12 Common Fatal Mistakes Landscape Photography Beginner Does

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Taking a good picture does not only depend on the type of camera used but also the setting used by the photographer. Most people think that having a good camera such as Nikon will guarantee their success in producing good photographs. Landscape photographs are one of the categories of photographs that are taken by photographers; this kind of a photo is captured in low light. However, they are some mistakes that result in poor quality photos. Some of the common mistakes for Landscape photograph include:-

Lack of Stability

One of the mistakes when taking landscape photographs is the blurriness in the image taken. To be able to take a sharp image the photographer should ensure that the camera is as still as possible. To ensure this, the photographer should use a tripod and the camera self-timer to avoid any vibration when taking the photo. Tripods exist in a wide variety, and the photographer should buy what he/she can afford.

Forgetting the Aperture

When taking landscape photographs, the photographer should consider the aperture. Most photographers forget the depth of the scene when taking a landscape photograph. To include the background and foreground of the field, the photographers should set the aperture to f/8 or f/11 or higher. By setting the aperture higher all the details in the landscape will have a sharp focus. If f/2.8 is used the foreground will have focus and the background will be out of focus.

Shooting in Landscape Format

Another mistake most photographers make is shooting only in landscape format. Some scenes require the photographer to use a portrait format to help give the scene a perfect look. Shooting using the camera landscape mode is another mistake that most photographers make. The landscape mood in the camera does not make the exposure look good on the scene. It only sets the aperture to f/8 or f/11, but the final output will not be as good as when the settings are done manually. Photographers should always use manual settings mode since landscape photos are taken in low light, hence by using the manual settings you will be able to control the ISO, shutter, and aperture.

Overcrowding of photographers

Another mistake made when taking landscape photographs is shooting in the same position as other photographers. To give you a different view of the scene from the others, a photographer should choose a different standpoint to take the photo. Notably, this can be done by surveying the area a day before to ensure that you have enough information about the scene you are going to take the pictures. The tour will give you information on where the sun sets, and a hint on the best positions to provide you with a great view of the scene.

Uninteresting Negative Space

Use of dreary negative space is also a mistake made by photographers when taking landscape photographs. The sky is a negative space if it is clear with no interesting clouds. Including the sky with no interesting clouds will give the photo a negative impact on the picture. However, when the sky has interesting clouds, it will give the picture a positive impact. Photographers should consider how the sky looks before taking a photograph. When the sky is clear with no interesting clouds, the sky should occupy minimum space on the photo, and when it has interesting clouds, it should be given more space.

Unclear Subject

An unclear subject is another common mistake in landscape photographs. Photographers should ensure that their viewers concentrate on the object they want them to focus on and see the surrounding beauty of the landscape. To ensure that the viewers are provided with what they need, photographers should use camera lenses depending on the scene they would like to portray. Landscape photographs range from those of; mountains, desert, seascape, rivers, and forest. Photographers should be as close as possible to the subject to ensure that the viewer’s know what they are looking at, this can be done by choosing the appropriate lens depending on the landscape taken.

Most beginners fail to use manual focus

Different camera has different focusing system, but it is good to know that no matter how strong a camera may be, automatic focusing will never be good in a dark environment. Therefore every beginner in landscape photography should learn how to use manual focus to attain good sharpness for a photo you intend to shoot at night. Remember once you set a manual focus you will not need to reset and you can take several following pictures with ease.

Some photographers ignore the depth of field

Most beginners take photos with no depth of field in mind, in fact some just capture the subject viewed by the camera hence not capturing some of the intended subjects. Beginners in landscape photography should therefore understand the three main divisions of a landscape photo that is the foreground, the middle and the background and know how to position their camera to capture all the subjects intended within the frame.

Some beginners shot too wide

Some beginners get surprised by how their cameras can capture a wide scene, and they end up shooting too wide. Never do it again because shooting too wide means you capture too many subjects hence making your main subject to be less noticeable and also the many subjects cause distractions to your viewers.

Having a complicated composition

In photography, everyone works hard to be unique and to capture photographs that have never been taken before. However, it is good to avoid being too much complicated. Always let your subject be easily noticeable, be simple and always try to apply the rule of the third.
If you avoid this mistake of capturing complicated photos and train to capture simpler photos you will automatically get your subject easily noticed and hence attracting the attention of your viewer.

Most beginners depend more on editing

Some landscape photography beginners have a mentality that post-processing activities can make every picture to appear pleasant, and hence they end up taking pictures with no professionalism with a perception that they will edit it to suit their need. Kindly note that post-processing is meant to make a good photo look better.

Shooting too many times

Shooting too many times is advocated for; however you should do the shooting as you review your work to gauge your progress, unlike some beginners who do too many shooting without evaluating. It is advisable you take several shots but keep reviewing your work to note your mistakes and do the necessary correction.


Before embarking on any shooting ensure that you to be equipped with your camera, with the needed spirit and needed skills. The next time you intend to take landscape photographs, remember to go through the mistakes above to ensure that you don’t repeat them and in the end provide your viewers with the best output. Errors do not only exist in landscape photographs but also other types such as portraits.