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.

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 […]

3 More photography composition rules to improve your photos

Some weeks ago, I have shared 3 tips that are very useful to help to compose your photographs and make them more compelling. These guidelines were: Rule of thirds Rule of odds Leading lines You can read that post here in case you missed it. Since composition is probably one of the more difficult parts […]

3 Photography composition rules to improve your photos

Photography composition rules tulips at sunset

Photography comes down to mainly two things: light and composition. This is of course a simplification, but I think these are the most important topics. In landscape photography, and even less in wildlife photography, we do not have complete control over the light. We can increase our chances of having ‘better’ light when going out […]

5 Tips to take photographs of lavender fields

Who doesn’t feel the urge to take a photo when driving past a purple field of lavender? Most people do, and since Instagram took its rise, Valensole, in the south of France, is flooded with tourists. Many come from China and you can even find signs warning car drivers to watch out for Chinese people […]

Nature Photography in black and white

White horses running through water in Camargue

Nature photography using black and white After last week’s post with all the bright colours of the houses in Bo-kaap, I wanted to show you something completely different: monochrome photography. Nature is often photographed in colour, because that’s how we see it, but sometimes a photo can look even better in black and white. It […]

3 Tips for taking better photos of dunes in Namibia

Why dunes? A huge part of Namibia is desert, and dunes form a large part of the landscape. Namibia is even named after its biggest desert, the Namib. This is one of the most ancient deserts in the world and has been an arid region for more than 55 million years. The sand dunes in […]

Long exposure photography

Creative photography with long exposures Long exposure photography becomes a necessity when there is little light, like before sunrise, after sunset or during the night. In this post however I would like to discuss the use of filters to deliberately use long exposure, so we obtain effects that otherwise would not be possible. This can […]

How can you use portrait orientation in your landscape photos?

Landscape or portrait orientation? It’s all in the name and the fact that we call the horizontal photo orientation ‘landscape’ leaves little doubt what the orientation of your camera should be when photographing landscapes… but are we really sure? I will show you some photos I took in Arizona, and they will all be in […]

How can you eliminate lens flare from your photo?

Eliminating lens flare from your photos Have you ever taken a photograph against the sun? This might result in lens flare that in some case can add to the atmosphere, but more often than not, you want to avoid. The lens flare is caused by a strong light, like the sun that reflects and scatters […]

Ways to show the rolling hills of Tuscany in your photographs

Rolling hills in Tuscany Why rolling? Rolling hills is an expression often heard when people talk about the beauty of Tuscany. Many of the hills in Tuscany have a wave-like form, and I suppose the expression is derived from there. The gentle shape of the hills going up and down are like the waves in […]