Liam Searson Captures the Beauty and Terror of California Wildfires

“Wildfires are equally terrifying and fascinating,” the California photographer Liam Searson tells me. “Especially at night, when the daylight fades, seeing the landscape erupt in a glowing orange is a pretty unforgettable experience. Imagine if the northern lights, the Aurora Borealis, were extremely toxic and posed a major danger to those in the vicinity. Would we still find them as beautiful as we do now? In a kind of f**ked up way, that’s the same way I view wildfires.

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Jonas Daley Takes Us on a Journey Inside His Infrared Imagination

“For a long time, I have felt drawn to wild and magical places, from the deserts to the snow-capped mountains of the Chinese landscape,” the photographer Jonas Daley tells me. “I am curious about the natural world, particularly the kinds of landscapes that feel unknown or mysterious in some way.” For more than five years now, he’s photographed the rolling dunes of the Qaidam Basin, a desert landscape surrounded by mountains, using a converted infrared camera to capture a singular location in all its otherworldly splendor. 

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How 14 Year-Old Lance Wilson Created This Spectacular Photograph

“The best photos are the ones that don’t need to be heavily altered, in my book!” Those are the wise words of the photographer Lance Wilson. Such wisdom is often delivered by those later down the road in life. But Wilson is 14 years old, already displaying a mature mind. He picked up a camera when he was 13, and already he’s producing work seasoned folks should envy. He’s also the creator of an incredible wave shot that went viral on Reddit. Exactly who is this boy wonder? Let’s find out.

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Alicja Zmysłowska Creates Breathtakingly Beautiful Photos of Dogs

“Ciri loved exploring Norway with me, running free, and having baths in the fjords,” Alicja Zmysłowska tells me. Ciri, a Border Collie, accompanied the photographer on an epic journey through the Nordic landscape–home of the northern lights and the midnight sun. On one occasion, they spent the day walking, and when all was said and done, they’d covered 28 kilometers to reach the famous Trolltunga rock formation. They spent their nights in a tent, side-by-side, beneath the starry sky. 

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Ludwig Favre Pays Homage to The Natural World in Haunting Photos

“I was very close to a pine forest in Oregon when I found myself completely alone,” the photographer Ludwig Favre tells me. “There was no one around–not even a single noise.” The silence and darkness setting his nerves on edge, he was well-aware that he was “in the middle of nowhere” in an area he didn’t know. He worried his car might break down; the possibility of an unwanted encounter in the woods ran through his mind. But in the open air, inhaling the scent of the evergreen trees, he continued to work–until slowly, the first rays of sunlight appeared on the horizon. 

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I Hope That the Term “Natural Light Photographer” Dies Fast

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There is a term that has annoyed me for many years now. That term is Natural Light Photographer. It’s been obscured by the idea of an available light photographer. But the natural light photographer is the most pretentious smoke and mirrors talk I’ve ever heard. Lighting is easier to use these days than it has ever been. A lot of high-powered flashes have constant lights built into them. You can use either one for your needs. But the Natural Light Photographer is one who often captures instead of creates. These days, anyone can capture: not many can create in-camera with little effort. 

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How Rachael Talibart Makes Photographic Paintings of Seashells

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“Some common shells can be found on my closest beaches all year round, like mussels and slipper limpets,” the UK-based photographer Rachael Talibart tells me. “Others show up seasonally, after big storms, or when you least expect them.” For years, she’s been discovering shells on the sandy beaches along the Sussex coast and beyond. Her ongoing project, Ghost in the Shell, is her tribute to the wild and unpredictable tide and countless tiny creatures who have lived and died according to its whims.

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5 YouTube Channels Perfect for Learning About Landscape Photography

If you want to develop your skills in landscape photography, these YouTube channels are a good source of education.

Landscape photography takes a lot of time, dedication, and patience. Endless scouting for the perfect scene, long hikes to the ideal spot, and a deep understanding of light are all parts of creating an amazing photograph. But what makes it so tricky also makes it so enjoyable, especially if you love the great outdoors. If you’re struggling to create the same magical landscape photos as the photographers who inspire you, you need quality tutorials — below we share exactly what you need.

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Stunning Winning Images from the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition of 2019

If you’re looking for some impressive works to inspire your landscape photography, the winning images from the International Landscape Photographer of the Year will surely do the trick.

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition once again showcases some of the best work from photographers across the world with the winner announcement for its sixth run. If you’ve been keeping tabs on this competition and have been waiting for the winning images, you’ll surely find inspiration from the results!

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The Passion of Trees: A Story of Photographer Ali Shokri’s Love of Nature

All images by Ali Shokri. Used with permission.

“In our family culture, the tree is a symbol of life.” Nature photographer Ali Shokri grew up in Iran. It was in his beautiful home country that he would begin to develop his passion and love for nature – more so, trees. Years later, his passion would become the centerpoint of his life’s ambitions. For the last 16 years, Shokri has been photographing trees. His mission? To show everyone how important and beautiful they are to the world. His body of work has since been turned into a photo book, The Passion of Trees. Showing his collection of images and highlighting his message, Shokri spoke to us about a topic he holds tightly close to his heart.

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Hengki Koentjoro’s Black and White Showcase of Mighty Waves

All photos by Hengki Koentjoro. Used with Creative Commons permission.

From one of our favorite black and white landscape photographers comes another stunning series showcasing the beauty of the sea. This time, he takes us to Banten Province of Indonesia, where he captured the mighty waves of Sawarna Beach and transformed them into minimalist monochrome masterpieces. If you’re looking for some inspiration for landscape photography in glorious black and white, we’re sure you’ll be impressed with his take whether you’ve been following his works for a while or seeing them for the first time.

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Arild Heitmann Showcases the Stunning Mountain Scenery of Senja Island

All photos by Arild Heitmann. Used with Creative Commons permission.

The last time we shone the spotlight on Arild Heitmann and his work, we had a great tour of the visual wonders Iceland has come to be known for. Today, we want to present another set of magical landscapes from him, this time a place closer to his home: Senja Island in Norway. If you’re looking for the next stunning northern destination to visit and photograph, we’re sure you’ll be convinced after looking through this collection!

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Our Favorite Landscape Photographers with Under 10k Instagram Followers

Back again with another selection of photographers under 10k Instagram followers. This time we look at landscape photography.

A beautiful landscape can almost be universally enjoyed. There’s just something about the earth’s nature that makes us all feel good. But creating a jaw-dropping landscape photograph is no easy job. Those glorious views, full of color and light take time, experience, and patience to turn into an image. And that hard work that landscape photographers put in should be valued and respected. The talented bunch below is no exception to the rule, and their efforts need to be seen by more people!

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Doug Golupski: Shoot Kodak Aerochrome Like Slide Film

With Kodak Aerochrome still one of the most enigmatic yet sought after emulsions today, we couldn’t help but ask Doug Golupski to tell us how he works with this film to create stunning landscape snaps.

“If you understand how to shoot slide film, Aerochrome is no different,” Doug Golupski said on the common misconception that Aerochrome is a fragile film that requires special treatment. It is indeed a special infrared film, as his stunning results, and many before him, show us. His Kodak Aerochrome snaps are among the best we’ve seen, so we thought it was only proper to put them on spotlight — and ask him more about his tips and tricks for making the most out of this film. If you’ve ever wanted to grab some rolls but also felt afraid of wasting them, this interview feature should be an insightful resource for you.

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Damien Guiot Showcases Gorgeous Contrasts in Monochrome Landscapes

All photos by Damien Guiot. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you think landscape photography and a black and white aesthetic don’t mix, you probably haven’t seen enough stunning examples. You can always acquaint yourself with the timeless masterpieces of iconic landscape photographer Ansel Adams first. But if you’re looking for something more contemporary, you might want to check out this Norway mountain series by Damien Guiot. In this set, the French photographer takes us to the majestic peaks of Norway’s Lofoten archipelago. As with much of the black and white landscape photography we’ve featured in the past, the series showcases a play on light and shadows, and highlights the shapes and textures amplified by the crisp contrast. By stripping a landscape scene of its colors, this black and white approach instead draws our eyes to the varying elements of composition.

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The Impressive Winners for the 5th International Landscape Photographer of the Year

If you’re looking for some strong landscape photography inspiration, the 5th International Landscape Photographer of the Year winners has you covered.

Photography competitions make great sources of creative inspiration so we’re always keeping an eye on the most interesting out there. This time, we have something especially for all you landscape photographers out there. To conclude its 2018 run, the International Landscape Photographer of the Year recently revealed some beautiful winning entries that are sure to wow and inspire.

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Noel Bodle Creates Masterful Black and White Photos of the British Landscape

All images by Noel Bodle. Used with permission.

The British landscape will leave people in awe when they view it. For all the grey clouds and wet weather, the beautiful sites of the British landscape make it a hot spot for tourists and landscape photographers. Whilst many try to recreate the amazing scenery through their lens, few achieve it. Noel Bodle, however, is a photographer who has been able to transfer the majestic wonderment of Britain to his photographs. Borrowing from the natural elements, Noel is creating some truly stunning landscape photography – the kind that belongs on your wall.

We asked if he would take us on a journey, he was more than happy to oblige.

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Kilian Schönberger Reveals the Beauty of Europe’s Fantasy-Like Forests

All images by Kilian Schönberger. Used with Creative Commons permission.

While most of the Northern Hemisphere has been bathed in the golden glow of autumn, Kilian Schönberger has been enchanted by a different scene. For the Cologne-based landscape and architecture photographer, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the beauty of broadleaf trees. The magical scenes he captured, which look straight out of myths and fairy tales, show us exactly why.

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Feel Good Read: Using Photography to Communicate What You Love About a Place

All images and text by John Reid. Used with permission.

I am a travel and architectural photographer based in London, UK. Over the past six years, I’ve traveled to 55 different countries around the world for Expedia. My purpose is to photograph and film places in a way that will stir interest in that location. My approach to photography is simple: be intensely curious, fall in love with a place, and then use the medium of photography to communicate why I love the place. It is based on the advice of Ralph Valesco who said something like, “Photograph what you love and with 6 billion people around the world, someone is bound to love it too.” Technique is secondary to this approach. It is the language that enables me to communicate, but it does not answer the question, “What do you love about this place?”

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