Landscape Photography

©  Paul White, Autumn Grindleford, (Date Unstated)

Landscape photography may be defined as portraying spaces within the world, that can be both panoramic as well as being microscopic. Landscape photographs attempt to capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made urban-space or disturbances of landscapes.

© Ansel Adams, Burned, snow-cover area of Glacier National Park, (Date Unstated)

Landscape photography is both a reflective and deductive process that entails;

  • recalling observations or experiences
  • making a connection with the viewer through a purposeful detailed pictorial narrative that preserves a single moment in time,
  • Making choices as to what to include or exclude, bringing ones own personal perspective to a particular scene and best represents ones creative vision.
  • Sharing the emotional connections that come with the created image.
  • Remind one of the connections between individuals and the land whether it be the natural or the urban landscape devoid of human interference or as the result of human intervention.

© Minor White, Two Barns and Shadow, 1955

Many landscape photographs show little or no human activity and are created in the pursuit of a pure, unsullied depiction of nature, devoid of human influence—instead featuring subjects such as strongly defined landforms, weather, and ambient light.[1][2]

© Marc Adamus, Spring Showers,Columbia Hills, Washington, 2014

 [1] Ellement, Brad (U.K.) “Featured Artist: Brad Ellement”, Landscape Photography Magazine, 2014 Edition (“The Big Free Edition”), p.56

[2] Mary Warner Marien (2006). Photography: A Cultural History. Laurence King Publishing. Page 136.

As with most forms of art, the definition of a landscape photograph is broad and may include rural or urban settings, industrial areas or nature photography.[3][4]

[3] Waite, Charlie with interviewer Keith Wilson, “In Conversation… Charlie Waite”, Landscape Photography Magazine, 2014 Edition(“The Big Free Edition”), p.120

[4] Purdue Univ., “Nature and Landscape Photography”, from ”Visualizing Nature: Promoting Public Understanding and Appreciation of Nature, [Department of] Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, retrieved October 4, 2015

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Image Credit © Paul White, Autumn Grindleford, (Date Unstated)

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Image Credit © Ansel Adams, Burned, snow-cover area of Glacier National Park, (Date Unstated)

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Image Credit © Minor White, Two Barns and Shadow, 1955

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Photography, Introduction to Speed and Movement – an article by Goff James

Here I am trying to learn how to take a decent photograph with my new camera. Progress is slow but I am enjoying it. Just have to take it step by step. Unfortunately I am rather good at forgetting things!

Shutter speed, also referred to as “exposure time”, represents;

the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor.

Slow Shutter speed creates an effect called “motion blur”, where moving objects appear blurred along the direction of the motion.


Goff James, Movement, 2017

Slow shutter speeds are also used to photograph lightnings or other objects at night or in dim environments with a tripod.

Landscape photographers intentionally use slow shutter speeds to create a sense of motion on rivers and waterfalls, while keeping everything else in focus.


Marc AdamusEndless Falls (2007)
Mount Hood Wilderness, Oregon

Fast shutter speed is typically whatever it takes to freeze action.

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Bob Martin, Title and Date Unstated.

Aperture size affects the Depth of Field in an image and which area of the image will be sharp.

A large f-number such as f/32, (smaller aperture) brings all foreground and background objects in focus.


Paul White, Autumn Grindleford, Date Unstated

A small f-number such as f/1.4 (large aperture) isolates the foreground from the background by making the foreground objects sharp and the background blurred and out of focus.


Aaron Siskind, Martha’s Vineyard, 1954-59

DSLR Camera Settings

The manual and semi-auto settings give one more creative control of a DSLR camera.

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A (Av) Aperture-priority /Autoexposure

The user selects the f-stop and the camera selects shutter speed that will produce a good exposure.

S (Sv) Shutter-priority / Autoexposure

The user sets the shutter speed and the camera selects the f-stop that will produce a good exposure.

M Manual Exposure

The user controls both the shutter speed and f-stop.


The common shutter speeds are:

1s  1/2s  1/4s  1/8s  1/15s  1/30s  1/60s  1/125s  1/250s  1/500s  1/1000s  1/2000s

Fast shutter speeds such as;

1/250s will freeze faster moving subjects, depending on their speed of movement.

Slow shutter speeds such as:

1/30s and slower will create motion blur with moving subjects, depending upon their speed of movement.

One has to remember that depending on the choice of lens  one should ideally select a shutter speed of at least 1/60s to prevent camera shake without using a tripod.

So much to remember! So Easily forgotten!!

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Andrew Johnson, 2017, Lesson Transcript