Best Landscape Photographers
This list of the best landscape photographers in the world has been ranked by the community to determine the best of the best when it comes to landscape photography. This list includes portfolios and additional information, when available. Landscape photography is always breathtaking, but who are the all time best landscape photographers? This list includes only the best landscape photographers – many of these artists have been featured on the covers of multiple magazines and many have received prestigious awards for their work. This list features the most popular landscape photographers in the world and covers a variety of genres. It includes photographers such as Aaron Reed, Javier Acosta, Luke Austin, Jeff Swanson, Mary Kay, Rolf Hicker, Shawn Thompson, and Rafael Rojas. Vote up the greatest landscape photographers of all time below, or add the landscape photographer you think is the best, if he or she isn’t already on the list.
Best Landscape Photographers
Landscape photographers presented in this article defined the genre for what it is today. They explore the beauties of nature for the astonishing visual results. Much like portraiture and fashion photography, landscape photography is an almost mandatory genre for photographers during the formation of their professional careers. And not just photography – nature has always been a great source of inspiration for artists of all kinds, since the dawn of time. Its beauty, wonders, endless secrets, remarkable variety and vastness beyond imagination grace so many canvases, papers, screens, shape many stones and metals, and are told through endless streams of words. And it is because of its characteristic that depicting it the right way became a form of art, especially in photography. It might look easy, but there are so many factors determining breathless landscape photography – from the amount of light (the famous “the golden hours”) to the choice of lens, exposure, format, color range, position, framing… And the just right combination of these elements creates all the incredible interpretations of landscape we witness through the evolution of contemporary photography. Whether they’re black and white or color images, they often end up in the fine art photography category for their great impact and extraordinary appeal.
Best Landscape Photographers
500px more or less works like a curated set of images once you start following a certain amount of fellow photographers. You have this overview page on which the latest works of the people you follow are shown. Now, I use 500px as a source of inspiration for my own landscape photography. There have been occasions that photographers more often upload images of their dogs or the hot girl from across the street, in which case I’m inclined to hit “unfollow,” because that does not inspire me. I might still like the photo if it’s a good one, but I’m looking for consistency, and I can guarantee you that many more photographers on there look for the same.
That’s a big one. The top photographers are never so-so. These guys are among the top photographers for a reason. Either they’re amazing at compositions, being there at the right moment, or they’re true wizards with Photoshop — probably all three. Now, I don’t mean that being good with a brush in Photoshop will mask (pun intended) your mistakes in the field. I mean that the best photographers pursue a vision from far before the click of the button to far and wide beyond that single moment. Digital photography is a multi-step process that starts with a plan, develops into a vision, and after the push of a button at just the right time, place, and settings is far from over. The camera merely records data. If you shoot in the raw format, you know this. How you then show this data to your audience is up to the skills of the photographer and their ability to translate the vision, light, land, and the fleeting moment into a two-dimensional representation that someone else can appreciate. That’s art.
George Johnson June 24, 2011 04:37 pm Couple more I might add, although you covered one breifly. Use of ND filters. OK they’re an extra expense but ND grads are invaluable especially as you start moving out of the controlable light of the “golden hour” into that severe bright light of the later pre-breakfast time light, sorry forgot we photographers don’t get time for brekkies, LOL! The sky can somtimes light quicker than the ground, especially when working with shaded areas, NDs will give you balance without the need for multiple blended shots. Learn how to use the histgrams to check for light balance across the spectrum, no good shooting 75 shots getting home realising you’ve blown details out of the skies or the ground is so dark it looks like coal. ( Done this way to many times before I learned! ) Consider using online tools either before you leave or during your excursions. I use three online web tools, Google Maps, great way to scope out some nice places, especially those of us who are hobby photographers with limited time and resources. The next is the local weather reports for the area and finally the world famous Photographers Ephemeris, giving you sunrise and sunset times, and directions of light. If you can get these on your smartphone ( I have these my iPhone and my laptop ) so much the better. Get some solid walking boots, thick pullovers and a nice wooly hat, I never leave home without these even in the middle of Summer! You arrive before light and usually the chosen spot is bl**dy freezing! L8rs!
I adore a good landscape image. And it goes without saying that few things can take your breath away quite like an incredible image of mountains, valleys, spires, oceans, even castles and cities. After all, what is larger than life, or at least larger than us, can be far more awe inspiring than most portraits. However, the craft of landscape photography is hardly a matter of planning a vacation and bringing a tripod, which is about where my landscape “skills” end. The good news is, the best landscape photography artists do far more than simply go on holiday with their trusty Manfrotto. In short, I am fully aware that they work harder for one image than I do for several magazine pictorials over several weeks. And because of this, the inspiring photography that they create is out there for us to behold. But the good news doesn’t end there, as today I’m happy to showcase, quite simply, the greatest landscape photographer you’ve never heard of. He goes by the name K. R. Whitley, and when he isn’t jetsetting all over the planet, he is based in Texas. Seeing a Whitley piece for the first time, I immediately assumed I was witnessing the work of a highly acclaimed, 30+ year veteran in the commercial landscape imagery world. Made sense, as his photos were staggeringly beautiful, overwhelmingly so, and as I already mentioned, I know very little about this genre of photography. The fact that Whitley has been shooting landscapes around the world for less than 3 years, blew me away. I knew I had stumbled on to something special, and immediately reached out to him to learn more about what he does, and best of all, how he does it. The bad news is, how he does what he does is a feature coming to Fstoppers in January, so you have to wait on that one. The good news (it just keeps coming, huh?) is that I have compiled some of his finest masterpieces here for you to drool over, right now. Once you’re done drooling, check him out on Facebook or 500px, and await the next project from the master that is K. R. Whitley. Images used with permission. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge. And check out a few behind the scenes of Whitley and his team on one of his many treks to find the perfect shot:
Dean January 12, 2010 11:13 pm Maximising Depth of Field. You’ve hit the nail on the head about how important the depth of field is in landscape photographs, but yet you have made no mention of the most important concept there is to landscape photographers to maximising the depth of field. It’s called “Hyperfocal Distance”. If you’re serious about doing landscape photographs then you need to get your head around this simple concept, and you need to use it. And as someone teaching landscape photographs, you need to teach the students it.
I don’t think the author meant The Best Landscape Photographer, period. It was more, hey this guy is awesome at landscape and you’ve probably never heard of him. Considering Alexandre Deschaumes, I’ve never heard of him either, so both him and KR Whitley are two of the best landscape photographers that I’ve never heard of. Just my 2 cents, Cheers!
Jon Somers – December 5, 2014 Charlie Magrin I don’t think the author meant The Best Landscape Photographer, period. It was more, hey this guy is awesome at landscape and you’ve probably never heard of him. Considering Alexandre Deschaumes, I’ve never heard of him either, so both him and KR Whitley are two of the best landscape photographers that I’ve never heard of. Just my 2 cents, Cheers! 3 0