Now to my equipment recommendations and tips for landscape photography. Everything I have written in the following is my personal opinion and only refers to my own experiences. Therefore, the contribution does not claim to be universally valid or complete.

Equipment Recommendation – The Camera for Landscape Photography

In general, the camera is overrated in digital photography, especially in landscape photography. Of course, the larger the image sensor and the number of pixels, the better the reproduction of details in landscape photos is, but physical limits are provided by the imaging performance of the lenses and the pixel arrangement on the image sensor.

Many excellent landscape photographers work with cameras with tiny sensors. In general, however, I prefer slightly larger and more robust cameras when the weight is not significant, and I use my full format or APS-C camera cases.
As long as you don’t have to earn money with landscape photography and you don’t want to make large-scale prints of your landscape photos, I recommend a reliable, stable and, if possible, splash-proof DSLR with APS-C or full format sensor from one of the big manufacturers.
That is the basis for equipment that you can use and upgrade over the years.

I can recommend Canon, Nikon, and Sony from my own experience, although the selection of lenses and accessories is probably the largest in Canon and Nikon. Test different models and manufacturers in the shop and decide what you like best regarding operation and price. Keep in mind that in a few years time you will buy a new housing rather than a new lens and save some money on the case and buy proper lenses right from the start.

Landscape Camera

If an APS-C or even a full-format camera should be too heavy or too clumsy, I can recommend a good system camera or Micro-Four-Third (MFT) system for landscape photography.
Besides my Canon EOS 5D, I also use the Fuji X Pro 1 now and then and am very happy with it.

Equipment based on a system camera or an MFT camera is the best choice for all those who want to take landscape photography with light and compact luggage, be it for hiking, climbing, mountaineering, air travel or family holidays. My complete Fuji X Pro 1 equipment for landscape photography weighs only a fraction of my DSLR equipment and fits in my small Billingham Hadley Pro camera bag.
For my DSLR equipment, I need a big backpack. And it gets packed full of all the full-size stuff in the long run. The difference in weight of the apparatus can be noticed quite quickly on a longer hike.

For all quality fanatics and professional landscape photographers, only a large-format camera or a digital medium format camera can be used as a camera. Of all 3 of the above photographers work preferably with a large format camera or medium format camera equipment.
In addition to the pure imaging performance, both systems have the decisive advantage, especially in landscape photography, that the slow working speed of the equipment forces the photographer to work much more calmly and peacefully.

For all quality fanatics and professional landscape photographers, only a large-format camera or a digital medium format camera can be considered as a camera. All 3 of the above photographers work preferably with a large format camera or medium format camera equipment.
In addition to the pure imaging performance, both systems have the decisive advantage, especially in landscape photography, that the slow working speed of the equipment forces the photographer to take pictures much more calmly and deliberately than one would do with a “fast” DSLR. That automatically improves the quality of landscape photos, as it depends very much on the skillful image design and careful working from the tripod.

Lenses for landscape photography

Most people will probably think of wide-angle lenses in landscape photography. The more extreme, the better. Yes, with wide-angle lenses, and super wide-angle lenses you can take great landscape photos. But you also get a lot of pictures and this is the significant disadvantage in our built-up civilization landscape. Also, you have to work very precisely below 35mm focal length to avoid distortion and distortion of the image.

I would, therefore, recommend a light telephoto lens as the first lens for your equipment, but maybe a standard zoom (50mm lens) with a telephoto setting is more suitable for your style.
With a telephoto lens, landscape details can be isolated very well and interfere high voltage poles, smoking chimneys, etc. can be easily hidden.

Since in landscape photography you usually fade out a long distance to get a great depth of field, we can also use cheaper lenses, e. g. A kit lens supplied with the camera. Almost every lens can be used with 1 – 2 fades.

Nevertheless, the two lenses mentioned above are my recommendation, as they are also very suitable for other motifs where one would instead work with a small depth of field. They are very robust and of high quality and can also be used with an open bezel. So you also have excellent equipment for portraits and pictures in low light (and open aperture). Who wants to photograph landscapes alone? 9

In any case, I recommend zoom lenses for landscape photography, even if many other photographers recommend fixed focal lengths because of the reduction, the quality, the “nicer” Lensflares, etc. With the zoom you are more flexible.
Think about how you should move your …

The Best Cameras For Traveling and Adventure

The best camera for traveling is critical because you need a device that you are able to use in different situations.

Not only do you have to be proficient with the camera when you are traveling so that you can chronicle everything that you have done, but you also have to use the same equipment for different trips. You need to see which camera for traveling is right for you and what extra accessories you need.

In this article, I go over the different types of Cameras suitable for Travel Photography and what you need to know before you choose one.

Types of Cameras


You might need a DSLR camera because then you only need different lenses to take all the pictures you want. You can take pictures pretty quickly with a DSLR, the quality is still unmatched but it is quite heavy and chunky. Modifiability is key with a DSLR: With 2 or 3 lenses you will be ready for most situations.

Make sure to get a big travel bag with snug cushions to keep the bulky DSLR safe and secure.

System Camera

System cameras are equivalent to SLR (DSLR) cameras, but smaller and lighter. Weight is a decisive factor when traveling. A system camera is, therefore, the better travel camera. More important than the camera itself is the species of lenses you will purchase.

All manufacturers of mirrorless system cameras have incompatible lens systems. So you can only use interchangeable lenses that match your camera.

The crucial point is that lenses are usually more important than the technical characteristics of a modern camera. Also regarding price, lenses are more significant.

Underwater camera: Robust construction, but small zoom

Underwater cameras and outdoor cameras depend on their inner values: For example, with a zoom lens that sits deep inside the camera body – in contrast to many other models.

The advantage of this is that the appearance does not break down in the event of a fall. The disadvantage here is the comparatively low zoom and the often lower image quality. While models of similar size already offer a 30x zoom, the robust cameras are content with a maximum magnification of five times. After all, a wide-angle initial focal length of at least 28 millimeters (according to 35 mm) is now standard equipment.

What do other Bloggers say?

So, I asked several bloggers in a Facebook group which camera types they use for taking the best shots on the go. I got more than a dozen replies and want to share the results. So out of the 14 responses:

  • 6 Blogger stated that they use a system camera for traveling
  • 3 Blogger stated that they use a DSLR for traveling
  • 4 Blogger stated that they use a action camera
  • 1 Blogger stated that he uses just a Smartphone while traveling

Upon further request, 7 of the 13 non Smartphone-only Blogger said that they frequently use their smartphones to take snapshots when in a hurry on their travels. That implies that the smartphone technology is slowly replacing some of the lower end cameras. Especially underwater cameras seem to be vulnerable to the trend to manufacture smartphones fully water-proof.

I invited two Blogger to share which model they prefer most:

Lennart from replied:

I have tried a lot of different cameras during many years of traveling. I found the system camera is the most suitable camera type for traveling. It is light, has great versatility with its quickly changeable lenses and takes pictures with the quality of a good DSLR.

The only downside of most system cameras is the steep price. When you are not a Professional Photographer, more than $1,000 for a camera is no bargain. I use a system camera in the $500 to $800 range and it is a great fit.

I also wrote a comprehensive review on this very topic. You can find my German travel camera guide on my website

Scott from replied:

Both Christy and me love taking pictures of our adventures. We usually carry a system camera to capture special moments in the best quality possible. Apart from that, we like to use a tiny, very light digital camera which is delivers enough quality for most occasions.

You would not expect how far the classic digital camera has come. Modern digital cameras are a lot cheaper than system cameras but provide a significally better result than a smartphone camera. Also, modern digital cameras come with a great bunch of adjustment features to make up for bad weather or light influences.

My guide on cameras for traveling has been quite popular for a while. You can find it here.

Other Equipment


For serious travel photographers, a tripod is essential and ambitious hobby photographers can take their travel photos to a new level. If you have decided that a tripod will accompany you on your travels, you are confronted with the big question: Which one is the best tripod?

Favourable solutions can cover part of the challenges. In this case, grab the flexible tripod. It is light, small and can be used everywhere with a little imagination.

If you need more, for example for panoramas or long exposures, you can use a high-quality tripod. Don’t save! The advantages of high-quality tripods are obvious, and at the latest, with the years the investment will pay off because you can use a good tripod over the years (or decades).

Camera Bag

The first thing to think about is how much photo equipment you want to transport and how big the camera backpack has to be. Also, additional space for catering, handkerchiefs, etc. should also be taken into account.

It is also not a disadvantage if you can store a notebook or a tablet in the photo backpack. With the help of these equipment items, you can better assess the pictures you have taken and start editing them right away.

You should also take a look at the quality of the materials used …

Basics Of Photography

Andrew in Bangkok

After my Content Marketing Post, a lot of you requested that I introduce you to the basics of photography. That means
You are going to work on a few different things when you study the photography basics you need to get started. You will work on a few different things that are important, and they all play into the way that you will take your pictures.

The Camera

The camera is an excellent place to start because you need something that is going to be versatile and easy to use. The best way to start is just to get a DSLR camera. These cameras will take other lenses, but they are so much easier to use because you only need the lens that comes with it. Of course, you can get more if you want, and then you can get the camera to work in the environment that you want. The focus you get from a long-range lens helps you when you are taking shots from a distance, or you need something for closeup work if you are doing simple things like portraits and still life.


You have to know your lighting, and you have to make sure you have enough to get the image that you want. There needs to be soft lighting when you are taking most pictures, but it needs to be bright enough for you to see through the lens. There are some great shots you can take with less lighting, but you have to be honest with yourself because you might not have enough light.

You can also use a special meter that will tell you how much light there is, and you can work from there.

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is important to consider despite you snapping a picture most of the time. However, you can change the shutter speed to see how light progresses or to show how something moved across the shot.


The composition of your pictures is critical if you want to be a good photographer. You have to be sure what you want to take a picture of and how to organize the composition in the picture. You are taking a picture just like a great artist would paint a painting. You need to have things that are spread throughout the image that are in the right position and that you choose the perfect detail for your field of view. The composition is key to a professional look in every photography genre. It is often the thing new photographers struggle with the most because it is not a technical aspect but an understanding of art.

The composition that you get out of the picture could also be based on where you put everything in the shot by moving your camera. Some people will take the same image over and over, but they are taking a different angle on every shot. That makes all pictures a lot more interesting, and it makes sure that all shots are unique and exciting because they look so much more different than something typical that you would have just taken with your phone.


You should know how to develop your pictures on your own and you have to understand how to correct flaws with filters and digital work that you can do on a computer. Everyone who is trying to make sure that they can digitally work on their pictures needs to have software that will help with that, and you will notice that you can make the same picture look different without anything other than a computer.

You can develop your own pictures in a dark room if you want, and you can keep all the negatives if that is what you need. This means that you will be pretty happy with the ways that you are making your own pictures, and you will have a spot in your house where you can get your work done.

In the 21st century developing pictures is rare but is used by some Professionals who love their craft and want to create unique looking prints of the digital images.

How Do You Improve?

You need to be improving when you are learning how to be a photographer because there is so much to do and to learn.

Some of you are even trying to turn this hobby into a career so make sure you learn thoroughly and with patience. Whether you are trying to be the next Ansel Adams or are just trying to learn the basics of Photography, you will get much better every time you add some new skills to your repertoire. Most importantly though, you have to take pictures, learn how to improve them and adapt for the next session.

You will only get a professional photographer if you practice – a lot.

Further Ressources

There is a ton of relatable information on this subject. I found the guides on the Basics of Photography incredibly helpful for beginner and intermediate photographers who want to learn more about their craft.…

Different Genres of Photography

Photography Genres

Photography is a place where you can work in a lot of different places and do a lot of different things. You will have a chance to take pictures in places that you might never have thought of before, and you should make it so that you can work in every area that you want.

Some people want to work out a way to take pictures all the time, but other people want to work in genres that are very specific because they have wanted to do these things for a long time. That is why you have to look into each of these gendered because they will all give you something to think about when you are trying to make choices for your career. Each one is great, and you just have to pick what you want most.


Action photography is something that you will do when you do when you are on the move trying to get pictures of things that are moving. You need to have as many do the lenses as you can get because you have to have a high shutter speed. Someone who does not have the right Shutter speed is in need of something that is probably faster, and that also means that you should ask people who sell you gear how much power and speed you need when you are trying to take a picture of something that is pretty particular.

These are all different, and you just have to see if you can get as many as you can so that you will know that they are all working. You can take shots that stop the action, and you can make them quickly.

To wrap up, Action photography is about:

  • Fast moving shots
  • Using an extremely high shutter speed
  • Taking pictures in motion


Still photography is just anything that takes up most of the frame. This would be like being an artistic photographer who wants to take pictures of fruit bowls and things of the sort. That might be something that you can do to have a lot of fruit pictures around your house, and you can make art that will work no matter where you are going.

To wrap up, Still photography is about:

  • Taking pictures of non moving objects
  • The perfect composition


Portraits are popular because people need to have them done all the time. Clients need them for their jobs, and they need them to make press packets. You should remember that you can do this as much as you want on your own, or you can make a whole business about this because the business will be the place where people go to make sure that they can get their headshots and other pictures done. Portraits are fun because you can practice them a lot with your friends, before you can move into different genres of photography. For many artists wedding photography would be the next step.

Wedding photographers are the people that will capture all the action from a wedding, and they need to have a lot of lenses because they take so many different pictures. Each picture will be unique, and they need to see if they can find clients that are getting married in the summer.

To wrap up, People photography is about:

  • Taking high quality portraits
  • Displaying your counterpart in the best possible way
  • Doing wedding photography for couples who are getting married


This is where get your pictures taken for editorial news pieces. You can do this for yourself, or you can do it just to help someone else. It all depends on what you need to do, and you can change your style depending on the kinds of pictures that you want to take. Some people want to travel, and others will just do this in their local community.

To wrap up, Photojournalism is about:

  • Taking pictures for the newspaper as a reporter
  • Taking pictures for yourself and make your own stories
  • Traveling to see places that need to be chronicled


Nature photography is very important because it will help people get a better idea of the world around them. You can get the nature pictures taken in a way that will help you make the most of each frame, and you can even go so far as to try to take pictures of the animals that arr in your area. These animals will be easy to take pictures of because they will be right there in your backyard, or you can travel to see them and find out where they live.

It all depends on what you want to do to make your pictures look great. You could make a book of these pictures, or you could do this on assignment.

To wrap up, Nature photography is about:

  • Capturing the nature and its animals on film
  • Finding the right light exposure
  • Traveling the world and recording it


There are a lot of people who are going to want to have an avant-garde photography career because you can take as many pictures as you want. You can take pictures of things that are very common and make their pictures look different. You can take pictures in strange places, or you can use odd filters that will make everything look in another way.

This is a photographic genre that you can use at any time but you have to be very creative to make a living in Avant-garde photography.

To wrap up, Avant-garde photography is about:

  • Experimenting with uncommon scenes
  • Abstracting the details

Becoming a professional Photographer is not easy

Becoming a Photographer

Do you love the art of creating visual memories? Do you love Photography just as much as I do and consider turning it into your profession? Well, I got some good and some bad news for you: Yes, it is still possible to make a living off photography in 2017 but no, it is not going to be easy at all. I will highlight the challenges you have to overcome to be a successful professional photographer.

If you are just starting out, this is going to be the main concern to you

Many great photographers faced this exact issue. Classic Photography is not paid well because the competition is fierce and many amateur-photographers flood the marketplace with meager prices. That makes it incredibly hard for professional Artists to demand the prices needed to pay the bills, of which are many. New hardware, software, rent, insurance and so on – Making photography your fulltime occupation is going to demand a lot of resources.

Many customers do not want to pay for the best quality if the competition offers reasonable quality for a fraction of the cost. Standard work can be done by regular people. That means you have to be exceptional with the result you can produce and the way you communicate your position to justify your professional pricing.

Sell your vision, not the product

A beautiful looking portrait picture can be taken by a 12-year-old with a camera. There is plenty of tutorials on how to position the lighting, the person and adjust the settings to create decent results and it is not hard.

As a professional Photographer, you want to sell your vision of the project at hand. To do just that, you need to create your style and be one of the very few people to replicate the result you can achieve. If you are unique, you can demand the pricing you deserve, since your skill is not a commodity anymore – You are one of a kind to the customer.

Being persistent in your efforts

You have to be hungry for success in the photography landscape. If you want to be self-employed and ask yourself how to make it work out, the chances are that you never were self-employed before. And listen to me now: Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship is the most competitive space on earth. All players in the field are trying to get a piece of the pie to survive, to achieve their dreams and do what they love forever.

If you want to be self-employed, you got to be ridiculously persistent. Never second-guess your choíce to be on the playing field. Slowing down means you are vulnerable to your competition. You have to work on your dream as a professional Photographer every day, every minute, in fact, to succeed.

Be on top of your marketing game

Marketing is huge for Photographers. With Social Media being one of the main aspects of our current society and photography being one of the best tools to create highly shared content on social, you have to focus on digital marketing for maximum marketing efficacy. You can turn into one of the nation’s most sought-after Artists virtually overnight if your work goes viral. Going viral sounds fun but is one of the most difficult things to pull off in this day and age. Despite from exceptional work, you’ll depend on connection, timing and a little bit luck to make it work.

But even if that does not happen to you: Showcasing your skills via an online platform such as Instagram, 500px or unsplash is a quick and easy way to get your name out and earn the attention you need „to make it.“

In short, you should take a serious shot at Digital marketing and Content Marketing to provide potential customers a 21st-century portfolio of your skillset. Take a look at some Growth hacking techniques for Instagram and Facebook. If you do it right, the new landscape of opportunity can jump start your growth and solidify your positioning as a professional in a few weeks or months and that is nothing more than a blink with your eye if this enables you to do what you love for the rest of your life.

Wrapping up

To summarize what I have previously laid out: You have to be an exceptional photographer, know how to position and distinguish yourself and use digital marketing to facilitate growth in an evermore online world.…