5 Most Common Mistakes in Landscape Photography

By Geoff Harris

The following 5 examples represent the most commonly made mistake when taking landscape photographs.

1) Wonky Horizons

How often have you seen seascapes or landscape with sloping horizons.  Its not hard to either straiten them in post processing or get them level in camera. Buy a spirit level to fin in the hot shoe or use the camera’s inbuilt spirit level if it has one.

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2) Dull Sky

So often good clouds will make a picture.  Blue sky can be boring. Avoid large area of blue sky with no interest by either cropping out in post processing or recomposing your picture to contain more foreground than sky.

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3) Uninteresting Foreground

Avoid large areas of water or grass in the foreground.  If it doesn’t add anything to the composition, get rid of it, either by recomposing your image, or cropping it out in Photograph. Great Landscapes have interest from foreground to background so try and crate story telling pictures that keep revealing more every time you look at them.


4) No Focal Point

All photos need a focal point, something to focus on, an element within the picture that take dominance over the rest of the image. A sunset is not enough to hold peoples attention.


5) Insufficient Depth OF Field

Either the foreground is out of focus or the background is blurred. If you have ever wondered how they get calendar pictures pin sharp from front to back  they use something called hyper focal distancing.  Use a Tripod, use a wide angled lens, set you camera focussing to manual, and adjust the focus to 1m or 3 feet, set the aperture to f/22 and you will have pin sharp shots from front to back.


If you would like to learn more about taking the perfect landscape photograph, see MyPhotoSchool’s tutor Sue Bishop 4 week online course Making the Perfect Landscape Photograph

Geoff Harris

I am a journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill and Steve McCurry. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time. In addition I write about well being/personal development and antiques collecting for a range of other titles, including BlueWings, the in-flight magazine of Finn Air.

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