How to: Capture mountain landscapes

How to capture mountain landscapes.

Composing the landscape

Try and avoid putting the horizon in the centre of the image as it can be a little boring. If you have some nice foreground, put the horizon higher to make more of this as a feature. On the other hand, if the sky is full of colour put your horizon lower to capture more of the sky.


Head out at Sunset

One great thing about being in the hills is the amazing warm light you get by being high up at sunset – try and make use of this to illuminate foreground subjects and the tops of distant peaks.


Get a sharp shot

To get everything in focus from the foreground to peaks on the horizon you need to use a small aperture (f11-f22). If you are photographing in low light at the end of the day you will need to to use a tripod or select a higher ISO (eg ISO 400-800) to get a shutter speed fast enough for a sharp image.


Get onto the tops

Photographing in the mountains is often about capturing the grand landscape and those epic vistas full of mighty peaks. The best place for this is from high vantage points or the top of a peak offering a view out over the horizon but try to also include some foreground to give the image some depth.


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