Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is a much-practiced genre of photography and can be done almost anywhere. It might seem easy at first but proves to be more difficult if you want to take your photos to the next level. At Nature Photo Tours we want to show the beauty of Nature also through landscape photography. With some patience, some help, lots of practice and heading to beautiful locations, we can come back with stunning photos. The posts below discuss some of the guidelines for better composition, technique, camera settings, tips for beginners, etc. What lenses to use; in some situations, you might use a wide-angle lens, in other a telephoto lens, each has its place. We show you the best techniques to use, so your photos will be stunning with the result you wanted. We show you some beautiful locations in Europe and Africa. Would you like to photograph these locations yourself? You are welcome to join one of our photo tours.

HDR photography – how does it work?

tuscany landscape with clouds and green rolling hills

Have you ever taken a photo of a sunset and the foreground was all black? Or if the foreground was’t too dark, maybe the sky was completely blown out? Or maybe you took a photo of an interior and the surroundings that could be seen from the windows are all white? These are just a […]

Focus stacking in landscape photography

pink tulips at sunset using focus stacking

Have you ever taken a photo of a landscape with a beautiful foreground, but it was impossible to have both the foreground and the back ground in focus? This is where focus stacking comes in. What is focus stacking and why do you need it? Focus stacking is a technique that is often used in […]

Photographing tulip fields in The Netherlands

I’m from a Dutch family, and even though I’ve been living elsewhere in the last 20 years, I’m always happy to be back. Coming back in spring is even better, because now is the time all the bulbs are flowering! Every year is different as the farmers plant different colours in different fields, create new […]

Things to do in Cape Town – Chapman’s Peak drive

Chapman's Peak drive as seen from Houtbay Harbour

If you like spectacular views, and who doesn’t, then you absolutely have to drive over Chapman’s Peak. This is one of the most beautiful scenic coastal roads in the world. It starts from Houtbay’s beach almost at sea level and run up along the high cliffs towards Noordhoek beach. Picnic or all the way? It […]

Things to do in Cape Town: Bloubergstrand

I have been to Bloubergstrand countless time, with and without my camera. If you need some fresh air, this is the place to go. There are days when it’s hard just to stand up because of the strong winds, which is why it’s a favourite spot for kite surfing. The water is cold due to […]

Wildflowers and wildlife in the West Coast National Park

wildflowers at the postberg nature reserve with white daisies and mountains

Now that it’s winter in the northern hemisphere I thought of some winter days I spent in Paternoster, South Africa, some years ago. Winter in August still sounds a bit strange to me, but only because I grew up in Europe. Now winter in South Africa is very different winter in The Netherlands, and on […]

Autumn photography

vineyard in autumn with forest in the background

Autumn is a beautiful season to take photographs. The leaves of the trees turn to so many amazing colours. Weather will probably not as warm as we might want it to be (or at least as I want it to be), but for photography the moody skies can provide a beautiful background. In this post […]

Landscape photography in the Klein Karoo

On our way to Oudtshoorn from Cape Town, we stayed one night in Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve. We had never been to the Klein Karoo (only the Greater Karoo), and the drive is already an adventure. Roads are in good conditions and as we meandered past Worcester, crossed the Langeberg at Montegu, the traffic got […]

Taking photos at the beach

Most of us love going to the beach. To take a walk, to enjoy the sun, to swim or just to watch the scenery. To me beaches have a strong attraction. I can’t really explain why. It must be the air and the sense of space. Or the sound of the waves that’s often louder […]